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How one man is using tech to change the lives of children with learning disabilities – Microsoft News Center India

Technology for all abilities

For the first few years, the school relied on traditional teaching methods and computers were only available for office administrative services. But in 2009, the school acquired a few affordable laptops to see how technology could be integrated with the teaching curriculum.

“Once we acquired the laptops, there has been no looking back,” says Kishore Kumar, an alumnus of the school, who returned after finishing his bachelor’s in computer science to serve the school as its IT head. Since then, the school has implemented Microsoft Learning Tools on OneNote to teach and engage with students with different learning disabilities.

For students with dyslexia, who suffer from difficulties in reading, writing, and poor memory, teachers use Immersive Reader widely to enhance their reading skills. For young students, many of whom are first-generation learners in their families, teachers also include picture dictionary to help with memory retention.

“I can see the difference in confidence in children when they start using technology. For older children with dyslexia, who are learning to write, the Dictate feature helps them write simple sentences without worrying about making spelling mistakes,” says Vidhya, a remedial teacher at the school.

Similarly, for students with ADHD, teachers use OneNote to teach vocabulary by encouraging them to create mind maps, linear and web charts to increase their attention span and memory retention. Meanwhile tools like Sway help them learn visually while Kahoot quizzes at the end of every class are handy to test their retention.

It is students with autism, however, who need the most attention. The teachers at Helikx Open School and Learning Center have found the Flipgrid to be an engaging tool for students like Sam (name changed).

“Sam loves to tell stories. When I tell a story in class, he takes some characters from it and creates a whole new story. His imagination comes to full play when creates a new story on Flipgrid,” says Vidhya.

Today, the school has deployed Microsoft Teams for every teacher and student. Kumar has created separate channels as per their grade, which allows them to learn even when they are away from the school, like in the current COVID-19 situation.

An online math lesson in progress for children in the 15-17 age group
A mathematics class in progress for children in the 15-17 age group.

“Most of our students don’t have laptops at home, but they are still able to attend the classes on their phones,” says Kumar.

Moving to Teams has also provided teachers new tools to engage with their students remotely. While some teachers are using Kahoot quizzes at the end of their classes, others are encouraging students to create and share content using Sway, Buncee, and Paint 3D. To replicate the test environment, teachers are also sharing Microsoft Forms on Teams, which they need to fill and send back.

“Considering the students are currently not in school, we are also creating PowerPoint presentations with audio clips and OneNote pages with immersive reader and picture dictionary, which they can download and learn whenever they can,” adds Pradha Senthil, another teacher at the school.

Dreams do come true

When Dr. Senthilkumar returned to his hometown in 2000, he’d never imagined how impactful his vision would turn out to be. Many of his students have managed to make it to the regular workforce.

“One student of mine completed his engineering, worked for some of the biggest IT companies in the country and now runs a startup in Bengaluru,” he says with pride.

So what’s next for Dr Senthilkumar and his team at Helikx?

“We have seen the productive outcome of technology over the past couple of years. We have even established an innovation lab and are keen to expand and upgrade ourselves with tools over the next few years to see our children fly high,” he says.

Top photo: Sam (name changed), a student with autism, uses Immersive Reader on OneNote with picture dictionary to read a story. All images courtesy Helikx Open School and Learning Center.

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For Sale – Various Dell Optiplex Computers Inc Dell 3060, 7020, 3020, 390

So I have a number of computers for sale that I’ve got from work, they’ve recently upgraded so these were surplus. I’ve gone through them, cleaned them up and installed Windows 10 Pro, all are licensed using the original license keys.

All prices also include shipping.

The following are available,

3 x Dell 7020 SFF Hard Drive

They are in full working order and again will show signs of general use.

Specs

Intel core i5 4590
8GB DDR3 Ram
500GB Hard Drive
Gigabit ethernet
4 x USB 3.0 ports
6 x USB 2.0 ports
VGA
2 x Displayport
Dvd drive

Looking for £90 each.

10 x Dell 390 SFF

In full working order and will show signs of use.

