February, 2012

  

  • Microsoft UK Faculty Connection

    DreamSpark and Apphub account creation simplified

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    New Updates - What’s new

    AppHub Integration: Linking your DreamSpark Account with a Microsoft Live ID

    I’m very excited to inform you that we’ve completed our “AppHub Integration: Linking DreamSpark Account with Live ID” 

    This will now dramatically improve the experience of those students that were having difficulties with App Hub registration.

    With the update to DreamSpark students and educators create a new DreamSpark account that is not a Windows Live ID. However for students who wish to produce application for Xbox or Windows Phone require a Windows Live ID, to create apphub accounts via http://create.msdn.com.

    We have now enabled the system, to enable educators or students to map their DreamSpark account to new or existing Windows Live ID. 

    Here is the workflow:

    - Student/Educator visits the page https://www.dreamspark.com/Product/Product.aspx?ProductId=26 and sees [Map your Live ID] button enabled and [Register on AppHub] button disabled.

    - Student/Educator Clicks on [Map your Live ID] button.

    - Student/Educator Sign in on DreamSpark site with their Verified account (or get the account verified).

    - Student/Educator then logs in using Windows Live ID account.

    - Student/Educator is shown the message “Are you sure you want your map your DreamSpark login (name@university.com) with your Windows Live ID (myname@hotmail.com) with [Ok] and [Cancel] buttons.

    - Student/Educator clicks on [Ok] button a Accounts will be mapped a User automatically signed out from Live ID account à User will be redirected to the page https://www.dreamspark.com/Product/Product.aspx?ProductId=26 with [Map your Live ID] button disabled and [Register on AppHub] button enabled.

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    SharePoint 2010 – An Overview for Education

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    FREE – Online presentation Sharepoint 2010 in UK Education

    When - March 27th, 11am-12pm

    This session, presented by Dave Coleman, SharePoint MVP – will cover the key features of SharePoint 2010 –highlighting key education scenarios.   Whether you are completely new to SharePoint or have experience with previous versions, this session will give a great recap, and provide a “what’s new” in this current release.  You will also have the chance to get answers to any of your burning SharePoint questions.

    Register Here - https://www.livemeeting.com/lrs/microsoft1/Registration.aspx?pageName=z9g4c4lktqqztkdr

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    We need your feedback on Microsoft DreamSpark

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    We want to your feedback on the DreamSpark service within the UK

    What is DreamSpark

    We know a lot of you use DreamSpark but we’d like to know a little more about its value to you. So we are running in conjunction with c3education to get a more detailed understanding.

    We would like to see if it is helping raise attainment levels for educators and students and get general feedback on the programme. We need this so that we have evidence to share with the public and with journalists interested in the story. The ideal situation would be to establish a baseline for the beginning of the programme and to record impact perhaps twice a year, to check whether we are on track.

    From today 21st of February 2012,we have a launched two surveys one for students and one for academics.

    Below are the links to each of the questionnaires.

    DreamSpark – Academics/Educator Survey https://nerp241b2.questionpro.com

    DreamSpark –Student Survey https://nerp241b1.questionpro.com c3education who are operating the survey on our behalf will offer an Xbox 360 and a Kinect sensor to one lucky winner who completes the survey by 29th Feb 2012 and gives us their contact details at the end of the survey. You have to be a UK student. The winner will be drawn at random from all completions who fill in their details in the survey.

     

    Your feedback and assistance, in completing these would be greatly appreciated, We will also share top level results through this blog and our Linkedin group.

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    Has you institution thought about.. Microsoft IT Academy?

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    So how much does it cost IT Academy Membership (pa)

    Circa £850 ERP if added to you software agreement with your reseller

    £1,100 if bought direct through http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/itacademy/apply-now.aspx at the Advanced level

    FREE Benefits through IT Academy

    300+ Microsoft Elearning Courses This is a ‘living’ library, so new courses are added automatically when available

    1 x Microsoft Certified Trainer Membership (MCT), 25% on additional membership Normal cost is £225 pa

    Lesson Plans inc. Office, Windows, Windows Server and Expression Web 4 which are customizable

    5 x Microsoft Press eReference subscriptions

    Plus more including simple elearning LMS - http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/itacademy/program-benefits/program-benefits-overview.aspx

    Supporting Students IT Employability Through Professional Certification

    Is your institution already an IT Academy?

