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  • Blog Post: ChronoZoom offers new tools for history teachers

    Make your mark in history with ChronoZoom Last week, from November 22 to 24, I was in St. Louis, Missouri, at the annual conference of the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS), helping to promote the terrific work of our international partners in creating open-source technologies and free...
  • Blog Post: ChronoZoom challenge: visualize history and win

    I love my job! Why? Because, as manager of Games for Learning and Digital Humanities at Microsoft Research Connections, I get to explore four of my favorite things: games, art, technology, and education. This week is especially exciting for me, because yesterday, we launched the Microsoft ChronoZoom...
  • Blog Post: South by Software—Microsoft’s Excellent Austin Adventure

    Earlier this month, I had the pleasure of attending South by Southwest Interactive , one of the largest conferences on emerging technology in the world. The event is held in Austin, Texas, as part of the family of South by Southwest (SXSW) festivals that also include events showcasing music, film, and...
  • Blog Post: ChronoZoom Named Top Educational Resource at 2013 SXSW Interactive

    When Microsoft Research teamed up with the University of California Berkeley to create a digital tool for exploring the history of everything, we knew we had the potential to build a killer educational app. After all, a tool that can reveal the cross-currents of history, revealing the interdependencies...
  • Blog Post: Seeing Your World Through a Different Light

    As the saying goes: everything is bigger in Texas. And coming this weekend, March 8 to 10, there will be a couple of Texas-sized telescopes at the South by Southwest (SXSW) Interactive Festival in Austin. Housed in the mammoth NASA Experience Tent, a wall-sized display will show off Microsoft Research’s...
  • Blog Post: A Time(line) for Reflection

    AIDS. Like many people, I was aware of the disease but had only a basic understanding of the history and impact of the AIDS pandemic. That all changed for me, thanks to my involvement in the AIDS Quilt Project . My name is Madison Allen, and I’m a recent graduate of the University of California...
  • Blog Post: A Quilt, a Map, and a Few Good Apps

    As I was preparing to travel to Washington, D.C., for the 2012 exhibition of the AIDS Quilt and the International AIDS Conference, it occurred to me that this journey began a little less than a year ago, in nearly the same spot. I first learned about the AIDS Quilt project from Brett Bobley , CIO of...
  • Blog Post: Inspiring Computer Science Students in Our Backyard

    As Microsoft’s “point person” for increasing women’s participation in computing, I am passionate about attracting talented young women to careers in computer science. Perhaps you’ve seen these statistics, which underscore the need: The percentage of computer science...
  • Blog Post: Unlocking Academic Success with Frame Games for Learning

    It began with a simple question: “Why can’t students earn digital rewards for being awesome?” A research group comprised of university faculty, staff, and students at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) decided to find out. The team delved into the everyday travails of college...
  • Blog Post: The Promise of Games in Lifelong Learning

    We are pleased to announce the launch of a program that is designed to support collaborations between Microsoft Research Connections and major research institutions to build the foundations for a unified game layer for education. Our first official project is Just Press Play , an experiment to craft...
  • Blog Post: Computing Research Association Gathering Informs, Inspires

    In even-numbered years, North America's Computing Research Association (CRA) gathers computer-science department heads, deans, provosts, and major computer-science funding agencies at the Snowbird Resort and Conference Center in the Wasatch Mountains, not far from Salt Lake City. Hot on the heels of...
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