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  • Blog Post: By Anthony Salcito, Vice President, Worldwide Education: Microsoft Imagine Cup: Innovative Students Making a Difference in Education

    Post by Anthony Salcito, Vice President, Worldwide Education There are few things that inspire me more than witnessing energetic, innovative, enthusiastic students in action, which is why I look forward to this week every year: the Microsoft Imagine Cup . In its 12 th year, the Microsoft Imagine...
  • Blog Post: Cameron Evans, Chief Technology Officer, U.S. Education, Microsoft: Microsoft at ISTE: Reflecting on the Power of the Teacher

    ​In this second decade of the 21 st century, the power of technology to connect, collaborate, and create is undeniable. Nowhere was that more apparent than at the annual International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) conference this weekend. In this era of anytime, anywhere access, the power...
  • Blog Post: Guest post by Stacey Roshan, Maryland Teacher: Office Mix: A Tech Tool and Teacher’s Aide

    ISTE 2014 has just wrapped up and I’m inspired by the enthusiasm of my fellow educators to embrace new tools that offer innovative ways to connect with and teach our students. This year, I had the opportunity to present in a session with Microsoft and meet with colleagues to share my experience...
  • Blog Post: Managing the Digital Classroom: Microsoft Partners Take a Giant Leap Forward

    By Margo Day, Vice President, U.S. Education Technology has been making inroads in classrooms around the world for years now, but there have remained significant – and stubborn -- barriers to success, especially around access, security and affordability. The good news is that, as manufacturers...
  • Blog Post: St. Thomas and Selinsgrove School District choose Surface

    It’s hard to believe that it’s already been one year since Surface was at ISTE. Since then, we have been working hard to get Surface in the hands of teachers and students in 30 markets around the world. Some of the schools who have adopted Surface over the past year include the Supreme Education...
  • Blog Post: Join us at International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) 2014 conference in Atlanta, Georgia starting on June 28th!

    International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) conference is just a few weeks away! As a Tier 1 sponsor, we invite you to join us as we share Microsoft solutions to empower students and educators to learn, create and do more! Mark your calendars! Must attend sessions include: ...
  • Blog Post: Can you spell sdrucciola or augenphilologie? Ansun Sujoe and Sriram Hathwar can and that skill earned them the shared win at the Scripps National Spelling Bee

    By guest blogger Lydia Smyers, Senior Director of US Education Last night we watched as the Scripps National Spelling Bee Co-Champions spelled their way to the win! Congratulations to Sriram Hathwar from Painted Post, New York and Ansun Sunjoe, of Fort Worth, Texas, on persevering to the end. Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft in Education Global Forum – Day 1 in Pictures

    All week, we’ve been talking to you about the Microsoft in Education Global Forum 2014, and some of the great things we’ve been seeing. As the event continues, we wanted to share the action with you and show some of our highlights so far. We’ve added a few of our favorite shots below...
  • Blog Post: National STEM Video Game Challenge TweetChat

    The National STEM Video Game challenge kicked off a couple of months ago but it starting to come down to the wire. IF you missed the spring deadline for the Imagine Cup you can still enter this event though. Inspired by the Educate to Innovate Campaign , President Obama’s initiative to promote...
  • Blog Post: Learning Should Be Fun

    Years ago I was sitting the the front of church and via a fluke of acoustics I heard a little girl in the back of the church tell someone “Stop laughing! It’s Sunday!” Apparently she thought that because Sunday, especially at church, was serious business it should not be fun or happy. Not quite my view...
  • Blog Post: Four Dimensional Tic Tac Toe

    Back in my college days we had a computer program that played three-dimensional tic tac toe. The game was played in a four space by four space four level cube. The object of the game was to get four of you pieces in a row.  Ever since I came across the paper on Connect Four that I blogged about...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Python, Visual Studio and Kinect

    Python is rapidly growing in popularity in academia. Last week Microsoft announced  Python Tools for Visual Studio – an open source (Apache) and free plug-in that turns Visual Studio into a world-class Python development environment.   Plus now there is : PyKinect , which enables writing...
  • Blog Post: Try Kinect at your K-12 School

      Capturing students' interest and making concepts come alive is an educator's greatest challenge!   Kinect™ for Xbox 360® can help get students engaged and inspired with immersive experiences.     è Try Kinect at your K-12 School   The Kinect Trial Program gives K-12 institutions...
  • Blog Post: A Post BASIC World?

    What does is mean to be in a post BASIC world? This is the question that comes to mine when I read about an article titled How are students learning programming in a post-Basic world? I think that for most of the people in the discussion it means that ...read more
  • Blog Post: Readability in Programming Languages

    I saw a side by side comparison of a bunch of scripting languages online recently. Scripting Languages: PHP, Perl, Python, Ruby My first, and second reaction was yuck! Now I have my biases – biases which may  not be shared by others of course. But I like readable code and for me anytime I see a...
  • Blog Post: Better Learning Through Movement

    And fun as well. Recently a co-worker sent me a link to some videos that were done by the Houston Independent School District about the pilot program they are running in several elementary schools. These schools are using video games involving the Kinect Sensor to help teach. And not just physical education...
  • Blog Post: ScriptTD: Tower Defense Game Creation Made Easy

    Coding a game from scratch is hard. Make no mistake about there is a lot to it. OF course many people, especially students, think they are all ready to create the next great game. They can easily be frustrated when they find out that they don’t know near enough about programming (among other things)...
  • Blog Post: Home Grown Computer Camp

    Michael Scherotter who works for Microsoft decided to run a computer programming day camp in his home for his 9 year old son and 9 of his friends. Taking  on teaching programming to 10-year olds may not be for everyone but from the sound of Michael ...read more
  • Blog Post: Tic Tac Toe for Windows Phone

    Introduction We are going to create a simple Tic Tac Toe game for Windows Phone. We’ll be using Visual Studio as our development environment and C# for our programming language. All the resources you need are listed below and all are free.   Resources: VISUAL STUDIO 2010 EXPRESS FOR WINDOWS PHONE...
  • Blog Post: Teaching Teachers and Students Together

    The other day Chris Bowen (that’s Chris working with students below) and I gave a Kodu workshop for a group of students and teachers in Vermont. This was a train the trainer sort of work shop and the students will be acting as peer tutors as part of after school programs in their local schools. Some...
  • Blog Post: NFTE World Series of Innovation

    Innovation! What is is and how can we teach it to children? Big questions today as many of us believe that innovation in many forms is absolutely critical to success in these “interesting” times. Anyone who has spent any time with children (of any age) knows that they are creative and out of the box...
  • Blog Post: Kinect for Windows: SDK and Runtime version 1.5 Released

    If you are using the Kinect sensor for projects, especially if you have the new Kinect for Widows version, you will want to get the latest software development kit and related tools. There is a full list of what is involved at the Kinect for Windows Blog > Kinect for Windows: SDK and Runtime version...
  • Blog Post: Collection of Kinect in Education Links

    Thanks to Johnny Kissko ( 9 Excellent Programming Resources for Kinect ) I recently discovered Ray Chambers who is “currently teaching ICT at Lodge Park Technology College in Corby Northamptonshire.” in England  who has been doing a lot with Kinect. Check out some of his more recent blog posts....
  • Blog Post: Computational Tales

    I recently found out (thanks to the SIGCSE mailing list) that Dr. Jeremy Kubica, software engineer and manager at Google, has been putting together a set of examples of CS concepts written as fairy tales . From what I understand, his goal is to provide students an overview of each concept before getting...