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Faculty Connection Newsletter June 2011
Welcome to the June edition of the Microsoft® Faculty Connection newsletter. This resource provides information about new curriculum resources and other useful educational content for use in the classroom. If this newsletter was forwarded to you by a colleague, please feel free to subscribe today to receive future editions directly.
Kinect for Windows SDK Now Available Microsoft announced the availability of a beta version of the Kinect for Windows Software Development Kit (SDK) from Microsoft Research. The SDK is designed to enable a growing community of academic researchers and enthusiasts to use Kinect technology to build compelling applications that include depth sensing, human motion tracking, and voice recognition on PCs. The SDK can be downloaded at no cost for the development of non-commercial applications.
Imagine Cup 2011 Worldwide Finals Students from around the world were invited to New York City, USA from July 8-13, 2011 to channel their creative energy, their technical skills, and most of all, their personal passion to take part in an urgent mission. With the 2011 Theme as their inspiration, students used the power of technology and their own brilliance to present solutions to some of the world's toughest problems. Teams were formed in a total of 183 countries and regions.
Cloud Futures Workshop 2011 The Cloud Futures Workshop took place on June 2-3, 2011. There were about 140 people who attended in person and 80 who joined online for the simulcast version. For those not able to attend, the videos and presentations from each of the sessions are available on the Cloud Futures site. We hope to see you there next year.
The Faculty Connection Resource Center is the place to find these and other classroom-ready teaching materials:
Designing for Windows Phone Explore seven lessons on how to design for Windows Phone, from building assets and interactivity to creating layout controls in Expression Blend.
Expanding Your Skills: Creating a Dynamic Web Template This teaching and learning module for Expression Web 4 shows how to create Dynamic Web Templates from which to create other pages. The instructions are useful for teachers who want to create template websites for students to use in communicating their learning and presenting assignments. The module includes a 3-4 day lesson plan, tutorial, student projects suggestions, and rubric.
Microsoft Biology Foundation Training The Microsoft Biology Foundation (MBF) is a language-neutral bioinformatics toolkit, built as an extension to the Microsoft .NET Framework, and initially aimed at the area of Genomics research. This material includes slides and seven hands-on labs to help you get started with MBF. You can also view the MBF tutorial introduction presentation from the Microsoft Research eScience Workshop 2010. Visit Microsoft Biology Foundation to install, download, learn more about MBF, and to find sample tools and applications built on it. MBF is part of the Microsoft Biology Initiative.
My PC Series The My PC Series is a completely free and fun, hands-on, jargon-free curriculum of computer classes developed by Microsoft for adult learners. This new curriculum centers on Windows® 7 and Windows Live™ Essentials. It is based on extensive audience and instructional research about how less tech-savvy consumers want to learn new computer skills. The content is designed for adults and has been tested with more than 500,000 students.
NEWS FROM MICROSOFT RESEARCH
Find recent news from a Microsoft Research site near you.
Turning the 'Big Data' Problem into Opportunity Data sets that are too large to manipulate with conventional systems are often described as a problem. But researchers are recasting them as an opportunity for researchers to validate the shift to cloud computing.
Interactive Visualization: The Future of Data Analysis? Demos shown at D.C. TechFair 2011 explore four visualization techniques that can assist people in analyzing vast data stores in intuitive ways. From sketching to simplified NetCharts, data can be streamlined and manipulated to improve exploration and analysis of complicated data sets.
Beyond CAPTCHA: Researching New Ways to Stop Web Troublemakers Microsoft Research is developing new methods to stop Internet attackers, such as identifying attacker-created email accounts to help reduce spam and other malicious activities on the Internet.
IN THIS EDITION
The Faculty Connection Resource Center contains recommended Curriculum Resources, Reference Materials, Software, and Supplemental Resources:
View the Faculty Connection Resource Kit page for curriculum materials on areas such as Cloud Computing and Operating Systems. These kits contain lecture materials, PowerPoint presentations, videos, white papers, labs, and more that can be used for classroom presentations.
Find Higher Ed and Teacher resource kits to help you engage your students.
Find additional faculty and student resources:
These are the top downloads by faculty and teachers from the Faculty Connection Resource Center:
1. Web Development With .NET
2. Windows Phone Programming in C#
3. ASP.NET for Programmers
4. Key Benefits of Microsoft Visual Studio Team System
5. Introduction to Programming Through Game Development Using Microsoft XNA Game Studio
6. Course Syllabus - Introduction to Embedded Systems using Windows Embedded CE - 2nd Edition
7. Learn Programming with XNA
8. A Lap Around Microsoft Expression Blend®
9. Comparing the Linux and Windows Kernels -- CRK Unit OS-B
10. Windows Operating System Internals Curriculum Resource Kit (CRK)
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This morning Microsoft UK are holding a special event for the UK Academic community on the Kinect for Windows SDK! Its been an awesome day so far and.. I will be blogging more about todays event and presentations.
Kinect SDK Beta Launch Content
Microsoft has produced over 4 hours of Channel9 Live content that includes developer talks, demos from Code Camp. For those of you whom were unable to attend todays event you can watch the Kinect for Windows SDK launch at channel9.msdn.com/events where you can download all the sessions and slides.24 hours prior to the event hosted a Code Camp with 30+ students, pro devs, hackers and enthusiasts who all built projects on top of Kinect.
Coding4Fun’s Kinect Project Gallery !
A handy developer API for things like converting a byte array to a bitmap for Windows Forms and WPF or getting the distance of a particular pixel in one line of code.
Kinect for Windows SDK VB Samples
All of the SDK samples have now been ported over to Visual Basic Express
Brian Peek built an awesome Windows cursor that includes click and click/drag support
A fun, Metro-esque designed paint with your hands app (Drawing the word “cool” with a “caffeinated” apperance) from Evan Lang and Laurent Bugnion.
Clint’s awesome Kinect-enabled drivable Lounge chair!
Kinect for Windows SDK Quickstarts
Six short and sweet demo heavy videos showing how to use the Kinect for Windows SDK
Installing and using the Kinect Sensor
Setting up your Development Environment
Working with Depth Data
Skeletal Tracking Fundamentals
Quickstart Samples Download
Other Interesting examples and links
Kinect Beta Launch Live Event
Kinect Beta Launch On-Demand Sessions
Coding4Fun Kinect Project Gallery
Kinect Project Post - Welcome Post
Kinect Project Post - Kinect SDK Beta Now Available
Kinect Project Post - Light Saber project
To help explain Microsoft Azure offering please view the following short overview video below
For more information on Microsoft Cloud services see http://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/cloud/developer/default.aspx?WT.srch=1
Check out the following blogs
Simon May is an IT Professional Evangelist in the UK for Microsoft. His focus in on Microsoft Windows and Microsoft cloud technologies - http://blogs.technet.com/b/simonmay/
Steve Plank, or "Planky" as he is more usually known, works for Microsoft in the UK's Developer and Platforms group. His focus is on Microsoft's cloud technologies such as office 365 but especially Windows Azure - http://blogs.msdn.com/b/plankytronixx/
What Dare is...
Dare to be Digital is a video games development competition for extremely talented students at Universities and Colleges of Art. Teams of 5 students, usually a mix of artists, programmers and audio, assemble at Abertay University for 9 weeks during June to August to develop a prototype video game, receiving mentoring from industry.
At the end of the competition, the prototypes are displayed at talent showcasing event Dare ProtoPlay. The general public and industry experts get to play and vote for the games. At the Dare awards ceremony, three prizes of £2500 will be awarded to the three highest scoring teams based on the criteria of innovation and creativity, market potential and use of technology (none of the three will be specifically attributed to any particular criterion). Seven months later the winning teams attend the BAFTA Video Games Awards to compete for the coveted "Ones to Watch Award".
Microsoft is proud to be an official sponsor for the provision of Windows Phone 7 and Microsoft Kinect
In this blog I want to focus on the Windows Phone Teams a further blog will be written about the Kinect team
The Windows Teams are:
Team Rebel Donut @Rebel_Donut
Dare blog: http://www.daretobedigital.com/team-information-2011/team.php?idTeam=1315&year=2011
Team Tea and Techno @TandTechno
Dare blog: http://www.daretobedigital.com/team-information-2011/team.php?year=2011&idTeam=1435
Here are the benefits for students taking part:
Want to know more
Simply visit http://www.daretobedigital.com/
Microsoft is committed to higher learning, and Windows Embedded delivers one of the best sets of embedded technology and resources to the academic field. Windows Embedded offers the opportunity to take advantage of the career potential that goes along with the current growth of the embedded market and provides a platform for exposure to embedded systems.
The Windows Embedded Academic program provides professors and students access to the Windows Embedded CE and Windows Embedded Standard operating systems.