    Check here http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/itacademy/ita-locator.aspx

    Certification FEE (discounted) through IT Academy

    MTA1  MCP

    Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) exam vouchers.  £48 per voucher vs £99

    Microsoft Official Curriculum (MOC), circa £48 for a 5 day course (+50% discount)

    Access to site licenses for MTA and MOS exams

    The additional costs after the initial membership fee would be for printed content and certification, if you wanted to adopt and embed them in to your courses.

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    Below, I have listed some prices for both the MCP and MTA (site licence) exams at various volumes

    MCP could be embedded in to the courses and  funded through students themselves or subsidised through the course fees

    The IET do recognise the MCP certification towards proving the technical skills for IET membership, see here

    MTA – looking at the courses you offer and number of students, I would imagine that the 500 pack could be relatively low risk and you could take advantage of the phone camps and interest in gaming to allow students to certify on these technologies now?

    You can see the objective specifications for the MTA exams here to understand how they could support your programming/mobile and gaming courses here

    MTA exams come with free Student Study Guides and Exam Review Kits to support you

    Certification

    100

    250

    500

    MCP (£48 each)

    £4,800

    £12,000

    £24,000

    MTA

    £1,675 pa

    (16.75 per student)

    £1,825 pa

    (£7.30 per student)

    £2,125 pa

    (£4.25 per student)

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    Staff Development & CPD

    I see two other areas where the membership and benefits can be leveraged for additional ROI and benefit for the University

    IT Department – the benefits are open to them too.  They can train and certify on the latest technology and that will support them in deployment of new desktop/server technology on campus.

    University Staff – the MOS training and certification can be used to offer to staff to improve their own ICT skills and productivity and support desktop migrations to the latest Office products

    www.nhsmost.co.uk is an excellent example of how the MOS exam is supporting end user skilling and efficiency

    Free Exams

    Each IT Academy (site) has 20 x MTA and 10 x MOS exam vouchers per year to use for staff development

    This could be a good way for you to get a closer look at the exams themselves and to make assessments for adoption

    You would get access to these (and the ability to do onsite) testing through our partner, Prodigy Learning – would you like me to make an introduction?

    MTA Pathways

    You can see the full list of MTA exams and the objective domains here

    We provide free Student Study Guides and Exam Review Kits for these Link is here

    There is additional printed curriculum (MOAC) through Wiley publishers

    Content, Certification & Currency

    We like to think that we have certifications and a portfolio of content (courseware, elearning etc) available for all major releases of Microsoft products including Cloud services such as Azure

    We also have a strategy to release courseware and exams for key technologies when they are in beta e.g. current System Center 2012 and forthcoming SQL vNext etc

    Moving forward, the plan is to release full exams and content within 1 month of full product release including dedicated MTA Developer certification and a HTML 5 MTA which due for release later this month

    Support for IT Academies & Getting Started

    We have academic support partners that can do some of the handholding for you

    Prodigy Learning – they can help set up the MTA/MOS exams on site with testing facilities at no additional cost

    IT Skills Management Company – they specialize in supporting IT Academies, helping them understand how to make the most of the benefit.

    Prometric – our partner for MCP, like Prodigy they will support and set up the test center on site at no extra charge. You can become a public test site for additional revenue

    We hope this information helps get more professional development for students and staff and it seems a shame that a number of Universities aren’t taking use of the IT Academy to address employability and staff development

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    Mastering the Cloud.. with Windows Azure Curricula Resources

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    A number of Universities have now added Cloud technologies into the curricula and at Microsoft we are assisting with the development of specific cloud computing curricula to support the teaching, learning and research of cloud technologies. As predicted by Analysts such as Gartner, IDC and Forrester cloud computing will take a substantial piece of the market from traditional deployment models.

    Today there are four major cloud computing platforms available Amazon EC2, Windows Azure, Google App Engine and Force.com. There are a number of difference between each of these platforms Amazon and Microsoft have succeeded in building general-purpose cloud environment so meet the needs of SaaS, PaaS and IaaS and Google and SalesForce have specific SaaS offerings based on internal technology and use programming languages like Python and APEX.

    Microsoft has developed curricula and certification to allow you as educators to make aware, train, educate and certify students on the use of cloud technologies. The adoption of the cloud within industry will grow demand for application developers and cloud administrators. Graduates will need these specific skills and experience  for roles such as cloud software engineers. 

