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Dare to be Digital is a video games development competition for extremely talented students at Universities and Colleges of Art. Teams of 5 students assemble at Abertay University for 9 weeks during June to August to develop a prototype video game.
Not only do the winners receive funding for the game, they also get to attend the BAFTA Video Games Awards to compete for the coveted “Ones to Watch Award”.
You may remember that last year one of the nominees for the One to Watch BAFTA Award was Windows Phone 7 game Mush – which came about from the Dare to be Digital competition.
Follow the progress of two the Windows Phone entries, check them out below Team Tea and Techno and Team Rebel Donut we wish them both the best of luck!
Find out more from the team developing this game on their YouTube channel and Facebook Page.
Faculty Connection Newsletter July 2011
Welcome to the July 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.
New Faculty Connection Web Site with Visual Search
We are happy to announce the release of the new Faculty Connection web site. The new design provides a better user experience, allows for quicker content access, and links to various programs, software tools, and services including Microsoft Research and software products. One of the key features is the Visual Search application. This enables you to search or pivot on the data, so you can refine your search and even explore and view the content before you download it. We think you will find this a unique way to find the content you need. New to Faculty Connection? Review details on the program.
Project Hawaii Releases Cloud Services SDK for Windows Phone 7 Beta The MRC Engineering team, in collaboration with the newly formed Microsoft Mobile Computing Research Center (MCRC), has released the fourth and final cloud service for Windows Phone 7 development: Optical Character Recognition (OCR). The OCR service is the next step in the evolution of Project Hawaii, the Microsoft Research project that is exploring how to take full advantage of the cloud to enhance the use of smartphones. With Hawaii OCR, you can use your smartphone camera to take a picture of an object that contains text (in Roman characters), send the image to the cloud, and then receive a Unicode string of the text. This text string can be used in a number of interesting scenarios, such as translation of street signs or restaurant menus. For more details, read Aloha: Text from the Cloud.
Dream Chasers: Winners of 2011 Imagine Cup Announced in New York City
Teams from Ireland, Taiwan, France, Poland, Brazil, Greece, Korea, Denmark, and Romania took home the nine top awards at Microsoft's 9th annual Imagine Cup. Microsoft also announced a $3 million grant program to help Imagine Cup participants solve the world's toughest challenges.
The Faculty Connection Resource Center is the place to find these and other classroom-ready teaching materials:
Visual Studio 2010 C# Programming Review 24 presentations covering Visual Studio 2010 and C# programming. The material starts with obtaining the software and using the Visual Studio environment, the C# language and object oriented programming. It also features more advanced programming, including threading, databases, Internet communication, DirectX, PC interfacing using USB, and analogue I/O.
Windows Phone Programming in C# This material, created by Rob Miles, is an introduction to Windows Phone development for anyone learning to program. It contains 8 sections with labs, PowerPoint presentations, demos, and detailed notes.
Expression Web 4 Quick Start Tutorial: Beaches Around the World A fast-paced lesson that helps beginners create HTML pages with layers, Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), interactive buttons, and Dynamic Web Templates. Build a Web site about the trip of your dreams to beautiful beaches around the world with this quick and easy Expression Web 4 tutorial.
Programming with C# and XNA 0.5: Jump Start This material contains lessons and projects for an exciting and engaging 4-5 week mini-course introduction to simulation and game programming using the C# language and XNA Game Studio. It is ideal for students who have fundamental programming experience.
A Changing World - Driven by Technology Our world is now changing driven by technology rather than evolution. This keynote session examines two key trends that will dominate the next wave of IT.
What Students Should Know about SharePoint 2010 SharePoint is one of the fastest growing products in the IT industry, and SharePoint 2010 has come a long way from previous versions. Learn about all the newest features and capabilities of SharePoint 2010, how many large enterprises are using it today, and why gaining SharePoint skills can help make students more marketable after graduation.
NEWS FROM MICROSOFT RESEARCH
Find recent news from a Microsoft Research site near you.
The Promise of Games in Lifelong Learning Microsoft Research announced the launch of a program designed to support collaborations between Microsoft Research Connections and major research institutions to build the foundations for a unified game layer for education. The first official project is Just Press Play, an experiment to craft gameful experiences for the students of Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) undergraduate game design program. Gameful experiences incorporate the use of game play mechanics that focus on the user's intrinsic motivation to improve engagement and produce long-lasting and powerful results.
