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.
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Microsoft Bing is more than an internet search engine
As a academic your day is filled with non-stop time commitments, class preparation and on-going research. Microsoft Office can help you handle the writing, presenting, organizing and communicating it takes to keep moving at the speed of the academic calendar.
For more info on how Bing can help click here
Bring subjects to life. Windows Live™ Movie Maker is the fast, easy way to turn photos and video clips into great-looking movies and slide shows you can share with students, other faculty, or on the Web. And it’s free.
Learn more about the power of Movie Maker click here
Quick Step by Step guide to using Movie Maker click here
Learn new ways to easily create, express and share your ideas.
Now faculty and students can view, edit, and share Microsoft Office documents from virtually anywhere with an Internet connection.
Microsoft Office can help you handle the writing, presenting, organizing and communicating it takes to keep moving at the speed of the academic calendar.
OneNote 2010 Getting Started guide click here
OneNote 2010 Step-by-step guide click here
Office 2007 & 2010 Step-by-step guide click here
Office 2007 & 2010 Getting Started guide click here
We ensure that primary schools, secondary schools, colleges and HE in the UK have access to high-quality STEM curriculum enhancement and software tools.
These activities produce successful STEM learners by offering engaging and achievable challenges, whilst building student confidence. They support students' development into responsible citizens through placing the STEM learning in relevant life contexts.
For more information on STEM visit STEMNET
So UK Student's and Academic's are you doing anything as cool or interesting as this?
We would really love to hear about how your using Microsoft Technology and software in your curricula or research.
Tell us and and share your outcomes and experiences at the Faculty Connection UK Linkedin Group
Over the past few days I have had a number of questions, regarding the oppurtuity of institutions providing IT equipement as part of the overall student experience.
In particular I have had lots of questions regarding Windows Tablets or the new Slate form factor. I personnal use a Windows 7 ThinkPad x201 with a multitouch enabled screen which I simply take everywhere as its my office, phone and connection back to the corporate network, however what is really neat is that this is now also my note pad and my whiteboard during these meeting. This piece of kit has raised a number questions over the past few weeks from ITPro's, Academic and students during my institution vists.
So what are the questions. The number one statement is woo! thanks cool! the number one question is simply who can the new range of Windows Tablets and Slate devices support students learning as there lots of debate at present in the slate market simply because the price of device is becoming more attractive. The key question in my response to this is simply what is your software portfolio and how do you manage this? The Windows 7 Slate has a major advantage for most Institutions as it natively fully supports Windows applications such as Office.
To help answer the simple question or what are like to use? What can you do with these in regards to software applications? and how easy are they to use?
I suggest you watch the following video, the video gives you a quick overview of the power of Windows 7 and Office 2010 when used on the slate device form factor.
From my perspective the Window 7 slate device is a very attractive proposition for both students and institutions wanting to deliever and support software and hardware.
Learn more about Windows Azure and Windows Azure Interoperability with PHP with these great new and updated tutorials below.
Updated Windows Azure Tools for PHP (Compatible with the Windows Azure 1.3 SDK):
Windows Azure with Drupal 7
Four new generic modules developed by Schakra and MindTree that allow Drupal administrators/developers to provide users with new features:
This month has been a very exciting time for Microsoft, the Guinness World Records has added the Kinect for being the fastest-selling electronic device in history. Kinetc has sold an average of 133,333 units per day, giving it a total of eight million units in its first 60 days on sale from 4 November 2010 to 3 January this year.
"The sales figures here speak for themselves," says Gaz Deaves, editor of Guinness World Records 2011 Gamer’s Edition. "We can confirm that no other consumer electronics device sold faster within a 60-day time span, an incredible achievement considering the strength of the sector." The new record will be included in the next Guinness World Records Gamer’s Edition.
A further two million Kinect devices have been sold since the beginning of January - 10 million units in all additionally Microsoft's has also sold over eight million Kinect games. As a result this means that a large number of children are aware of have used the kinect device.
Take a look at this video of how young children are simply using Kinect without any thought or guidance.
There has also been a number of new features for the Xbox this spring, including Kinect-enabled applications allowing users to use hand gestures and their voice to control films on Xbox Live. Also coming this year is Avatar Kinect, allowing players to control their avatar's movements and expressions by smiling, frowning, nodding or speaking. Players can get together with up to seven friends in a range of themed environments.
What is really exicting from a Academic perspective is that Microsoft has announced that it will release a Kinect for Windows SDK "starter kit" this spring "to make it simpler for the academic research and enthusiast communities to create rich natural user interfaces" using the motion-sensing device.
"Microsoft's investments in natural user interfaces are vital to our long-term vision of creating computers that are intuitive to use and able to do far more for us," said Microsoft’s chief research and strategy officer Craig Mundie when announcing the non-commercial SDK. The non-commercial SDK will "give users access to deep Kinect system information such as audio, system application-programming interfaces, and direct control of the Kinect sensor." With the release of the SDK we're going to see lots of new ideas and a number of challenges in relation to how technology supports teaching and learning in a more immersive and innovative ways, additionally if you consider the video above of the young children the experience of using this technology will make their lecture standing in front of an Blackboard or interactive whiteboard look very old school.
The following videos are examples of how researchers and developers have integrated a number of applications using Natural User Interfaces and the Kinect devices.
The challenge for you now is how can you use the Kinect SDK in your teaching and learning or research?
So if your interested in the challenge, or have ideas that you would like to share and discuss please do get in contact.
Microsoft is very pleased to announce the release and general availability of the Windows Azure Toolkit for Windows Phone 7.
This toolkit is designed to make it easier for phone developers to leverage cloud services running in Windows Azure. The toolkit includes Visual Studio project templates for Windows Phone 7 and Windows Azure, class libraries optimized for use on the phone, sample applications, and documentation.
Get the bits on CodePlex here: http://watoolkitwp7.codeplex.com/.
For a great article on how to get started, please take a look at this wiki: http://watoolkitwp7.codeplex.com/wikipage?title=Getting%20Started&referringTitle=Documentation.
The toolkit contains the following resources:
For more information & coverage, please take a look at these resources: