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At Kaenoisuksa school, in Chiang Mai, Thailand, we face the unique challenge of bringing music education to roughly 600 students who don’t have the benefit of real instruments to practice with. Adding to the complexity, our student body is a diverse mix Shan, Yunnan and Lahu students who all bring a different set of cultural values and learning techniques to the classroom every day. Our curriculum has to be nimble if it’s going to serve all of their unique needs.

As the school’s music and dramatic arts teacher, it’s my job to find educational solutions that will strike a chord with my students. In the common smartphone, I found a tool perfectly fit for the job—so long as it was equipped with the right apps.

Learning music isn’t just a matter of knowing how to play this song on that instrument. Using Microsoft apps like Office, Sway, OneNote, PowerPoint, Windows Movie Maker and others, I weaved together a 21st-century lesson plan that covered a range of musical topics, from theory to technique to history and cultural context. I call it Mobile Music Learning, and through it, my students have learned both the fundaments of music education as well as the value of technology in exploring their own questions in their own ways.

Things That Worked in My Classroom

  • Mobile VR Thrills: My students loved exploring international music and concert videos with apps like WITHIN and YouTube VR, which help turn your mobile screen into a virtual-reality headset. Access to music videos—from Operas in London to Indonesian dance routines in Bali—seeded them with questions about instruments, dance and other cultural elements that led to lively discussion as a class.
  • Strum Your Screens: Countless apps will turn your phone into a real-live instrument, replete with keys, strings, skins or some other music-making analog of your choosing. This let students get their hands a little dirty with playing where they otherwise wouldn’t have been able to. Even better, they got to do so from home long after class was over—and on just about any instrument they could think of.
  • Tech Does Double Duty: I want my students to learn music education, of course, but through it, I also want them to learn tech fluency. They are emerging into a world where success will depend on their ability to confidently navigate tech tools. Employing integrated apps like Microsoft Sway, Word, PowerPoint and Windows MovieMaker to explore, share and present the material helps them build that confidence along the way.

Practicing an instrument on a smartphone may seem like a novel concept, but for my students, a familiarity with mobile devices meant they brought more confidence to the initial lessons than they might’ve in a class with traditional instruments. The portability of our devices also empowered them to continue exploring the lessons for themselves once class had finished.

By applying the tech tools they’re already familiar with, I encouraged my students to explore, and ultimately synthesize, the subject matter in ways that felt natural to them as digital natives. The result was not only a newfound appreciation for music education but also the fostering of a rich and informed dialogue about other related subjects.

The Mobile Music Learning curriculum I created is little more than a collection of everyday Microsoft software applications. On their own, any one of the apps provides an important, specific tool. When combined in symphony, though, they strike a harmony that is greater than the sum of their unique parts. For my students, that approach helped fuel a modern, imaginative curiosity that made the curriculum more engaging and the group discussion more meaningful.

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Microsoft disputes Outlook data breach report

Microsoft warned users of its web email services that accounts may have been compromised, and some sensitive data may have been accessed.

Beginning late Friday, Microsoft sent email messages to users of Outlook, Hotmail and MSN Mail, alerting them that an unauthorized third party gained partial access to Microsoft-managed accounts between Jan. 1 and March 28 of this year. According to Microsoft, the Outlook data breach was limited in scope. Microsoft initially said attackers potentially had access to email addresses of affected users and those they communicated with, folder names and subject lines of messages.

However, after TechCrunch first reported the story, Motherboard claimed to have seen screenshots from the threat actors involved in the Outlook data breach. The attackers claimed the issue persisted for as long as six months, and they were able to access email content from “a large number” of users.

A Microsoft spokesperson refuted the claim that the Outlook data breach spanned six months, calling it “inaccurate” and reaffirming the January-to-March timeline. Microsoft did admit attackers accessed more information for some users.

