June, 2012

  • What happens at the end of the Office 365 for education trial?

    It’s less than 48 hours since Office 365 for education launched around the world but already I’m building up a nice list of frequently asked questions, first of which is “what happens when my trial expires?”. 30-day Trial Every Office 365 for education...
  • Getting to know Office 365 for education

    Just a few hours ago Office 365 for education launched around the world so we thought it might be a good time to give you a quick tour of what you can expect to find. So, sit back and relax as my colleague Damon introduces you to Office 365! Don’t forget...
  • Welcome to Office 365 for education

    Starting today, Microsoft Office 365 for education is available , providing the world’s best productivity, communications and collaboration experiences to schools at no cost.    “ The cloud and online learning are key trends transforming education...
  • Office 365 for education now available at no cost!

    Today, I’m excited to announce the launch Office 356 for education . It’s here, it’s powerful, and it’s free for schools! Prestigious universities like Cornell University, Dartmouth College and Gonzaga University, and top K-12...
  • Higher Innovation Makes the Honor Roll!

    There is a special feeling you get when your work is recognized for excellence. Higher Innovation continues to be a work of passion and commitment to educators across the United States and around the world.  I am super thrilled to be recognized by EDTECH K12 Magazine for their Must Read K-12 IT Blogs.  As we continue to [...] Related Stores: Higher Innovation Made The Dean’s List!
  • Office 365 Shared Mailbox Tool

    In Office 365 for education, as it stands today, creating shared mailboxes involves using Windows PowerShell which, to the uninitiated, can be complex task. As an aside, it’s worth getting to grips with PowerShell as it’s a great way to aid managing the...
  • The Microsoft Education Experience Lands in San Diego for ISTE2012

    Microsoft in Education pulls out all of the stops to enable innovative educators at ISTE 2012. This year, Microsoft is the Tier One Sponsor for the International Society of Technology in Education (ISTE) 2012 Conference in San Diego, California. There is no better place to be than ISTE to share our optimism and support for [...] No related posts.
  • Interesting Links–25 June 2012

    Well I am not at ISTE this year. Sorry to miss it but in the long run it worked out as I am taking care of some important family stuff this week. If you are there I hope you will say hi to any Microsoft people you run into.  But Monday is for Interesting Links so here goes. Soma Somasegar, Microsoft’s VP for developer tools, write about the Imagine Cup at Students Developing a Better Future . Also I updated my Computer Science Education Blog Roll . More people writing blogs about computer science education it seems.  Anyone I'm missing? Please let me know. My VP Mark Hindsbo @ mhindsbo...
  • Turn Off Password Expiry In Office 365 for education

    If you’re using non-federated identities with Office 365 for education you will find that by default password expiry is enabled, meaning every 90 days you’ll be required to pick a new password. While the duration of this is not configurable, it is possible...
  • TechEd presentation on Office365 for education

    Courtesy of Mr. Andy O'Donald...check it out! Andy covers off on: What is Office 365 for education Admin Portal demo Office 365 for education scenarios End user demo The Live@edu to Office 365 upgrade Office 365 service update...
  • Computer Science in the Common Core–Speak Up

    Anyone who reads this blog regularly knows that I really believe that we need more computer science in education long before university. The only national influence on getting any computer science often seems to be the Advanced Placement Computer Science exam though. Good (or bad) as that may be it only effects a small number of schools (about 2000) and a small number of students (rightly 26000 in 2012 I hear). What we really need is for some influential group to speak up and say that computer science is core and needs to be everywhere.   Achieve is developing “ Common Core ” standards that...
  • A Day in the Life of a Student

    (Cross post from the Why Microsoft blog and authored by Tony Tai.) Whether you are a school’s IT leader, an educator, a parent, or someone who values learning, you know students and care about their success. Successful students are excited about...
  • Thinking About Next School Year

    As the rolling schedule of school year openings and closings continues it looks like school is just about done everywhere in the US this week. Today is the last day with students at the school my wife teaches at. It seems like most of the local schools finished this week already. Of course in parts of the country schools have been finished for weeks. There will be the same sort of rolling start in the fall. Or actually the late summer as some schools start in early to middle August.  Still that is some time away and most teachers really need some time to clear their heads once school finishes...
  • Video Game Victory: Students Fight a Growing Epidemic with Technology

    In the battle against childhood obesity, many schools are revamping their lunch menus, removing junk food from vending machines, and instituting exercise and healthy eating programs. First Lady Michelle Obama has championed the fight against this epidemic...
  • Studio K – Program to make Kodu Curriculum and Tools more accessible in Classrooms

