How 50 classrooms used Skype to help save a school in Kenya |

Ben Honeycutt is the Executive Director of non-profit Open World Cause and a Social Studies Teacher at Woodland Park Middle School in Colorado. As an educator, Ben’s mission is to provide his students with real world opportunities, so they can learn more about the world around them and take action to make a difference. One of their latest achievements was to help fund the construction of a school in Kenya. We met with Ben to learn all about this amazing, life-changing learning experience:

It all started with a Skype call

In June of 2015, we had a Skype call with Livingstone Kegode, the director of HIPAfrica, and were so impressed with his work that we were committed from the moment the call was over. A little over a year later, Livingstone informed us that the country of Kenya had changed its zoning standards for schools, and unless HIPAfrica could raise over $14,000 for three new classrooms, a new washroom, and new fencing, HIP would have to close its doors to the 59 children who attended its school.

We traveled out to Kimilili to survey HIP and the surrounding community in May of 2017. We surveyed that over half of the students would no longer be able to attend a school if HIP closed down. Additionally, we observed that 10 of the students had descended stomachs on Monday morning, and teachers had guessed that up to 15 of them received their only meals at the school.

The structures the school were using were deteriorating, as they were using semi-permanent structures for their classrooms. We found through conversations with a local architect that the bathrooms were about to collapse. It was at a point where it was creating unsanitary conditions for the entire student body.

HIP’s administration was completely committed to doing all they could to help their students. We were inspired to not only help lead a campaign to save HIP, but to look into providing sustainable clean water, nutrition, and educational programs to ensure that HIP’s students were receiving the best long-term education possible.

At the time, when we found out about the challenges facing HIP in 2016, I couldn’t conceive how to start a successful initiative to help solve this problem. Instead, I focused on what I could do on a micro level to start helping from my classroom. Two of my middle school students, named Amelia and Christina, came up with an idea to start a project called “Kenya Help?” where they collected shoes on behalf of an organization called Funds2orgs – “Kenya Help?” collected over 1,000 pairs of shoes and in exchange received over $1,000 toward HIP for their efforts.

It was after seeing my students go above and beyond that I started wondering about how this movement could go from my classroom to classrooms around the world. I designed and published a Collaboration on Skype in the Classroom’s website, calling for classrooms all around the world to join. In six months, over 50 classrooms from around the world got together and helped raise $8,000 for HIP, helping us collect a total of over $16,000 to fund the construction of three new classrooms, a washroom with hand-washing and sanitizing stations, and fencing. All this allowed HIP’s students to continue their education.

The new washrooms

After this experience, I would encourage every educator to start their own global projects and give their students real world issues to solve. Take the leap and don’t look back!

I was inspired early on from Dr. Neil Gershenfeld’s 2005 work, FAB: The Coming Revolution on Your Desktop—from Personal Computers to Personal Fabrication. Gershenfeld talked about how students have the potential to create “laboratories of learning” when they have ownership of their projects. Gershenfeld articulated that when students have this ownership, they often go above and beyond their outlined expectations. It’s 13 years later, and I believe Skype in the Classroom can be a platform for what Dr. Gershenfeld was advocating. In the “Day in the Life” project, when middle school students had the agency that Dr. Gershenfeld advocated, they soared past the outlined goals and propelled each other to do something as impactful as saving a school in Kenya.

With resources like Skype in the Classroom and the tools that universities provide, teachers can have their students not only start incredible real-world projects that they will remember for the rest of their lives, but also ones that make a real impact around the world. I’ve seen students go on to use technology to help people, start businesses, and take a classroom project and turn it into a worldwide campaign. Students today have the power to change the world from the screens of their devices – what’s stopping them?

Contact me through the Microsoft Educator Community to learn how your class can help teachers and schools in Nepal and Kenya today!

