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Faculty Connection Newsletter

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

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
Imagine Cup 2011Students 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.


Microsoft ResearchFind 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.



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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