Social Entrepreneurs Inspire at the Imagine Cup Worldwide Finals

Nathan J Peterson, onsite in New York The bright lights were shining inside the Koch Theater at Lincoln Center in New York City and all eyes were on the stage in anticipation of the announcement for 2011’s Imagine Cup World Finals winners. Flags were held high and cheers rang loud as each of the 15…


Kodu Cup Winners Announced

Today we are announcing the winners of the first U.S. Kodu Cup. It’s a competition that challenged kids across the United States (from the age of 9 to 17) to use Kodu – a free game development tool from Microsoft – to create their own video game for the chance to win great prizes and…


When I Grow Up…

We all remember what we wanted to be when we grew up. In fact, I think most of us probably had different fantasy jobs as we moved through our childhood. I’ll never forget a trip to the Ringling Circus when I was eight; it left me with an intense desire to pursue a career in…

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Exploring children’s creativity with technology during girls’ night out

Last week a lively group of mothers met online for an event called “Girls’ Night Out” (#GNO). #GNO is a two hour virtual party hosted on Twitter by online parenting influential Mom It Forward (@MomItForward). This week’s theme was “Children’s problem-solving skills and creativity through the use of technology.” The conversational online social event included…


Making Games Can Contribute to Learning

Editor’s Note: Today we announced the full availability of Microsoft Kodu Game Lab for the PC and the launch of a nationwide Kodu Cup competition. We’re inviting students, aged nine to 17 to design, build and submit their own video games. The following is a guest blog post about the educational benefits of video games…