March, 2011

  

  • Microsoft UK Faculty Connection

    Windows Azure supports open source PHP/Eclipse and Drupal

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    Learn more about Windows Azure and Windows Azure Interoperability with PHP with these great new and updated tutorials below.

    Updated Windows Azure Tools for PHP (Compatible with the Windows Azure 1.3 SDK):

    Windows Azure with Drupal 7

    Four new generic modules developed by Schakra and MindTree that allow Drupal administrators/developers to provide users with new features:

    • Tutorial - Bing Maps Drupal Module Installation: enable easy & flexible embedding of Bing Map in Drupal content types (like articles for example)
    • Silverlight Pivot viewer Module: enable easy & flexible embedding of Silverlight Pivot in Drupal content types, using a set of preconfigured data sources (OData, a, b, c).
    • Windows Live ID Module: allow Drupal user to associate their Drupal account to their Windows Live ID, and then to login on Drupal with their Windows Live ID
    • Tutorial - Bing Maps Drupal Module Installation: allow data sources based on OData to be included in Drupal content types (such as articles). The generic module includes a basic OData query builder and renders data in a simple HTML Table. The package includes a sample module base on an Open Government Data Initiative (OGDI) OData source, showing how to build advanced rendering (with Bing Maps)
  • Microsoft UK Faculty Connection

    Microsoft Windows 7 & Office 2010 - Windows Slate device support

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    Over the past few days I have had a number of questions, regarding the oppurtuity of institutions providing IT equipement as part of the overall student experience.

    In particular I have had lots of questions regarding Windows Tablets or the new Slate form factor.  I personnal use a Windows 7 ThinkPad x201 with a multitouch enabled screen which I simply take everywhere as its my office, phone and connection back to the corporate network, however what is really neat is that this is now also my note pad and my whiteboard during these meeting. This piece of kit has raised a number questions over the past few weeks from ITPro's, Academic and students during my institution vists.

    So what are the questions. The number one statement is woo! thanks cool! the number one question is simply who can the new range of Windows Tablets and Slate devices support students learning as there lots of debate at present in the slate market simply because the price of device is becoming more attractive. The key question in my response to this is simply what is your software portfolio and how do you manage this? The Windows 7 Slate has a major advantage for most Institutions as it natively fully supports Windows applications such as Office.

    To help answer the simple question or what are like to use?  What can you do with these in regards to software applications? and how easy are they to use?

    I suggest you watch the following video, the video gives you a quick overview of the power of Windows 7 and Office 2010 when used on the slate device form factor.

    From my perspective the Window 7 slate device is a very attractive proposition for both students and institutions wanting to deliever and support software and hardware.

     

  • Microsoft UK Faculty Connection

    The Power of Kinect SDK

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    So UK Student's and Academic's are you doing anything as cool or interesting as this?

    We would really love to hear about how your using Microsoft Technology and software in your curricula or research.

     Tell us and and share your outcomes and experiences at the Faculty Connection UK Linkedin Group

  • Microsoft UK Faculty Connection

    What is the STEM cirriculum?

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    STEM = Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

    Aims and objectives of Microsoft:

    • To support Academics in delivery of the STEM curriculum.
    • To support industry in reducing the STEM skills gap and understanding of modern software skills.
    • To raise the profile of Science, Technology,  Engineering and Maths within the Academic Community.
    • To provide STEM students with access to the lastest skills and sofware.

    We ensure that primary schools, secondary schools, colleges and HE in the UK have access to high-quality STEM curriculum enhancement and software tools.

    These activities produce successful STEM learners by offering engaging and achievable challenges, whilst building student confidence. They support students' development into responsible citizens through placing the STEM learning in relevant life contexts.

    For more information on STEM visit STEMNET

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    Discover Microsoft Office 2007 & 2010

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    Learn new ways to easily create, express and share your ideas.

    Now faculty and students can view, edit, and share Microsoft Office documents from virtually anywhere with an Internet connection.

    Microsoft Office can help you handle the writing, presenting, organizing and communicating it takes to keep moving at the speed of the academic calendar.

    • Better organization. Discover the ways OneNote - the digital notebook – helps organize lectures, Web articles, videos and other rich content in one convenient program.
    • Be more expressive. Learn about the improved designs, slicker transitions, quality graphics and other ways to better engage your audience with PowerPoint.
    • Collaborate freely. Microsoft Web Apps are online companions to Microsoft Office, and are available for free. Access, edit and share Microsoft Office documents virtually anywhere with an Internet connection.

    OneNote 2010 Getting Started guide  click here

    OneNote 2010 Step-by-step guide click here

    Office 2007 & 2010 Step-by-step guide click here

    Office 2007 & 2010 Getting Started guide click here

  • Microsoft UK Faculty Connection

    Introduce a subject or topic with the emotional power of a movie - Windows Live Movie Maker

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    Bring subjects to life. Windows Live™ Movie Maker is the fast, easy way to turn photos and video clips into great-looking movies and slide shows you can share with students, other faculty, or on the Web. And it’s free.

