June, 2012

  • What desktop updates do I need for Office 365 for Education?

    This was a question from a university in northern California deploying Office 365 for Education for faculty, staff and students.   Step 1 – Ensure your workstations meet the minimum Office 365 requirements The first thing you need to do is assess...
  • Interesting Links 11 June 2012

    Well I had a great weekend. My wife and I spent the weekend with our son and daughter in law. I little work done around my father’s house, a little sun, a little beach, a little time on  the stand up paddle board, and lots of good family time. A great way to spend a weekend. I hope your weekend was as good. I find that a good weekend makes the work of the rest of the week a lot easier. Which brings us to today’s set of interesting links. I hope you’ll find something interesting and/or useful in this list. Erin (Ed) Donahue @ creepyed collected a month’s worth of Tweeted links on a single blog...
  • So you want to teach computer science?

    A number of years ago after being laid off from a job developing software I went into teaching. I taught a year in a pair of elementary schools and then spent 8 years teaching high school computer science. It was awesome. One day I want to get back into the classroom full-time. Over the years I have met more than a few people who have also made the transition, life style change really, from the computer industry into teaching. These are some of the best computer science educators I know. But it is not an easy transition and it is not for everyone. The education establishment doesn’t always make...
  • Finalists for the Microsoft Partners in Learning 2012 US Forum

    Today we are excited to announce the official list of educators for the Microsoft Partners in Learning 2012 US Forum. This is the 8th annual Partners in Learning Forum, a global program that last year attracted more 250,000 educators from over 70 countries...
  • There Is More To Computing Than Computer Science

    Last week Doug Peterson pointed me to an article called “ Let’s not call it computer science if we really mean computer programming .” My initial reaction was “ Let’s not call it computer programming if we really mean software engineering .”  Really the author was talking more about the difference between CS and SE than much else.The ACM has a great Computing Careers web site which lists a number of computing fields and degrees. I recommend this series to teachers and guidance councilors all the time. They list five different degree paths: Computer Engineering Typically involves software and...
  • Interesting Links 4 June 2012

    This past Saturday was my 9th anniversary working full-time for Microsoft. It’s been a great time so far and I hope if continues to be great for some time to come. I’ve sure met a lot of great people though this role and this blog and its readers have been a big part of that. So thank you all. And now a whole bunch of links (this was an interesting week) starting with a slightly self-promotional link. This is an honor. I don’t know how the judges came across my blog but I’m pleased that they liked what they found when they did. Feel free to vote for me if you also find this blog interesting . Voting...
  • Windows 8 Release Preview in Pictures

    Windows has been reimagined to be more than a PC operating system. Here is my first day with Windows 8 RP in pictures. Microsoft Windows 8 Release Preview is available for download here . Install it today and experience Windows Reimagined.  Also, checkout the free apps in the new Windows Store. Related Stores: Computer Science Students, Get Ready for the Windows Store Developer Jobs for America with Windows 8 Saving Money on Security Products
  • Live@edu Upgrade: Are your details up to date?

    If you’re anything like me then you’re excitedly waiting to find about when you’ll be able to get your Live@edu tenant upgraded to Office 365 for education. Hot on the heels of the upgrade portal I talked about recently , I have some more information...
  • Windows 8 Release Preview Released

    Yesterday Microsoft announced that Windows 8 Release Preview is now available for download in 14 languages. This is the final pre-release, and includes Windows 8, Internet Explorer 10, new Windows 8 apps for connecting to Hotmail, SkyDrive, and Messenger (and many more), and hundreds of new and updated apps in the Windows Store. And it’s free. Summer is coming up and summer is a great time for teachers and students to check out noew things. Windows 8 is as new as it gets. Some of the things that are new in this release are: New Metro style Bing Travel, News and Sports apps. Gaming...
  • Using Kinect in Special Ed Classrooms: Advice from Loudoun County, Virginia teachers

    We continue to hear inspiring stories every day about how teachers are using Kinect for Xbox 360 to bring learning to life in the classroom. Today’s USA Today features a story by Greg Toppo about how special education teachers at Steuart Weller...