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    How to build a Windows Phone app in 30 days

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    The Generation App website, from the Windows Phone team, is a really well structured guide to developing apps for the Windows Phone. And ‘well structured’ means that it talks you through a 30-day plan to design, build, test, distribute and monetize applications for Windows Phone – and connects to all of the resources you will need in the form of training, documentation, tools etc.

    Don't forget as Educators, Academics and Students you get access to DreamSpark so you get Visual Studio 2010, Windows Phone and Azure tools for FREE and also a FREE Apphub Account to upload your finished apps to the marketplace.

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    For students, it’s almost like a ready-made summer school course, and where you’ve got students who are already programming, but want to move onto advanced projects, this seems like just the perfect resource.

    Remember, we have lots more FREE academic resources available at Microsoft Faculty Connection resources including a full academic curricula for Windows Phone see http://www.Microsoft.com/faculty

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    The Microsoft IT Academy in Schools, Colleges and Universities

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    The Microsoft IT Academy Program can provide benefits to all parts of a school or college. Here are a few of the core functions and the potential benefits that will be most relevant.

    Here is a set of current questions which the UK Academic and Education teams have received..

    The Head of School

    · I need to present my school as being an attractive selection for parents and to make a significant contribution to the wider community

    · I have seen the Microsoft IT Academy advertised but I can’t see how it would benefit our school

    · We aren’t really delivering many IT subjects, so how would it help us?

    · The budget is very tight so can we afford it?

    A member of The Governing Body

    · Our school should be seen as progressive and modern

    · We must be able to meet budgets

    · We have a wider brief in the community

    · We have a responsibility to students and parents

    A Parent

    · I expect my children’s school to be progressive and aligned to industry and the labour market

    · Can the school help to develop my IT skills?

    · Will my children have a clearly defined progression route if they choose IT as a subject

    · Is it a quality controlled progam and will it lead to sound industry work skills

    A Student

    · I expect my school to be progressive and linked to real life employment skills

    · I want more from IT than just hardware – perhaps some excitement with new technologies

    · Are there creative programs that might help me be employed?

    · Could I explore a wide range of technologies?

    The Curriculum Manager

    · Is the supply of materials cost effective?

    · I need a comprehensive solution to reduce the overhead for the teaching staff

    · Are there programs of learning and certifications at all levels

    · Will the curriculum be just for the IT tutor or can we use it throughout the school?

    The IT Tutor

    · We teach user and technical skills

    · Can we deliver globally recognized certifications?

    · Will the curriculum save me time and money?

    · Can I get qualified myself?

    The Science (or any other) Tutor

    · We use spreadsheets to record information, so will it help my students?

    · I need to know what IT skills my students have at the moment

    · I could possibly improve my class room delivery if I used the newer features of presentation software

    · I need to understand new technologies to develop learning solutions with my students

    The IT Manager

    · We are upgrading our technology and I need to refresh the IT skills of our team

    · Could I become a Microsoft Certified Trainer?

    · Could we develop cost reductions through the use of new technologies?

    · We must keep current!

    A Teaching Assistant

    · I need to maintain and improve my skills to develop my career

    · Can I reach a basic level of IT literacy so that I can build on these skills?

    · I now have to use e-mail

    · It would be good to achieve academic or vocational qualifications

    The School administration office

    · I have been asked to produce marketing material to promote our IT capability

    · We mainly use Microsoft Office programs and we need to understand about databases

    · How can we check the IT Skills of new entrants?

    · It would be good if there was a clear progression route in IT skills

    The Facilities Manager

    · If all my team used e-mail we could share calendars

    · I came in to this role for my service skills, but now I find I need to multi-task and be fully IT literate

    · I have already completed a vocational course, perhaps there are IT certifications or similar qualifications

    · I have been asked to look at the cabling, so it would be good to understand networking!

    The Vocational Tutor

    · My students need to be work ready – some will need advanced technology or IT user skills

    · Is there mapping between Microsoft certifications and vocational Units?

    · It’s the fundamental skills that the students need before they enter the workplace or the next steps in education

    · It would be good if there was a basics course and perhaps some understanding of everyday technologies

    The Community Team

    · We can make best use of our resources by spreading our skills in to the community and adding value to the school from those contacts

    · Our charter expects us to make the campus available for all

    · We have excellent contact with parents and relatives, many who need basic IT literacy skills so that they can use our web site/portal/e-mail

    · Are there opportunities to generate revenue and goodwill?

    Here the solutions/answers to some of these questions

    Within UK Academia, there are large areas of crossover, and opportunities which exist for innovative use of the ITA membership.

    This list just represents a starting point and helps address the concerns and question raised by the stakeholders listed above!

    Head of School

    · Global brand associated with technology

    · Gain access to resources that will help you save time and money.

    · Sector and industry alignment

    · Opportunities for networking

    · Vendor certification opportunities

    · Increase your students’ employability with relevant technology courses that help them get jobs

    · complimentary enrollment in the Microsoft Certified Trainer program

    · A 60 percent discount on the Full Microsoft E-Reference Library

    · Academic pricing on Microsoft Certification exams.

    · Complimentary subscription to Microsoft DreamSpark Premium

    · Up to 100 free lab licenses

    · Complimentary Microsoft TechNet Subscription

    · Marketing resources to help you promote your IT Academy

    Governing Body

    · Global brand associated with technology

    · Gain access to resources that will help you save time and money.

    · Sector and industry alignment

    · Marketing resources to help you promote your IT Academy

    · Essential computer skills training with Microsoft Digital Literacy

    Students

    · Global brand associated with technology

    · Sector and industry alignment

    · Increase your employability with relevant technology courses that help get jobs

    · Essential computer skills training with Microsoft Digital Literacy

    · Sector and industry alignment

    · Complimentary subscription to Microsoft DreamSpark Premium

    · Vendor certification opportunities

    Parents

    · Global brand associated with technology

    · Sector and industry alignment

    · Increase of students’ employability with relevant technology courses that help them get jobs

    · Essential computer skills training with Microsoft Digital Literacy

    IT curriculum tutors

    · Unlimited access to E-Learning portfolio courses

    · The ability to administer content and manage your students’ progress

    · Offer educators and other staff members the opportunity to enhance their own professional development.

    · Educator resources such as downloadable and customizable lesson plans

    · Academic pricing on Microsoft Official Academic Courses (MOAC)

    · Academic pricing on Microsoft Official Courseware (MOC).

    · Academic pricing on Microsoft Certification exams.

    · One complimentary subscription to Microsoft DreamSpark Premium

    · Complimentary enrollment in the Microsoft Certified Trainer program

    Non-IT curriculum tutors

    · Offer educators and other staff members the opportunity to enhance their own professional development.

    · Unlimited access to E-Learning portfolio courses

    · The ability to administer content and manage your students’ progress

    · Essential computer skills training with Microsoft Digital Literacy

    IT Support staff

    · Offer educators and other staff members the opportunity to enhance their own professional development.

    · complimentary enrollment in the Microsoft Certified Trainer program

    · Academic pricing on Microsoft Official Academic Courses (MOAC)

    · Academic pricing on Microsoft Official Courseware (MOC).

    · Academic pricing on Microsoft Certification exams.

    · One complimentary subscription to Microsoft DreamSpark Premium

    · Up to 100 lab licenses

    · Complimentary Microsoft TechNet Subscription

    Teaching Assistants

    · Offer educators and other staff members the opportunity to enhance their own professional development.

    · Essential computer skills training with Microsoft Digital Literacy

    · Educator resources such as downloadable and customizable lesson plans

    Administrative staff

    · Offer educators and other staff members the opportunity to enhance their own professional development.

    · Gain access to resources that will help you save time and money.

    · Essential computer skills training with Microsoft Digital Literacy

    · Marketing resources to help you promote your IT Academy Vendor certification opportunities

    · Vendor certification opportunities

    Curriculum managers

    · Gain access to resources that will help you save time and money.

    · Unlimited access to E-Learning portfolio courses

    · The ability to administer content and manage your students’ progress

    · Essential computer skills training with Microsoft Digital Literacy

    · A 60 percent discount on the Full E-Reference Library

    · Academic pricing on Microsoft Official Academic Courses (MOAC)

    · Academic pricing on Microsoft Official Courseware (MOC).