Specs

Intel Core i3 2120 3.3GHz
4GB DDR3 Ram
500GB Hard Drive
Ethernet
8 x USB 2.0 Ports
VGA
HDMI
DVD writer drive

Looking for £50 each.

Dell 3060 SFF

It’s in full working order and had very little use.

It’s had a fresh install of Windows Pro which is fully activated using the motherboards license key.

It has an NVME 256GB SSD Hard drive installed on the motherboard but also has space for a 3.5 inch hard drive.

Specs

Intel core i5 8500 3.00GHz cpu
8GB DDR4 Ram
256GB NVME SSD Hard Drive
Intel UHD Graphics 630
Gigabit ethernet
4 x USB 3.0 Ports
4 x USB 2.0 Ports
HDMI
Displayport
VGA
DVD Writer Drive

Looking for £320.

Dell XPS 8300

It has been well looked after but does have some marks and scratches, nothing that affects the usage of it.

Specs

Intel Quad Core i7-2600 3.40GHz CPU
16GB DDR3 RAM
Brand new 240GB SSD
1TB additial hard drive storage
GT 545 1GB GDDR5 Graphics card
Blu-ray rom drive
Soundblaster X-FI soundcard
Gigabit ethernet
Integrated multi SD card reader
8 x USB ports
2 x DVI outputs
1 x mini HDMI output
Windows 10 Pro

Looking for £280.

2 x Dell Optiplex 3020

I have a Dell 3020 SFF computer for sale.

It’s in full working order but will show signs of general use.

A fresh Windows 10 Pro install has been put on which is fully activated.

Specs

Intel core i5 4590 3.30GHz CPU
8GB DDR3 Ram
500GB Hard drive
Gigabit ethernet
2 x USB 3.0 ports
6 x USB 2.0 ports
VGA
Displayport

Looking for £85.

I have a few more to list over the next few days.

SOLD

Dell 3020 Micro 8GB RAM 500GB SSD – funkydamo

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Wanted – cpu/motherboard bundle

Hi, I have the perfect upgrade for you.

Both the Motherboard and CPU were bought form CCL Computers a few weeks ago but I have decided to go back to a MacBook.

The motherboard is: Gigabyte H310M H Intel Socket 1151
Gigabyte H310M H Intel Socket 1151 Motherboard – H310M H

and the CPU is: Intel i3 8100 CPU and stock cooler
Intel Core i3 8100 3.6GHz Quad Core (Socket 1151) – BX80684I38100

Motherboard is boxed with all the bits a new one comes with

You can have both for £115 Delivered

I also bought at the same time a PSU and 8gb of DDR4 ram if you are interested let me know.

HyperX FURY Black 8GB (2x 4GB) 2400MHz DDR4 RAM – HX424C15FBK2/8

Aero Cool Integrator OEM 500W 80+ Bronze PSU – AI 500W CCL

Wanted – cpu/motherboard bundle

Hi, I have the perfect upgrade for you.

Both the Motherboard and CPU were bought form CCL Computers a few weeks ago but I have decided to go back to a MacBook.

The motherboard is: Gigabyte H310M H Intel Socket 1151
Gigabyte H310M H Intel Socket 1151 Motherboard – H310M H

and the CPU is: Intel i3 8100 CPU and stock cooler
Intel Core i3 8100 3.6GHz Quad Core (Socket 1151) – BX80684I38100

Motherboard is boxed with all the bits a new one comes with

You can have both for £115 Delivered

I also bought at the same time a PSU and 8gb of DDR4 ram if you are interested let me know.

HyperX FURY Black 8GB (2x 4GB) 2400MHz DDR4 RAM – HX424C15FBK2/8

Aero Cool Integrator OEM 500W 80+ Bronze PSU – AI 500W CCL

Wanted – cpu/motherboard bundle

Hi, I have the perfect upgrade for you.

Both the Motherboard and CPU were bought form CCL Computers a few weeks ago but I have decided to go back to a MacBook.

