Faculty Connection is an online set of real-world resources and shared peer knowledge, the goal of the Faculty Connection site is to put relevant and applicable tools and information at the fingertips of technology educators.
The UK Academic Team is responsible for offering IT students and faculty members free access to software, for enhancing knowledge and skills by providing curriculum materials and other learning opportunities, for helping students achieve their dreams by organizing an international competition, and finally for assisting last year students through career resources and job opportunities at our customers and partners.
With this blog we want to inform you on our latest initiatives.
Enjoy reading and stay tuned!
Many organisations in the UK Public Sector are looking to do more take cost out of their basic IT operations and increase efficiencies since the Comprehensive Spending Review as they try to do more with less.
All organisations are keeping more and more data both for regulatory purposes. Cloud integrated storage promises to provide the best of both commodity cloud cost and flexibility combined with on premise control and compliance requirements.
Introducing StorSimple, a Microsoft Solution
StorSimple is the leading vendor for cloud-integrated storage. StorSimple solutions combine primary storage, backup, archive, and disaster recovery, allowing you to optimize storage costs, data protection and service agility. With its unique cloud snapshot capability, StorSimple automatically protects and rapidly restores production data using Azure Storage.
Join us for a strategy workshop, taking you and your team through the ways a hybrid cloud storage solution reduces total storage costs and improves data protection. Reduce storage infrastructure sprawl
Reduce data management complexity
Gain seamless and real-time scaling of primary storage through auto-tiering to Windows Azure
Significantly improve and simplify data protection
Realise up to 100x faster disaster recovery with thin restores
StorSimple cloud-integrated storage combines primary storage, backup, archive and disaster recovery with cloud integration. And is the only cloud storage solution certified by both Microsoft and VMware. Cloud Storage Solution Webinar
Time: 14:15 – 15:00
Date: Wednesday, 20th Nov, 2013
Search Event ID: 1032570230
www.DreamSpark.com is a Microsoft Program that supports technical education by providing access to Microsoft software for learning, teaching and research purposes.
DreamSpark is simple: it's all about giving students Microsoft professional-level developer and designer tools at no cost so that students can chase their dreams and create the next big breakthrough in technology - or just get a head start on their career.
DreamSpark helps educators teach the latest technologies and experiment in research. Microsoft knows that to make learning more motivating, relevant, and engaging for today's students requires a diverse set of resources. DreamSpark gives educators the resources to ensure their classrooms always have the latest technologies to challenges, motivate, and keep students engaged in new ways.
DreamSpark is also a subscription for Academic Institutions: it provides a cost-effective way to put Microsoft developer tools, platforms and servers in labs and classrooms, and on their students’ and faculty’s computers for learning and research purposes. It reduces lab costs and teaching budgets.
As a Student: simply create an account, verify your student status and download software through this website at no cost. If your school/university has a subscription, you can also get access to more software titles.
As an Educator: you can get access through your institution’s subscription. Talk to your school administration to get a DreamSpark subscription and order today!
As an Academic Institution: order the subscription type that is right for you. DreamSpark Standard is for all types of institutions from primary to tertiary educations. DreamSpark Premium has a wider software catalog of over 500 products and is for qualifying technical departments only.
Simply go to www.dreamspark.com and create a FREE Account today
If your attending this years http://www.theskillsshow.com/ simply pop over to Hall 1.1 and see us on the #opendoors Microsoft and City and Guilds Stand to collect a verification code to get started as new DreamSpark.com user.
One of the neat little feature of Windows 8 is the ability to pin Web Pages to the start screen through IE 11.
Here a great example of the pinned wpcentral site on Windows 8
This is what it looks like on my start screen as large tile
And that’s it! The tile should refresh with WPCentral direct news feed and depending on the size you chose, it will have a slightly different layout.
Adding Pinned sites to your web page
So you have seen this in action with WPCentral and now you can add this feature really simply to your site.
To do this you can use the IE Pinned app builder tool at http://www.buildmypinnedsite.com/en this will refresh your site code so that the IE pinned app looks like a windows 8 app and appear on users start screen.
