August, 2012

  • You're invited to a Windows 8 DevCamp in city near you

          Seating is limited. Select a date below to register online or call 1-877-MSEVENT Location     DevCamp   Tampa, FL 8/8 Tallahassee, FL 8/10 Harrisburg, PA 8/14 Albany, NY 8/16 Sacramento, CA 8/23 Chevy Chase, MD 8/28 Reston, VA 8/30 Olympia, WA 9/7 Austin, TX 9/11 Madison, WI 9/14 FREE Events Seating is limited, so register today. Connect with us Windows 8 changes everything. Windows 8 is the largest developer opportunity that combines the broad reach of Windows, our best in class developer tools and a re-imagined user experience with a new support chipset and...
  • U.S. Teachers Leading a Learning Revolution

    I was excited to be able to attend the Microsoft Partners in Learning 2012 U.S. Forum last week in Redmond where 100 educators from 25 states showcased their innovative classroom projects to vie for a spot to compete at the Partners in Learning Global...
  • License assignment for Education customers

      We continue to look at better ways to do license assignment in EDU. The initial scripts provide quick way to do assignment but lacked in granularity. When a customer wants to apply licenses we wanted to look at the source AD to track against a...
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  • Live@edu Upgrade to Office 365 for education

    If you’re a Live@edu customer you might be wondering to yourself where you can find out more information about the upgrade to Office 365 for education. What do I need to plan for? When can I do it? How long does it take? What about SSO, ILM, PCNS, etc...
  • Kodu: Mars Edition

    Did you follow the landing of the latest Mars rover – Curiosity? Well if you did or even if you just know a bunch of space crazy students the latest version of Kodu is for you. Last week Microsoft announced (and launched) Kodu:Mars Edition . Download it at http://www.kodugamelab.com . Some of the new features: New ROVER with authentic Rover commands New rock types, indicative of what you might find on Mars 3 new levels to play : Explore Mars & Mt. Sharp, Program a Rover, and our new Arcade level. Several new program features, including "End of Path" and comparison operators...
  • BYOD versus Academic Equity

    Can public schools embrace consumerization and maintain academic equity? It is slippery slope, so bring your sports cam for this one. Related Stores: “Bring Your Own Data”—the next debate Top Five Über Themes for 2012
  • Interesting Links 6 August 2012

    What a great week last week was. My big planned event was a meeting of the ACM/IEEE CS 2013 committee in Seattle WA. As it turns out that meant I was able to attend the closing gala for the Microsoft Partners in Learning US Forum. I’ll have a separate blog with links to that event. It is enough to say that it was very exciting to meet some of this year’s winners who will be going on to represent American teachers in the world-wide forum in Prague later this year. It was also great to see some old friends and outstanding teachers who I have either known for a while (some of them were US Forum judges...
  • Professional Academic Communities in Yammer

    Enterprise Social Computing has the potential to change the very nature of collaboration and communication in the academic enterprise. Welcome to Yammer. Related Stores: Facebook and Microsoft Office Enable New Communities It’s Not A Typo: Microsoft Office Enterprise 2007 only $9.95
  • Eight+ Windows 8 Must Read Blogs for Educators

    So you think you know everything about Windows 8? Time for a knowledge assessment. No related posts.
  • Windows 8 Coming Real Soon for Education

    Windows 8 has reached its gold standard and has been Released to Manufacturing (RTM). What does it mean for education? Related Stores: The Great Transition: Windows XP to Windows 8 Windows 8 Release Preview in Pictures Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010 updated for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2
  • DirSync Now Supports Filtering

    Early adopters of Office 365 for education will know that the DirSync tool that you can deploy to synchronise your local Active Directory with Office 365 did not allow you to filter the objects that are synchronised (i.e. by OU, user attribute or domain...
  • Construct 2 - the HTML5 game maker

    I’ve been experimenting with Construct 2 from Scirra the last few days. Construct 2 is a program from creating HTML 5 games. What really got my interest was that there is the ability to create Windows 8 games using Construct 2 with Visual Studio 12.  The Construct 2 development environment is pretty easy to use and I find that some similarities to Visual Studio (among other tools) is helpful in finding ones way around it. The image below shows the layout of graphical objects on the screen as well as the properties box, list of images and outline of the project. Very similar to what I am used...
  • Microsoft Partners in Learning 2012 US Forum Finalists

    Last night at the Gala Awards celebration we announced 16 educators from California, Colorado, Florida, Louisiana, Michigan, Texas, and Washington states that were the finalists from this fantastic celebration of teaching. 100 educators from 25 states...
  • Aha! Short Reflections on the Partners in Learning 2012 US Forum

    A guest post by Allyson Knox, Academic Program Manager, Microsoft Partners in Learning on her visit to the Forum. The 2012 US Forum kicked-off with a bang in Redmond. 100 teachers presented 73 projects to judges , educators , and guests.  My goal...
  • Still using outlook.com?

    If you’re a Live@edu customer and you’re still using outlook.com to access your email then this blog post is for you! Microsoft has started inviting institutions using Live@edu to upgrade to Office 365 for education. Academic institutions using http:...