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  • Blog Post: The LifeHacker Education App Winner - Sort It for Windows 8

    Last month Lifehacker announced the winner of the first round of their Developer Challenge, to develop Windows 8 apps. Round 1 was for education apps, and the winning developer was Lucas Moffitt, from NSW, for his free Windows 8 app, Sort It. Sort It app for students and teachers for Windows 8 ...
  • Blog Post: Building an engaging Windows 8 education app for students

    Earlier I wrote about building a Windows 8 education app for teachers , and here's part  two - building an interactive, engaging Windows 8 education app for students. We pick up where I left off earlier – where teachers have assigned an assignment to a group of students. Creating an immersive Windows...
  • Blog Post: Building an engaging Windows 8 education app for teachers

    Developing an education app is about designing an experience, before writing code . One way is to talk to teachers and students. Another way is to look at examples, and that's why we created 'App Idea Books' for Windows 8. They cover different areas – games, entertainment, news, productivity, sports...
  • Blog Post: Update 9–Windows 8 education apps from Australia

    I've written before about Lucas Moffitt , an independent developer who's writing Windows 8 apps to help teachers.  He's turning them out pretty quickly – Australian Teacher Professional Standards Evaluator , Class Seater and Lesson Coder – and he's just had his most ambitious project published in...
  • Blog Post: Update 8-Windows 8 Education Apps from Australian developers

    Last week I wrote about Lucas Moffitt, an Australian developer of Windows 8 education apps . Well, his latest two apps have been released into the Windows Store 'Education' category, and they are both apps for teachers to use. They are designed around the idea of creating very simple apps that help teachers...
  • Blog Post: Developing Windows 8 education apps–How Lucas Moffitt does it

    In December, I came across Lesson Coder , a Windows 8 educational app to help teachers record their own lesson observations, and check them against the NSW Quality Teaching Framework. It's a professional development tool for both experienced and trainee teachers, and it made a lot of sense to use on...
  • Blog Post: Getting started with building a sophisticated student support app for Windows 8

    The Education section of the Windows 8 store is packed with new apps, as people are busy developing Windows 8 education apps. One of the things I've noticed is that many of them are intended to do just one job well – they're not really creating a whole learning journey for a student, but enabling...
  • Blog Post: How to get a Flash website working smoothly on Windows 8 and Windows RT

    This blog post is for developers, designers, and content publishers who have created websites that use Flash Player, and want to know what the right steps to take are to get those sites running smoothly on Windows 8 devices. This is pretty important in education, where there have historically been lots...
  • Blog Post: Final version - Free Windows 8 programming ebook

    Less than a week ago, I wrote about the free Windows 8 programming ebook " Programming Windows 8 Apps with HTML, CSS and JavaScript " from Microsoft Press. The link I gave then was to the second version, but five nights have passed, and Microsoft Press have now released the full and finished...
  • Blog Post: Update 4: Windows 8 apps for education

    After last week's launch of Windows 8 and the Microsoft Surface, it's no surprise that there's more interest in education apps. And there's plenty of new Windows 8 apps for education being added to the Windows Store. I've actually got too many for one blog post, so I'm working on another blog post even...
  • Blog Post: Updated - Free Windows 8 programming ebook

    Those nice people at Microsoft Press released an update in August to their free ebook – it’s a preview version of “Programming Windows 8 Apps with HTML, CSS and JavaScript”. And it seems perfect timing to highlight it (being absolutely transparent, I didn't read it when it came...
  • Blog Post: Listing your existing Windows educational software in the Windows Store

    A typical Windows computer in a teaching classroom or computer lab has a wide range of applications installed (I've seen schools with over 100 apps installed on their computers). And every time there's a new version of Windows, education users always take a look at the software they have in use, and...
  • Blog Post: Building an education app for Windows 8 is about designing an experience, before writing code

    As the interest in Windows 8 builds, with new Windows 8 devices being revealed weekly , and new education apps for Windows 8 appearing in the Windows Store, I'm having regular conversations with people about developing new apps for education users (typically teachers or students) for Windows 8. Often...
  • Blog Post: Webcast - Tips for submitting your apps to the Windows Store

    It seems I'm on a bit of a roll with blog posts about Windows 8 apps for education ( there's another one coming tomorrow, which in my head is titled 'Don't write code - design an experience' ). But reading blog posts, and the technical info on the links isn't the same as actually hearing somebody talking...
  • Blog Post: Building Windows 8 apps–the Readify roadshow is heading to town

    Readify , a Microsoft partner, are at the forefront of building Windows 8 apps, and when they won Microsoft's global award for Software Development Partner of the Year , it wasn't a surprise. Not only is it at the leading edge, but it makes sure it stays there by filling the team with Microsoft MVPs...
  • Blog Post: How to sell Windows 8 apps to education customers

    Developers around Australia are creating Windows 8 apps and making decisions about how to go to market. With the arrival of the Windows Store, there's another route to market that wasn't there previously, especially as it gives you a way to get to market without having to build a complete channel. ...
  • Blog Post: The Windows Store is now open to all developers

    If you are thinking of programming Windows 8 apps, then you might like to know that we've just crossed the last major threshold for publishing apps in the Windows Store from an Australian perspective. In the first round you had to be a company to setup an account to publish an app in the Windows Store...
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