    Therefore the opportunity for student graduates with experience and understanding of cloud technologies is a huge.

    What are these skills? 

    In terms of skill sets both Amazon EC2 and Windows Azure can host applications written in different programming languages. However skills in Java and .NET are the most favourable as both are primary development platforms for Amazon EC2 and Windows Azure.

    What is the Required Knowledge?

    Mandatory Skills

    A programmer looking to dive into Windows Azure application development should have a working knowledge of Microsoft .NET technologies. Particular skills are:

      • .NET Framework 4.0

      • ADO.NET Data Services

      • LINQ

      • Windows Communication Foundation (WCF)

      • ASP.NET MVC 3.0

      • Multi-threading

    Developers should be familiar with RDMS concepts and MS SQL 2008. Additionally, a solid understanding of HTTP protocol and REST concept is very desirable as it helps to assess the implications of network topology (load balancers, proxy servers, CDNs) on RESTful web services. Knowledge of Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) design principles is essential as cloud applications strongly rely on services. A great starting point is the Microsoft Cloud Curricula resources.

    Cloud Concepts

    The first logical step is to become familiar with cloud-related concepts and to adopt the principles of cloud application development. There is a lot of information on the Microsoft Faculty Connection site.

    Cloud Development Skills

    From a software developer's perspective, cloud can be treated as a way to get on-demand access to two types of scalable resources: compute (CPU) and storage which are available via services provided by the cloud platform. There are also great resources and presentations at Channel9 describing platform infrastructure and application lifecycle which will help you learn how Windows Azure hosting environment works in detail.

    Azure Fundamentals 

    Cloud application runs in a bare Windows 2008 operating system

    Don't assume that Windows Azure hosting environment has any preinstalled software; it's a bare operating system. Any functionality, usually supported by preinstalled software, should be instead implemented within the application hosted on Windows Azure.

    The application instance can be recycled by the platform at any point of time

    Everything stored on a local disk drive memory will be deleted once the instance is recycled. To preserve the data and make it available to other instances, use Windows Azure Storage services.

    Cloud application runs in a concurrent environment

    Services provided by Windows Azure platform are designed to operate in concurrent environments with the use of "try and correct" pattern. The application should follow this pattern and properly handle cases in which access to a service is declined by repeating the operation later. Another aspect to keep in mind in that a web application under Windows Azure always runs behind load balancer.

    Getting Started with Windows Azure Development

    I would recommend looking at the resources and curricula available at the Microsoft Faculty Connection site additionally if your not familiar with Visual Studio 2010 we have a number of resources available.

    Development Environment

    The Windows Azure development environment requires Windows Vista SP2, Windows 7 or Windows 2008 operating system. The following software should be installed via DreamSpark.com

    You can then use the Windows Azure Virtual Lab resources to start you Azure Cloud experience.

    Web, Worker and VM Roles

    There are three types of application roles supported by Windows Azure:

    • Web role

    • Worker role

    • Virtual Machine (VM) role

    Further information on these roles can be found in Introducing the Windows Azure Platform (Whitepaper)

    Storage Services

    There are three types of storage supported by Windows Azure platform:

    • Blob storage

    • Table storage

    • Queue storage

    The services are exposed via REST API and available outside of Windows Azure hosting environment as well, so one can create an application for a mobile device which interacts directly with the storage. Windows Azure SDK comes with a managed library providing access to storage services via an object model. Further information on these types can be found in Introducing the Windows Azure Platform (Whitepaper) and at Steve Planks Blog http://blogs.msdn.com/b/plankytronixx/

    There are several important things to know when working with Azure storage:

    • Storage objects are addressed by URL, so certain restrictions are applied to the object name.

    • There are three types of blobs: single blob, block blob and page blob. Each of them has a minimum and a maximum size.

    • Table storage is not a relational database. There are no relationships, indexes and constraints. It's more like an Excel spreadsheet highly scalable in the number of rows.

    • A table always includes two properties (PartitionKey and RowKey) forming a primary key, the total length of the key can't exceed 1024 symbols. Only 256 symbols of the primary key can be used to address the record.

    • Table always includes Timestamp field used to resolve conflicts

    • Table has limits of 1M per entity (row) and 64K per property (field)

    • Sorting is not supported by Table storage, so it's always done on the client side.

    • Maximum number of records returned by a query against Table is limited to 1,000 entities per request. A continuation token should be used to retrieve subsequent data.