“Our notification to the majority of those impacted noted that bad actors would not have had unauthorized access to the content of emails or attachments. A small group ([approximately] 6% of the original, already-limited subset of consumers) was notified that the bad actors could have had unauthorized access to the content of their email accounts, and was provided with additional guidance and support. Out of an abundance of caution, we also increased detection and monitoring for the affected accounts,” a Microsoft spokesperson wrote via email. “We addressed this scheme, which affected a limited subset of consumer accounts, by disabling the compromised credentials and blocking the perpetrators’ access.”

Motherboard reported that the Outlook data breach was caused by attackers stealing credentials for a customer support account. Microsoft did not respond to questions asking to confirm this, nor did Microsoft say whether users with multifactor authentication (MFA) were safe from the attack.

Robert Vamosi, senior product marketing manager at ForgeRock, an identity and access management company in San Francisco, said MFA likely wouldn’t have helped victims of the Outlook data breach, because “the malicious third party did not gain access to login credentials.”

“However, people can sometimes include sensitive information in their emails, such as login credentials, PII [personally identifiable information] or even payment [and] bank account information,” Vamosi said. “In that case, MFA should be enabled on those compromised services, along with changing the current password, to prevent any future attempts at account hijacking.”

George Cerbone, principal solutions architect at One Identity, based in Aliso Viejo, Calif., noted that if the attack was caused by stolen support credentials, Microsoft makes products that could have protected that account from being compromised.

“Microsoft could have followed their own advice and instituted what they suggest to other customers, called a Privileged Access Workstation. This would put in a series of controls that the employee would have to follow when they need to access sensitive information,” Cerbone said. “Another option, which is something that Microsoft also offers, is a PIM [privileged identity management] tool. This tool would allow employees to request access to do certain privileged functions for a period of time. Once that time has expired, it would pull back those privileges until needed again.”

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For Sale – Mini Water Cooled i7 4770K 256SSD GTX970

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Latest Microsoft SDDC updates improve security, performance

Editor’s note

With each ensuing version of Windows Server, Microsoft adds more functionality to the virtualization technologies that combine to form the software-defined data center. Administrators might not realize their investment in this server OS consolidates hardware resources — servers, networking devices and storage — to form a scalable virtualized infrastructure.

The IT operations team benefits from the added control through new tools, such as the Windows Admin Center that Microsoft tailored for managing and deploying hyper-converged clusters. This guide helps administrators get up to speed with the virtualized components in Windows Server 2019 that combine to form the Microsoft SDDC.

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In music classroom without instruments, an ensemble of apps play bandleader |

At Kaenoisuksa school, in Chiang Mai, Thailand, we face the unique challenge of bringing music education to roughly 600 students who don’t have the benefit of real instruments to practice with. Adding to the complexity, our student body is a diverse mix Shan, Yunnan and Lahu students who all bring a different set of cultural values and learning techniques to the classroom every day. Our curriculum has to be nimble if it’s going to serve all of their unique needs.

As the school’s music and dramatic arts teacher, it’s my job to find educational solutions that will strike a chord with my students. In the common smartphone, I found a tool perfectly fit for the job—so long as it was equipped with the right apps.

Learning music isn’t just a matter of knowing how to play this song on that instrument. Using Microsoft apps like Office, Sway, OneNote, PowerPoint, Windows Movie Maker and others, I weaved together a 21st-century lesson plan that covered a range of musical topics, from theory to technique to history and cultural context. I call it Mobile Music Learning, and through it, my students have learned both the fundaments of music education as well as the value of technology in exploring their own questions in their own ways.

Things That Worked in My Classroom

  • Mobile VR Thrills: My students loved exploring international music and concert videos with apps like WITHIN and YouTube VR, which help turn your mobile screen into a virtual-reality headset. Access to music videos—from Operas in London to Indonesian dance routines in Bali—seeded them with questions about instruments, dance and other cultural elements that led to lively discussion as a class.
  • Strum Your Screens: Countless apps will turn your phone into a real-live instrument, replete with keys, strings, skins or some other music-making analog of your choosing. This let students get their hands a little dirty with playing where they otherwise wouldn’t have been able to. Even better, they got to do so from home long after class was over—and on just about any instrument they could think of.
  • Tech Does Double Duty: I want my students to learn music education, of course, but through it, I also want them to learn tech fluency. They are emerging into a world where success will depend on their ability to confidently navigate tech tools. Employing integrated apps like Microsoft Sway, Word, PowerPoint and Windows MovieMaker to explore, share and present the material helps them build that confidence along the way.

