It's all about edU

Insights, foresights and hindsights from the world of Microsoft (and other) technology in education.

It's all about edU

  • Learning 2.0 meets Web 2.0

    My favorite educationally relevant and intellectual article of this calendar year (and arguably for the past 12 months or more) is one that appeared in Educause Magazine in their Jan/Feb 2008 issue entitled Minds on Fire: Open Education, the Long Tail...
  • S+S = SaaS + PaaS + IaaS + DaaS!

    One of my first blog posts over a year and half ago was entitled S+S=SaaS? which delved into the Microsoft definition of Software Plus Services and how that related to the broader industry concept of Software as a Service.  Today, that state of cloud...
  • Education Innovation – Microsoft Education Labs

    Have you followed the trend of Microsoft’s innovation in Education?  It’s been an interesting path, for sure – especially if you trace the roots far enough back.  You could almost put it into a 3-phased approach… Phase 1 – Software Surely you...
  • Students, SharePoint and raw business drive – a winning combination

    Based on the 13 years I’ve spent working with education customers and technology solutions, I think I can fairly say that innovation runs rampant on college campuses – both in IT shops that are challenged with fewer dollars to deliver more services as...
  • Tools for Schools

    One of the inherent issues in the age of Cloud is one of Discoverability – knowing how to search for and find all the great services and resources that exist.  When it comes to Educationally relevant resources, Microsoft offers over 100 FREE tools...
  • S+S=SaaS?

      Microsoft’s vision of cloud computing is called, and being marketed as Software + Services .  The original, more broadly accepted term, as you are likely aware, is Software as a Service .  What’s the difference, if any?  Should you...
  • Thinking about the Learning Continuum with disrupters like H1N1

    Snow days, carpool conflicts, broken bones, learning disabilities, the flu, excessive heat, hurricanes, weapon threats, cyber-bullying, failed levies, family vacation…  Any of these factors, and many others, could mean unintended missed school days...
  • Imagine Cup – Olympics for Student Technologists and Artists

    For my first post of the new year, I thought I’d focus on our future – more specifically the future bright minds of the technology and computer industry that currently take the shape of ambitious and passionate students in the market that my team and...
  • Did you know about Office Web Apps (for Free) and how they can be used in the classroom?

    I’ve been attending the annual ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) conference in Philadelphia this week, spending a majority of my time in the Microsoft booth.  Far and away the most frequent question I get – either directly...
  • “Campus to Cloud”

    This week I had the opportunity to participate in an innovative workshop sponsored by Center for Digital Education and Brocade .  The sponsors invited CIOs from a variety of higher education campuses across the country of varying sizes and affiliations...
  • Connecting Beyond Kinect

    In November Microsoft will launch a ground breaking motion-sensing technology for our Xbox 360 gaming console system called Kinect. You can read about it and explore features here . If you research some of the history and technology in this device...
  • Expanding your LiveMeeting Investment

    Whether your school has made an investment in the Live Meeting service hosted by Microsoft, or if you utilize the Web Conferencing capabilities of Live Meeting on premise, you are probably realizing great cost-savings and efficiency benefits from the...
  • Exciting news in the world of (classroom) movie making!

    We’re entering an exciting launch year – not the least of which is Windows 7 – a smooth, snappy operating system I’ve been enjoying on several business and personal computers for several months. Quick sidebar: I made the mistake of loading Win7...
  • BING Earth Day Photo Contents… For Students!

    Bing Is Next Gen Bing Is Now Gellin’ Big Investment, New Game Whatever your interpretation of the name, Microsoft’s Decision Engine is making search fun again with features like visual search, image and video search, and cash back search for shopping...
  • Calling All Students...

    In college, I have to admit, I had a Mac.  A Mac Plus with 2MB of RAM (I put the second 1 MB SIMM in myself) and a 40 MB (yes, megabyte) external hard drive that cost me an obscene amount of money - all I knew is I never again had to swap disks when...
  • Gode101

    I've finally caught up with the trend and am today officially posting my first weblog.  All I can say is "It's about time..."  which sounds faintly reminiscent of what my mother-in-law said when I proposed to her daughter.  There...
  • Windows Hied Conference – 2009 Edition

    For the 3rd time in about 4 years, the US Education vertical is hosting around 100 IT Pros from universities all around the country (and the world) in Redmond for a three day conference.  This is organized by a committee from the Windows HIED listsrv...
  • Earth Day Reflections – Art and Science

    There are two Microsoft-relevant highlights on this 40th anniversary of Earth Day, 2010, that I’d like to share – one art-related, and one science-related. Art: BING Student Photo Contest For the last several weeks Microsoft has encouraged amateur student...
  • Software + Services for Academia?

    So much hullabalu is afoot in the press these days regarding Software as a Service (SaaS), Cloud Computing and Web 2.0 that our own internal news service had to create a new RSS feed category just to optimally classify and keep tabs on the trends, stories...