I got a new Xbox 360 with a Kinect device last week. I spent much of a day “testing” it out and some evenings playing it with my wife. Kinect Adventures can be a real workout. So can Dance Central. I wonder how long before we see Kinect devices in schools and senior centers and after school programs getting people up and moving. It was fun for sure. It’s really pretty amazing at how well it works. (I posted some links to how Kinect works last week BTW) Now that doesn’t mean I was goofing off all week. No sir. I have a good collection of links to share and some good posts coming up through this week as well. I may do a follow up on the idea of gaming in the classroom but for now, Garth explains the motivation behind his programming students creating games in class –my curriculum is going gaming He makes a lot of sense and I recommend the post.
Here now the list grouped by topic because there are so many of them.
Microsoft Office Resource Links
- The Office in Education blog shares information about Teacher guides for Office Web Apps
- How to use Office Web Apps and Windows Live SkyDrive (video) Group Projects Just Got Easier
- Windows Phone 7 Development for Absolute Beginners Introduction here
- Curriculum Resources / Introduction to Mobile Application Development Using Silverlight
- Students talk about Windows Phone 7 apps they created while at the Microsoft PDC
- Fully-functional Blackjack card game for Windows, Xbox 360 and Windows Phone 7 Starter kit for the win!
- From Same Stokes (@SocalSam): 19 Secret Communications X014Y: Creating Bing Map Apps, working with Lat, Long
Imagine Cup Links
- Have you entered the Imagine Cup bonus round yet? Check it out for a chance to win a loaded laptop and great prizes:
- Tips & Tricks for Imagine Cup Embedded Development Competitors
- Are you participating in the Imagine Cup Software Design Competition? Here are some resources to help you get started!
Kinect and Xbox Links
- Speaking of Kinect, The Microsoft News Twitter account (@MSFTnews) posted a link to this article: Child with autism connects with Kinect
- Is the naturla user interface (NUI) of Kinect the future of how we communicate with our computers? From @SectorPublic: The Future Of Kinect: How Microsoft Plans To Put A Video Game Controller In Everything.
- If you have children you may also want to learn about Xbox 360 Online Safety settings from our Engineering blog
Especially for School IT and Tech Support People