    Azure Storage Performance

    Azure storage performance http://azurescope.cloudapp.net/BenchmarkTestCases/ which gives a good idea of storage throughput under different scenarios.

    Azure SQL

    Azure SQL is a cloud version of regular MS SQL database. It looks like a complete replacement of regular MS SQL database with minor restrictions on T-SQL syntax. However, the fundamental restriction of Azure SQL is size limit of 50Gb per database. Another key advantage is that the Azure SQL databases is available outside of Windows Azure hosting environment. Additionally it is possible to setup access restrictions based on an IP address.

    AppFabric

    Windows Azure AppFabric is a set of middleware services designed to facilitate development of enterprise applications on top of Windows Azure. Learning AppFabric SDK is not required to develop Windows Azure applications, however one service highly demanded by developers to take note of: Cache service which provides fast access to in-memory data storage.

    Deployment

    You have arrived at the stage when your first Windows Azure application is implemented and tested in the development environment. To deploy the application to the Windows Azure environment, you need to sign up for the service. There is a free trial available for 90 days

    Once the account is set, you can create a storage account and a hosted service. Each hosted service supports two environments: staging and production. Deploying the application is quite simple and requires uploading a package and a configuration file. The application in the staging environment is available under a private URL for testing purposes. Once the staging environment is tested, it can be switched to production in a single click.

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    Windows Design & Development Resources

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    Thanks to all of the Universities who have updated their curricula to include Windows Phone.

    For the past few month we have been running a number of Phone Camp across the UK and judging from all the questions and comments in relation to METRO there is clearly a lot of interest and passion around this topic from academics and students. 

    So I thought I would share with you all a quick set of resources for Windows Phone Development.

    Windows Phone

    Consumer site www.windowsphone.com

    AppHub – Developer Site for Windows Phone http://create.msdn.com

    Windows Phone YouTube Channel http://www.youtube.com/user/windowsphone (Watch Social, App and Web videos)

    Resources

    Windows Phone SDK http://www.DreamSpark.com

    Windows Phone UX Guidelines http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh202915(v=vs.92).aspx

    Design Templates for Windows Phone 7 http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=196225

    Windows Phone Grid  http://ux.artu.tv/?p=165

    31 Weeks of Windows Phone Metro Design http://ux.artu.tv/?page_id=190

    Get started, get the Windows Phone SDK 7.1 (Mango) http://create.msdn.com/en-us/home/getting_started

    Silverlight Windows Phone 7.1 (Mango) Toolkit http://silverlight.codeplex.com/releases/view/71550

    Microsoft Design .toolbox Tutorials http://www.microsoft.com/design/toolbox/school/tutorials.aspx

    Microsoft Design .toolbox Courses http://www.microsoft.com/design/toolbox/school/

    · Calculator http://www.microsoft.com/design/toolbox/school/modules.aspx?lid=16&mid=46

    · Daily Awesome http://www.microsoft.com/design/toolbox/school/modules.aspx?lid=17&mid=47

    · Air Hockey http://www.microsoft.com/design/toolbox/school/modules.aspx?lid=18&mid=48

    · Golf http://www.microsoft.com/design/toolbox/school/modules.aspx?lid=19&mid=49

    Windows Phone Geek - UX Resources http://www.windowsphonegeek.com/Resources/UX#ux

    Jeff Wilcox’s “Metro” design guide for developers, v1.00 http://www.jeff.wilcox.name/2011/03/metro-design-guide-v1/

    Quick Spacing, Margin, and Icon Tips for Windows Phone Devs http://www.jeff.wilcox.name/2012/01/metroradio-design/

    Videos

    Full Day Event Windows Phone Design Sessions http://blogs.msdn.com/b/jaimer/archive/2010/08/13/windows-phone-design-day-recordings.aspx

    Windows Phone Design Day

    Metro | the foundation http://channel9.msdn.com/Events/TechDays/Tekniset-Esitystallenteet/TechNet-2011-Windows-Phone-UX-osa-1

    Metro | the foundation part II http://channel9.msdn.com/Events/TechDays/Tekniset-Esitystallenteet/TechNet-2011-Windows-Phone-UX-osa-2

    Think & Design | sketch, wireframe, prototype, design http://channel9.msdn.com/Events/TechDays/Tekniset-Esitystallenteet/TechNet-2011-Windows-Phone-UX-osa-3

