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!
Over the past few weeks we have had a number of interesting meetings with IT Services teams and academic faculties within UK Universities. These discussions have been particular interesting as we have discussed the opportunity of enhancements academics can make to curriculum if they had access to the latest desktop OS and web browsers. These discussions were particularly interesting as a number of the IT Services teams highlighted a need for applicants/employees with very specific Microsoft skills sets. For example. experience in virtualisation and cloud computing, as well as product specific skills such as System Centre, Windows 7 and MDOP. Microsoft has a number resources available including IT Pro resources such as TechNet and IT Developer resources such as MSDN. To the specific training and certifications resources Microsoft IT Academy programme as one route for institutions to help their staff and students get recognised certifications and knowledge.
Another service we discussed was, The Microsoft Virtual Academy, MVA is a online training centre which uses some of the characteristics of game-based learning to motivate learners. It’s free and open to anybody, not just those staff and students in formal education institutions, and it focuses on a range of Microsoft cloud-based technologies.
Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA) is a fully cloud-based learning experience focusing on Microsoft Cloud Technologies. You can access a variety of training content online and become one of the renowned experts in the IT Pro community around the world. MVA provides its users with a virtual university experience: the student can select a track and study the material and then do the self-assessment. By doing so, they will collect points that will promote them to a Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum Level. Students on MVA can get access to all the information, statistics and advancements of their training career, allowing them to maintain a long-term relationship with Microsoft. Learning through MVA is FREE of charge, and you can study the contents at any time and at your own pace.
In the UK there are currently
Topics covered include:
Clustering Hyper-V Office 365 Private Cloud Public Cloud Security SQL Azure System Center Virtual Machine Manager Virtualisation Windows Azure Windows Phone VMWare
The whole system runs in the Cloud, as it’s built on Windows Azure so is extremely scalable and reliable. So let me know how you get on with these resources.
For those of you interested in building Windows Phone app’s or putting the finishing touches on your Windows Phone app the following are a great set of resources for your students additional reading to the curriculum material we provide.
As always if you want to have a Windows Phone 7 Phone Camp on YOUR Campus please email firstname.lastname@example.org as you can see we have been busy visiting campus locations the length and breadth of the UK.
Windows Phone 7 Resources – Getting Started:
Code Samples for Common Tasks:
Panorama/Pivot View Sample:
Location Service/GPS Sample:
Use Sensor Data Sample (Accelerometer/Gyroscope/Compass:
Process and Use RSS Feeds in Win Phone:
Isolated Storage (3 Scenarios):
Local Database App w/MVVM for Win Phone:
AD Control Sample: For those students who want to make money on their Phone app via including advertising in their apps:
Last week I had the pleasure of playing with a SUR40 Surface 2 at the BETT Show. The SUR 40 is a 40-inch full HD LCD, that can be mounted horizontally or vertically and incorporates PixelSense technology which allows NUI controls not just touch.
The SUR 40 is now shipping and available through Samsung channel via Midwich in the UK. The SUR40 is a impressive piece of kit which has recently won a number of awards including the Popular Science Award, and International CES “Best of Innovations 2012” award winner. The awards recognize and honours outstanding design and engineering in cutting edge consumer electronics products across 32 product categories, at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.
Check out this video of Steve Clayton demonstrating the SUR 40.
The Nokia Lumia 800 Windows Phone is now available as a reward with the Windows Phone UK Developer Reward Programme.
By simply joining the UK Developer rewards programme Educators and Students can get rewarded with loads of other fantastic prizes for building Windows Phone App and publishing it on the Windows Phone Marketplace.
The programme concludes (Sunday 5 Feb 2012). So There is no better time to start building and publishing your Windows Phone app. It’s incredibly easy with 5 simple steps:
So download the tools form DreamSpark and Register and start building & publishing your Windows Phone apps today.
Enter to compete in the Microsoft Imagine Cup 2012 Windows Phone Challenge and create software that can really make a broad impact in the world.
Get started on your solution today.
Get your questions ready! Join Windows Phone Challenge Captain Jukka Wallasvaara on 22 February at 15:00 GMT or 23 February at 05:00 GMT via Live Meeting and ask him about competing in the Windows Phone Challenge. Follow these instructions to join Live Meeting. The Live Meeting sessions will be recorded and posted on this page under the Helpful Links. Find out what time it is your country/region.
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In addition to over 400 sessions with Microsoft and industry speakers, TechEd offers you face-to-face connections with thousands of your peers who share your challenges. TechEd is the forum to gain the expertise and insights that will help you get the most from your IT investments. TechEd offers 4 days to:
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By arriving a day early on Monday, 25 June and registering for the special Pre-Conference Seminars you will get in-depth training and insights on the Microsoft technologies and products that power your business. Select from 10 different topics taught by John Craddock, Kate Gregory, Steve Fox, Mikael Nystrom, Kent Agerlund, Alberto Ferrari, Richard Hundhausen, and more!
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The conference takes place in Berkeley, California, May 7-8. As in previous years, the workshop brings together researchers, educators and practitioners from all over the world. This year workshop is in association with and supported by the University of California, Berkeley. The keynote speakers are from UC Berkeley, Microsoft and Google.
You are very welcome to attend and contribute to the workshop. website: http://research.microsoft.com/en-US/events/cloudfutures2012/
Call for Abstracts and Participation
This year, we are looking for extended abstracts on hot topics in cloud computing to be presented at the workshop—either as talks or posters. Abstracts should highlight how new techniques and methods of research in the cloud may solve distinct challenges arising in diverse areas, including computer science, engineering, earth sciences, healthcare, humanities, interactive games, life sciences, and social sciences. We encourage abstracts that describe practical experiences, experimental results, and vision papers.
