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Microsoft apps to be embedded into edtech powerhouse PowerSchool’s ‘Unified Classroom’

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Microsoft is making yet another push into the classroom. But this time, it’s using the buddy system, today announcing a high-profile partnership with education technology standard-bearer PowerSchool.

PowerSchool has a prominent, cloud-based K-12 student information system for school districts that handles administration of data from student attendance to grades. More recently, PowerSchool has added its Unified Classroom product to the mix, which layers on classroom management plus learning and assessment tools behind a dashboard for teachers, students and parents.

As part of the new partnership, Microsoft says its Office 365 products will be embedded into Unified Classroom, including OneDrive, OneNote, Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote Class Notebook. At the same time, PowerSchool will emphasize its use of Microsoft’s Azure cloud infrastructure to deliver its products to schools and districts.

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This isn’t the first time the two companies have worked together, but it’s been at a less-formal level for light integration of PowerSchool’s products with Microsoft’s OneNote and School Data Sync. A Microsoft spokesperson tells GeekWire that some of PowerSchool’s products, notably those PowerSchool picked up through acquisition, already use Azure. But the new, official partnership appears to deepen the relationship across more products and services.

For its part, PowerSchool is no startup. It marked 20 years in business last August, and was once owned by Apple and later by education publishing’s Pearson. In 2015 it was acquired by Vista Equity Partners, has made several acquisitions of its own since, and now claims its products reach 30 million students in North America.

Microsoft’s new partnership with PowerSchool could conceivably give both a stronger competitive position against Google, which is wildly popular in schools with its free G Suite for Education productivity and communications products and Google Classroom management tool.

For Sale – Gigabyte GTX 580

I have been using this in HTPC (yes it’s overkill but I got carried away when building) it’s has been flawless but I am making a smaller system and this thing is too big, from what I have read it still keeps up with modern games and should suit a gamer on a budget perfectly , when new it was just shy of £500 and totally unnecessary for my needs.
It comes as is but will be well packaged and hopefully used for its purpose by the new owner.

Cheers Darko

Price and currency: 60
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Location: caterham
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For Sale – HP Envy 13-ab057na 13.3″ QHD+ Intel Core i5-7200 8GB RAM 256SSD Boxed as new

Selling my barely used HP Envy 13-ab057na ultrabook

Sorry to sell it but it’s just not being used enough as I have my company laptop

Still in warranty and invoice copy included, never taken out of the house, boxed complete in as new / mint condition

Bought for £850 on 27/02/17 from PC World

Warranty remaining until 27/02/18 for complete peace of mind

Also including an official HP Spectrum laptop padded case for free

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Powerful Intel® CoreTM i5 processor delivers a fast and reliable performance – Quad HD+ display creates an immersive visual experience – Thin and lightweight design, ideal for computing on the go Achieve The ENVY 13-ab057na is part of our Achieve range, which has the latest tech to help you develop your ideas and work at your best. It’s great for editing complex documents, business use, editing photos, and anything else you do throughout the day.

Powerful Intel® CoreTM i5 processor You can enjoy a fast and reliable computing performance as the ENVY 13-ab057na features a powerful 7th generation Intel® CoreTM i5 processor. Along with a 256 GB SSD for quick access to your storage, you can work and play with confidence no matter where you are. Quad HD+ display With its edge-to-edge Quad HD+ touchscreen, the ENVY 13-ab057na delivers an immersive visual experience to enhance your favourite photos, videos and games.

With expert audio tuning by Bang & Olufsen and deep HP Audio Boost, you can bring your music to life. Thin and lightweight design The thin, all-metal body of the ENVY 13-ab057na makes it easy to transport with you wherever you go. It weighs less than 2 kg and offers an incredibly long battery life to keep you working and playing all day.

Collection or free delivery to mainland UK

Price and currency: 650
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Location: London
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For Sale – Small Form Factor Gaming PC – i5 7600k / 970 4GB / 16gb memory

For sale is a small form factor gaming pc. It’s in impeccable condition, the case is around 1 month old and still has the plastic on the window. I have the boxes for the case, motherboard and graphics card including all accessories.

Spec:

– I5 7600k

– ASU’s Z170i Pro Gaming

– Gigabyte GTX 970 4GB

– 16gb HyperX memory

– Corsair h105 AIO cooler with 2x blue Corsair LED fans

– 128gb Samsung SSD

– Corsair Carbide Air 240 small form factor case

– Corsair VS450 Power Supply

No splits at this time

Price and currency: 675
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Payment method: Cash / bank transfer
Location: Rayleigh, Essex
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For Sale – HP Envy 13-ab057na 13.3″ QHD+ Intel Core i5-7200 8GB RAM 256SSD Boxed as new

Selling my barely used HP Envy 13-ab057na ultrabook

Sorry to sell it but it’s just not being used enough as I have my company laptop

Still in warranty and invoice copy included, never taken out of the house, boxed complete in as new / mint condition

Bought for £850 on 27/02/17 from PC World

Warranty remaining until 27/02/18 for complete peace of mind

Also including an official HP Spectrum laptop padded case for free

Product Info

Powerful Intel® CoreTM i5 processor delivers a fast and reliable performance – Quad HD+ display creates an immersive visual experience – Thin and lightweight design, ideal for computing on the go Achieve The ENVY 13-ab057na is part of our Achieve range, which has the latest tech to help you develop your ideas and work at your best. It’s great for editing complex documents, business use, editing photos, and anything else you do throughout the day.

