Whenever I teach cloud technologies, I emphasize practical applications, even for the newest students. This really helps the topic come alive and allows the students to engage the material in a more realistic way.
As it turns out, a few of my friends reached out to me about Azure resources for learners, so, I thought I’d just jot down a few resources here.
Azure for students
So, a simple search online should point you here:
One of the first questions that come up is “Am I worthy eligible?”, which is helpfully answered in the FAQ:
Azure for faculty
Now, if you’re an educator, teaching assistant or other faculty, you can sign up for open source content - I’ve used this, it’s legit and the github repo is very active! As well as get a free Azure account for doing demos and showing how the stuff works.
Just plain old free Azure stuff
If you aren’t enrolled anywhere and just want to learn Azure stuff, there are also a lot of free-levels that you can use to get started.
When you access this option, they’ll ask for a credit card number - this is for verification, they won’t charge you automatically unless you choose to upgrade. You have to choose to upgrade, it’s not going to sneak up on you.
Some azure services have levels that are always free, like Azure App Services, Azure Functions and Azure Kubernetes Service. There are others that are free for the first 12 months of usage. You can check out the full list here (scroll down).
So, there you go, get out there, get started, have fun!