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Microsoft's Imagine Cup

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Randy Guthrie (Microsoft Senior Technical Evangelist) shared this information about the Microsoft Imagine Cup with me:

Team up with friends or fellow developers to enter your world-changing software innovations to the U.S. Imagine Cup – a global student technology competition presented by Microsoft. U.S. finalists can win up to $6,000, startup and technology mentorship, and the chance to advance to the Imagine Cup global finals, where one team will be selected to win $100,000 for our 15th Imagine Cup anniversary.

Sign up to qualify by December 20, 2016 at 11:59 pm PT

Qualifications
All technology projects are welcome this year – the competition is no longer bound by categories. Get the official Imagine Cup rules here.

  1. Project must leverage Microsoft Azure (Get Azure for Students or email us at icus@microsoft.com)
  2. Maximum three (3) members per team
  3. You must be 16+ years of age and attending a US school or university

Quick sign up and next steps!
Visit aka.ms/USICwinterqualify17 to register with the following:

  1. Team Name and Team Member contact info
  2. Brief explanation of your idea in video (2 min) or in writing (250 words or less).

Open only to students who are legal residents of the 50 United States + DC, 16+ who are actively enrolled at a US school that grants high school or college/university degrees. Round 1 winter deadline is 12/20/16 at 11:59 pm PT. For full details, see Official rules and regulations.

Find out more! Questions? Email us at icus@microsoft.com or visit imaginecup.com/usa. Still looking for inspiration? Check out the 2016 U.S. Imagine Cup Finalists and World Imagine Cup Winners.

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Windows 10 At DePaul

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DePaul's Information Services sent out an email on Windows 10 availability this morning.

"Beginning January 13th, Windows 10 with Office 2016 will be available as a supported choice for new computer orders. For information about ordering a new computer, please contact Procurement Services or visit their website. DePaul's default configuration will continue to be Windows 7 with Office 2013, as used in the classroom and lab environments.



Please note that a self-service Windows 10 upgrade for your current computer is forthcoming, but not yet available.



IS recommends that customers considering Windows 10 verify that the software and peripherals currently in use will be supported on this new platform, or that alternatives are planned for. Initial compatibility testing performed by IS has shown few issues. As community adoption grows and relevant issues are discovered, this information will be shared via the Windows 10 webpage.



Information Services offers a variety of online and training resources to help faculty and staff learn about Windows 10 and Office 2016. Information about training resources and additional details about Windows 10 are available here."

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RPNow Version 2.0

RPNow Version 2.0

Software Secure will be releasing RPNow Version 2.0 (Remote Proctor Now) on Wednesday, July 22nd.

Version 2 includes these updates:

  1. A new recording and video upload process: The software will “Store-and-forward” the video records on the student’s local machine. The files will be uploaded while the user is in the exam, and a pop-up will occur after the software is closed if more time is needed to complete the upload of the video. This method is more robust and allows the option to lower the bandwidth requirement for the system check allowing access to RPNow for users that may not have been able to in the past.
  2. PC Only: The Browser rendering engine Internet Explorer has been replaced with a “chrome” based version. Chrome isn’t required to be installed on the PC. This will eliminate Software Secure's dependency on what is preinstalled on the user’s computer and eliminate rendering issues that are becoming more common due to updates to exam delivery systems.
  3. The interview process had been updated with a more modern look and feel. A “Room Scan” review step has been included which now provides end-users/students a review of their Room Scan video before progressing onto other steps.
  4. MAC Only: Updated with the new interview process explained in number 3 above.
  5. Windows 10 support. The current version doesn’t support Windows 10.

NOTE: Support for Windows XP and Mac 10.6.x and 10.7.x will end once the new version has been released.

The reverify update is now available. This allows students that are flagged for not providing an ID or providing an unverifiable ID to have another attempt to submit prior to being reported.

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Remote Computer Lab Access (Virtual Labs)

DePaul's Information Services sent out this message this week:

"Information Services is pleased to announce the launch of DePaul's Virtual Lab service, which offers convenient remote access to some of the software applications that were previously only available in DePaul's physical computer labs.  You can access the Virtual Lab on- or off-campus from your personal computer running Windows or Mac OS.

