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Windows Azure – Interesting Data Points (Infographic)

To celebrate the launch of Windows Azure IaaS, Virtual Networking and Active Directory, Dotnet Solutions have released an awesome infographic with some great Azure related data points.

Some of these are shown below and the full infographic is available via Dotnet Solutions website. The points about the Olympics (available via the full Infographic) are definitely worth checking out, in particular. 





Let us know if you have any questions regarding Windows Azure in the comments below.

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Fast forward learning with TimeLapse on Windows 8

Charlotte Coade from Simon De Senlis Primary school, Northampton, is the third Microsoft Innovative Expert Educator (MIEE) this week to share her teaching and learning story with us on the schools blog. Charlotte works very closely with the Digital Leaders  Team at her school and together they have recently set up a blog to explore Apps in education. Take a look at their first discovery, TimeLapse:

Charlotte Coade TimeLapse for Windows 8 is a fantastic resource to capture those extraordinary moments that you would otherwise miss!
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1:1 Computing in education: The debate continues…

Guest post from Gerald Haigh. Gerald writes regularly for Microsoft series of education blogs.

The debate around ‘one-to-one’ devices generates many misunderstandings. Any suggestion of caution, for example, is quickly interpreted by the more gung-ho enthusiasts as standing in the way of progress. A prime example of this unfolded late last year on Lisa Neilsen’s ‘Innovative Educator’ blog.

Lisa Neilsen is Director of Digital Literacy and Citizenship at New York City Department of Education and, for my money, is someone to be reckoned with.Visit the author's original post

Bring the National Zoo to your classroom with Windows 8

We are pleased to introduce our next Microsoft Innovative Expert Educator (MIEE) Charlotte Beckhurst from Hartsbrook E-ACT Free School in Tottenham. Hartsbrook E-ACT were the first primary school in the UK to be using Windows 8 in the classroom. Charlotte has put together a series of blog posts that demonstrate how she has used Win8Apps to help create 21st century learning experiences. In this first post from Charlotte; see how her students have been helping the zoo keeper keep an eye on the animals at the National Zoo:

The children in my class live in one of the most deprived areas in the country and the majority have been in the U.K for less than six months.
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Tablets in education: Which one should you choose?

Since the launch of Windows 8, a wide range of tablet and hybrid devices are now available, but which one is right for you? Whether you are a student, educator or a member of the senior management team, there is now a touch enabled device to suit almost every need.

For example, Seton Hall University decided to provide new students with Windows 8 tablets with Intel Core processors and notebooks using Windows 8 Enterprise. These students need devices that have great mobility, while still running a variety of desktop apps and workloads that vary greatly across the student body.… Visit the author's original post


As promised, I am going to share a Microsoft free tool called AutoCollage as my second installment in my Best Kept Secret in Education series.  AutoCollage is just what it sounds like; it is a program that creates a collage for you  in a matter of minutes.

San Diego Pictures_AutoCollage_31_ImagesWhile creating a collage may not sound ground-breaking for education, because AutoCollage creates the collage so easily and quickly, teachers and students are able to use a simple technology to create a product that can be utilized in various ways. … Visit the author's original post

The Best Kept Secret in Education – Microsoft

I have been contemplating this post, and the following series, for a while now.  In fact, every time I leave a conference or an Innovative Educators Workshop, I remind myself of this series idea.  Well, today I will finally begin, and my goal is to share something new every week.

I know someone is immediately questioning the title, “Hey, Kelli, what’s the secret?  Microsoft isn’t a secret.”  While we all know the company, I find time and time again that many educators are unaware of the amazing resources that Microsoft provides to educators. … Visit the author's original post

Microsoft! Are you ready for MOOCing?

Retrieved on Jan 29, 2013 from here
I never forget Microsoft Partners in Learning experience 2011. It was a hard way from a marginalized village in Upper Egypt called "Sohag" to the Global Forum held in Washington DC. 2011. Microsoft provides educators with a variety of free tools that can address their students' learning preferences, in addition to great opportunities for training and growing in the field of teaching using technology. The Egyptian Team of Microsoft Partners in Learning exerts huge efforts to encourage teachers to know more about this digital culture face-to-face or online.
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Your students are teaching without you

Anthony Salcito, “Vice president education” of  Microsoft says: “Your children are learning without you” during his keynotes.  I even go further: they are teaching without you. Just search on YouTube and you’ll be amazed how many meaningfull content is shared by kids today.When I was approached to talk about what moves me in education, that was exactly what I wanted to talk about. Learning doesn’t always happen in a linear way nor does it only happen between eight and four in school.… Visit the author's original post

Future of KlasCement ensured within department of education.