Powerful Intel® CoreTM i5 processor You can enjoy a fast and reliable computing performance as the ENVY 13-ab057na features a powerful 7th generation Intel® CoreTM i5 processor. Along with a 256 GB SSD for quick access to your storage, you can work and play with confidence no matter where you are. Quad HD+ display With its edge-to-edge Quad HD+ touchscreen, the ENVY 13-ab057na delivers an immersive visual experience to enhance your favourite photos, videos and games.

With expert audio tuning by Bang & Olufsen and deep HP Audio Boost, you can bring your music to life. Thin and lightweight design The thin, all-metal body of the ENVY 13-ab057na makes it easy to transport with you wherever you go. It weighs less than 2 kg and offers an incredibly long battery life to keep you working and playing all day.

Collection or free delivery to mainland UK

Price and currency: 650
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Location: London
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For Sale – I7 7700K + 1080 + Strix Z270F

Overkill for what I need so my rig is getting split up! It’s a sad day!

Purchased around March 2017 As an Overclocked bundle from Scan

I7 7700K – (I believe it is overclocked to 4.8ghz) – I havent been able to find the box but I know I have it somewhere – £200

Strix Z270F Gaming – Boxed – £110

MSI GTX 1080 Gaming X 8GB – £400

I’m probably going to keep some bits incase I want to go back to building

I’m away with work this week so won’t be able to post untill the weekend

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Location: Fife, Scotland
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For Sale – I7 7700K + 1080 + Strix Z270F

Overkill for what I need so my rig is getting split up! It’s a sad day!

Purchased around March 2017 As an Overclocked bundle from Scan

I7 7700K – (I believe it is overclocked to 4.8ghz) – I havent been able to find the box but I know I have it somewhere – £200

Strix Z270F Gaming – Boxed – £110

MSI GTX 1080 Gaming X 8GB – £400

I’m probably going to keep some bits incase I want to go back to building

I’m away with work this week so won’t be able to post untill the weekend

Cheers

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Colleges to share Oracle ERP system in effort to cut costs

Three Vermont private colleges plan to share a cloud-based Oracle ERP system. It’s taking cooperation and agreement to change their business practices. But if it’s successful, the colleges expect to save millions in costs.

What Champlain College, Middlebury College and Saint Michael’s College are doing is rare for private institutions. But as more schools seek ways to control back-office costs, this idea may spread.

The three independent, nonprofit colleges did not have a history of working together. But in 2013, they formed the Green Mountain Higher Education Consortium to examine sharing an ERP system.

“Private liberal arts schools and the education that they offer is becoming more and more unaffordable for many students,” said Corinna Noelke, the consortium’s executive director and a doctorate-holding economist who was director of special projects at Middlebury.

The consortium went through a request-for-proposal process and picked Oracle ERP systems. They will use Oracle’s Human Capital Management Cloud, its ERP Cloud and the Enterprise Performance Management Cloud.

“The schools discovered that they could really work together on one software platform, as long as it allowed them to separate the schools efficiently,” Noelke said.

The implementation begins this year. The three colleges are now using Ellucian systems: One is using Banner, and two are using Colleague. Two of the colleges ran the ERP systems on premises, and the third outsourced.

A goal for the three schools was to implement best practices in a SaaS environment and to take advantage of using shared services.

Using best practices “has nothing to do with your culture and nothing to do with your special niche as a school,” Noelke said.

Public colleges have long shared IT platforms

[Using best practices] has nothing to do with your culture and nothing to do with your special niche as a school.
Corinna Noelkeexecutive director, Green Mountain Higher Education Consortium

Public universities have long shared systems across the various campuses, but it’s rare for nonprofit, private colleges to share services, said Kenneth Green, the founding director of The Campus Computing Project, which runs a continuing study of the role of IT in higher education

The Vermont colleges’ effort “is interesting and it is innovative, and it will be carefully watched,” Green said.

Back-office systems collaboration may be a growing trend in higher education. In a separate effort, over 100 smaller colleges recently banded together to collectively negotiate ERP pricing with major vendors.

“Why can’t we leverage our collective voices with you, the vendors, to get better pricing,” said Carol Smith, CIO of DePauw University and president of the board of directors of the Higher Education Systems & Services Consortium (HESS). This effort to negotiate as a group with ERP systems vendors began in 2016.