To log in, and for more information on how to open, save, print, and access files from within the Virtual Lab environment, please visit http://vlab.depaul.edu.

Initially, Maple 17, Minitab 17, R for Windows 3.1.1, SAS 9.4, and SPSS Statistics 21 are available in the Virtual Lab.  Over time, Information Services will add more software applications to the Virtual Lab.  Due to licensing constraints, we are unable to offer all physical computer lab software in the Virtual Lab.  In particular, Microsoft Office and the Adobe Creative Cloud suite will be unavailable; however, enrolled students may obtain Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus for free and can purchase an Adobe Creative Cloud subscription for a small fee.  Visit http://software.depaul.edu and choose "Software for Personal Computers" to get started."
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Icecream Apps - Free Software

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Over the weekend, I was contacted by Yuriy, the CTO for Icecream Apps. Icecream Apps is a new team of developers that publish freeware (free software) for Microsoft Windows and Apple OS X.

The current lineup of software includes:

  • PDF Converter
  • Media Converter
  • eBook Reader
  • PDF Split & Merge
  • Screen Recorder
  • Image Resizer
  • Slideshow Maker

I have not tested the software yet, but there is plenty for faculty and students to look at.

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Software Availability and Other New Technology Services

DePaul Information Services just sent out this announcement. Repeating here:

Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff,Information Services is pleased to announce several new software and service offerings which are now available to the DePaul community: Free MS Office for students, access to the Eduroam wireless network, unlimited access to Lynda.com, and software upgrades to Office 2013 and the Adobe Creative Cloud Software Suite.



Microsoft has made the Microsoft Office productivity software available to students at no cost through their Office365 ProPlus offering. The software suite includes: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, InfoPath, OneNote, Visio, Project, and Publisher. With Office365 ProPlus, DePaul students can install the most recent versions of Office applications on up to 5 PCs or Macs and on mobile devices. This new service offering will give you the option to have one experience across all of your devices and keep all your files in sync. Please visit http://offices.depaul.edu/is/services/Software/Pages/Office-365-ProPlus-for-Students.aspx for instructions on how to take advantage of this service. DePaul is also working with Microsoft on a program to provide a similar free option to all faculty and staff. We will send a follow-up notice in the next few weeks as we finalize the details with Microsoft.

DePaul University has joined Eduroam, a consortium through Internet2 that facilitates access to wireless networks at educational institutions in the US and abroad. DePaul faculty, staff, and students can easily access the wireless network at participating schools across the world using their DePaul credentials. Using your CampusConnect Username with "@depaul.edu" appended to it and your CampusConnect password, you can connect to the "eduroam" wireless network at participating institutions without the need or hassle of a guest id while on the campus. The "eduroam" wireless network now exists across the DePaul campus as well to provide easy wireless access for guests visiting from other member institutions. For more information and instructions on setting up your client please visit http://offices.depaul.edu/is/services/wireless/setup/Pages/default.aspx.

Office 2013 and the Adobe Creative Cloud software suite are now available in most university classrooms and labs. Macintosh computers in the classroom and lab environments will continue to use Office 2011 for Mac, but have received the same Adobe Creative Cloud software versions as the Windows computers. The Office 2013 suite will include the 2013 editions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, OneNote, Visio, Project, and Publisher and is now the default version installed on new university computers. You can read about new features and functions by visiting http://go.depaul.edu/office2013. The Adobe Creative Cloud software suite includes: Adobe Acrobat Pro, Photoshop, Illustrator, Premiere Pro, Dreamweaver, Audition, Fireworks, Illustrator, InDesign, Lightroom and several others. This upgrade brings continued enhancements to this collection of graphic design, video editing, web design and photography tools. For more information regarding the Adobe applications, please visit http://tv.adobe.com. You can read more about available software at http://software.depaul.edu.

Finally, Information Services is pleased to remind you that Lynda Campus is now available for all DePaul faculty, staff, and students. Lynda Campus provides unlimited access to a vast online library of instructional videos covering the latest software, creative, and business skills. Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Suite, social media, web design, animation, photography, audio and video production, project management, and a wide range of other topics are covered. With Lynda Campus, you can watch full courses or small segments of courses at your own pace. To get started with Lynda Campus, please visit http://software.depaul.edu/training.