P.S. I’d like to thank our partners Jacqueline Jumbe-Kuhara, Fredrick Manzugu, Livingstone Kegode, Michael Soskil, Eric Crouch, Garrett Wilkinson, Sue Levine, Dr. Joe O’Brien, Professor Melissa Collum, Professors Beth and Jeremy Gulley, and acknowledge the works of Dr. Eric Hartman, Dr. Neil Gershenfeld, Dr. Paul Farmer as well as our many supporters who make our work possible.

Teachers: Explore all the available Skype Collaborations to connect your students with classrooms around the world to work on projects, explore different cultures, and build greater compassion and empathy for one another. You can also create your own Skype Collaboration—learn more by taking the Skype collaboration course.

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Acquisition boosts Rave mass notification capabilities

Rave Mobile Safety, a software company based out of Framingham, Mass., acquired emergency notification vendor SwiftReach Networks.

The purchase added SwiftReach’s FCC-licensed proprietary telephony network to Rave’s communications infrastructure. This extends the reach and redundancy of Rave mass notification, one of the key communication services the safety company offers. The acquisition also adds SwiftReach’s offerings, such as its K-12 school communication platform, to Rave’s product portfolio.

The acquisition adds 35 employees to Rave’s team of 130. The company estimates it had between 2,500 and 3,000 customers before the purchase of SwiftReach, and that number is now over 5,000.

Rave Mobile Safety markets to organizations that need to communicate with large numbers of people during emergencies, whether they are personnel or customers, and is most known for its Panic Button application. Industries using mass notification systems through Rave include healthcare, government agencies and education, but the company also has many corporate clients who use its products for disaster recovery scenarios.

Todd Piett, CEO of Rave Mobile Safety, told us the enterprise space is still very new to Rave, but its needs are very similar to college campuses, which the company is familiar with. The two share many of the same use cases calling for Rave mass notification.

Just about any way you can imagine of being contacted in a time-critical event, we will manage for the client.
Todd PiettCEO, Rave Mobile Safety

“Increasingly, we’ve been selling into the corporation enterprise space,” Piett said. “Use cases there range anything from anonymous tipping and data collection about sexual harassment to the ability to notify and collaborate with people around incidents — sending text messages out and then soliciting location of folks so you can figure out who is at risk.”

Establishing lines of communication is the backbone of a good disaster recovery plan. To that end, Piett said that Rave is capable of sending 3,000 text messages per second and has 80,000 phone lines available for voice calls. In addition, the company will post alerts to Facebook and Twitter if the scenario calls for it, and can coordinate government Wireless Emergency Alerts, such as weather emergencies and Amber Alerts.

“Just about any way you can imagine of being contacted in a time-critical event, we will manage for the client,” Piett said.

screenshot of Rave Panic Button app
The Rave Panic Button app makes it simple to send out an alert.

Hartford HealthCare relies on Rave’s single pane of glass

Rave Mobile Safety offered a different sort of advantage for Hartford HealthCare, a network of healthcare facilities and services that include multiple hospitals, rehab centers and home care systems. For the past six months, the healthcare network has used Rave mass notification to unify alerts across all of those facilities.

Patrick Turek, director of emergency management at Hartford HealthCare, said before purchasing Rave Alert, Hartford HealthCare had a disjointed system of many different emergency notification systems that didn’t necessarily talk to each other. Rave allowed him to move everyone to the same platform and let him set controls and management options to ensure notifications reached the right people.

“Imagine one nerve center and brain that is coordinating and responding to all emergencies across our 200-plus sites, our 20,000 employees,” Turek said.

After looking at other vendors, Turek said Rave’s customer service and support team stood out. Most of all, he was impressed by how clearly and concisely Rave Alert’s interface conveyed information. “It was the cleanest product I have seen in a mass notification system,” he said.

Communication is vital to Turek’s role, and not just during emergencies. He uses Rave mass notification for simple dissemination of routine notices such as staff schedules or road closures. However, after conducting a number of test exercises, he is convinced it will be able to handle a true, organization-wide emergency.

“As an emergency manager, if you are able to successfully communicate with your staff, patients and other constituents during an emergency, you’re really jumping ahead of many other organizations who struggle with emergency notification,” Turek said. “To be able to inform people what’s happening, you often provide the assurance that someone is handling the emergency.”

