May, 2012

  • Game Design with XNA, Kinect and Windows Phone

    Please take a look at the new Game Design with XNA and Microsoft Technologies: Advanced XNA, Kinect, and Windows Phone curriculum units that have just been completed and are ready for classroom (or other) use. The teacher-created and classroom-tested lessons and projects are easy to engage and include everything teachers and students need for successful learning—lesson plans, starter projects, video snippets, assessments. (Windows Phone module will be coming online soon) The 6-week (30 hour) modules are part of the a full year course on XNA Game development. To see the rest of the XNA teaching...
  • What are the system requirements for Office 365 for education?

    An important part of preparing to deploy Office 365 for education services is making sure that all the system requirements are met for the machines used by administrators and users to connect. There are minimum levels supported and recommended for client...
  • A reminder–CS & IT Conference 2012

    Have you signed up for the best value in computer science education professional development? In today's economy, finding value for your professional development dollar is key. Not many international conferences can make the claim that they offer this but the Computer Science & Information Technology (CS&IT) Conference can. With your registration fee of $50 you will receive access to two stellar keynotes, your choice of four high quality, relevant sessions out of 20, a continental breakfast, luncheon, unlimited networking opportunities, and chance to win at the CSIT Big Big Raffle! That...
  • Teacher Appreciation Week 2012

    Apparently it is teacher appreciation week in the US this week. I have mixed feelings about the whole thing. In my house every day is teacher appreciation day. Or at least I try to have it that way. Understand that my wife is a teacher, my daughter in law is a teacher and my son in the assistant principal of an elementary school so I get reminded every day of the good that teachers do. Every day these people in my family and teachers around the country and the world are doing their part to make the world a better place. Beyond that the stories they tell remind me of the sorts of things that only...
  • Week of April 30

    With 365 education heroes to profile this year on www.dailyedventures.com, I have a unique opportunity to share with you outstanding stories from all around the world. I get to ask some of the most influential and innovative leaders in education …...
  • “Fight perfectionism, but have high standards. Allow kids to follow their interests. Don’t be an authority” – Switzerland

    Ian Hoke, who presented his project on digital storytelling at the recent Partners in Learning European Forum 2012 in Lisbon, is a progressive educator in every sense of the word. He creates a classroom safe for exploration and discovery, applying …...
  • “Innovation best comes when faced with the impossible” – Ghana

    Samuel Avornyo, first-place winner of the 2010 Microsoft Worldwide Innovative Educators Forum (Community Category) in Cape Town, South Africa, wears many hats as a rural educator in Ghana: teacher, community leader and business advisor, to name a few...
  • “Interdisciplinarity is the keyword for success. Subjects related to the arts are at the bottom of our system, neglecting creative and talented students” – Portugal

    João Carlos Ramalheiro, Music Teacher and Music School Director, won the second runner-up price in the Educators Choice category for his project “Oratio Classroom“ at the last Partners in Learning European Forum in Lisbon. When he first started...
  • “I think it is imperative to broaden questions about the purpose of schooling beyond its economic value” – USA

    Games have been Fred Goodman’s life’s work.  In fact, he’s an internationally known “game-master” who has created educational games primarily for the K-12 market. It could be said that Goodman was ahead of his time, building educational games long before...
  • “Make learning active and build experiences that support the intrinsic desire to ask questions and find answers” – USA

    “Four years in college seems like forever,” says Stephen Jacobs. “We strive to remind them of why they are really there and what they’ve really done. It keeps them engaged, and they are more socialized, they’re happier.” Jacobs is talking … Continue...
  • “Japan has to take part in worldwide interactions and learn more from other countries to see how our country can feel confident about where we should go.” – Japan

    Technology is coming to Japanese classrooms, much as it is around the world. But is hasn’t necessarily been easy to overcome traditional views on education. “The outcomes harvested from the new technologies we have used are so innovative in our …...
  • Effective use of technology is the best opportunity for innovation in education. It “develops the global village concept.” – India

    Ramesh Khamrana has worked tirelessly to bring technology to his school and community, and has the results to show for it. A pioneer in the use of ICT in teaching in his native Rajasthan, Khamrana established the first e-learning classroom in …...
  • Week of May 7

    Their roles are many: caretaker, referee, life changer, change maker, innovator and advocate. They encourage, enrich and engage minds. They work long hours, relentlessly committed to improve learning outcomes, helping students reach their full potential...
  • “I’m more afraid of mediocrity than I am of failure.” – USA

    After being named National Teacher of the Year by President Barak Obama in 2010, Sarah Wessling did just what you would expect the country’s top educator to do: teach. Wessling is a tenth through twelfth grade English teacher at Johnston … Continue...
  • Teacher Appreciation Day Highlights Critical Role Educators Play in Students’ Lives

    (Cross post from the Microsoft on the Issues Blog .) Posted by Andrew Ko General Manager, Microsoft Partners in Learning For many of us, there has been at least one special person who has had a significant impact on our lives, and has inspired us...
  • Thank a Teacher

    We hear so much about what is wrong with the education in the U.S., but I know this week we can get beyond the debate and the dialogue to focus on celebrating teachers and how we can better support teachers so they can help students be successful. It...
  • What are Office Web Apps and can I use my iPad with Office 365 Web Apps?

    Office Web Apps are a part of two Microsoft cloud service offerings: Microsoft SkyDrive (standalone at http://skydrive.live.com and a part of Live@edu) and Microsoft SharePoint Online. With Office Web Apps, you have the ability to view and edit the following...
  • Interesting Links 7 May 2012

    I didn’t have much to say last week so I decided not to say much on the blog. I also took a couple of days off the end of the week. Fortunately a lot of other people had a lot to say and I have a good store of links to share with you. I hope you’ll read though all of them as I am sure you’ll find something useful in the rather eclectic mix I have for you today. 108 FREE resources for schools/educators from Microsoft is a phenomenal list of resources assembled by Tony Franklin who is part of Microsoft’s Partners in Learning program. Speaking of Partners in Learning there are fewer than ten days...
  • Campus Inspiration from Retail Innovation

    Could a connected retail shopping experience inspire schools to build holistic engagements for educators, students, and parents? Catch a glimpse of what is possible today. Razorfish Connected Retail Experience Platform (codename “5D”) from Razorfish – Emerging Experiences on Vimeo . There are two points that I want to highlight about this demonstration [...] Related Stores: Kinect for Windows Starts Feb 1 Can XBOX 360 Turn Anyone into a Rock Star? You Can Judge A Book By Its Sensors ...read more
  • Is your IT environment ready for Office 365 for education?

    If you’re looking at deploying Office 365 for education this summer a question you need to ask yourself is: is your IT environment ready for Office 365 for education? Are you running compatible operating systems, or versions of Microsoft Office? The Microsoft...
  • Guest post: Educator Combines Biology and Gaming with Kinect to Engage Students and the Community

    As part of a continued occasional series of guest blog posts by Microsoft Partners in Learning US Forum alumni, this week we feature educator Daphne Bradford from Crenshaw High School in Los Angeles, CA. Daphne participated in 2011 US Forum and was recently...
  • New Podcast Series - The Campus Coder

    Glen Gordon and Ed Donahue have a new podcast series, The Campus Coder . The first podcast is with Chevon Christie Chevon Christie is a student developer in the Macaulay Honors College at Hunter College in New York. Chevon has had great success in creating Windows Phone apps. Join us for a half hour and hear Chevon describe how his foresight about Windows Phone helped him be a successful app publisher right out of the gate. Chevon also shares some great resources that you won't want to miss. As a bonus, you'll get to hear what Glen's first computer was - it might surprise you. The weekly half-hour...