The motherboard is: Gigabyte H310M H Intel Socket 1151
Gigabyte H310M H Intel Socket 1151 Motherboard – H310M H

and the CPU is: Intel i3 8100 CPU and stock cooler
Intel Core i3 8100 3.6GHz Quad Core (Socket 1151) – BX80684I38100

Motherboard is boxed with all the bits a new one comes with

You can have both for £115 Delivered

I also bought at the same time a PSU and 8gb of DDR4 ram if you are interested let me know.

HyperX FURY Black 8GB (2x 4GB) 2400MHz DDR4 RAM – HX424C15FBK2/8

Aero Cool Integrator OEM 500W 80+ Bronze PSU – AI 500W CCL

Gaming PC, i7 6700k, 1080ti FE, 16gb.

Excellent condition, built by Scan computers comes with original paperwork from Scan.

BeQuiet Silent Base 800 Case, 2 input fans, 1 exhaust
i7 6700k OC to 4.4
Corsair h100 AIO CPU water cooler
16gb Corsair RAM @3000
Corsair RM 850x PSU
Samsung Evo 250gb SSD
WD Blue 3tb HDD
1080ti Founders Edition (Palit)
Asus Z170 Pro Gaming mobo
Windows 10 home

Comes with left over cables and case parts from build along with manuals.

Price and currency: £1250
Delivery: Goods must be…

Gaming PC, i7 6700k, 1080ti FE, 16gb.

Gaming PC, i7 6700k, 1080ti FE, 16gb.

Excellent condition, built by Scan computers comes with original paperwork from Scan.

BeQuiet Silent Base 800 Case, 2 input fans, 1 exhaust
i7 6700k OC to 4.4
Corsair h100 AIO CPU water cooler
16gb Corsair RAM @3000
Corsair RM 850x PSU
Samsung Evo 250gb SSD
WD Blue 3tb HDD
1080ti Founders Edition (Palit)
Asus Z170 Pro Gaming mobo
Windows 10 home

Comes with left over cables and case parts from build along with manuals.

Price and currency: £1250
Delivery: Goods must be…

Gaming PC, i7 6700k, 1080ti FE, 16gb.

Gaming PC, i7 6700k, 1080ti FE, 16gb.

Excellent condition, built by Scan computers comes with original paperwork from Scan.

BeQuiet Silent Base 800 Case, 2 input fans, 1 exhaust
i7 6700k OC to 4.4
Corsair h100 AIO CPU water cooler
16gb Corsair RAM @3000
Corsair RM 850x PSU
Samsung Evo 250gb SSD
WD Blue 3tb HDD
1080ti Founders Edition (Palit)
Asus Z170 Pro Gaming mobo
Windows 10 home

Comes with left over cables and case parts from build along with manuals.

Price and currency: £1250
Delivery: Goods must be…

Gaming PC, i7 6700k, 1080ti FE, 16gb.

Gaming PC, i7 6700k, 1080ti FE, 16gb.

Excellent condition, built by Scan computers comes with original paperwork from Scan.

BeQuiet Silent Base 800 Case, 2 input fans, 1 exhaust
i7 6700k OC to 4.4
Corsair h100 AIO CPU water cooler
16gb Corsair RAM @3000
Corsair RM 850x PSU
Samsung Evo 250gb SSD
WD Blue 3tb HDD
1080ti Founders Edition (Palit)
Asus Z170 Pro Gaming mobo
Windows 10 home

Comes with left over cables and case parts from build along with manuals.

Price and currency: £1250
Delivery: Goods must be…

Gaming PC, i7 6700k, 1080ti FE, 16gb.

Silent PC: Kaby Lake 7600K Gtx 970, 512Gb SSD (price drop)

I want to sell my PC, as I bought 1070 Laptop recently, and don’t need two computers at the same time.

when I built this PC, the most important thing was silence, and I could run it passively but its so quiet it does not make a difference.

Specs are:
Intel 7600k, I had just tried overclocking to 5ghz. worked fine, then after few minutes put it back to default clocks, as I could not see the point.

Asus Prime Z270p motherboard

Phantecs PH-TC14PE one of the best, if not…

Silent PC: Kaby Lake 7600K Gtx 970, 512Gb SSD (price drop)