    Refine | Best Practices http://channel9.msdn.com/posts/Design-Day-del-2-Refine-Best-Practices

    Build | Building a Windows Phone App Prototype with Expression Blend http://channel9.msdn.com/Blogs/channel9spain/WINDOWS-PHONE-DESIGN-DAY-OPTIMIZA-Y-CONSTRUYE (Note: this video includes both REFINE and BUILD. BUILD starts at

    BUILD 2011

    Windows Phone User Experience Design http://channel9.msdn.com/Events/BUILD/BUILD2011/APP-832T

    MIX11

    All Thumbs: Redesigning an Existing UI to Suit Windows Phone 7 http://channel9.msdn.com/events/MIX/MIX11/OPN02

    Analyzing and Improving Windows Phone Application Performance http://channel9.msdn.com/events/MIX/MIX11/DVC01

    Application Design for Windows Phone http://channel9.msdn.com/events/MIX/MIX11/DVC02

    Windows Phone UI and Design Language (MIX10) http://channel9.msdn.com/Events/MIX/MIX10/CL14

    Design Talks

    Mike Kruzeniski: Personal, Relevant. Connected: Designing Integrated Mobile Experiences for Apps and Web http://www.ixda.org/resources/mike-kruzeniski-personal-relevant-connected-designing-integrated-mobile-experiences-apps-a

    How was CocktailFlow Designed? Creating a Beautiful Windows Phone 7 Application http://uktechdays.cloudapp.net/techdays-live/creating-a-beautiful-windows-phone-7-application.aspx

    Albert Shum Talking about Windows Phone http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UD8MqWvARfA

    ReMIX South 2011 Keynote with Albert Shum and Arturo Toledo http://www.vimeo.com/27800521

    Channel 9

    Silverlight TV 81: Four Great Windows Phone UX Tips http://channel9.msdn.com/Shows/SilverlightTV/Silverlight-TV-81-4-Great-Windows-Phone-UX-Tips

    Silverlight TV 69: UX and Perceived Performance of WP7 Apps http://channel9.msdn.com/Shows/SilverlightTV/Silverlight-TV-69-UX-and-Perceived-Performance-of-WP7-Apps

    Silverlight TV 83: Using Wireframes to Visually Communicate a Windows Phone Experience http://channel9.msdn.com/Shows/SilverlightTV/Silverlight-TV-83-Using-Wireframes-to-Visually-Communicate-a-Windows-Phone-Experience

    Silverlight TV 75: Quick and Dirty UX Testing (Design Tips Mini Series) http://channel9.msdn.com/Shows/SilverlightTV/Silverlight-TV-75-Quick-and-Dirty-UX-Testing-Design-Tips-Mini-Series

    Silverlight TV 78: Designing Tiles and Splash Screens for Windows Phone (Design Tips Mini Series) http://channel9.msdn.com/Shows/SilverlightTV/Silverlight-TV-78-Designing-Tiles-and-Splash-Screens-for-Windows-Phone-Design-Tips-Mini-Series

    Inside Windows Phone #24 - User Experience for Windows Phone Apps http://channel9.msdn.com/Shows/Inside+Windows+Phone/Inside-Windows-Phone-24-User-Experience-for-Windows-Phone-Apps

    Twitter

    Windows Phone Design Team @wpdesignteam http://www.twitter.com/wpdesignteam

    Windows Phone @windowsphone http://www.twitter.com/windowsphone

    Mike Kruseniski Blog http://mkruzeniski.posterous.com/ Twitter @mkruzeniski http://twitter.com/mkruzeniski

    Corrina Black, Windows Phone Design Lead for Developer Experience @corrinab http://twitter.com/corrinab

    Arturo Toledo, UX Designer Developer Experience @arturot http://ux.artu.tv http://twitter.com/arturot

    Windows Phone Design Twitter List http://twitter.com/#!/arturot/windows-phone-design

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    Tech.Days 2012 IT Pro Camps

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    Hands on training for I.T. Professionals

    This year, Tech.Days events for IT implementers and professionals is changing.

    The Microsoft UK TechNet team are bringing information, ideas and inspiration to your doorstep with a series of IT camp workshops across the country the first sessions are in Leeds, Manchester, Edinburgh, Birmingham, Newcastle and London.

    The camps are designed to deliver more freestyle learning with our evangelist hosts across a range of topics about the latest developments in hosted services and what Microsoft are doing in this field.

