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    Microsoft UK Windows 8 App Excellence Labs

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    In the past year, I have had the opportunity to meet hundreds of UK academics, students and educators  who are passionate and excited about the opportunities with Windows 8. Now, we would like to share how to get early access into the Windows Store for your Windows 8 app via the Windows 8 App Excellence Labs (AEL).

    What is the App Excellence Lab?

    The App Excellence Lab is a 2-hour engagement with a trained Microsoft Services Engineer who will run your app through a series of tests based on a quality checklist to ensure your app is (or will be) in top-notch shape when you submit. You will also get a chance discuss ways to make your app even better and you will get answers to any questions you might have. Of course, the Labs are the singular path for motivated developers to gain early access to the Store, allowing you to receive an account, register your app and get a head start in publishing your app.

    Who is it for?

    The App Excellence Labs are open to developers who have almost completed their app as well as to developers who are in their early development/ideation cycle who would benefit from a consultation with Windows Engineer. Bottom line is that you will be able to work with a client expert who can rapidly help you accelerate your development.

    When and where are the App Excellence Labs held?

    The App Excellence Labs are held Monday to Friday at the Microsoft Campus in Thames Valley Park (Reading). We highly recommend you to attend in person, however, if for any reason you are unable to attend in person, we do offer a virtual option for you to join via Live Meeting. Please see the time slots listed below.

    Below is the list of current times available for App Excellence Labs sign up.

    We hope to see many of you at the App Excellence Labs and your apps in the Store.

    Please follow the 4 simple steps to sign up to the App Excellence Labs.

    Step One

    Register and log in to https://win8.msregistration.com

    Step Two

    Once you have successfully logged in, please complete the Application Profile Survey. Our Windows 8 consultant will use this information to work with you on your app during before and during the App Excellence Lab.

    Step Three

    Under the 'Notes' section of the Application Profile Survey, please enter the following information:

    Date/Time of your preferred App Excellence Lab(by choosing two preferred times/dates of the ones listed above)

    Choose your preference of In-person or virtualApp Excellence Lab (by stating In Person or Virtual).

    Step Four

    Click on 'New Application Profile' once you've completed your profile and stated your preferred date/time & in-person and virtual preference. We will then get in touch with you to confirm your Windows 8 App Excellence Lab.

    Note: If for any reason, you do not receive a response or confirmation from us within 3 working days, please drop an email to ukmsdn@microsoft.com with your App Excellence Lab details.  

    Help & Support for the Windows 8 App Excellence Labs Booking & Attendance

    Please either call 0845 073 7159 or email v-jat@microsoft.com

    Note: If for any reason, you do not receive a response or confirmation from us within 2 working days, please drop an email to v-jat@microsoft.com with your App Excellence Lab details.

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    Windows Phone Developer Camps in July

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    The Windows Phone Camps are events which will show you how to learn and build Windows Phone apps. You can work on your own projects with assistance from our Windows Phone MVPs, network with others and also have the option of attending short tutorial sessions on Windows Phone related topics. If you are new to Windows Phone, this is the ideal event for you as you will have the opportunity to understand the general approach and capabilities of Windows Phone development.

    The Windows Phone Camps will cover an introductory design session as well as a range of short tutorial sessions. Short tutorial sessions will include topics such as Introduction to Windows Phone Development, Controls & Control Toolkit, Execution Model, Storing Data, Launchers & Choosers, Accessing Cloud Services, Marketplace & Submission. There will also be informal Mango tutorial sessions on offer covering topics such as Multi-tasking, Debugging & Profiling, Motion API, Advertising SDK and Sockets.

    There are a basic set of things you should prepare before attending the camp. This includes bringing your own suitable laptop with the Windows Phone Developer tools installed (these are free) preferably these are the latest version of the tools.

    Lastly, please let us know as soon as you can if you cannot make the camp as there will be many developers who are keen to take your spot. Please let us know (via written email) at least 2 days in advance if you are unable to attend the camp or a £20 administration fee will be charged. Please respect the trainers and your fellow delegates by turning up if you have registered and committed.