If you have any questions, need help, or would like additional information on these software or service offerings, please feel free to contact the Technology Support Center at (312) 362-8765 or TSC@depaul.edu.
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Lynda.com

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Lynda.com, an online training video library is now available for free to all DePaul students, faculty, and staff.

Training topics include:

  • Microsoft Office
  • Adobe Creative Suite
  • Mac & Windows
  • Web design
  • Social media
  • Databases
  • SPSS
  • Photography
  • Audio & Video

Faculty can use Lynda.com to supplement in-class instruction. Students can improve their software skills with the free videos

For more information about the courses available or to create your free account, visit software.depaul.edu/lynda. For more information, please email MPT@depaul.edu.

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Upcoming Technology Updates and Offerings

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Information Services recently shared information on upcoming technology updates and offerings. I think this is worth repeating here:

Information Services is pleased to remind you that when you come back on campus for the fall quarter, our labs and classrooms will be upgraded with Office 2013 and the Adobe Creative Cloud software suite. Macintosh computers in the classroom and lab environments will remain with Office 2011 for Mac, but will receive the same Adobe Creative Cloud software upgrades as the Windows computers.



The Office 2013 suite will include the 2013 editions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, OneNote, Visio, Project, and Publisher. This upgrade will bring some new features in Office 2013 which you can read about here http://go.depaul.edu/office2013.



The Adobe Creative Cloud upgrade will bring us the latest edition of popular Adobe software titles. Some of the included titles are: Adobe Acrobat Pro, Photoshop, Illustrator, Premiere Pro, Dreamweaver, Audition, Fireworks, Illustrator, InDesign and Lightroom. This upgrade brings continued enhancements to this collection of graphic design, video editing, web design and photography tools. For more information regarding the Adobe applications, please visit http://tv.adobe.com.



We have also updated courseware offerings in the labs and classrooms. To find out which software versions will be available in the labs and classrooms, please visit http://software.depaul.edu.



Additionally, Information Services is pleased to announce that Lynda Campus is now available for all DePaul faculty, staff and students. Lynda Campus provides unlimited access to a vast online library of instructional videos covering the latest software, creative, and business skills. Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Suite, social media, web design, animation, photography, audio and video production, project management, and a wide range of other topics are covered. With Lynda campus, you can watch full courses or small segments of courses at your own pace. For more information about Lynda Campus please visit http://software.depaul.edu/training.



If you have any questions, need help, or would like additional information on these upgrades, please feel free to contact softwarerequest@depaul.edu.

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Tableau

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I received two separate faculty enquires about Tableau use at DePaul this week, so thought I would share information for other faculty interested in teaching with the software. Thank you to my colleagues in Information Services for providing additional information.

Faculty can apply for the Tableau for Teaching program here:

http://www.tableausoftware.com/academic/teaching

When accepted, faculty and students have access to the software

Full-time students can get a student license by applying here:

http://www.tableausoftware.com/academic/students

As far as enterprise arrangements, there are report reader licenses and report writer licenses. Our Tableau enterprise report reader license for DePaul allows everyone working here to view Tableau reports that are published privately for DePaul. Report writer licenses can be had on a named user basis in the region of $1,500 each.

Tableau public is a free version of the report writer license, but it comes with a couple caveats like limitations to the number of rows of data it will handle, and any reports you publish, and any data they contain become public domain and freely available on the Tableau website.

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Adobe Seminar: Exploring Creative Cloud for Enterprise

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Tom Maier and I attended the Adobe Seminar (Exploring Creative Cloud for Enterprise) this morning. At the event Tom and I asked:

  1. Where can faculty, who may be intimidated by the Adobe resources for creative professionals, get documentation on how to use the Creative Cloud programs? i.e. Where can you get info on the fundamentals?
  2. Where can faculty get and see examples of best practice in education using the Creative Cloud programs?