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For Sale – Custom Built Water Cooled High End PC

Hi,for sale is my High End Custom Built Water Cooled PC and specs are as follows.
Selling as a complete sale and will not seperate any items listed.

Intel Core i7-7700K 4.2 GHz QuadCore 8MB Cache Processor.Professionally Delidded with EK Supremacy Water Block Cooled.
Palit GeForce® GTX 1080 Ti Founders Edition with EK-FC Titan Pascal Water Block Cooled.
Gigabyte GA-Z270X-Gaming 7 MotherBoard.
Corsair CMK16GX4M2B3200C16 Vengeance LPX 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4 3200 MHz C16 XMP 2.0 High Performance Desktop Memory Kit, Black.
Intel 600p 512GB M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD/Solid State Drive. Win 10 os Installed.
Kingston 480 GB SV300S37A/480G V300 SATA 3 Solid State Drive.
Super Flower Leadex Platinum 850W Fully Modular “80 PLUS PLATINUM” Power Supply.
Phanteks Evolv ATX Case with Left Side Tempered Glass Panel.
5X NB-eloop B12-P Ultra Silent Bionic Loop Radiator and Case Fans.
All Water Cooling Fittings and Fixtures are High End EK From Pump and Blocks To Piping and Connectors.I have also included a self made Drainage pipe and extra tubing.
Corsair Lapdog Gaming Control Center.
Corsair K70 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard MX Speed.
Corsair Sabre RGB Gaming Mouse.
Windows 10 Pro with all drivers and bios updated.

LAPDOG is an ultimate gaming control center which revolutionizes PC gaming in any room.As you can see from the pictures(which do not include the tv or sound equipment in the sale),i use this primarily on a 65inch tv and i sit at least 9 feet away in comfort.
This System Build is set to deafult 4.2gig profile and can play the majority of current games at max settings,on a 4k tv at 60fps and can be overclocked to 5gig plus with ease if needed with stable low temps.Whether gaming,video,photo editing or music is your thing,this High End Custom Built PC will suit your requirements and does not look out of place in any Living Room,Bedroom or Office.
All boxes are provided and paperwork if needed.
Majority of purchases are from Overclockers or Corsair.
This has cost me,at the time of build,over £3000 and i am reluctantly selling for £1500 or very nearest offer,to put towards another expensive build.If you know your Computers then you know this is a very fair Sale Price.
I have had a lot of enjoyment from this build and now feel it is time for another project.
All items are sold from a smoke free home and Cash on Collection only is preferred because of the weight and liquid content.
Any questions feel free to contact me.
Thanks.

Price and currency: £1500
Delivery: Goods must be exchanged in person
Payment method: Cash on collection
Location: Stoke On Trent
Advertised elsewhere?: Advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I prefer the goods to be collected

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Introducing the Office app for Windows 10 – Microsoft 365 Blog

Last year, we updated Office.com with a new experience focused on two simple things: helping users get the most out of Office and getting them back into their work quickly. The streamlined site has clearly resonated with customers, and now more than 40 percent of Office 365 web users start their work by visiting Office.com.

Starting today, we’re bringing this experience to Windows 10 in the form of an app, simply called Office. It’s now available to Windows Insiders (Fast) and will roll out to all Windows 10 users soon. The app itself is free and it can be used with any Office 365 subscription, Office 2019, Office 2016, or Office Online—the free web-based version of Office for consumers.

A few key reasons to use the app include:

  • Quickly switch between apps. See all your Office apps in one place and switch between them with a single click.
  • Get back into your work. Jump to your most recently used documents, pinned documents, and documents shared with you—whether they’re on your local machine or stored in OneDrive or SharePoint.
  • Find what you need. With Microsoft Search integrated prominently, you can quickly find the apps, documents, people, and sites you need to get your work done.
  • Tailor it to your organization. Organizations can apply company branding and integrate other line of business applications through single sign-on to customize the experience for their users.

