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  • Blog Post: US Forum Educators Make STEM Engaging – Part 2 of 2

    Penn High School students use gamification to solve real-world STEM challenges. Annually, Microsoft hosts America’s innovative educators at its Microsoft Partners in Learning US Forum. The US Forum is an opportunity for educators to showcase and exchange their best practices in teaching and learning...
  • 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: Introducing Our First Tech Student of the Month – Daniel Van Tassel

    Today we start a new “Tech Student of the Month” profile to feature a student whom we feel is doing something rather extraordinary using the Microsoft platform and toolset to develop software. For December we have selected Daniel Van Tassel, an exceptional senior at the University of Utah...
  • Blog Post: March Microsoft Tech Student of the Month – Kenneth Harding

    It’s come time again to acknowledge the newest Microsoft Tech Student of the Month! For the month of March we have selected Kenneth Harding, a 20 year old Information Systems student at the Fisher College of Business of Ohio State University . Kenneth is a web development master and loves making...
  • Blog Post: September Tech Student of the Month - Ramsey Khadder

    We are pleased to announce the next Tech Student of the Month, Ramsey Khadder! Ramsey is a junior at Springbook High School in Silver Spring, Maryland and was a member of the Imagine Cup 2011 team, Team Audentia. Ramsey is also the co-creator of the fun and creative Windows Phone app called Dive! He...
  • Blog Post: June Microsoft Tech Student of the Month – Andrew Zurek

    School is out and summer is upon us as we reach the end of June. It’s now time to announce our next Tech Student of the Month! This month, we are honored to highlight Andrew Zurek who is the project manager for the U.S. Imagine Cup winning team Bloom Studios . Andrew just graduated this month from...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone Software Development Kit

    I know I have mentioned the Windows Phone SDK (software development kit) a lot in the past but usually only as a reference along with other things. It really deserves a post of its own though. T he Windows Phone Software Development Kit (SDK) 7.1 provides you with all of the tools that you need to develop...
  • Blog Post: January’s Tech Student of the Month – Den Delimarsky

    It’s time to profile our second Tech Student of the Month, featuring a student whom we feel is doing something exceptional using the Microsoft platform and toolset to develop software. For January we have selected Den Delimarsky, one of our newest Student Insiders , and a freshman at Independence Community...
  • Blog Post: April Tech Student(s) of the Month: Jake and Sam

    April has been an event filled month for the Tech Student community and especially so for our Windows Phone app developers! In accordance with all the buzz around Windows Phone 7, we have named a team of two successful student WP7 app developers, Jake Poznanski and Sam Kaufmann, as the Tech Student(s...
  • Blog Post: Be What’s Next!

    Grace Hopper used to tell her audiences that if they ever used “because we have always done it this way” as an excuse for anything that she would magically appear next to them to “haunt” them. I first heard her say that some 40 years ago and it has stuck with me since then. And yet people do use that...
  • Blog Post: Game Development with XNA Curriculum–Semester Course

    Revitalize your Computer Science program with Game Development with XNA: Semester 1 . This exciting and engaging computer science semester course enables students to apply a basic foundation in programming to create games and simulations for social causes using C# and Microsoft XNA Game Studio. Teaching...
  • Blog Post: August Tech Student of the Month - Phillip Huff

    August is almost to an end and that means it’s come time again to announce the Tech Student of the Month! This month, we are highlighting Phillip Huff who is the creator of an independent game development studio called Stony Studios. Phillip is about to begin his sophomore year at Stony Brook University...
  • Blog Post: The Perfect Educational Computer Lab

    I had the following question via Twitter the other day “ Hey Alfred. We got permission to overhaul our computer lab, Have you seen any innovative strategies or configurations?” Now this is a question that comes up pretty regularly among computer science teachers. Or teachers who teach computer applications...
  • Blog Post: November 2011 Tech Student of the Month – Patrick Godwin

    We are proud to announce our next Tech Student of the Month, Patrick Godwin, a freshman studying engineering and computer design at the University of Michigan and a third year Microsoft Student Insider who dedicates himself to being a leader and sharing his expertise with the technical community. Patrick...
  • Blog Post: CS & IT Conference Day 1 - 2011

    This year CSTA is trying a bunch of new things with the CS & IT Conference. First off we added a workshop day on the front end. So yesterday there were a number of three hour workshops. You can see what was offered on the CS & IT agenda . I sat ...read more