    Learn more about the power of Movie Maker click here

    Quick Step by Step guide to using Movie Maker click here

  • Microsoft UK Faculty Connection

    Bing Search in Academia

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    Microsoft Bing is more than an internet search engine

    As a academic your day is filled with non-stop time commitments, class preparation and on-going research. Microsoft Office can help you handle the writing, presenting, organizing and communicating it takes to keep moving at the speed of the academic calendar.

    • Better organization. Discover the ways OneNote - the digital notebook – helps organize lectures, Web articles, videos and other rich content in one convenient program.
    • Be more expressive. Learn about the improved designs, slicker transitions, quality graphics and other ways to better engage your audience with PowerPoint.
    • Collaborate freely. Microsoft Web Apps are online companions to Microsoft Office, and are available for free. Access, edit and share Microsoft Office documents virtually anywhere with an Internet connection.

     For more info on how Bing can help click here

  • Microsoft UK Faculty Connection

    Free Microsoft Certification Exam Vouchers for Students

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    UK Students Get a FREE Microsoft Certification Exam from DreamSpark


    The job market can be a tough ride, but it doesn’t have to be.  Boost your CV and your job prospects by getting Microsoft Certified.

    Right now, you can get a FREE Microsoft Certification Exam Voucher to help you get started.  Recuritment managers look for Microsoft Certification on CVs and 75% of them believe that certification is important to overall team performance.

    This offer is for select Microsoft Certification exams (with 072 prefix).  Offer will expire when supply is depleted. Students must take exams by June 30,2011.

    For more information on why to become certified

    Like new jobs, these are in limited supply so don’t wait! Visit www.dreamspark.com

     

  • Microsoft UK Faculty Connection

    University move services to the Azure Cloud

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    University  offers students a lifelong web-based resource called iPortfolio The iPortfolio service supports reflective learning for students of the institution and provides a useful job-hunting tool after they graduate.

     

    To permanently host the ever-growing amount of iPortfolio data was a daunting storage challenge for Institutions IT staff, and their original solution was expensive and difficult to scale. With the help of Microsoft Gold Certified Partner Intergen, the university has moved iPortfolio data and computing resources to the Windows Azure platform. By moving to a cloud-based platform, the Institution has reduced data storage costs, simplified IT resource planning, streamlined development, and enabled exciting enhancements to the iPortfolio application.

     

    Want to know more about Windows Azure Cloud Services watch this short video

     

     

     

    Case Study - Download 

    Business Situation

     

    To better support student learning and simplify IT budget planning, Curtin University needed to replace its storage area network–based iPortfolio data repository with a less-expensive system that is easier to scale and manage.

     

    Solution

     

    The university has moved its locally hosted iPortfolio storage and computing resources to the cloud-based Windows Azure platform.

     

    Benefits

     

    Reduced data storage costs and simplified IT planning
    Enhanced learning resources
    More agile development


    Software and Services

     

    Windows Azure
    Microsoft Live@edu
    Microsoft Visual Studio
    Microsoft Silverlight
    Microsoft SQL Azure
    Microsoft ASP.NET

     

    Business Need

     

    Cost Containment

     

  • Microsoft UK Faculty Connection

    Faculty Connection Resources

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    Microsoft Faculty Connection is constantly updating and improving the curricula and training materials available to higher education.

     

    Windows Operating System Internals Curriculum Resource Kit (CRK) (Faculty Resource Center) The Windows Operating Systems Internals Curriculum Resource Kit (CRK) explains operating systems (OS) concepts based on the Microsoft WindowsP and Windows Server 2003 operating system family, structured following the ACM/IEEE Operating System Body of Knowledge (BOK) as defined in the Computing Curriculum 2001 project by the Joint IEEE and ACM Task Force (CC2001).

    Programming Language Fundamentals – From Java to C# Interested in learning C#? These curriculum materials, build on your expertise in Java to introduce C#, .NET and Visual Studio. The curriculum consists of 12 modules covering approximately 15 hours of core ACM requirements. The modular curriculum facilitates as much or as little of the content to be used.


    Introduction to Programming through Game Development Using Microsoft XNA Game Studio


    Learn the underlying skills and principles of software development as you design and build your first games for Xbox 360, Windows, and Zune.Designed specifically for students with no computer science background, this curriculum teaches the fundamentals of C# programming and the XNA Game Studio framework for skills you can apply to game programming and beyond.

    Cloud Computing - Software Engineering Fundamentals

    This set of materials on cloud computing is from Professors Johann Heinzelreiter and Werner Kurschl from the Upper Austria University of Applied Sciences. The materials propose a possible cloud computing curriculum. This curriculum discusses key software technologies and cloud software architecture issues, and also defines key terms. It also shows implementations of comparable sample applications based on Microsoft Windows Azure and Google App Engine as well as architectural
    design issues for large and complex cloud applications. Design guidelines as well as open issues conclude the curriculum. The following material is covered in this set of resources:

     

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