Image of a laptop open showing the new Office app on its screen.

The Office app will replace the My Office app, which currently helps users manage their Office 365 subscriptions. If you already have the My Office app, you will get the new Office app through an automatic update in the coming months. Otherwise, you can download it from the Microsoft Store. Starting this summer, new Windows 10 devices will come with the Office app already installed—making it easier than ever to start using Office on a new PC.

Let us know what you think

We are excited to share this initial release with the Windows Insiders, and we’ll continue to improve the experience based on your feedback. Please let us know what you think via the feedback link under Settings within the app.

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SAP S/4HANA migration, deployment hot topics in 2018

Organizations with SAP systems to buy or maintain have an eye on SAP S/4HANA migration and deployment options. At least that’s how it appears based on the top 10 most popular stories of 2018, where half the stories focus on these topics.

The articles in this list offer up strategic and practical advice from experts detailing what readers should expect from an SAP S/4HANA migration or deployment, how they can best prepare, and what questions they need to think through before pulling the trigger. Interspersed throughout are pieces on the Qualtrics acquisition, a new cloud services pricing model and how to make the most of SuccessFactors.

Based on page views, here is a countdown of the most-read SAP stories of 2018, starting with No. 10.

  1. What CIOs should know about S/4HANA public cloud vs. private cloud

For CIOs looking to deploy S/4HANA, choosing between a public or private cloud version is a big decision. This tip by Jawad Akhtar, an SAP logistics and supply chain management expert, outlines the considerations CIOs will have to think through, from cost to deployment timelines to industry support.

  1. SAP’s Qualtrics acquisition adds CX to HR and transactional data

SAP made headlines in November when it announced plans to acquire Qualtrics, which makes customer experience management and voice-of-the-customer software. Maybe it was the deal’s price tag that drew so much attention — just a measly $8 billion. Or maybe it’s the push SAP seems to be making to combine experience and operational data together — and the uncertainty of whether the move will pay off.

  1. SAP Cloud Platform architecture is glue for new technologies

SAP seems to get the importance of having a flexible cloud architecture. This story details how the vendor has invested in building out its SAP Cloud Platform to not only bolster mobile back-end services, but to integrate cutting-edge technologies such as an IoT platform, blockchain as a service and machine learning capabilities. The story touches on SAP Leonardo, a collection of software and services that’s meant to make implementing newer technologies more intuitive.

  1. Deployment options — SAP S/4HANA Cloud vs. on premises vs. hybrid

SAP S/4HANA deployment is a running theme in this year’s most-read stories. This tip, also by Jawad Akhtar, breaks down eight areas IT professionals should research — from cost to scalability — when considering SAP’s cloud versus on-premises offerings. Separately, it also provides a bulleted list of things to consider with a hybrid option, which is a mix of on-premises and cloud-based services.

  1. What can employees do with the SAP SuccessFactors mobile app?

In this ask the expert piece, consultant Luke Marson gives a detailed description of how employees and HR leaders can use the mobile application from SAP’s SaaS human capital management platform. Employees can perform day-to-day tasks such as search for colleagues or submit a time sheet, and management can perform a mix of duties from team management to signing a performance review. The mobile app can run on Android or iOS, and Marson helpfully breaks down app functions by operating system.

  1. SAP debuts consumption-based pricing model for SAP Cloud Platform

At the Mobile World Congress in Spain, SAP unveiled a new way to pay for cloud services. Rather than a flat monthly or annual subscription fee, the new pricing model charges by consumption. As this story reports, SAP Cloud Platform customers buy “cloud credits,” which gives them the freedom to use any application. Usage is tracked, metered and billed accordingly, and SAP sends customers a report of services used and their balance of remaining cloud credits.

  1. SAP S/4HANA Cloud and indirect access will dominate 2018

What should customers expect from SAP in 2018? Consultants from the likes of Gartner, IDC and Constellation Research sound off in this story on how they expected SAP to emphasize machine learning and artificial intelligence, sharpen its SMB strategy and play up SAP S/4HANA migration to the cloud. Another issue they thought SAP needed to settle in 2018? Policies around indirect access to SAP software.

