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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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Salesforce adds OCR, translation, AI app builder to Einstein platform

Salesforce rolled out Einstein platform services that enable developers to code custom AI tools and admins with no code involved. Services include optical character recognition, translation and Einstein Prediction tools that embed AI modeling and analytics inside or outside of the Salesforce environment.

They come ahead of Salesforce’s TrailheaDX developer conference next month in San Francisco.

A key aspect of the bundle of new Einstein platform services is giving data scientists more control over machine learning models with the new Einstein Prediction Builder service, said Boris Evelson, business intelligence analyst at Forrester.

“Before the announcement, many Salesforce apps already had canned or out-of-the-box machine learning models embedded in them. Einstein Analytics allowed citizen data scientists to tune them,” Evelson said. “Data scientists can now author new machine learning models and deploy them in any [Salesforce] apps.”

Extending Einstein to other applications

Salesforce also extended AI analytics from its Einstein Discovery platform to applications outside Salesforce — potential examples would be HR systems, ERP and financial applications — via APIs with Einstein Predictive Services.

Einstein platform services previously included tools such as sentiment analysis, intent measurement and image recognition. Salesforce added optical character recognition to the Lightning Web Components toolbox; it enables developers to create apps that can ingest scanned document content into Salesforce or even turn business cards into contacts.

Salesforce also added language translation services that can convert customer queries into sales or service agents’ native language.

Einstein metrics screenshot
Einstein metics help shape Einstein Discovery AI predictive models, which now can extend outside of Salesforce into back-office applications such as ERP and HR.

Point and click elements

Einstein features sometimes don’t answer all customer needs, driving Salesforce customers to buy third-party AI tools to find deeper insights and uncover more sales opportunities.

Salesforce has, if anything, an unfair advantage when it comes to AI and these new services play to its strengths.
Kjell CarlssonAnalyst, Forrester

Nevertheless, Einstein tools lend themselves to point-and-click, low-code authoring giving Salesforce admins without developer training the ability to deploy Einstein functionality to make predictions on Salesforce pages or build reusable Lightning Web Components.

That’s a strength, said another Forrester analyst, Kjell Carlsson, who added that Salesforce deliberately focuses its AI on assisting with tasks that help end users with everyday tasks humans inaccurately perform. The new offerings embed machine learning directly into existing workflows, easily, he said.

“They won’t win the respect of data scientists, but that’s not the point,” Carlsson said. “In these situations, creating a great model isn’t the bottleneck; getting something into the hands of end users that they can consume is — and in that respect, Salesforce has, if anything, an unfair advantage when it comes to AI and these new services play to its strengths.”

Evelson said it remains to be seen whether the new features and Einstein platform extensions are enough to elevate Einstein to be considered a direct competitor of machine learning platforms from vendors such as IBM, SAP and Datawatch.

The TrailheaDX conference is May 28 to June 2.

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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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IoT device monitoring added to Nyansa Voyance

Nyansa, a network traffic analytics provider, has extended its Voyance anomaly detection system to IoT, making it possible to monitor device activity for security threats.

This week, Nyansa launched its IoT Operational Assurance Solution, which companies can buy alone or add to their Nyansa Voyance system. The IoT product integrates with Aruba ClearPass and Cisco Identity Services Engine, which are network administration products for creating and enforcing security and access policies for endpoint devices on a wired and wireless IP network.

The Nyansa Voyance product uses a software crawler — installed on a dedicated server or virtual machine — to inspect device packet data taken from a wireless network controller and a switched port analyzer or test access port on a switch or router. The software then sends device activity data to Nyansa’s analytics engine on AWS, which flags potential problems and their possible remediation, through the customer’s graphical console.

Nyansa has added to Voyance the ability to analyze packet data from network-connected computing devices categorized as IoT. Examples include infusion pumps, electrocardiogram machines and temperature sensors used in healthcare facilities, handheld scanners found in distribution centers, and point-of-sale systems employed in retail.

Additionally, the vendor added algorithms for IoT device classification to its Voyance analytics engine. The Nyansa software also builds a behavioral baseline for each classified device based on activity data drawn across the company’s customer base. Voyance reports deviant behavior to users.

The Nyansa Voyance platform also builds a risk profile on each device, based on several factors. They include critical and noncritical devices sharing the same network segment, the misuse of network credentials and communication with suspicious URLs or IP addresses.

Voyance
Dashboard for Nyansa Voyance IoT

Nyansa security monitoring

The integration of Voyance with network access control systems from Cisco and Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company, lets Nyansa customers take action against risky IoT device activity. Through the Voyance user interface, customers can, for example, quarantine devices or revoke their network access.

In general, the IoT features added to Voyance have Nyansa pivoting toward security monitoring, said Shamus McGillicuddy, an analyst at Enterprise Management Associates (EMA), based in Boulder, Colo. IoT is also a focus among other vendors developing network performance management tools.

“The Wi-Fi network is a critical asset for network teams tasked with supporting IoT projects,” McGillicuddy said. “Nyansa’s expertise around Wi-Fi and Ethernet performance from the client perspective gives them an opportunity to address an emerging need in enterprise network operations.”

A one-year subscription for Voyance IoT alone costs $13,000. A single-year subscription for the complete Voyance platform, including IoT support, is $16,000. Current Voyance customers can use the IoT software for up to 100 devices at no cost.

Over the last several years, Nyansa has been expanding Voyance features for monitoring network activity. Last year, the company introduced the ability to analyze the utilization of WAN links and correlate it to the performance of applications and network services.

Also last year, Nyansa added a collaboration tool to Voyance that lets customers contact each other to discuss how to improve Wi-Fi performance.

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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
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Location: Leicester LE7
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