Practicing an instrument on a smartphone may seem like a novel concept, but for my students, a familiarity with mobile devices meant they brought more confidence to the initial lessons than they might’ve in a class with traditional instruments. The portability of our devices also empowered them to continue exploring the lessons for themselves once class had finished.

By applying the tech tools they’re already familiar with, I encouraged my students to explore, and ultimately synthesize, the subject matter in ways that felt natural to them as digital natives. The result was not only a newfound appreciation for music education but also the fostering of a rich and informed dialogue about other related subjects.

The Mobile Music Learning curriculum I created is little more than a collection of everyday Microsoft software applications. On their own, any one of the apps provides an important, specific tool. When combined in symphony, though, they strike a harmony that is greater than the sum of their unique parts. For my students, that approach helped fuel a modern, imaginative curiosity that made the curriculum more engaging and the group discussion more meaningful.

Ready to unlock limitless learning for your students? Check out our tools for educators. Already experiencing the difference in your classroom? Share your changemaker story with us!

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Google Cloud, HPE team up for new hybrid cloud platforms

Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Google Cloud have teamed up to create hybrid cloud platforms that combine Google Cloud’s Anthos with HPE’s SimpliVity, Nimble Storage and ProLiant servers in hopes of creating consistent experiences across public clouds and on-premises environments.

HPE will also offer on-premises infrastructure as a service through HPE GreenLake. Customers who use this can run applications in Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE) on premises and have the same container-based design across the hybrid infrastructure.

The combination of HPE SimpliVity and Anthos will bring converged software to GKE. SimpliVity’s remote management capabilities and replication between sites allow for central administration. The infrastructure and advanced data services enable a transition to a container environment by allowing containers and virtual machines to share the same hardware and storage.

Anthos and HPE’s Nimble Storage and ProLiant provide architecture for storage-centric workloads that require independent scaling of compute and storage. The companies claimed this platform provides reliability and speed to container environments, as well as uniform management across on premises and public clouds.

With HPE GreenLake and Anthos, organizations can deploy containers on demand and not have to manage the underlying on-premises infrastructure.

The companies also hope the collaboration will accelerate container deployment. Gartner estimated that, by 2022, more than 75% of organizations will be running containerized applications. Anthos uses virtual machines to run containers on premises, and working with HPE could potentially make it easier for customers to use containers and have a consistent cloud application. Developers can build applications once, which run anywhere, across clouds and on premises.

The companies claimed this will make it ideal for a range of uses, including implementing DevOps through a continuous integration and continuous deployment pipeline, developing applications in Google Cloud and running them in production on premises, and deploying low-cost distributed edge containerized applications.

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For Sale – Mini Water Cooled i7 4770K 256SSD GTX970

Coolermaster Case I thinks it’s the Elite 110 so 210mm x 260 x 280 H x W x D

Water Cooled I7 4770K

Asus Z971 Plus MB WiFi

Coolermaster 800W Silent Pro Gold

Zotac GTX 970 GPU

Team Group Xtreem DDR3 1333 8GB

Samsung 256GB M2
WD Black 500GB Sata

W10 Pro

PC is pretty quiet unless gaming – never had a problem with it. Plays games at 1080p on high settings. Will throw in a Dell S2309WB 1080p monitor and KB/Mouse with all cables.

Price and currency: £350
Delivery: Delivery cost is not included
Payment method: BT cash on collection
Location: Leicester LE7
Advertised elsewhere?: Not advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I prefer the goods to be collected

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