Check out the Embedded Suggested resources from Faculty Connection here:
Additionally check out the Windows Embedded Academic Program site: http://www.microsoft.com/windowsembedded/en-us/evaluate/windows-embedded-academic-programs.aspx
To download software from the Faculty Connection site or to access faculty only material in the Faculty Connection Resource Center a faculty member will need to become verified. What this means is the person will need to submit proof they are a faculty member and not a student.
There are two options to accomplish this:
If you try to download software or faculty only material you will see a Get Verified Now! button.
As you follow the process they will get to a screen that allows you to either enter the Personal Invitation Code or click the Manual Verification link. (See screen shot below.)
So if your a UK academic and interested in faculty only material contact us via the Faculty Connection Linkedin Group and simply ask for a Personal Invitation Code.
Today Microsoft launched a update to its amazing SkyDrive services, the updates include speed boosts, a revamped UI, and improvements to photo viewing.
SkyDrive is a service bundled into Microsoft Live services which all UK Academic receive for free if they provide the Microsoft Live@edu services.
Windows Live enables you to do the things that are important to you, such as staying connected with all your friends. Read your friends’ status messages with the “What’s New” feed, or chat with them using Windows Live Messenger online, on your desktop, or via mobile. Windows Live includes Photo Gallery, SkyDrive, Windows Live Messenger, Movie Maker, and more. It’s the place where you can share photos, files, e-mail, and socialize with friends.
The latest version is a update to the SkyDrive services which is now almost four-year-old service has cut wait time on actions like clicking folders, from six to nine seconds down to 100 to 300 milliseconds.
The updated software also features H.264 video playback, a navigation system and a single view for files, docs, and photos.
A video tour of its SkyDrive cloud based services below. For tips on using SkyDrive more effectively click here
The SDK now available for free from Microsoft Research. The SDK includes not only drivers but also APIs, device interfaces, installer documents and resource materials. It’s another exciting milestone for a technology that has captured the imagination of millions, and has become the fastest selling computer electronics device of all time.
With the release of the SDK today, we’re looking forward to another wave of creativity from academic researchers community in the UK.
As part of the Channel9 Launch event, Microsoft has been holding a Code Camp where a select group of software developers were challenged to test the limits of their imaginations and show what they could do with audio technology, skeletal tracking system application programming interfaces and direct control of the Kinect sensor. Channel 9 is broadcasting live today, highlighting some of these amazing applications as well as providing in depth sessions on how to program on Windows using the SDK.
The beta SDK is only the beginning! Microsoft’s vision of the natural user interface is that interactions between people and computers will ultimately become invisible, computers will understand gestures, voice commands and respond to facial expressions.
As Craig Mundie, Microsoft’s chief research and strategy officer, said – “As breakthrough technologies like these reach scale, the resulting creativity and invention will open up a whole new world of possibilities for computing.” There is more to come, including a commercial SDK that is geared toward enabling independent software vendors (ISV’s) and businesses to develop commercial applications.
We look forward to seeing what’s next with Kinect and getting your feedback and input so if your a UK academic we would love to hear from you.
Those interested in the SDK will find community resources, general information and download links at http://research.microsoft.com/kinectsdk.
Have you thought about a HPC resource built on Windows Technology?
For the past 30 years, the University of Southampton has been a leader in high performance computing (HPC). As computational research expanded beyond the fields that traditionally use it, demand grew for a user-friendly HPC interface. Well last year the University of Southampton responded by partnering with Microsoft and Netapp to create a Windows based system that is rated among the 100 fastest supercomputers in the world.
For more details of this case study click here and for more case studies of Microsoft technologies visit http://www.microsoft.com/casestudies
Amazing story of the power of the Imagine Cup. This months Microsoft Health Tech Today
We are excited to announce this week’s episode of Health Tech Today, features a country winner of the 2011 Imagine Cup Windows Phone 7 competition with Lifelens from a team of students from UCLA, University of California, Davis, Harvard and the University of Central Florida.
Lifelens was designed in less than six months, this app came out of as the U.S.A winning entry to Imagine Cup 2011 Windows Phone 7 Application competition. Lifelens is a revolutionary new mobile app to detect malarial parasites.
This demonstrates the power and exposure of the Imagine Cup and how the Imagine Cup is an exciting opportunity for the academic community, with the power and exposure of showcasing a student application on the frontier of mobile medicine.