    · Academic pricing on Microsoft Certification exams.

    · Five complimentary annual subscriptions to the Full E-Reference Library

    · One complimentary subscription to Microsoft DreamSpark Premium

    · Educator resources such as downloadable and customizable lesson plans

    · Marketing resources to help you promote your IT Academy

    Facilities staff

    · Offer educators and other staff members the opportunity to enhance their own professional development.

    · Essential computer skills training with Microsoft Digital Literacy

    Vocational tutors

    · Increase your students’ employability with relevant technology courses that help them get jobs

    · Gain access to resources that will help you save time and money.

    · Unlimited access to E-Learning portfolio courses

    · Essential computer skills training with Microsoft Digital Literacy

    · One complimentary subscription to Microsoft DreamSpark Premium

    · Educator resources such as downloadable and customizable lesson plans

    Community programs

    · Essential computer skills training with Microsoft Digital Literacy

    · Academic pricing on Microsoft Certification exams.

    · One complimentary subscription to Microsoft DreamSpark Premium

    · Marketing resources to help you promote your IT Academy

       

    Mapping Professional Curricula and certification to course and awards

    Please see the following QCF Mapping of Microsoft Certification/Courses to Related Awarding Body and Qualifications

    Get Help Implementing a Microsoft Certification Program

    Now is the time to implement a Microsoft Certification program to help your students validate what they’ve learned. Your local Microsoft Academy Service Partner (MASP) can help.

    Your local Microsoft Academy Service Partner (MASP) can help you establish a Microsoft Certification program that’s right for your institution. Whether you want to become a testing center to help students get certified on campus or promote the benefits of Microsoft Certification and refer students to another testing location, your local MASP can help you turn your plans into reality for more details contact our Education MASP Mike Evans, Director – ITSkillsman, www.itskillsman.co.uk

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    Meet the New Windows Azure - Spring 2012 Update

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    The spring 2012 release of Windows Azure has many great new features and capabilities including new services focused on helping customers build or bring their applications to the cloud in their own unique way. These new services include: Windows Azure Web Sites, Virtual Machines, and Media Services.

    These new services, along with several other enhancements, pricing updates, and availability in new countries went live on June 7th. for more details see the following presentation from Scott Guthrie and special academic trials and pricing at http://www.windowsazure.com/education

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    Last week’s activity at TechEd Europe

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    As your aware from my previous posts, I attended Microsoft TechEd Europe, the premier IT Conference with a  number of the UK IT Pro team and spent the week in Amsterdam, talking to, Academics Developers and IT Pros from the academic sector, whilst supporting Microsoft TechNet and Microsoft Virtual Academy programs at the Geek Lounge and learning more about this new wave of products that are on the horizon.

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    During this week there will have been 350 sessions for IT Pros and Developers, there were nearly 600 UK IT Pros and Developers in attendance:

    Keynote Day 1 -  from Brad Anderson, Jason Zander & Scott Guthrie

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    It was clear from the demos that Microsoft is the only company to deliver the cloud OS.  We have the knowledge, the people and the ability: Our Azure service now provides the equivalent of all the worlds computing power from 1999!  We serve half a billion Live IDs a day!   The key note was full of amazing demos and the power of Hyper V was clearly demonstrated with the  hypervisor technology "Hyper-V" demonstrating a maximum throughput of 1 million operations per second in a VM. That's three times faster than VMware.

    There were some great press reviews see http://www.itworld.com/software/282465/7-key-takeaways-teched-europe-day-1 so please do watch the keynote http://channel9.msdn.com/Events/TechEd/Europe/2012/KEY01

    Keynote Day 2 – Day 2 moved onto Windows 8 for the Enterprise. 

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    Antoine Leblond talked to the benefits of Window 8 for business.  His demo of Windows-to-go received a round of applause.   He talked about the shift from desktop to mobile and that next year he expected to see more tablets sold than desktop PCs.  There were also demos showing that Windows 8 is still going to be a great experience on desktop machines.  Again the keynote was full of excellent demos so please watch the keynote here http://channel9.msdn.com/Events/TechEd/Europe/2012/KEY02

    The rest of the week has been spent attending sessions, discussing technologies and changes to the future of Windows along with the opportunities of Azure within education.  

