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The topic of our conversation was encouragement to go beyond our inevitable role as digital consumers and aspiring to be digital producers first and foremost.
That means, we don’t just entertain ourselves with what others have created, but we get behind the paint brush, the hand saw, or the mouse and we create it ourselves. We use it to inspire others, to lead others, and ultimately to love others. That’s a charter.
First, we talked about making websites. You each got free Azure Passes, and I hope you’ll redeem them for some cloud time. We made a website in just a few seconds in class, and you can do the same thing from home.
To redeem your pass, go to microsoftazurepass.com and enter the code. Ignore the number on the left. The code starts with ‘M’.
Next, we looked at Touch Develop by visiting touchdevelop.com. You can go there any time from pretty much any device and make something awesome. When you’re done, publish it and then send me a tweet at @codefoster, so I can help you tell the world about what you made!
We couldn’t help ourselves and started talking about the exciting and coming Microsoft HoloLens project and the world of 3D. I showed you Autodesk Fusion 360, which is my 3D modeling software of choice. If I had a HoloLens to design with, I would, but Fusion 360 is awesome too :) Since you’re students, you can download and use Fusion 360 without charge.
Thank you again for your motivation. That’s inspiring to me. Be sure to keep in touch and tell me about the cool things you make.
Microsoft enjoys giving software away to students. It’s obviously in everyone’s best interest. Students get cutting edge technology and Microsoft gets young and hypercreative minds helping to shape the course of innovation for years to come.
If you are a student, signing up for DreamSpark is a no brainer. I can’t think of a reason not to. The DreamSpark website is pretty simple, but my colleage Bret Stateham created a slide show to make it just that much easier, or if you’d rather watch a very extensive video demonstration of this process as well as the process of getting a Windows Store developer account, check out Bret’s YouTube video. And if you want to watch a 4 minute video of me actually signing up.
Once you’re in the program, download some development software, then check out Microsoft Virtual Academy and get started writing curly braces. Writing code is a blast and may just help supplement your income while you work on that art history degree :)