The cloud is becoming more and more useful in education. There are stunning examples of academic research which are pushing the boundaries of data intensive science.
Some of these great examples include the discovery of the Higgs boson at CERN and this year’s publication of the fifth assessment report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
However today’s research challenges remains largely the same.
1. More data
2. More analysis
3. Simply less time to do the work.
So why use Windows Azure
Cloud computing can really help educators and researchers resolve the issue of big data and focus on accelerating breakthroughs and insights.
So why not learn more and attend our, three-part Windows Azure for Research webinar series starting 20 November.
What is the Windows Azure Webinar Series?
The seminars are one-hour, interactive online sessions will bring cloud computing to life, explaining what it is, why it is so useful, and how to use it for your research in practical ways.
You can get involved and ask questions live during the sessions so simply register for the events below.
Hands on with Windows Azure January 2014 Oxford
Also, we’re bringing our Windows Azure for Research program to the UK.
These session will include hands-on training on how to use Windows Azure to simplify their data-intensive work. These two-day courses and cover everything from Linux virtual machines, IPython, scaling out R and MATLAB calculations, cloud storage, sensor data processing, and, of course, big data processing.
Sign up now to secure your place and get hands-on experience developing and deploying your research applications in the cloud:
Azure Awards and Grants – FREE Access to Cloud Resources
In addition to the trainings, we’re offering substantial allocations of Windows Azure storage and compute resources for selected proposals through the Windows Azure Research Awards Program. (Learn more about the awards.)
If your interested in teaching Windows Azure to your courses then we offer Windows Azure Educator grants (Learn more about the grants)
So who are using these services?
We’re currently working with dozens of UK universities and research teams across and many European researchers from the British Library, STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, University College London, Sheffield Hallam University, Newcastle University and the University of St Andrews. We’re excited to have a range of projects, from bioinformatics and environmental science to image processing and Science 2.0.
Please join the discussion on our Windows Azure for Research LinkedIn Group and for educators please join in the discussions on the UK Faculty Connection LinkedIn Group
Guest blog by Simon Grey Lecturer in Games Development Studies at the University of Hull
XNA is a great framework for creating games, and we use it as a tool to motivate students to learn how to program whilst creating great games at extra-curricular events such as the three thing game. For us, a tools like XNA is an invaluable intrinsic motivator – inspiring students to want to learn to code, as opposed to being motivated because we said so, or because they will get better grades.
According to the official documentation XNA requires Visual Studio 2010. Now, clearly it’s possible to install both Visual Studio 2010 and Visual Studio 2012 on the same machine, but that would have a big impact on the size of the image.
To get around the limitation of our managed desktop Hard Drive capacity we would d rather not install both if we don’t have to, but if you try to install XNA on a machine that doesn’t include Visual Studio 2010 the installation will fail.
However after some monitoring of the install process here is a nice walkthrough produced by the University of Hull of how to install XNA onto a machine with Visual Studio 2012. The University of Hull we are keen to provide students with as seamless an experience as possible when moving from working at home to working in university, with this in mind I Simon has developed the following blog post, so that students can use XNA at home with Visual Studio 2012 to allow them an easy transition to and from the machines at the University
You’ll need to download this zip file which contains the entire XNA setup and the folders that you’ll need to copy yourself.
Visual Studio Professional 2013 https://www.dreamspark.com/Product/Product.aspx?productid=72
Visual Studio Professional 2012 https://www.dreamspark.com/Product/Product.aspx?productid=44
Visual Studio Professional 2010 https://www.dreamspark.com/Product/Product.aspx?productid=4
MonoGame for taking existing XNA Games and Apps to Windows 8 – http://www.monogame.net
XNA Game Studio - https://www.dreamspark.com/Product/Product.aspx?productid=3
Getting Started creating Xbox Indie XNA Games - http://www.slideshare.net/lee_stott/xbox-indie-account-via-xna-creators-club-for-all-students
My journey started in 2009, after leaving Scarborough Sixth Form College with 3 A Levels – Computing, Maths and German gaining A, D & C respectively. With this I decided I wanted to study Computer Science, initially with German and was presented two options – the University of Sheffield or the University of Chester.
