July, 2012

  • Thank you to the Partners in Learning 2012 US Forum Judges Panel

    Today officially kicks-off the Microsoft Partners in Learning 2012 US Forum which I’ve blogged about quite a bit and I’m excited to finally be here on-site as the Forum gets underway. Though the 100 educators have been arriving to Seattle over the past...
  • Interesting Links 30 July 2012

    Over on the left here is a picture of a group of young women who visited Microsoft in Cambridge MA recently as part of Boston University’s Artemis Projec t. This is one of several groups of young people that we have hosted this summer. It’s great to see kids getting excited about STEM in general and computer science in particular. I’m glad that universities are running programs like this and that companies (these students had field trips to several hi-tech companies during the program) are being supportive. But it is interesting links day at my blog so here are some of the links I found over the...
  • Office 365 for education –Web Portal, Licensing and other general questions

    As of June 27 th Microsoft introduced officially Office 365 for education, and while there is a wealth of information currently available you may still have questions as to what features are included and how to get started. In this article we will try...
  • Curriculum is Hard

    I’ve been involved in a number of curriculum projects over the years. The big one has been the ACM/IEEE CS 2013 task force that is making recommendations on undergraduate computer science curriculum. (The CS2013 Strawman draft is now available here . ) I am so glad there are so many really smart and knowledgeable people on that committee! I’ve also been involved with some smaller efforts. Most recently I was invited to meet with a committee working on the Vocational Technical Education Frameworks for Programming and Web Development programs of study in Massachusetts career/technical schools. Once...
  • Seton Hall Goes Back to School with Windows 8, Windows Phone and Office 365

    Technology is evolving at a rapid pace and it’s transforming the way students learn and how faculty teach. Seton Hall University has been at the forefront of this paradigm shift. University administration and technology leaders believe that technology...
  • Guest post: “Don’t be afraid to be awesome today”

    This is one of the occasional guest posts that happen here at @TeachTec. Today it’s my pleasure to feature educator Kim Sivick ( @ksivick ), a technology coordinator at Springside Chestnut Hill Academy in Philadelphia, PA. Consider the title of this post...
  • Virtual Windows 8 Hands-on-Labs

    Ready to learn how to develop for Windows 8? Well perhaps not quite ready for a dedicated machine or concerned about complicated set-up? Well in those cases the new Virtual Windows 8 hands-on-labs may be just what you need! What are virtual labs?  Microsoft Virtual Labs enable you to quickly evaluate and test Microsoft's newest products and technologies through a series of guided, hands-on labs that you can complete in 90 minutes or less. There is no complex setup or installation required, and you can use MSDN Virtual Labs online immediately, free. New! Windows 8 Release Preview Virtual Labs...
  • Interesting Links 23 July 2012

    I had a great week and a great weekend. Busy weekend with family which is the best way to spend the weekend. I’m late with today’s posts though but hopefully you’ll all forgive me. The Microsoft Research Faculty Summit has put many of the talks from last week online. It’s not all heavy technology. Social awareness was a big theme this year. For example Research in Focus: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: The Role of Technology in Human Trafficking talks about using technology to fight human trafficking. And the Day 2 Closing Keynote: Rivers of Ice: Vanishing Glaciers of the Greater Himalaya was...
  • Excel Forms Coming in the new Office Web Apps

    Office Web Apps helped me through graduate school. The new Office Web Apps will helps students even more. If you have a Windows Live ID (soon to be called “Microsoft Account”) you have Office Web Apps.  Office Web Apps are a part of SkyDrive.   Office Web Apps include Word, Excel, OneNote, and PowerPoint. The
  • Adriano Clemente uses Kinect & Live for Body Music

    Adriano Clemente combines two of my passions–music production and gaming tech to produce Kin-Hackt. Ableton Live is a digital audio workstation used by DJs and music producers around the world.  There are a number of dedicated hardware controllers made for the Live music production software. The controllers make composing music on a computer easier.  Now, Kinect for Windows [...] Related Stores: Celebrate National Robotics Week Apr 7-15, 2012 US Forum Educators Make STEM Engaging – Part 1 of 2 What I Learned @LAUSD Family Summit 2012: Estoy Aprendiendo Español
  • New Curriculum Resources for App Development on Windows 8

    Most of what I post about is specifically for K-12 computer science education but I recently received the following about some curriculum designed for university level students. Still my experience tells me two things. One is that I do have a good number of university lever readers. And two there are teachers and schools and students in some high schools who can and do take every advantage of materials targeted at older students. So here you go: Just a quick note to let you know that the following three university level courses are now available on Faculty Connection.  The courses are modular...
  • 2012 Microsoft Research Faculty Summit Day Two

    Rick Rashid who created and runs Microsoft Research gave the opening keynote for day two. I found it interesting that when they started Microsoft Research they had a hard time recruiting top researchers. Twenty years ago Microsoft was still a relatively small company and there were doubts in some people’s minds that MSR (or even Microsoft) would amount to much. Things sure have changed! Rick also talked about a lot of “new, exciting hardware and software advances that are contributing to a simpler, more natural integration of the physical and virtual worlds”.  And there sure are a lot of cool...
  • 2012 Microsoft Research Faculty Summit Day One

    Oh what a day! I’m at the Microsoft Research Faculty Summit at Microsoft’s headquarters in Redmond WA this week. This is a big event for Microsoft Research with over 400 faculty from around the world hear for two days of presentations, demos, and lot and lots of conversations. We started off with a keynote by Eric Horvitz , Distinguished Scientist and Deputy Managing Director, Microsoft Research who talked about machine learning and inference and basically making “smart” software. Really interesting stuff. The undemand video for his talk and many others should be available at the conference website...
  • Congratulations to the Imagine Cup 2012 Winners!