    The Windows Phone Camp will kick off at 9am and finish at 9pm. Spaces are limited, so register your place in the Windows Phone Camp today!

    Click here to register now.

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    Registration open for July Windows 8 Camps

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    The Windows 8 Camps have been designed to show you how to build a Windows 8 app. You can tailor the day to make it as personally productive and rewarding as possible. You can work on your own projects with assistance from Windows 8 experts, network with others and also have the option of attending short tutorial sessions on Windows 8 related topics. 

    The Windows 8 Camps will cover an introductory overview session as well as a range of short tutorial sessions. Short tutorial sessions will include topics such as the basics of the OS and interaction with the OS, Metro style UX with examples in Store apps, The Store and the developer opportunity, the high level view of the platform – i.e. WinRT and the choice around implementation technology, and the tooling – the role of Visual Studio and Expression Blend.

    In addition, you will learn how you can publish your Windows 8 app into the Windows Store in advance of general release through the Windows 8 App Excellence Labs at this camp.

    Wednesday 18th July, Windows Phone DevCamp

    Thursday 19th July, Windows 8 DevCamp

    Friday 20th July, Windows 8 DevCamp

    Saturday 21st July,Windows 8 DevCamp

    Monday 23rd July, Windows Phone DevCamp

    Tuesday 24th July, Windows 8 DevCamp

    Wednesday 25th July, Windows 8 DevCamp

    Thursday 26th July, Windows 8 DevCamp

    The Windows 8 Camp will kick off at 9am and officially finish at 6pm, or 9pm for the hardcore attendees.

    Requirements & Prerequisites for Attendees

    IMPORTANT: Bring a suitable laptop with the following downloaded:

    1) Windows 8 Release Preview installed and running on your machine - http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-8/download?ocid=W_MSC_W8R_DevCenter_MetroDL_EN-US

    2) Visual Studio 2012 Express RC installed - http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/apps/br229516

    Lastly, please let us know as soon as you can if you cannot make the camp as there will be many developers who are keen to take your spot. Please let us know via email (microsoft@delegate.com) at least 2 days in advance if you are unable to attend the camp or a £20 administration fee will be charged. Please respect the trainers and your fellow delegates by turning up if you have registered and committed.

    Thank you and we look forward to seeing you at the Windows 8 Camp

    Windows 8 Camps Agenda:

            

    08:30

    Registration

    09:00

    Welcome & Explanation of the Day’s Format

     

    Presentation Room

    Work Room

    09:15

    Windows 8 Overview – UX, Store & Opportunity

    Hands On Labs

    (.NET and HJC)

    App Migrating and UX Reviews

    10:30

    Break

    10:45

    Windows 8 App Features 1

    11:45

    Break

    12:00

    Windows 8 App Features 2

    13:00

    Lunch

    14:00

       

    Hands On Labs

    (.NET and HJC)

    App Migrating and UX Reviews

    15:00

    16:00

    17:00

    18:00

    19:00

    For the committed only to continue their labs/migrating.

    21:00

    Close

     

    Click here to register http://uktechdays.cloudapp.net/upcoming-events.aspx

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    Imagine Cup 2012 Starting 06/07/2012

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    THE WORLDWIDE FINALS ARE UNDERWAY

    Follow the action from Australia July 6 - 10 on Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and the Imagine Cup blog.

    Imagine Cup 2012 - Registration

    WATCH LIVE

    Microsoft Student Partners, acting as roving reporters, are covering Imagine Cup and broadcasting live! Sit back, relax, and join in the fun.

    Imagine Cup 2012 - Registration

    ROCK THE VOTE!

    There’s still time to choose your favourite team and help them win the People’s Choice Award. Vote for your favourite videos by July 9 and the winning team will go home with $10,000!

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    MEET THE FINALISTS!