Most of the HESS Consortium schools have student full-time-equivalent populations of less than 8,000 and some only a few thousand students. But a goal of HESS is to give its members the contract negotiation clout of a large university system.

Transparency on ERP pricing is one goal

HESS is also working to normalize ERP pricing and services between vendors to make it easier for colleges to conduct apples-to-apples comparisons. The schools, some of which previously have gotten little vendor attention, hope that now changes. They are meeting collectively with their respective vendors to discuss their needs.

Instead of negotiating the ERP contracts independently, and then wondering whether they got a good price, Smith said participating HESS colleges will “feel confident” that they got the best consortium price for the ERP system.

The Green Mountain effort takes the idea of ERP collaboration a step further.

The consortium had four ERP candidates: Oracle, Workday, Unit4 and Campus Management.

In its selection, the Oracle ERP system gained the edge with its pricing, functionality and ability to set up a shared environment, Noelke said.

The Oracle ERP system architecture allows you to be in one instance and have three separate and distinct operations for each of the campuses. Employees at their respective schools don’t see information from other colleges unless they want to have a shared service. Each college will have independent user interfaces and data will be separated, but otherwise, they are operating on one platform.

“The architecture is very elegant and is really letting you be separate where you want to be separate, but also to come together where you want to come together,” Noelke said.

Configurations are being discouraged

The introduction of the SaaS platform is requiring the schools to make substantive changes to their business practices. They are holding workshops involving finance and HR and working with implementation firms. The schools may do some processes differently as they shift to a “best practices environment.” They are holding “process reimagine and redesign” workshops facilitated by CampusWorks Inc., and their implementation contractor is Hitachi Consulting for Oracle.

The basic premise is the schools will only customize configurations where needed, and the departments will have to make a business case for it. As soon as you configure differently between the three schools, it makes it harder to update the system, Noelke said.

The implementations will continue through much of the year. They will have to make “a million little decisions every day” with the implementers.

The three colleges expect to pay less with the Oracle ERP system. They have cut licensing costs by about 20% by acting together. The implementation costs are much less, because they are doing it together, Noelke said. This doesn’t account for long-term productivity gains helped by the elimination or reduction of manual, paper-based processes.

Over an eight-year period — fiscal year 2018 through fiscal year 2025 — buying software together and implementing it together at the same time is saving $20 million versus each school buying the software themselves and implementing it themselves, Noelke said.

Education systems require specialized software related to student needs, such as registration, class schedules and financial assistance. Oracle is developing a new student system using the knowledge they have on needs and requirements from the PeopleSoft product. This work is still in development. The consortium is likely to use Oracle’s approach, but will make a final determination once the development work is completed.

The motivation for these joint efforts is clear. At DePauw, Smith said she personally believes these types of collaborations among private schools will expand.

“We’re here to provide an educational experience for our students, so that they can be the best they can be,” Smith said. “I think we have to try to preserve every ounce of resources that we possibly can.”

For Sale – HTPC – i5 2500s | 8GB Mem | Crucial SSD | XFX R7 240 | Streacom F7C Evo

Hi there,

I have my trusty HTPC for sale, it’s the following spec:

i5 2500s
Asus P8H67-I Deluxe B3
8GB Memory
R7 240
Crucial SSD (need to double check if it’s 128GB or 256GB)
Streacom F7C Evo + IR Module
Ultra quiet Noctua NH-L9i CPU Cooler Low Profile – 92mm & Noctua Case Fan

Everything is fully functional, however, the Streacom Case has seen better days. Issues to note with the case:

  • Marks on the front & top of the case
  • Side has been cut open for better cooling for the GPU
  • One of the screws on the bottom that holds the lid in place has been lost

If it were me i’d probably look to replace the case eventually.

When originally built there was absolutely no expense spared on components, everything is high quality.

I’d prefer for this to be collected so the buyer can have a good look at what they’re buying before any money is exchanged.

Album of pictures – Imgur: The most awesome images on the Internet

Whole lot:

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Side with GPU:

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Front of case (notice mark top left):

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Rear of case:

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Other side of case w/ noctua case fan:

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Case w/ top on (note the GPU intake / exhaust):

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Price and currency: £300
Delivery: Goods must be exchanged in person
Payment method: BACS or PPG
Location: Newbury
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For Sale – I7 7700K + 1080 + Strix Z270F

Overkill for what I need so my rig is getting split up! It’s a sad day!

Purchased around March 2017 As an Overclocked bundle from Scan

I7 7700K – (I believe it is overclocked to 4.8ghz) – I havent been able to find the box but I know I have it somewhere – £200

Strix Z270F Gaming – Boxed – £110

MSI GTX 1080 Gaming X 8GB – £400

I’m probably going to keep some bits incase I want to go back to building

I’m away with work this week so won’t be able to post untill the weekend

Cheers

Price and currency: £
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: BT
Location: Fife, Scotland
Advertised elsewhere?: Not advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I have no preference

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