    I would encourage you to ask your teams who attend the event about their experiences and get them to share the buzz and insight to the weeks learning which they received, if you weren't fortunate enough to attend the sessions then feel free to watch the presentation at http://channel9.msdn.com/Events/TechEd/Europe/2012/

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    Microsoft IT Academy–Microsoft Courseware Marketplace

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    We are excited to announce the launch of a new Courseware Marketplace for both IT Academies and Microsoft Learning Partners on July 31st 2012. 

    The new Webshop will make available the ability to customise and order digital content to IT Academies for the first time.

    Some of the new features will include:

    · One stop shop – for all printed and digital content, including digital discounts

    · Customisation – ability to modularise and customise specific courseware from our entire catalogue

    · Collaboration – share and highlight amongst classes and for yourself

    · E-Reader – access content online and offline including your course notes

    · New Technology – Metro Windows 8 App at Windows 8 launch

    To find out more about the new features and how they can help you save costs and time as well as deliver great new technology courses and experiences for your students, sign up to one of our free webinars below.

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    TechEd Europe 2012

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    Today I’m at the last day of TechEd 2012 in Amsterdam, I am in Amsterdam sharing some exciting news about apps and updates for Windows Azure, Windows 8 and Windows Phone.

    There are number of UK Universities in attendance

    University of Huddersfield
    University of Westminster
    Birmingham City University
    University of Leeds
    University of Edinburgh    
    The University of York
    University of Cambridge
    University of Southampton
    University of Wolverhampton
    Liverpool John Moores University
    University of the Highlands and Islands
    University of Essex
    University of Hull
    Lancaster University    
    University of Southampton
    Queen's University Belfast
    University of Derby
    Northumbria University
    Plymouth University    
    University College London
    University of Bath
    University of Warwick
    Coventry University
    London South Bank University
    The Open University
    Royal Holloway University of London    
    University of Glasgow
    The University of Manchester

    I your not lucky enough to be attending the event or cannot wait for your colleagues to return you can check out the presentations and videos of the sessions here.. http://channel9.msdn.com/Events/TechEd/Europe/2012

    So sit back and enjoy the on-demand sessions and live streaming content from TechEd Europe 2012 in Amsterdam.

    If your interested in attending any of our events for IT Pro or developers see http://uktechdays.cloudapp.net/upcoming-events.aspx

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    Microsoft TechEd Europe 2012, 25th–29th June 2012 - Sold out

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    With thousands of people expected at the Amsterdam RAI from tomorrow including delegates, speakers and staff, partners and press and analysts TechEd Europe 2012, has SOLD OUT.

    Getting to the Amsterdam RAI

    TechEd Europe is taking place at the Amsterdam RAI.  The closest station is the Amsterdam RAI station.  From the city center, you can take metro line 51, direction Amstelveen Westwijk, which takes ~15 minutes.  Tram 4 starts at Amsterdam Central station and connects a big part of the city center with Amsterdam RAI.  Tram 4 stops in front of the convention center.

    Get the Latest Event Announcements & Share Your Experiences

    Get the latest event news and announcements via our Twitter account: http://twitter.com/teched_europe.  Use #TEE12 to tag your tweets and share your experience with other attendees, followers and the TechEd Europe event team. And finally, the TechEd team will be  sharing the event photos on Facebook, but we’d also love to see yours! 

    Share your photos by uploading to your Flickr account and tagging with “TEE12”.

    Looking forward to meeting all the all the UK academic attendees in Amsterdam and for anyone else attending have a fantastic week in Amsterdam!

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    Windows Surface Slate/Tablet Announcements and changes to SUR40 branding

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    With the announcement of Windows Surface devices see press release and new site which includes additional information including a video and images and the complete event video and announcement on Microsoft News Center.

    I just wanted to confirm that the current official Microsoft Surface product branding will change to the “Samsung SUR40 with Microsoft® PixelSense™”. http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/pixelsense/default.aspx This change is being made to emphasize the Microsoft PixelSense technology that makes the SUR40 unique and more clearly establish that Samsung manufactures, sells, and supports this product.  I am aware a number of Universities have already purchased or about to receive devices, so just to confirm that the name change will take effect this Tuesday June 19th. If you are dealing with resellers I hope this confirmation helps to avoid any confusion with your current or new orders.

