July, 2012

  • Interesting Links 2 July 2012

    I was pretty quiet last week. Some family stuff going on kept me away from work and (largely) off the Internet. Still over the last few days I have been catching up with things and I have captured a few good links. Several of them I would normally have posted as complete blog posts but the places I am linking to do as good if not better job at explaining what is going on. So here are the best of what I found. “Girls can’t program in their heads”: gender and games in the computing classroom from the  Communications of the ACM blog. Seems like a lot going on with regards to gender balance in...
  • Office 365 for education–get your free trial today!

    Making changes to the way you work, or more importantly the way your staff and students work, is a big deal in any institution. Being able to test, develop and trial changes is vital to rolling out any new services successfully. For this reason we’ve...
  • Where is the computer science at ISTE?

    My prime focus at Microsoft is K-12 computer science education. While I am very interested in various areas of using technology in education I basically get paid to promote Microsoft programs and products in computer science. It’s become harder and harder for me to justify attending the annual ISTE conference because there are fewer and fewer computer science educators attending. I see this as a much larger problem than just “poor Alfred doesn’t get to go to ISTE” though. I see it as a real problem for computer science education. There are some great events for computer science educators. The CS...
  • Where can I get some Office 365 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 Research Faculty Summit Live Stream 2012

    I received this news from the ACM recently. The Microsoft Research Faculty Summit will be available live  for the public this year. I’ve ben fortunate enough to attend this event a couple of times and it is a unique event that mixes industry researchers and academic researchers across the computer science community. It mixes sub areas in a way that most other conferences do not. So this is a great chance to view some outstanding content without leaving home. For the first time, Microsoft Research will present its Faculty Summit in a virtual forum freely accessible by the public. On July 16...
  • Teachers share their excitement for Office 365 for education at ISTE

    Last week, I attended ISTE in San Diego to help celebrate the launch of Office 365 for education . There have been lots of discussions with customers, but many were initiated by school leaders and teachers directly. They are not only incredibly excited...
  • Turning off forwarding in Exchange Online

      I had a customer recently ask me about removing forwarding. There are two steps to do this the first is to remove the UI settings and the other to change the mailbox settings. The original article written for Live@edu was a little different as...
  • Using Shibboleth as an Identity Provider for Office 365

        We have released documentation for Shibboleth support, marking the public availability for Shibboleth integration into Office 365!  You can find the reference here .  This provides a customer with the ability to provide their Active...
  • Teaching Teachers

    Next week is the CSTA Computer Science & Information Technology Conference in Irvine CA. I’m taking part in a session on July 10th covering phone app development. I’m a little nervous about it. Partly that is because I am one of three people presenting different development environments for different types of phones. You know I want mine to be the coolest and easiest and best of all of course. That’s scary enough but it is also a little scary presenting to teachers. And not just any teachers either – some of the best and brightest and most innovative computer science teachers in American come...
  • 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...
  • Janet helps institutions move to Microsoft Office 365 for education

    Janet is helping the sector harness the benefits of cloud-based Microsoft Office 365 for education through initial legal support and by agreeing a customised set of licensing documents with Microsoft, saving the sector time and money. A number of universities...
  • 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...
  • 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. ...
  • 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
  • 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...
  • 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
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...