After point blank rejection from Sheffield due to lacking of a good quality Maths A Level, I was accepted into Chester, accepted into now what is my home and life. I studied combined honours for my first year then switched to single honours Computer Science. I graduated with a First.
During my undergraduate studies I started working for the University part time within the Informatics Centre – a spin out company that employs students on real world projects with external clients. During my time at the Informatics Centre I picked up my MCSA in Windows Server 2008 and started working on the department’s own network infrastructure.
At around the same time, I also enrolled onto the Microsoft Student Partner programme, it was this programme that kick started my career and gave me the experiences required to stay on at the University post-graduation. I organised a Windows Phone Camp for the University in my third year which was well attended and formed part of various student assignments.
I also attended the MSP summit in London and met with leading Microsoft developers and worked on skills such as Public Speaking, Team Work and drinking beer improving technical skillsets.
Thanks to the MSP programme I was able to link Microsoft to our undergraduate programmes to, module content, lecturer skill sets, network resources and provide keynote speakers for our up and coming Compsci Conference in April 2014. We’re now introducing Windows Azure into 3 of our modules, Windows 8.1 & Server 2012 R2 into two and Visual Studio 2012 into another.
The MSP programme is a great opportunity not only for you in getting exposure to Microsoft products and their resources but also to those around you, such as your lecturers, support staff and fellow students. Remember, you don’t have to study Computer Science to have an interest in Microsoft technologies, or to be a developer!
After graduating from Chester, I now lecture on 2 modules. One in the first year (Cisco) and one in the final year (Network Management & Infrastructure). My links with Microsoft allow me to keep current (I have upgraded my MSCA to include Server 2012), but more importantly to deliver the very latest in technologies to my students!
Rock on the MSP programme – make it your own. It could take you in directions you never saw coming. The journey continues on Twitter.
Microsoft Virtual Academy - http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com
Microsoft UK Student Facebook Group - https://www.facebook.com/MicrosoftStudentUK
At the end of October 2013, Microsoft released Visual Studio 2013 to MSDN subscribers and DreamSpark.com Subscribers . This includes the Visual F# Tools, matching version 3.1 of the F# language.
F# itself is an open source and cross-platform functional-first programming language, see fsharp.org for more details.
Microsoft contributed to both the design of the language and its primary implementation, and provide enterprise-level support for the language implementation and its tools through Visual Studio 2010, 2012 and 2013. Many staff within Microsoft Research continue to be active contributors to F#. for the latest version Microsoft staff contributed to the design of the F# 3.1 language, their implementation, advice to the Visual F# team, applied research contributions in the application of F# type providers, and work with the F# community.
If your interested in learning more about the enhancements in F#3.1 and the updates to the F# language and the Visual F# tools found in Visual Studio 2013 take a look What's New in Visual Studio 2013 here and in the Visual Studio F# Team Blog pre-release announcement.
If you’d like to know how F# is being used in practice, see the testimonials provided by the F# Software Foundation.
Even better, please contribute one of your own.
Marmalade and Microsoft along with Birmingham City University are hosting one of the largest Marmalade and Windows Phone 8 porting events in the UK and they would love to see you there! By attending this free one day event you’ll receive the latest information regarding Marmalade 7 and Windows Phone 8.
Over the last 12 months we have seen the Windows Phone UK market share increase rapidly, more and more consumers are purchasing Windows Phones and Windows tablets and we are seeing amazing success on the Windows ecosystem from game developers with titles such as Mortar Melon reach 750k+ downloads; Guns4Hire & Judge Dredd with 1m+; Royal Revolt with 1m+ in 6 weeks and Lego Hero Factory: Brain Attack with 500k downloads in 4 weeks.
There will be hands-on advice from Marmalade experts to help you port your existing or new mobile games to the Windows Phone
If you don't have the necessary hardware to port to Windows Phone we have that covered! We will provide hardware running all the necessary developer tools and will provide access to Marmalade 7.
