MSDNAA FAQs for Faculty: General Information About the ProgramQ. Our computer lab is used by students from several departments. Can we install the MSDNAA software on the lab computers and allow it to be used by the students from the other departments?
A. Yes, one of the goals of the MSDNAA program is to make the software available for students to experiment with in a laboratory setting. Even if a member department shares a lab with another department, the software may be installed on lab computers and made accessible to any student wishing to use the computers. Be aware that member departments do not have the legal right to install the software on lab computers not affiliated with the member department. Additionally, the only students who would have the right to install the program software on their personal computers are those who are taking at least one credit class in the member department.
EES is a volume licensing subscription from Microsoft for Educational Establishments.
Not working for a s/w house team any more (where some of the bells & whistles do matter) if I'm writing dotNet my usual weapon of choice is VS C# *Express* because it does everything I ever need to do, and some code I'd rather write myself than have written for me. Why a beginner would need VS Pro is completely beyond me and they won't need the Windows SDK because half of that essentially relates to C++ native code which I assume definitely isn't on the curriculum(?), and web browsers make the dotNet half redundant, not that this is about learning dotNet surely?
It will be interesting to see how it plays out because there's a very observable split: One side is doing the same old "must use industry standard mega tools" stuff and throwing everything but the kitchen sink at it, the others might actually have taken some clear hints from some of those ICT v. Computing reports etc. Whatever, I'll be betting on the ones with the Raspberry Pis and the like. See also my sig.
Last edited by PiqueABoo; 3rd February 2012 at 12:39 AM.
I was thinking exactly the same thing this evening with respect to the 'industry standard' argument. Scratch is out.
I'm also wondering why network managers think that a raspberry pi with root linux, python and a network connection is going to be such a good idea - given that it is an ideal hackers environment (and therefore programmers environment).
The only sure thing is that MS will produce and market the tools to make sure the next generation of programmers can only use MS, thus exacerbating the issue of increasing hardware requirements.
Along with Kodu and a few others I can't remember atm, we have just put out Yenka.com it was introduced to us by one of our new NQTs parts of it are completely free, others you have to pay for. However, they are currently doing an 'Offer us a price for our product' which to be honest seems like a good way to get it cheap!
We'll be seriously looking into this for our school.
Our head of IT said she did not want any programming software as students should learn that in college and Uni, so she is sticking with teaching office and animated gif's for animation in fireworks. Sad isn't it, that person is in charge of developing young minds.
Here it's Small Basic, Python and Vis Basic Express on a VPC.
Computing is not just about coding. It is about analytic problem solving, learning vocabulary and language structure, creative design, time management and group work.
No ... I can't see any of the above used in working life.
The problem with coding is that people tend to stick it in a silo of its own ... and not link it with activities in other subjects. That means that the common skills and concepts also get put in there too and it means massive opportunities are missed.
Computing is not unique with this though and only an integrated curriculum will really deal with this.
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