    The Samsung SUR40 with Microsoft® PixelSense™ still brings people together to connect, learn, and decide using touch and physical objects.

    Microsoft PixelSense is a display input processing technology from Microsoft used in the Samsung SUR40, which delivers interaction with touch, physical objects, and an interface designed for multiple people to use at the same time http://www.samsunglfd.com/product/feature.do?modelCd=SUR40

    Please note that “Microsoft Surface” will still continue to exist through the software platform like the SDK 2.0 for developers.

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    Interested in teaching Windows 8

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    Here is some useful guidance from the Windows UX team on the correct way to refer to various features in the Windows 8 UI.

    These approved terms & phrases are used in the latest materials on http://design.windows.com so please familiarise yourself with these definitions and use them consistently in your teaching and learning. 

    Metro design style

    · Styles that can be applied to enable apps to have a Windows look/feel, be touch targetable, etc.

    App Bar

    Appbar

    · The surface that appears along the top or bottom edges of the screen and includes app commands.

    · Swipe in from the top or bottom of the screen to see the app commands.

    · Developer: To access the commands for an app, swipe in from the top or bottom edge of the screen to open the app bar.

    Charms

    Charms

    · The charms connect your app to other apps, the web, your friends, and your devices. Charms provide access to the key Windows features: Search, Share, Start, Devices, and Settings.

    · Tap the Search charm to find what you’re looking for in the app you’re using, on the web, or in other apps on your PC.

    · Tap the Share charm to share files and info with other apps on your PC.

    · Tap the Devices charm to print and connect to other external devices like media players.

    · Tap the Settings charm to change common system settings or the settings of the app you’re using.

    · Do NOT use “charms bar”

    · Don't use in UI text.

    Edge

    · The area that's the outermost part or the part farthest away from the center of something.

    · Swipe in from the right edge to access Search, Share, Devices, Start, and Settings.

    · Do not use “edgy”

    Swipe

    · To quickly slide a finger a short distance

    · Swipe in from the right edge to show the charms.

    · Swipe in from the top or bottom edge to show the app commands.

    · Swipe in from the left edge to return to an app you were just using.

    · Swipe across an email in your inbox to select it.

    · Swipe down on a tile to select it.

    Secondary tile

    · Shortcuts to places within an app or to other content.

    · You can personalize your Start screen by creating tiles that act as shortcuts to your favourite content.

    · Secondary tiles let users personalize their Start screen by creating deep links to specific places within your app.

    · Do not use “pinned tile”

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    .NET Gadgeteer at Birmingham TechFest 2012

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    Birmingham Techfest took place on Saturday 16th of June 2012. The event have over 1800 registered visitors.

    “Youngsters love gadgets. So wouldn’t it be great if they could build their own, and at school? This is exactly what more than 166 students, ages 7 to 24, did  using .NET Gadgeteer. at TechFest,

    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) and will be a key part in the AQA GCSE Computer Science course starting in Sept 2012.

    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

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    We had over 166 students attend the Gadgeteer workshop sessions which took place throughout the day in all we ran 6 x 40 min sessions demonstrating hands on how to Build a Digital Camera with .NET Gadgeteer.

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    We had some excellent feedback from attendees including the Executive Dean of Birmingham City University Professor Melvyn Lees who attend one of the sessions ‘In the School of Computing, Telecommunications at BCU, we are proud of our longstanding partnerships with companies such as Microsoft who provide valuable up to date resources that equip of students with the knowledge and skills providing better employment prospects upon graduation’.

    Resources

    Microsoft .NET Gadgeteer is an open-source toolkit for building small electronic devices using the .NET Micro Framework and Visual Studio/Visual C# Express.
    Build all manner of electronic gadgets quickly and easily with .NET Gadgeteer! LEARN HOW TO GET STARTED

    Curricula Resources

    Teaching Material for .NET Gadgeteer in School
    .NET Gadgeteer can be used in schools to help students make gadgets and learn C# programming along the way. These lesson plans give teachers all the material needed to run 8 1-hour sessions using .NET Gadgeteer, including session plans, student handouts and PowerPoint presentations.

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