This event is for new and existing marmalade developers and students
10.00 Registration 10.30 - 10.40 Intro from Uni 10.40 - 11.00 Welcome from Microsoft/Marmalade 11.00 - 12.00 Getting started with Marmalade - Jamie Grossman Marmalade 12.00-13.00 Lunch Break 13.00-14.00 Using Marmalade walkthrough popup lab tutorial - Jamie Grossman Marmalade 14.00-15.00 Designing beautiful windows phone games - Lee Stott Microsoft 15.00 -15.10 Break 15.10 - 16.00 Microsoft/Nokia developer programmes and Opportunity - Lee Stott Microsoft 16:00 -20:00 Hackathon/Gameaton with Marmalade for Windows Phone 8 20:00 - 20.30 Games Showcase 21:00 Close
Register Now http://aka.ms/microsoftmarmaladeday
Register Now http://aka.ms/microsoftmarmaladeday
Nokia, Microsoft along with Unity are hosting one of the largest Unity porting events in the UK and they would love to see you there! By attending this free one day event you’ll receive a whole host of rewards, the latest Nokia devices and app store marketing. Over the last 12 months we have seen the Windows Phone UK market share increase rapidly, more and more consumers are purchasing Windows Phones and Windows tablets and we are seeing amazing success on the Windows ecosystem from game developers with titles such as Mortar Melon reach 750k+ downloads; Guns4Hire & Judge Dredd with 1m+; Royal Revolt with 1m+ in 6 weeks and Lego Hero Factory: Brain Attack with 500k downloads in 4 weeks. No presentations no marketing talk just turn up and port your title in one day!
There will be hands-on advice and Unity experts to help you port your existing or new mobile games to the Windows Phone or Windows Store. Some of the best ports on the day will receive the brand new Nokia Lumia 2520, Nokia's first 10.1- inch 1080p HD Windows tablet…be one of the first in Europe to own one! We will also be rewarding developers who successfully port on the day with Nokia Lumia 1520 (6-inch quad-core 1080p), Nokia Lumia 1020 (the one with the 41mp camera), or Nokia Lumia 625 smartphones.
If you don't have the necessary hardware to port to Windows Phone or Windows Store, we have that covered! We will provide PC Laptops running all the necessary developer tools and will provide Windows QuickStart kits for IOS developers (which will run Windows 8 pro on your MAC OSX via Parallels Desktop 9).
This event is for developers who have already developed a title using Unity and published to IOS App Store, Google Play or the Blackberry Store.
If you require further information about this event, please get in touch with email@example.com or @TheRealRiaz via twitter.
We'll provide catering throughout the day to keep your energy levels up :-)
Register Now - http://unity-nov.eventbrite.co.uk/
The Mobile App Acceleration Camps (MAACs) are a series of one-day events designed to help you prepare your application for the AppCampus program and launch a successful mobile app or mobile game. This offers you an unmissable opportunity to pitch your ideas to people who understand the market, chat to mentors from the industry who share your passion for apps and gaming, and gain valuable feedback on your project.
In just one day, you’ll learn everything you need to finesse your application and stand a great chance of being accepted for AppCampus!
As an added incentive, every studio that attends will be given a Lumia 820 Dev Kit Windows Phone, courtesy of Nokia – it's the ideal platform to test your app throughout the development process, and is a genuine exclusive. You can't buy these on the high street!
What is the AppCampus program?
AppCampus is an 18 million euro joint investment between Microsoft and Nokia, managed by Aalto University in Finland. It is a mobile application accelerator program that supports innovative mobile applications for the Windows Phone ecosystem. Successful applicants receive an award of 20,000, 50,000 or 70,000 euros to help their studio develop their project plus training, coaching and marketing support, so participating could be very valuable.
For more information visit AppCampus.
Places are limited – apply now!
There are four MAACs; to ensure personal attention and each one is limited to ten games studios, so make sure you apply now (each studio can bring up to 5 members – see the website for more information on the application process). Here are the dates and locations.
· London, 28th November 2013
· Birmingham, 2nd December 2013
· Manchester, 3rd December 2013
· Edinburgh, 5th December 2013
For more information and to register, please visit www.ukmobileappaccelerator.co.uk now!
Just contact Andrew Webber at firstname.lastname@example.org.