    The Imagine Cup yearbook lists the project descriptions and introduces you to the teams competing in Sydney. Read about their inspiring apps, and wish them luck! .

    We are going to live stream the following Imagine Cup events,  here http://icsocialmediateam.com/live-stream/

    Best of luck to Team EyeWork @teameyeworks from Newcastle College and Northumbria University representing the UK.

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    More Cloud Services on Project Hawaii

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    Microsoft Research’s Project Hawaii extends the Windows Phone with the power of the cloud. The smartphone provides the sensors, mobility, and data; the cloud provides powerful algorithms to enable scenarios that would otherwise not be possible. The newly released Project Hawaii Software Development Kit (SDK) 2.0, developed by the Mobility and Research Group, has added four more cloud services to Project Hawaii’s existing line-up, namely:

    · Key value pair, which enables the storage of any data in the cloud—easily and quickly

    · Translation, which, well, translates from one language to another

    · Text to speech, which does just what its name implies

    · Path prediction, which narrows location searches based on the direction of travel

    Microsoft Research continues to offer Project Hawaii to a growing list of universities worldwide (50 by spring 2012), with more than 2,000 students already using the Hawaii SDK in the last year or so.

    Take a look at some of these exciting projects developed by students.

    If your interested in the opportunities of Hawaii Learn more about Project Hawaii by reading the following blog.

    If your interested in experimenting with Hawaii you can download the SDK.

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    LIVE Coverage of the Microsoft Research Faculty Summit, July 16–17, 2012

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    LIVE Coverage of the Microsoft Research Faculty Summit, July 16–17, 2012

    For the first time, we'll be broadcasting the Microsoft Research Faculty Summit live. We will stream the keynotes from the Faculty Summit plus entertaining interviews with scientific and academic visionaries who will discuss how they're tackling some of today's top research and computer science challenges.

    Join us for the live broadcast of the Faculty Summit on July 16 and 17, 9:00 A.M. to 1:30 P.M. Pacific Time.

    · See what’s in store and view the Faculty Summit broadcast live.

    · Join the conversation through Twitter hashtag #FacSumm.

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    Visit Microsoft Research website: Microsoft Research Connections

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    Windows 8 – Develop great Metro Style Apps

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    So how do you go about developing Metro Style Apps for Windows 8?

    ‘Metro style’ apps are built for the new Metro touch interface for Windows 8, and will be able to run on any Windows 8 device, whether that’s full function PCs and laptops, or the different kind of Windows 8 slate devices running Intel or ARM chips. If you’re already testing the Windows 8 Release Preview, you’ll know that an Intel-based computer running Windows 8 can run all of your existing Windows software, plus the new Metro style apps.

    Microsoft Surface http://www.surface.com  

    The following presentation is a nice Introduction to Windows 8 within Academia
    View more presentations from Microsoft Education UK

    Useful resources to building Windows 8 Metro Style apps

    Resources from TechEd Europe

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    A Selection of useful videos from Microsoft TechEd Europe 2012 on Metro Style App development

    FREE Ebook

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    • The life story of a Metro Style App
    • Quickstart
    • App Anatomy and Page Navigation
    • Controls, Control Styling, and Basic Data Binding

    And the further 14 chapters will come out over the next few months. But if you’re interested in getting started, or you’ve got students that you know will want to have a go, then this is a good start.

    You can either download it in PDF directly, or go and read a bit more about it on the Microsoft Press blog.

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    Here’s a long list of more free technical ebooks from Microsoft Press.

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    Moodle Skydrive Integration

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    Many of you are now using Moodle, as your Virtual Learning Environment and have access to Microsoft's SkyDrive via Live@edu.

    Were pleased to announce that the Moodle community has developed and released a plugin for Moodle 2.3 which allows students to save their files into SkyDrive, directly in the cloud, from Moodle.

    You can find out more, and download the SkyDrive plugin from the Moodle website

    Note, this plugin doesn't come from Microsoft, but from the Moodle open-source community.

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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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