Ministerie van Onderwijs

It felt like it was the first day of school when I traveled to Brussels to for the  first time on monday. My first day of work in the impressive buildings of the Ministry of the Flemish Community instead of our small office in Ghent. After long negotiations it’s finaly official: KlasCement is now part of the Agency of Education Commounication. Now the project I have worked for, since over thre years in one of the official projects next to Klasse (a magazine for teachers published by the government), Maks and Yeti (magazines for all Flemish speaking children at schools), and more.… Visit the author's original post

Designing my first app

A while ago I got an invitation to attend a “Virtual Academy” about App-development. We would use the Touch Develop platform by Microsoft to get an idea of what development is and to invent an app ourselves. Curious as I am I took on the challenge. The fact that the best app-proposals will be developed with the help of Microsoft developers helped to convince me as well.

Screenshot Touch Develop

Met Touch Develop leer je programmeren in de browser op PC, Mac, iPads, Android en Windows Phone

Programming with Touch Develop

The programming course consisted of three online lessons of the Belgian Peli The Halleux that thaught a group of European teachers from the Microsoft HQ in Seattle.… Visit the author's original post

Have a great 2013

The start of the new year is an ideal time to look back at what has been and what will come. That the tablet hype may go stop (though I expect not), that technology may be considered normal and that social and bottom up also find it’s way into education. And may I also express my wishes for 2013?

Tablets, passing the hype

No, I’m not going to rant again about  about what I think of tablets in the classroom. Since an article in Klasse (an educational magazine run by the government that is spread to all teachers in Flanders) where advised, I’ve been asked this question a thousand times:

Should I buy iPads, Android tablets or wait on the Windows tablet?

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What I learned from TED talks for teachmeets and edcamps

Bram op de teachmeet

Origineel door Global Forum Event Photos

The ten commandments for a TED-talk tell speakers what makes a good TED talk. Use Humor, tell a story instead of a dry presentation, don’t sell from the stage. Nothing surprising at first sight. But maybe there is something to be learned for creating a teachmeet or edcamp session?

  1. Thou Shalt Not Simply Trot Out thy Usual Shtick
  2. Thou Shalt Dream a Great Dream, or Show Forth a Wondrous New Thing, Or Share Something Thou Hast Never Shared Before
  3. Thou Shalt Reveal thy Curiosity and Thy Passion
  4. Thou Shalt Tell a Story
  5. Thou Shalt Freely Comment on the Utterances of Other Speakers for the Skae of Blessed Connection and Exquisite Controversy
  6. Thou Shalt Not Flaunt thine Ego.
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Abandoning the Plan and Getting Out of the Way of Learning

“Mommy, can I help?”  I took a deep breath when I heard those words.  I just wanted to be finished, and I hadn’t even started….  I was painting my daughter’s room.  I had promised to do it a long time ago; my mom had promised my daughter that she would visit over Mardi Gras break and help me.  Then, in January, my mom died.  I couldn’t avoid it.  I didn’t want my daughter to feel sad because grandmommy wasn’t here.  I didn’t want to feel sad because she wasn’t here. … Visit the author's original post

Reflections from Partners in Learning Global Forum–Part 2

The first official day of the forum began with a delightful breakfast.  ( I should just say it now – we were treated like kings and queens; every meal and snack was divine!). We then gathered together for a warm welcome and an introduction to our learning excursion task and teams.  The learning excursions were lessons created by teams of educators that are focused on the topic of water and incorporate the 21st century skills of knowledge building/critical thinking, collaboration, and the use of ICT in learning.… Visit the author's original post

Reflections from the Partners in Learning Global Forum–Part 1

Two months ago yesterday, I embarked on an experience of a lifetime.  I traveled to Washington DC to attend Microsoft’s Global Forum.  It was my birthday and it was an amazing gift for this “geeky educator!”  I had every intention of blogging about my experience while I was in D.C. but it didn’t happen.  Although I didn’t write then, I promised myself I would capture the experience soon… Two months later, here I am.  With the moments fresh in my mind as if they happened yesterday, I’ll begin the documentation now. … Visit the author's original post