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Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information from Alfred Thompson

November, 2010

  • Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information from Alfred Thompson

    Student Access to the AppHub for Windows Phone 7


    One of the many benefits of the DreamSpark program, besides all of the free software, is access to the AppHub for submitting Windows Phone 7 applications for sale for free. Businesses and other individuals have to pay to join the App Hub and submit apps to the system. The process for getting started can be a little confusing though. In this post I will try to explain it in language a reasonable human being can understand. In other words, the directions I myself would like to read.

    Note that college/university students sign up through DreamSpark on their own while high school students get access through their schools. The extra step is so that Microsoft doesn't find themselves in the tricky business of validating who is and is not a high school student and gathering a lot of personally identifying information on minors. In short the extra step is for everyone's best interested. My friend Gautam Reddy has a wonderful blog post that explains the step by step of signing a high school up for DreamSpark BTW.

    The first step is to get a DreamSpark account. You’ll need a free Windows Live id for that but the DreamSpark site will help you though that simple process. If you already have a DreamSpark account, sign in and let’s get started.

    1. First register for AppHub through DreamSpark.
      • Under the Download Software link on the DreamSpark home page find the Windows Phone link and select it.
      • Once there select the Register for the App Hub link. (You may want to download the development software while you are there as well.) 
      • Select Student as your account type on the App Hub registration page and enter your contact information
    2. You will get an email to verify your registration. Make sure you use a valid email address that you check. You may want to check to see that this email doesn’t get filtered to your SPAM folder – It happens sometimes.
    3. Now you can submit an app but you are not done yet (sorry) After you submit the first time you will receive an email from a company called GeoTrust. The final verification process is a it of necessary seriousness that neither you  or Microsoft really wants or needs to go through until you actually have an app to submit.
    4. After GeoTrust has verified your identity, you will receive a second email from GeoTrust that asks you to send an signed copy of an ID.  It’s all about making sure people are identified so that they can receive payment  for and take responsibility for their work. This second email can take up to 2-3 days
    5. After you send in the Signed Copy of your ID GeoTrust sends Microsoft the identification information, this can also take up to 2-3 days. At least you only have to do this once.
    6. Once the Signed Copy of the your ID is received the certification process for your application starts.
      • Please note: it can take a maximum of 5 business days to complete the certification
    7. If your application doesn’t meet the certification requirements, the application is rejected. You will be told what requirements are not being met so that you can fix them and submit the app again with the fixes (and you are back to step 6). 
    8. When the certification process ends and certification is successful it takes about 5/6 hours for the app to be placed up in the marketplace.

    Once your app is in the marketplace you’ll want to promote it to friends and potential customers. Make sure that you have a good explanation of the app and its value to others. Good luck!

  • Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information from Alfred Thompson

    Windows Phone 7 Development for Absolute Beginners


    I’m excited about this. It is a series of videos designed as a four day workshop for learning Windows Phone 7 development. And it is for absolute beginners not seasoned professional developers. It’s from Microsoft’s Channel 9 team and so the production quality as well as the technical information is rock solid. May be just the thing for getting started in smart phone development in school, as a hobby or even eventually career work. Check it out.


    What:    Beginners learning to develop in a few hours using Windows Phone 7


    Channel 9 has just launched an all new series that teaches beginning developers with little programming experience how to develop applications for Windows Phone 7. This series assumes that you have absolutely no knowledge of C#, Silverlight, or mobile development.  In just a few hours, you will understand the needed concepts to build applications.

  • Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information from Alfred Thompson

    EduBlogger Nominations 2010


    I have this whole mixed emotion thing with the EduBlogger awards. On one hand I think that everyone who blogs in education is a positive force and basically a “winner.” They are contributing to idea sharing, resource sharing, and a whole world wide conversation about making education better for everyone. This is just an exciting thing to be a part of. Also if there are winners that also seems to imply losers which is not exactly an incentive. But then on the other hand there are people who are just doing such an outstanding job that it feels good that they get some recognition. Now in general the best blogs and best Twitter users have large audiences already. That gives them an edge in winning anything that involves a popular vote. But should they be penalized for that? Or is it better that the best get still larger audiences which will allow them to share even more ideas – including one hopes ideas from other people who don’t yet have a great audience? So with all that I have decided to nominate a few people this year.


    My Nominations for The 2010 Edublog Awards are:

    Best Individual blog - Dangerously Irrelevant This is a tough category to pick just one blog for. There are many outstanding blogs that I could nominate. But forced to pick just one, this blog by Scott McLeod is a great choice. Incredibly well-written, full of great insights and ideas this blog is a conversation starter. It is a blog that educators at all levels and in all roles can learn from. Scott is on Twitter @McLeod

    Best school administrator blog - Principals Page The Blog This is not your average blog by a superintendent of schools. There is lots of humor here. Intermixed with fun links and discussions are some real insights into being a school administrator. I retweet links to this blog a lot and it is one of my first reads of the day. He’s also on Twitter @principalspage

    Best resource sharing blog - Doug - off the record I hesitate to nominate Doug Peterson in this category because its one I might get nominated in. But it would be an honor to lose to him. He’s a great guy and shares many many great links and ideas. His eclectic mix of links which come out daily includes something for just about everyone in education. His point of view posts are full of wit and wisdom. If you are not following Doug you should be. And he’s on Twitter @DougPete.

    Best Group BlogThe Educators’ Royal Treatment This group blog has an outstanding group of contributors from all areas of education. Managed by Ken Royal (Twitter @KenRoyal) there are posts on many education topics and they tend to be particularly well written.

    Most influential tweet / series of tweets / tweet based discussion - #edchat So much more than a hashtag, this is a regular global education discussion on Twitter. It is a must follow and must participate in activity.

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