University of North Dakota Faculty/Staff Newsletter

Microsoft Digital Alliance event is Nov. 5

As part of the North Dakota/Microsoft Digital Alliance  initiated in March of 2013, Microsoft has organized an opportunity for North Dakota faculty, teachers, STEM faculty, and technology coordinators to learn more about how you can leverage the Microsoft DreamSpark program and Imagine Cup in your classroom.

The event is free and will be held Tuesday, Nov. 5, from 1 to 3 p.m. in 108 Streibel Hall.  It is hosted by Computer Science.  Please sign up so we can ensure we have a large enough room, and can provide additional information.    Register Here

Come and learn how to leverage DreamSpark and Imagine Cup in your classroom.  DreamSpark Premium is an offering of many of Microsoft’s major software titles like Windows 8 client, Windows Server 2012, Visual Studio 2012, etc.  These titles are fully functional and provide students and faculty developing and delivering courses where they are used with thousands of dollars of software.  The DreamSpark Premium license is for STEM courses.  Learn how to take advantage of this incredible library of resources for STEM faculty and students.  You will learn how to:

  • Get signed up
  • Understand how to load students
  • Set up the ELMS system for student downloads

Imagine Cup is the largest technology competition in the World and this is the 12th year that Microsoft has been responsible for this competition.   Last year alone over 500,000 students enrolled in institutions of higher education competed from 147 countries around the globe.  Of these, the best of the best were chosen to represent their countries at the World Wide finals in St. Petersburg, Russia.  Not only do students have the opportunity to win money, many of the teams end up presenting their solutions to Angel investors and venture capitalists.  Several teams have gone on to form businesses that are backed with BizSpark – over $500,000 worth of Microsoft software and services to help them get started.  Other teams have interviewed for full time jobs and internships.  Imagine Cup is great to provide a structured project for various courses and also brings out the entrepreneurial spirit in students.  This competition can also provide great publicity for schools where student teams make it to the World Wide Finals.

Additionally, hear about the Windows 8 app development workshops that have been done with students, there have been students who are earning upwards of $1000 / month from the apps they published in the Store, and these workshops and subsequent apps that are developed are great for students’ resumes.

-- Computer Science