    Across the next few months we'll cover how to Virtualise Servers, Build a Private cloud, Migrate from Windows Server 2003 and Manage consumer IT products on your networks.

    Along with the hands on training there will be the usual Q&A, networking and a few other surprises thrown in…

    Register for an event near you.

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    Microsoft Gadgeteer stimulates the kids.. at Hack to the Future

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    Last weekend I went along to Hack to the Future, the idea of Alan O’Donohoe, Teknoteacher on Twitter. Alan is a Secondary School  ITC teacher in Preston. However Alan really wants to make a difference for the next generation. Alan decided to setup up a unconference to support the development of Computer Science to young people in the form of a day of informal learning entitled – Hack to the Future or #h2df.

    A direct quote from Alan

    It is an un-conference that aims to provide young digital creators aged 11 – 18 with positive experiences of computing science and other closely related fields, ensuring that the digital creators of today engage with the digital creators of tomorrow.

    We plan to offer a day that will inspire, engage and encourage young digital creator

    I’m proud to say that Microsoft fully supports events such as so we involved Microsoft Research, MS Press and a number of other key partners to help support the event. Myself and Steven Johnston from Southampton University, who is also working with Microsoft Research as a Gadgeteer outreach manager developed a plan and we set off for Preston.
     
    The event was all about the young people and it was amazing to see over 350+ young people plus around 100 teachers and parents attending the various talks, workshops and sessions at H2df. I have to stress the workshops and sessions at H2df were all hands on, and code based and Steven and myself spent the day at Hack to the future #h2df getting attendees hands on with the Microsoft .NET Gadgeter and had a great day.

    We ran 7 sessions each with 10 laptops/kits and were packed out each session. (each kit with 3/4 students, we had to turn some students away due to the demand so apologies if you did not attend). Below is a copy of the sessions which we completed.

    I have to state on the day we far more hands on with Visual Studio 2010 and C# and astounded by the skills of some of the younger developer (Hacklings, as Alan calls them)

     

    During the session the attendees built the camera and those that completed early - built a cardboard case and mounted the components to create a a digital camera. Thanks to @coletteweston for these great pic of her daughter at the event who as you can see was very successful.

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    Overall the event was inspiring with children using Visual Studio 2010, some without any prior experience and writing C# and getting to play with the GHI Fez Spider Gadgeteer kits to build a fully working digital camera in around 30 mins – 45 mins. Hack to the Future was  an amazing day and really well done to Alan and the team of Our Ladies High School.

    To end the day, Alan put on some indoor fireworks and did his his famous #h2df rap. Well done to Alan and all the other volunteers at Hack to the Future and a great start to inspiring computer scientist of the future.

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    The “.NET Gadgeteer Stirs Excitement in British Schools”

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    “Youngsters love gadgets. So wouldn’t it be great if they could build their own, and at school? This is exactly what more than 70 British students, ages 13 to 16, are doing by using .NET Gadgeteer. On January 30, they gathered at the Microsoft Research Cambridge Lab to present their final projects and celebrate the end of the first .NET Gadgeteer school pilot project in the United Kingdom (UK).”

    The .NET Gadgeteer pilot project aligns with the UK’s commitment to prioritize computer science education in schools, as spelled out by the Education Secretary, Michael Gove, in his speech at the BETT Show (see School ICT to be replaced by computer science programme).

    We look forward to more schools, colleges, and universities utilizing .NET Gadgeteer to unleash their students’ creativity and enthusiasm in technology in the UK, and beyond.

    Scarlet Schwiderski-Grosche, Program Manager, Microsoft Research Connections EMEA, and Steve Hodges, Principal Hardware Engineer, Microsoft Research Cambridge

    Read more…

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    Imagine Cup 10th Anniversary Sweepstakes

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    The Imagine Cup 10th Anniversary Sweepstakes has launched! 

    To be eligible, students must simply register and sign-up for a competition by using referral code #10. They could win a free Kinect (6 winners per week) and a trip to the Imagine Cup 2012 Worldwide Finals in Sydney! Additionally, if these students convert to competitors, they could also be eligible to receive a free Sony PC.

    Simply enter the sweepstake here http://www.imaginecup.com/CompetitionsContent/promotions/tenth-anniversary-sweepstakes.aspx

    The Sweepstakes campaign will end on 13 March. Students who have previously registered are not eligible for this promotion.

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