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  • Blog Post: More on Signing Up for DreamSpark and AppHub

    About a month ago I wrote a post ( DreamSpark and AppHub Sign Up ) to help people step through the process of signing up for DreamSpark and AppHub accounts. The problem at the time was that signing in for people who had already gotten verified for DreamSpark under the old system were locked out. Not...
  • Blog Post: DreamSpark and AppHub Sign Up

    We’ve had some changes in the DreamSpark program lately and the web site feels all different to me. So what I decided to do was to step though the process of first signing up for DreamSpark for students with Activations codes such as you get in a high school Dream Spark program of if you get a code from...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phones for Students

    OK so you are a student and you are wondering what to do over the summer. Perhaps you have a job but maybe it is not fulfilling. And besides wouldn’t it be cool to write some great code and win a new Windows Phone for your efforts. Right? Well the Windows Phone team has a contest just for you. They are...
  • Blog Post: DreamSpark, AppHub and Windows Phone Development

    So are your graduating high school seniors bored? or perhaps you are still looking for things to do after the AP CS exam. or maybe you know college or high school students looking to make a few bucks writing code? ( Student Develops Games For Windows Phone 7 ) Edwin Guarin has a new post out called Dreamspark...
  • Blog Post: Free Pluralsight On-demand Training via Dreamspark

    Microsoft is constantly adding software and other benefits to the DreamSparak program. The latest of these benefits is the opportunity for students to get access to Pluralsight online training. This is professional training from one of the top training companies in the computer industry. Microsoft frequently...
  • Blog Post: New Software on DreamSpark

    Dreamspark is all about free development software for students. This week we added six new or updated products to the mix. This release included: Kodu SmallBasic Mathematics 4.0 SQL Server 08 R2 XNA Game Studio 4.0 Windows Embedded Standard 7 And…you can find them all here ! If you are a teacher at a...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Students And Intellectual Property Rights

    Earlier this week a friend sent me a couple of links to articles on intellectual property and students. One was about piracy ( Future Tense: Piracy Revisited ) and it consists of an author explaining how “getting stuff for free” can be stealing. This article mirrors very closely conversations I had with...
  • Blog Post: DreamSpark–Software for Learning

    I’ve talked about DreamSpark before of course but the start of the school year seems like a great time for a reminder. The Microsoft DreamSpark Program provides students with Microsoft Professional Development tools for free ! Lots of tools! The full professional suite including Visual Studio and...
  • Blog Post: Failure to Upgrade

    There was a funny movie out a few years ago called Failure To Launch . It tells the story of a man in his mid thirties who still lives at home. He doesn’t want to take the next step and move out, get into a serious relationship and “launch” into the greater world. He is safe and comfortable. He doesn...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2010 Now Available

    Well it is official – the final release of Visual Studio 2010 is not available. If your school has an MSDN AA account you can download it from ELMS now. If you don’t have MSDN AA, why not? Also for students who are part of the DreamSpark program you can download Visual Studio 2010 from there as well...
  • Blog Post: Playing Video Games Will Not Get You a Job But Creating One Might

    Last week I had a chance to hear Larry Hryb (AKA Major Nelson ) of the Xbox Live team talk to a group of college students at Microsoft’s Cambridge (MA) facility. The audience was made up mostly of students with aspirations of making it in the gaming industry. Game programmers, graphic designers, game...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone 7 Series Programming

    Programming phones seems to be the hot new thing these days. Yesterday Microsoft announced the availability of free programming tools for the new Windows Phone 7 Series of devices. Start with Visual Studio 2010 Express for Phone beta. Windows Phone Developer Tools includes: Visual Studio...
  • Blog Post: Can Movie Computer Screens Help Us Design Better

    NPR did a story recently on the computer screens that we see in the movies. You know the ones with big read “Access Denied” messages that look nothing like anything you have ever seen in real life. The story was called Hollywood's Computers: Telling A Story In A Flash and it got me thinking. My first...
  • Blog Post: Hacking and Ethics

    I get a lot of interesting email. Today I received an email from a student in Japan asking me the question “ Do you think that hackers will decrease if we improve Information-ethics-education ?” My first thought was yes. My second thought was no. My third thought was maybe. Helpful answers? Perhaps not...
  • Blog Post: Beware Boring The Smart Kids

    There is an interesting conversation going on in the comments of Mark Guzdial’s blog that I wanted to engage in a small part of that conversation in more depth than what fits in a comment. It started with a comment by Erik Engbrecht that reads in part: Boring a potentially great student is a greater...
  • Blog Post: Making a List, Checking it Twice

    A while back the College Board dropped one of the Advanced Placement Computer Science exams – the so-called AB exam. (About 14 months ago and I wrote about dropping the APCS AB exam here ) Ever since then there has been a lot of discussion about the AP computer science curriculum in specific and the...
  • Blog Post: Where Does DreamSpark High School Fit In

    Every since the public announcement of DreamSpark for High School I’ve been getting questions about how DreamSpark fits in with the MSDN Academic Alliance High School program. The answer is that basically the MSDN AA program is designed to provide software for in school and curriculum related activities...
  • Blog Post: When To Take Programming

    The AP CS mailing list has been having a discussion about letting sophomores take Advanced Placement Computer Science. Topics being discussed include “are sophomores ready?” Some are and some aren’t. Another issue was expressed well by someone who said “what happens to the sophomores if there aren't...
  • Blog Post: Turning Pro

    I was reading Raymond Chen’s blog post about the NCAA tournament the other day and it got me thinking. Raymond set up his brackets based on the college’s graduation rate for basketball players. Most of those teams graduate fewer than half their players. Not exactly a recipe for success in later life...
  • Blog Post: DreamSpark High School Now Open

    Dreamspark is a program that Microsoft first announced last year for college and university students. Ever since then a Dreamspark program for high schools has been “coming.” Well just before Christmas a beta version of the program and web site soft launched. Soft launch means it was there if you stumbled...
  • Blog Post: Useful Web Links for Computer Science Teachers

    I keep doing sets of links to hand out at various conferences. It seems like every time I do the list comes out a little differently. Some new things. Some things have new addresses. And the order of things changes for the audience. This list is from a pair of handouts I have put together for a high...
  • Blog Post: An Expression Web Video Tutorial

    Randy Guthrie has posted a very nice 34 minute long video tutorial on how to create a personal web site using Expression Web. Expression Web is free for schools though the MSDN AA program . For college/university students it is also free through the Dreamspark program. Randy does a great job with...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight, Popfly, and other Software Trailers

    I'm very lucky to be working with a bunch of bright young people. Well they don't always think of themselves as young but since I have a son older than most of them they seem young to me. These guys are talented in many areas but it is their use of new media that I probably admire most. You may be seeing...
  • Blog Post: Join The Conversation - Girls On The Web and Other Topics

    I'm away on a gaming in computer science conference and while I really wanted to have a lot of great blog posts for you all to enjoy and learn from it's been tough getting all the things done that I needed to get done. But I did want to make sure some conversations kept going and perhaps start more....
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