  1. What are the top three barriers to SAP S/4HANA migration?

Despite SAP’s ending support of its ERP Central Component (ECC) in 2025, customers aren’t making quick moves to undergo an SAP S4/HANA migration. In this story, SAP expert Jawad Akhtar lays out three reasons why. One reason? CIOs don’t have enough information to make a compelling business case.

  1. Pros and cons of SAP Cloud Platform integration tools

SAP Cloud Platform offers a variety of integration tools, but governance, risk and compliance requirements are helping muddy the waters as to what tool is best for the job. That’s where this story starts. It ends with some insight on how artificial intelligence may help solve that problem.

  1. SAP S/4HANA migration: What you need to know

The No. 1 most-read SAP story of 2018 by far isn’t a story at all. Instead, it’s a collection of stories dedicated to answering the most pressing questions readers may have about the SAP S/4HANA migration. As the editor’s note for this essential guide makes clear for readers wedded to SAP ECC, the decision to migrate is not an if but a when. These stories were written and compiled to help customers map out a strategic plan that makes an SAP S/4HANA migration work for them.

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For Sale – Custom Built Water Cooled High End PC

Hi,for sale is my High End Custom Built Water Cooled PC and specs are as follows.
Selling as a complete sale and will not seperate any items listed.

Intel Core i7-7700K 4.2 GHz QuadCore 8MB Cache Processor.Professionally Delidded with EK Supremacy Water Block Cooled.
Palit GeForce® GTX 1080 Ti Founders Edition with EK-FC Titan Pascal Water Block Cooled.
Gigabyte GA-Z270X-Gaming 7 MotherBoard.
Corsair CMK16GX4M2B3200C16 Vengeance LPX 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4 3200 MHz C16 XMP 2.0 High Performance Desktop Memory Kit, Black.
Intel 600p 512GB M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD/Solid State Drive. Win 10 os Installed.
Kingston 480 GB SV300S37A/480G V300 SATA 3 Solid State Drive.
Super Flower Leadex Platinum 850W Fully Modular “80 PLUS PLATINUM” Power Supply.
Phanteks Evolv ATX Case with Left Side Tempered Glass Panel.
5X NB-eloop B12-P Ultra Silent Bionic Loop Radiator and Case Fans.
All Water Cooling Fittings and Fixtures are High End EK From Pump and Blocks To Piping and Connectors.I have also included a self made Drainage pipe and extra tubing.
Corsair Lapdog Gaming Control Center.
Corsair K70 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard MX Speed.
Corsair Sabre RGB Gaming Mouse.
Windows 10 Pro with all drivers and bios updated.

LAPDOG is an ultimate gaming control center which revolutionizes PC gaming in any room.As you can see from the pictures(which do not include the tv or sound equipment in the sale),i use this primarily on a 65inch tv and i sit at least 9 feet away in comfort.
This System Build is set to deafult 4.2gig profile and can play the majority of current games at max settings,on a 4k tv at 60fps and can be overclocked to 5gig plus with ease if needed with stable low temps.Whether gaming,video,photo editing or music is your thing,this High End Custom Built PC will suit your requirements and does not look out of place in any Living Room,Bedroom or Office.
All boxes are provided and paperwork if needed.
Majority of purchases are from Overclockers or Corsair.
This has cost me,at the time of build,over £3000 and i am reluctantly selling for £1500 or very nearest offer,to put towards another expensive build.If you know your Computers then you know this is a very fair Sale Price.
I have had a lot of enjoyment from this build and now feel it is time for another project.
All items are sold from a smoke free home and Cash on Collection only is preferred because of the weight and liquid content.
Any questions feel free to contact me.
Thanks.

Price and currency: £1500
Delivery: Goods must be exchanged in person
Payment method: Cash on collection
Location: Stoke On Trent
Advertised elsewhere?: Advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I prefer the goods to be collected

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