    The other day the Kodu team announced Studio K . What is Studio K you ask?  In my opinion it’s the biggest curriculum, teaching and overall educational news about Kodu since Kodu was announced. From the announcement on the Kodu blog : Collaborating with Microsoft and the Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) Foundation , the Educational Research group at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery at the University of Wisconsin-Madison has created the curriculum and tools to make video game design programs such as Microsoft Kodu more accessible in K-12 classrooms. More from the  Studio K website: Studio...
  • Introducing Microsoft Surface…

    No longer just TV fantasy…Now you can finally have your own Microsoft logo’d device…and it’s a beauty. Microsoft Surface debuted in Los Angeles, California today at a super secret press conference.  And I do mean super secret.  It was fun reading the predictions of what some thought it might or might not be. With that in mind, there is going to be a [...] Related Stores: The Great Transition: Windows XP to Windows 8 CSEdWeek: Beginner’s Resource Guide for App Developers – Updated Windows 8 Release Preview in Pictures
  • Interesting Links 18 June 2012

    Some of you may remember that I was nominated for the  Top 30 Fascinating Technology Teacher blog voting. I came in at number 7. Thanks to all of you who voted for me. Over at the CS Principles @ North blog is a nice post about  'Who can teach CS Principles ?' that those of you following the development of this new AP CS exam. Jimmy Edwards @ Jimmy_Edwards is an innovative teacher in the UK who has created a KINECT Green Screen application for use in his school. On his blog you  an see a video demo and get the actual code. A link from the @ MSTechStudent twitter account sent out...
  • Why I Love Windows Live Mesh

    It could be argued that I have too many computers. There is my cool demo machine – Samsung 9. There is my backup machine. There is my Windows 8 machine (which I am using more and more and which I may upgrade my demo machine to real soon now). And there is my personally owned laptop. Oh and I am expecting a tablet real soon now! I tend to grab which ever one suits my current needs and goals and get to work. So here is the issue. Suppose the files I want to use are not on that computer? That would be frustrating at best and really bad at worst. It’s hard to anticipate what you will need on a business...
  • Microsoft and Dell empower students with accessible technology and training

    Early in my career at Microsoft, I was inspired to see how accessible technology empowered and enriched the lives of individuals with disabilities and enabled new opportunities to learn and communicate. These experiences fueled my passion to ensure that...
  • Microsoft Store Summer Camps are Now Open for Registration!

    Microsoft Store Summer Camps are Now Open for Registration! Our 2012 Summer Camps are first come, first served. Don't wait to register your child for one of these four hands-on camps. Go to www.microsoftstore.com/summercamps , select your location, and register for one of our four camps! *The parent, legal guardian or authorized adult caregiver of every camp participant must remain in the Microsoft Store for the duration of the event.
  • A Day in the Life of a Teacher

    (cross post from the Why Microsoft blog , By Tony Tai) My favorite secondary school teacher helped me look forward to each class. I wish she had Office 365 tools to help her. Teachers using Office 365 are empowered, productive anywhere, and use the...
  • My IT Department Will Not Let Me

    Today on Facebook Gary Stager posted a rant of a status update: Here's a novel idea. Don't send teachers to computing PD with laptops on which they are banned from installing software. Teachers are neither imbeciles or felons and they do not work for the IT staff. The IT staff works for the teachers. This is a sentiment I can relate to very well. And yes I have blogged about it before but I see so little progress on this. I talk to teachers pretty regularly. I’m also on a number of industry advisory boards for programming and web development programs at career/technical high schools. It amazes...
  • Latest Curriculum Resources at the Faculty Connection

    The latest Microsoft Faculty Connection Newsletter came yesterday. I thought it might be useful to highlight some of the news from this issue here. The Faculty Connection Newsletter highlights new curriculum resources and other useful educational content for use in the classroom. If this newsletter was forwarded to you, please subscribe today and receive a new edition each month. CURRICULUM RESOURCES The Faculty Connection Resource Center is a multi-language collection including curriculum materials developed by Microsoft or contributed by faculty worldwide. Highlighted below are some of the newest...
  • Big Projects!

    Last night I visited Londonderry (NH) High School to see some of their student’s senior projects. I met a student from this school at the FIRST Robotics Championship earlier this year and was told about his team’s project to create a virtual tour of the school. This school is not far from me and in fact my son is the assistant principal of the elementary school just down the street from the high school. So when I received an invitation to come see this project in person I had to accept. A team of four students had created a very impressive virtual tour of their school. It wasn’t...
  • Delivering Success through Technology for Students with Disabilities

    Homework, tests, reports and pop quizzes are standard fare in the life of a student, but for those diagnosed with a disability, they can be challenging to manage. However, with creative use of technology, educators are finding new ways to break down barriers...