    I wish I could be in two places at once, but it was physically impossible for me to be in Australia for the Worldwide Imagine Cup finals. More than 350 students from 75 countries met in Sydney last week to present their technology projects that tackle...
  • 100 Educators to Share Innovative Classroom Practices

    We are just two weeks away from having 100 innovative educators descend on Microsoft campus in Redmond to show the positive impacts being made in classrooms across the country through innovative use of technology combined with effective teaching. These...
  • Interesting Links 16 July 2012

    The Microsoft Research Faculty Summit starts today (about noon eastern US time) Much of it will be streamed at http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/um/redmond/events/fs2012/virtualfacultysummit.aspx This is a first for the conference. I’m going to be there and blogging and Tweeting what I find interesting. You can also follow the activity from the MSR Faculty summit using the ‪ # FacSumm ‬ hashtag if you use Twitter. And follow me at @ AlfredTwo . if you are not doing so already. But it’s early today so here are my usual set of interesting links. Doug Bergman ‏@dougbergmanUSA...
  • Post CS & IT 2012 Thoughts

    The first part of this week was spent in Irvine CA for the 2012 CS & IT Conference . It’s amazing how this event just gets better and better every year. I only wish more computer science teachers could make it there. Being in California we had a lot of teachers from that state but not as many from the east coast. That's to be expected with the current economy and the fact that professional development funds from school districts seem to being cut back in many places. While unfortunate in any field it seems particularly worse for a field like computer science where new tools, programs and even...
  • 2012 Microsoft Education Partner of the Year -- Dell

    This week, I’m in Toronto for the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC). As always, it’s amazing to see this broad ecosystem of partners who support our education customers both with implementation with technology innovation, but also...
  • Don’t Forget to eCycle

    With the excitement and anticipation of Windows 8 building and the new era of digital device experiences on the horizon ; it is time to do a little housekeeping. According to a 2008 report from the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), Americans now own approximately 24 electronic products per household (CEA, 2008 ). If you work [...] Related Stores: Journey to the next release of Windows The Great Transition: Windows XP to Windows 8 You Can Judge A Book By Its Sensors
  • Tip Calculator Hands On Lab for Windows Phone

    This is the basic instructions for the demo I did as part of the Mobile App Development throwdown at the CS & IT Conference July 10th, 2012, Open Visual Studio (you can get it as part of the Windows Phone SDK ) and create a new project. Be sure to select Visual C# as the language, Silverlight for Windows Phone as the set of templates and Windows Phone application as the specific template. Also make sure you give your project a meaningful name. I chose TipDemo in this case. We’ll be creating this as a Windows Phone 7.1 project. A new project will open that may look something like the following...
  • Where can I get Office 365 for education deployment training?

    The folks at TechNet have just released a new Office 365 Jumpstart video training series which can greatly assist you with your Office 365 for Education deployment in areas including ADFS, DirSync, UM, Exchange Hybrid, archiving, and SharePoint Online...
  • Microsoft Acquires Perceptive Pixel

    Imagine all of the students in your classroom being able to interact with digital curriculum content at the same time. Microsoft Corp. and Perceptive Pixel Inc. (PPI) today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Microsoft will acquire PPI, a recognized leader in research, development and production of large-scale, multi-touch display [...] Related Stores: Introducing Microsoft Surface… You Can Judge A Book By Its Sensors Educators Have Asked, Microsoft Has Answered: Outlook Is Coming to the Mac
  • Interesting Links 9 July 2012

    I am writing this from Irvine California where I have come for the CSTA CS & IT Conference . I have already had a bunch of great conversations with people who arrived yesterday. The networking (a fancy word for meeting great new people and spending time with others I have known and respected for years) is a highlight of this great professional development event for computer science educators. If you are here I hope you’ll make sure we talk. If you are not here and are a computer science educator start thinking about next year! Oh follow the Twitter stream at #CSIT2012 for updates. ...
  • Computational Fairy Tales the Book

    Just about a year ago I wrote a post about a Computational Fairy Tale blog ( Computational Tales ) Briefly Dr. Jeremy Kubica, software engineer and manager at Google, has been putting together a set of examples of CS concepts written as fairy tales . Well today I received an email telling me that the blog was now a book. Computational Fairy Tales (9781477550298): Jeremy Kubica: Books ISBN : 1477550291 ISBN-13 : 9781477550298 From the write up on Amazon: Have you ever thought that computer science should include more dragons and wizards? Computational Fairy Tales introduces principles...
  • Windows 8 Developer Camps and Hackathons – Coming July to September

    A new series of Windows 8 developer events are coming soon!  These are special two-day events , with a DevCamp on day one featuring a full day of sessions plus an InstallFest, followed on day two by a Hackathon with Lightning Talks where you can bring app ideas to life with Microsoft and community experts on hand to help. Windows 8 changes everything. Combining the broad reach of Windows, best-in-class developer tools, a re‑imagined user experience, support for new chipsets, and a built-in store with industry-leading business terms, Windows 8 is the largest developer opportunity – ever. Join...