Try Kinect at your K-12 School

  Capturing students’ interest and making concepts come alive is an educator’s greatest challenge!  Kinect™ for Xbox 360® can help get students engaged and inspired with immersive experiences.     è Try Kinect at your K-12 School   The Kinect Trial Program gives K-12 institutions the opportunity to try Kinect™ for Xbox 360® at no…


Microsoft Store Summer Camps are Now Open for Registration!

Microsoft Store Summer Camps are Now Open for Registration! Our 2012 Summer Camps are first come, first served. Don’t wait to register your child for one of these four hands-on camps. Go to, select your location, and register for one of our four camps!   *The parent, legal guardian or authorized adult caregiver of…


Kinect for Windows: SDK and Runtime version 1.5 Released

If you are using the Kinect sensor for projects, especially if you have the new Kinect for Widows version, you will want to get the latest software development kit and related tools. There is a full list of what is involved at the Kinect for Windows Blog > Kinect for Windows: SDK and Runtime version…


Learning Should Be Fun

Years ago I was sitting the the front of church and via a fluke of acoustics I heard a little girl in the back of the church tell someone “Stop laughing! It’s Sunday!” Apparently she thought that because Sunday, especially at church, was serious business it should not be fun or happy. Not quite my…


Better Learning Through Movement

And fun as well. Recently a co-worker sent me a link to some videos that were done by the Houston Independent School District about the pilot program they are running in several elementary schools. These schools are using video games involving the Kinect Sensor to help teach. And not just physical education which is sort…


Tic Tac Toe for Windows Phone

Introduction We are going to create a simple Tic Tac Toe game for Windows Phone. We’ll be using Visual Studio as our development environment and C# for our programming language. All the resources you need are listed below and all are free.   Resources: Windows Phone Development SDK VISUAL STUDIO 2010 EXPRESS FOR WINDOWS PHONE…


National STEM Video Game Challenge TweetChat

The National STEM Video Game challenge kicked off a couple of months ago but it starting to come down to the wire. IF you missed the spring deadline for the Imagine Cup you can still enter this event though. Inspired by the Educate to Innovate Campaign, President Obama’s initiative to promote a renewed focus on…


One Option for How to Teach Kodu

I recently ran some workshops to prepare students to be peer mentors and to mentor younger students with Kodu. The method I suggest is to have mentors show students some small steps and then let the students try. The latest version of Kodu has some really nice step by step lessons that students can do…


Time Flies When Learning Is Fun

I did some work workshops with the great people from Digital Wish again this week (see also Teaching Teachers and Students Together) We did a full day workshop on web development using Expression Web using the Heavy Metal Car tutorial workshop from We were able to cram a lot of learning into one day…


Teaching Teachers and Students Together

The other day Chris Bowen (that’s Chris working with students below) and I gave a Kodu workshop for a group of students and teachers in Vermont. This was a train the trainer sort of work shop and the students will be acting as peer tutors as part of after school programs in their local schools….