The answer to question one was:

https://helpx.adobe.com/creative-cloud/learn/tutorials.html

(and click on Fundamentals)

The answer to question two was:

http://edex.adobe.com
Adobe Education Exchange. Membership is free, but needs an Adobe ID.

Adobe Education Exchange also has a series of MOOCs (providing a certificate) that train educators in the various tools. This is something I highly recommend.

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join.me - Screen Sharing Tool

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Steve Kelly shared a link to a very interesting website with me. join.me is a screen sharing service for meetings (and lectures) that works on mobile devices as well as desktop computers. This looks to be a very useful collaborative tool.

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Flourish 2011 - Linux & Open-Source Conference

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CELEBRATE INNOVATION WITH CHICAGO’S LINUX & OPEN-SOURCE SOFTWARE ENTHUSIASTS AT FLOURISH! 2011 

From April 1 - 3, Free Technology Conference Brings Fifth Year of Insightful Talks and Hands-on Workshops about Open-source Software, Technology, and Culture

MARCH 15, 2011 — Chicago, IL 

WHAT 

An annual gathering of, for, and by enthusiasts of open-source software, technology, and culture, taking place at the University of Illinois at Chicago. 

This year, you can also take your exams for certification by the Linux Professional Institute (LPI) and BSD Certification Group (BSDCG).  

FEATURED SPEAKERS and TOPICS 

Flourish! 2011's list of speakers include:

  • Chris Palmer, Technology Director of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, on Internet decentralization efforts
  • Chris McAvoy, VP of Technology at Threadless, on "What Should You Build?"
  • Ryan "Icculus" Gordon, professional Linux 3D game developer 
  • Vinod Kutty, CME Group, on migrating to Linux on x86
  • Cathy Malmrose, CEO of ZaReason, on stress-testing Linux hardware
  • Mark Meeker, Principal UI Engineer for Orbitz Worldwide, on real-world Web development
  • Edward R. Swiderski III, partner at GreenCanyon, on "Is Software Licensing Still Relevant?"
  • Daliah Saper, Principal of SaperLaw, on the legal aspects of open source
  • Italo Vignoli, The Document Foundation, LibreOffice
  • Mitch Altman, CEO of Cornfield Electronics, on forming communities
  • Dru Lavigne, Community Manager of PC-BSD, on the PC-BSD desktop
  • Dean Wampler, Principal of Aspect Research Associates, on Scala

Complete list of speakers at 
http://www.flourishconf.com/2011/speakers

WHEN 

April 1 - 3, 2011

April 1, Evening Program 
  • Reception 4:00 - 4:30 p.m. 
  • Keynotes start at 4:30 p.m. 

April 2, Day-Long Program 
  • Morning Reception 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. 
  • Main conference starts at 10:00 a.m. 

April 3, Mid-Day Program
  • Morning Reception 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. 
  • Day starts at 11:00 a.m 

Certification exams take place from 11am - 3pm. Go to the Flourish! website for more details: 
http://www.flourishconf.com/2011/exams 

Complete schedule will be available at 
http://www.flourishconf.com/2011/schedule

WHERE 

UIC Student Center East 
750 South Halsted Street 
Chicago, IL 

WHO 

Flourish! is organized by the Computer Science department of the University of Illinois at Chicago’s (UIC’s) School of Engineering, as well as the University's Linux user group and chapter of the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM). The conference is sponsored in part by GreenCanyon, Linux Journal, the Linux Professional Institute, Orbitz, O'Reilly, SourceForge, Times Two Technology, Threadless and Ubuntu. 

HOW 

Registration is free at 
http://www.flourishconf.com/2011/registration

Join Flourish on Facebook at 
http://facebook.com/flourishconf/  

Conference updates and conversation-starters on Twitter at 
http://twitter.com/flourishconf/

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BigBlueButton: Open Source Web Conferencing

Massimo Di Pierro shared an interesting resource with me: BigBlueButton



BigBlueButton is an open source solution that supports sharing of slides (PDF and PPT), video, chat, voice (using Asterisk), and desktops. The support site for BigBlueButton is a little sparse at the moment, but this looks to be an extremely useful (and cheap) way of running a webinar or videoconference.

Well worth checking out.
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