This week will be a short one with the Thanksgiving holiday here in the US later this week. I’m not sure how much I will be posting this week or how many links I will be collecting. Last week was a regular week though and I have a selection of links to share with you.

Cheryl Arnett (@c_arnett) blogs about her experiences using the Kinect sensor in her classroom at Why Kinect? In other Kinect news, read about Developing a Kinect game that mimics how seismologists deploy seismic instruments following a large earthquake.

clip_image001Microsoft announces new Challenges for Imagine Cup 2012: Put on your thinking cap, assemble your team and sign up! The spring round is coming fast.

Windows Phone Challenge sponsored by Nokia

The Windows Phone Challenge invites students to develop socially conscious apps that will be judged on functionality, utility and user delight. Last year, Windows Phone was the most frequently used technology among Imagine Cup students: nearly half of the competing teams at the Worldwide Finals integrated mobile elements into their projects. Will this year’s Challenge prove to be bigger and stronger that the last? We certainly hope so!

We are thrilled to announce that Nokia will be a premier sponsor of the Imagine Cup 2012 Windows Phone Challenge to encourage young developers to continue creating exciting applications for the Windows Phone platform. Nokia recently released their highly anticipated first device running on a Windows Phone platform, the Nokia Lumia 710.

Azure Challenge

Cloud computing is changing the face of technology. More than 30 percent of teams at the Imagine Cup 2011 Worldwide Finals integrated Windows Azure, Microsoft’s cloud computing service, into their technology designs. By using the cloud, Imagine Cup students have already changed the way education technology functions in the classroom, proven that social media can help lessen our carbon footprints, and created systems to keep medical records more organized. Students who participate in the Azure Challenge will be at the forefront of how the cloud is transforming the way we live and work.

For more information, please visit the Azure and Windows Phone Challenge pages, where you can learn how to participate and find handy tips to help you get started. You can also stay up to date on Imagine Cup news by becoming a fan on Facebook and following us on Twitter.

Wondering where to start wit Windows Phone applications? A couple of my co-workers have assembled collections of links and resources with all you need to get started.

Andrew Ko (@andrewko888 ) recorded a number of interviews with teachers who represented the US at the recent Partners in Learning Global forum. He asked them what one thing they were bringing back home.

Louis Zulli Jr (@lzulli) who was one of those teachers just started blogging. Drop by http://lzulli.wordpress.com and encourage him to continue.

Microsoft Live@edu tops 22M users and is the mostly widely used cloud solution in schools world-wide! Did you know that? You might have thought is was someone else but Microsoft has the most widely adopted solution in education.

Post by Alfred Thompson with additional profile information at Google+