Submit abstracts of five pages, including references. Your submission should include a bio (150 words maximum). Submit your abstracts through the online form.
Abstracts due: February 29, 2012 Results available: March 23, 2012 Workshop: May 7–8, 2012
The previous workshop presentations can be viewed here:
Cloud Futures 2011: http://research.microsoft.com/en-US/events/cloudfutures2011/default.aspx
Cloud Futures 2010: http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/events/cloudfutures2010/videos.aspx
Questions about the workshop should be directed to email@example.com
I was recently visiting a institution, and meet with an lecture who announced how impressed he was with using Mouse without Borders.
So I thought I should share this great FREE software with you.
So what is Mouse Without Borders
Mouse without Borders in a nutshell, allows you to reach across your PC's as if they were part of one single desktop.
For example the academic had a laptop and slate on his desk, using Mouse Without Borders he could use a single mouse and keyboard to move between the two screens on his desk, even though each of the devices were attached to different screens, what’s more, using mouse without borders you can move files between the 2 computers simply by dragging them from one desktop to another. In fact you can control up to four computers from a single mouse and keyboard with no extra hardware needed.
Mouse without Borders has been developed by Truong Do who by day is a developed for Microsoft Dynamics. What interesting is that Mouse without Borders has been developed as part of Microsoft wide program that encourages grass roots invention, tinkering, ideas and incubation of projects entitled the Garage. In The Garage,employees get together after hours to build whatever they dream up and the results are often impressive. 99.9% of the Garage projects either ship as part of a Microsoft project or remain internal.
Mouse without Borders is easy to setup and in addition to enabling drag and drop of files, you can lock or log in to all PCs from one PC for more information on Mouse without Borders see the following video.
You can download Mouse without Borders for FREE here Download Now [1.1mb]
Hearing directly from our experts is the best way to get a really good understanding of Visual Studio 2010 and associated tools such as Team Foundation Server.
The Visual Studio team are running a number of in-person events on Application Lifecycle Management capabilities of Visual Studio 2010 and Team Foundation Server 2010.
Microsoft Learning have now introduced a number of specific cloud examinations aimed at both the IT professional and developer.
One of the new roles identified is the role of cloud developers. As a cloud developer, you’ll need to understand how applications are designed, developed, and deployed for platform as a service (PaaS).
Cloud Developers will need to focus on innovation and integration, and work more closely with business units to help them increase productivity.
As a result Microsoft Learning have developed a set of examinations and curricula to help expand students skills to meet this demand.
Today we made some exciting changes and improvements to DreamSpark, with the launch of a new site and rebranding of MSDNAA to Microsoft DreamSpark premium.
DreamSpark is the first step for educators to make learning more motivating, relevant, and engaging for today’s students by providing no cost access to professional-level development, design, and gaming software.
A unique opportunity for both students and educators to use the latest professional development, design and gaming software at no charge
A chance to learn new technologies to excite students in classrooms
Access to software and curriculum resources to help develop courses that will enable students to achieve their career goals after graduation
A way to help educators expand their personal and professional portfolios and enhance classroom objectives
DreamSpark is simple; it's all about giving students Microsoft professional-level developer and designer tools at no charge so you can chase your dreams and create the next big breakthrough in technology - or just get a head start on your career. DreamSpark gives Students the chance to develop world class software, web applications, cool and creative designs as well as amazing games. Microsoft believes that students can do amazing things if they only have the right tools.
DreamSpark is about giving educators no cost access to Microsoft professional-level developer, designer and gaming software so they can reach, motivate, and ensure their students achieve their greatest potential. DreamSpark gives you the software and resources to ensure your classroom always has the latest technologies to challenge, motivate, and keep students engaged in new ways.
Learning must be relevant, exciting, and engaging. DreamSpark is aligned with universities, associations, and employers to ensure that educators are able to discover, create, and deliver courses to students that lead to increased technical proficiency, employability and of course creates the next generation of technical leaders.
· DreamSpark Pricing Model and usage
Free for all students – simply self-subscribe to DreamSpark via http://www.dreamspark.com
Free for all Schools being in the system and setup to provide their students verification solution This was is through domain, shibboleth, or Live@Edu validation Schools DreamSpark Administrators can request codes and give to their students
For more details regarding Microsoft Dreamspark offering contact the DreamSpark support team
NB. Licensing does not allow for the products to be used in class, and FREE licensing does not cover educators
Changes to licensing and costs
DreamSpark for Schools, College and Unis subscription is now available and priced at $99 FREE for EES customers – This change allows all DreamSpark software to be installed for teaching and learning on Institutional Lab machines and it’s a campus license as per EES so you only need to purchase 1 license and not 1 per school or faculty and if your a EES subscriber its included for FREE. (also it now covers educators and students for personal non-commercial usage and is available for all taught discipline, previously this only covered students usage and not licensed for intuitional equipment)
DreamSpark Premium – Previously MSDNAA so includes more products including Visio, OneNote and Project and is aimed at STEM FE and HE institutions and all IT Academy Subscribers. The cost has been reduced to $499 from £1000+ (also it now covers educators and students for personal non-commercial usage and all lab installations)
Microsoft was started when many of the founders were still students so we know that anything is possible. To make this happen, we are aligning with universities, associations, and other communities around the world to make sure that DreamSpark reaches everyone as fast as possible.