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  • Blog Post: A great course for teachers interested in Windows Phone 8 development

    Jumpstart your Windows Phone 8 Developer skills Originally posted by Sarah Lamb Windows Phone 8 is the second generation of the Windows Phone mobile operating system from Microsoft. Like its predecessor, it features the interface known as Metro (or Modern UI) and in addition it also uses the Windows...
  • Blog Post: Student-Developed Windows Phone Apps

    The Underground app is all about student developers and the great experiences they create for Windows Phone. If you don’t know about this app yet – we will fill you in. The Underground app was created to feature apps and games developed by students. Support your peers, learn from them and join the student...
  • Blog Post: Inspiration for student developers –Harry Potter site built on Windows Azure platform

    Pottermore , the official Harry Potter website, was recently launched and attracted billions of page views in its first two weeks. The site is built on Windows Azure , an open cloud platform that lets users quickly build, deploy, and manage applications across a global network of Microsoft-managed data...
  • Blog Post: Student Windows Phone developer Q & A

    Questions answered by Windows Phone expert Ben Lower Originally posted by Microsoft Student A big shout out to Ben Lower and all the student developers that participated in the exciting chat this morning on the Microsoft Student Facebook page! If you missed it or want to read the advice that Ben gave...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Gadgeteer stimulates the kids.. at Hack to the Future

    Originally posted by Lee Stott on the UK Faculty Connection Blog .   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....
  • Blog Post: Interesting Opportunity for Academic App developers to win some great prizes

    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...
  • Blog Post: MSDN Magazine – free downloads

    I have to admit, much of the content in the MSDN Magazine goes whooshing over my head. But I know that some of you love nothing more than digging into coding, and would love nothing more than an evening of thread diagnostics (whatever that is?). But did you know that you can download all of the MSDN...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure in four minutes

    This blog post is definitely for the techies amongst you! Things are changing very rapidly in the way that ICT services can be delivered and used in schools. Although most of these developments aren’t specific to education, they are addressing needs of schools. One of the developments is the Windows...
  • Blog Post: How to make a beautiful school SharePoint site

    On Monday I shared some UK Education SharePoint websites that I described as beautiful, and which had been created by UK education establishments. And the opinion around the office was that the Twynham School Sixth Form website was the most astonishing one (in fact, half a dozen times I was asked by...
  • Blog Post: Free DreamSpark software downloads for school students

    This is one of those “Are you sure? Really sure?” blog posts. Where somebody tells you something, and you ask “Are you sure? Really sure?” So I have checked this, and now had it confirmed by the announcement of it in a Bill Gates speech this evening. We have announced that the DreamSpark programme is...
  • Blog Post: Visiting Microsoft Research in Cambridge

    Yesterday was a great day - I’d been looking forward to it for a while, because I went to visit the Microsoft Research offices in Cambridge – our European centre for research linked to universities across the whole of Europe. The meeting (for colleagues from UK education team) was hosted by Andrew Herbert...
  • Blog Post: Robotics - Third day of Christmas

    My colleague, Paul Foster, works in the part of our business that talks to developers - both the commercial variety and student developers. One of the things they are constantly trying to do is to find new ways to engage students with the idea that programming is cool and valuable (remember the days...
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