Top Students Descend on Microsoft Research Cambridge With the academic year drawing to a close, Microsoft Research Cambridge welcomed more than 60 doctoral students for the sixth PhD Summer School at the end of June 2011. Participants came from as far as Israel and Russia, numerous European countries, and locales across the UK. This annual event provides an opportunity for some of the brightest graduate students to come together at the Microsoft Research Cambridge lab for a week of immersive technical talks, personal development sessions, and socializing.
NEWS FROM MICROSOFT DYNAMICS
New Microsoft Dynamics Case Studies Available Two new Microsoft Dynamics case studies demonstrate how faculty use Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and Customer Relationship Management (CRM) solutions in the classroom. In today's world, employment is a primary objective of many educational institutions, and student experience with ERP and CRM is highly valued in the workplace. Microsoft Dynamics Partners can work with schools to help create an in-depth experience, offering guest lectures, curriculum development, and other services, including hiring interns and college graduates.
Microsoft Dynamics solutions and support are offered at no cost through the Microsoft Dynamics Academic Alliance program.
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. Windows Phone Programming in C#
2. Web Development With .NET
3. Introduction to Programming Through Game Development Using Microsoft XNA Game Studio
4. ASP.NET for Programmers
5. A Lap Around Microsoft Expression Blend®
6. Learn Programming with XNA
7. Windows Operating System Internals Curriculum Resource Kit (CRK)
8. Comparing the Linux and Windows Kernels -- CRK Unit OS-B
9. Apparel Business Systems-Philadelphia University Glossary of Terms
10. Indexers Lab - Programming C#
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In Windows Phone Mango, Microsoft has made a lot of changes, all based on our prime directive of delivering outstanding end users experiences, and making it easier for you to deliver outstanding end user experiences. Change comes at a cost. As documented on the Windows Phone Team Blog, there are some instances in which applications for Windows Phone may exhibit undesirable behaviour in Windows Phone Mango. Please download the latest Windows Phone SDK beta, and test your application, and submit it the MarketPlace Mango ready.
Windows Phone Mango brings a large set of new features for developers! One of the most exciting is Fast Application Switching, (FAS), which will radically improve the user's experience of your application when using the new task switcher in Windows Phone. In many cases, adding this to your app will be as easy as modifying your Application_Activated event handler to only restore state when coming back from Tombstoning, (as opposed to coming back from the new Dormant state).
We've published the details of our new execution model in Mango in the MSDN Library, and we've also published a useful 10 minute video walk through detailing how to leverage these concepts in your code, here.
There's a lot more to Mango for Windows Phone developers. In the coming weeks we'll be publishing a lot more detail online about how to add Mango functionality to your existing applications. We've already started this process, and have a lot of material available for you today. See Larry Lieberman, twitter: @LarryALieberman Windows Phone Team Blog post for detail on all of our available online resources about executing on Mango features today in your Windows Phone applications and games.
As we drive towards the launch of Windows Phone Mango, we're looking for apps that showcase the new features of Mango; we'd love to be able to feature your work, both online, and on stage. Feel free to contact us if you are interested in this opportunity.
The Windows Azure Platform Training Kit includes a comprehensive set of technical content including hands-on labs, presentations, and demos that are designed to help you learn how to use the Windows Azure platform, including: Windows Azure, SQL Azure and the Windows Azure AppFabric.
August 2011 Update The August 2011 update of the training kit includes the following updates:
You can download the updated Windows Azure Platform Training Kit – August 2011 Refresh from download centre or view online now on the Windows Azure Platform Training Course on MSDN.
The important take away is that in the Hands-On Lab will take an application through the full provisioning process. This is extremely valuable if your looking to publish your applications into the Windows Azure Marketplace.
Hands-On Lab Details
There are five exercises in the Hands-On Lab:
You can take a look at the SaaS application live in the marketplace: https://datamarket.azure.com/application/AA1EA7A3-E3FE-4EE5-B7B5-CBF4142CB983
The Windows Azure team are always looking to make improvements to updates and releases so if you encounter any bugs or have any problems, please send us feedback at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Additionally, if there’s additional content you’d like to see in the training kit, please let us know on the Windows Azure Platform Training Kit Forum – you’re feedback is highly valued.