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  • Blog Post: Kinect for Windows is now Available!

    (Cross post from Kinect for Windows blog ) On January 9th, Steve Ballmer announced at CES that we would be shipping Kinect for Windows on February 1st. I am very pleased to report that today version 1.0 of our SDK and runtime were made available for download, and distribution partners in our twelve...
  • Blog Post: New Hampshire TechFest 2011

    Last Saturday I spend the day at Windham High School in Windham New Hampshire for the second annual NH TechFest . TechFest is a project  created by parents and others interested in making sure that students are exposed to information about STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) careers in...
  • Blog Post: Making Informed Decisions to Live a Healthy Lifestyle

    Slowly but surely, the days are getting longer, and as thoughts turn to spending more time outdoors, we're reminded of the importance that living a healthy lifestyle can have on a child's well-being. Learning how to be active and eat right is just ...read more
  • Blog Post: Engaging Young Students in Knowledge Building and Critical Thinking

    We are two weeks away from the Microsoft Partners in Learning Global Forum (#PiLGF) in Prague, Czech Republic. I wanted to share another guest post from a member of “Team USA” (one of the 16 teachers who will be representing the U.S. at this amazing professional learning experience). Today’s...
  • Blog Post: Using Kinect for Windows with XNA Curriculum

    I mentioned Rob Miles new Using Kinect for Windows with XNA curriculum in Monday’s Interesting Links post . I was a bit afraid that the announcement might get “lost” there so wanted to highlight these materials in a post all on it’s own. I know a lot of people are thinking about using Kinect at the end...
  • 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: One week left to enter the Kinect Fun Labs Challenge!

    I know that here and there you might have some really great Kinect game or app ideas at your schools. If they haven’t already entered the Kinect Fun Labs Challenge , please encourage them to do so before March 6 th ! Round 1 is super easy – it’s a simple one-pager that represents a concept design – and...
  • Blog Post: Interesting Links 12 September 2011

    After a wonderful long weekend for Labor Day I spent the rest of last week in San Antonio Texas for a series of meetings. This didn’t leave me a lot of time for blogging or for looking up new things to share. But I did stumble across a few things I hope some of you will find interesting. And let’s start...
  • Blog Post: Flying Fish & Kinect help lead the final U.S. team to the Partners in Learning Global Forum

    As many of you might recall there was a fair amount of blogging activity around the Partners in Learning 2011 U.S. Innovative Education Forum we hosted in July. The event brought together just over 100 educators from across the country to showcase and highlight innovative teaching practices that are...
  • Blog Post: Round 1 Finalists for 2012 Microsoft Partners in Learning Forum

    The big news for me yesterday was at Finalists Announced for Round 1 of the Microsoft Partners in Learning 2012 US Forum . I attended this event as a judge last year and learned an incredible amount from these amazing teachers. This first round announced 44 teachers representing 32 projects from across...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Programming for Absolute Beginners from Channel 9

    Channel 9 has just launched an absolute beginner series to help people learn to program. There are two versions of the Development for Absolute beginners materials – one for Visual Basic and one for C# Well worth checking out. Visual Basic Development for Absolute Beginners C# Development for Absolute...
  • Blog Post: Kinect Workshop at the Imagine Cup

    These are the views that greeted students entering the Sky Lobby of the host hotel of the World wide Imagine Cup this afternoon. We had room for just over 70 people to sit and work the hands on part of the workshop and when we started there was standing ...read more
  • Blog Post: Game Design with XNA, Kinect and Windows Phone

    Please take a look at the new Game Design with XNA and Microsoft Technologies: Advanced XNA, Kinect, and Windows Phone curriculum units that have just been completed and are ready for classroom (or other) use. The teacher-created and classroom-tested lessons and projects are easy to engage and include...
  • Blog Post: What To Tell Students About Computer Science

    Last Friday I drove down to Cape Cod. Just over the Cape Cod canal via the Bourne Bridge is Upper Cape Tech. They have an outstanding culinary arts program and while I really did enjoy lunch and conversation in the culinary arts restaurant I was mainly there to talk to students about careers in computer...
  • 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: The Kinect Effect in Education

    As a gamer and someone who's excited about the potential for gamification in education and the way in which we can apply incentives and other features of gaming to the learning process, I am a huge fan of Kinect . I'm a fan of the opportunities it's going to open up for new user interfaces, the opportunities...
  • Blog Post: Two New Imagine Cup Challenges for 2012

    The Imagine Cup just keeps getting bigger and bigger. Today two more challenges were announced via the Imagine Cup blog ( Microsoft Announces Windows Metro Style App and Kinect Fun Labs Challenges for Imagine Cup 2012 ). One challenge is specifically for Kinect applications while the other is for Windows...
  • Blog Post: Kinect-ing at the NJSBA Annual Workshop

    Normally the conferences I attend are about educational technology or computer science education. Events like ISTE, MASSCue, TCEA, SIGCSE or CSTA’s CS & IT. But the last two days I have been at the New Jersey School Board Association annual workshop. We’re hear talking about Kinect in Education ...
  • Blog Post: Hello From Texas

    You may have noticed I haven’t been blogging as much this week. I’ve been in Austin TX at the TCEA conference. I’ve been pretty busy from morning until night. Doing what? Well you may ask. I have been spending some time at the Microsoft booth talking to teachers who come by. But I have also been involved...
  • Blog Post: 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 Elementary School in Loudoun County, Virginia are...
  • Blog Post: Seeking Your Ideas for Gaming and Learning

    There seems to be much interest recently on divining the successful intersection between gaming and learning. The noteworthy primer on the subject comes from Jane McGonigal’s compelling book Reality is Broken . I had the pleasure of meeting Jane this summer at the Microsoft Partners in Learning 2011...
  • Blog Post: Kinect for FRC 2012

    Tomorrow is the official kickoff for the FIRST Robotics Competition . One of the things that means is that today is a day of workshops at FIRST Place in Manchester NH. I started my day here by presenting a 45 minute workshop on how the Kinect is used with FRC robots this year. There were some things...
  • Blog Post: Xbox Live and College Football!

    Cross-post from Kevin Dean ... Great news for college football fans - Microsoft shipped its latest ESPN Xbox LIVE update on Thursday! ESPN on Xbox LIVE allows users to access over 400 college football games , 31 bowl games and more than 75 exclusive games from ESPN3. ESPN is free for Xbox LIVE...
  • Blog Post: Video Game Victory: Students Fight a Growing Epidemic with Technology

    In the battle against childhood obesity, many schools are revamping their lunch menus, removing junk food from vending machines, and instituting exercise and healthy eating programs. First Lady Michelle Obama has championed the fight against this epidemic and thanks to two tech-savvy educators, students...