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Unleashing ESL students’ potential with Microsoft Translator  |

I am a reading specialist, and my main goal is to provide students with tools to overcome barriers to literacy to promote strong readers, writers and critical thinkers. As an educator, I am always looking for ways to innovate my teaching practices. My lessons with English language learners (ELL) overseas challenge me to not only use best techniques in literacy instruction, but to also stay up-to-date on the most current technologies that will help meet their needs from thousands of miles away.

This past year, I started teaching high school students from China who hope to study in the United States. Due to the vast distance between me and my students, we use Skype to meet for class. This enabled us to meet from anywhere at any time. As a former ELL student myself, I can relate with my students’ need to visualize content as it is essential for comprehension. Therefore, I have always typed out important information, such as key vocabulary or phrases, that I want to emphasize during lessons. The Share Screen feature has made it possible for students to follow the lesson by looking at a PowerPoint or OneNote notebook with charts and notes. Often, however, the language barrier can be impeding, regardless of how many ways I may try to explain the meaning of a word or concept.

Recently, I began to work with James, an ELL student with a strong background in English grammar, vocabulary and reading accuracy. Yet, he struggled with verbal communication and comprehension. During our Skype lessons, it quickly became clear that James was not fully engaged in our lessons. It took him a while to respond to my questions or prompts throughout the lessons. Even with visuals and written instructions, James really struggled to understand concepts and was becoming frustrated. This led me to modify my lessons. Instead of working on higher level thinking in our discussions, we had to work on basic comprehension. I needed to find a way for him to follow what I was saying throughout the lessons.

During this time, I was attending a technology conference (International Society for Technology in Education—ISTE) in Chicago, and I learned about Microsoft Translator. As I tried out the translator demo, I realized that this was not like other translation applications. Microsoft Translator (available on PowerPoint, as an app for mobile devices, as well as on the web) documents your dialogue as you speak into your microphone and provides live captions on the screen of anyone that is part of the conversation. In addition, anyone who joins the conversation (from one person to a large group of people) can choose which language they wish the information to be translated into. The most exciting feature for me was the one that allowed you to read information in English and in another language, simultaneously. I became so excited by the possibilities that this would provide for my students that I decided to try it the next day during my morning lesson with James.

While working with James using the Microsoft Translator, I learned more about him in that hour than I had in the prior month of lessons. I learned that James is a visual learner, and that he learns best when he can follow what is being said. I also learned that James is a strong thinker who can look at concepts abstractly, but he struggles finding the right words to express his ideas. For the first time, I saw James smile during our lessons. His high-level of engagement was evident as he quickly responded to my questions and eagerly waited for my responses. I noticed his eyes carefully following the captions on the screen to make sure he was not missing anything. By the end of this transformative lesson, James told me that he could not wait to share the Microsoft Translator app with his parents, who do not speak English, and his friends. He said, “Ms. Mata, the translator helped me feel so much more comfortable during my lesson, and I even learned new vocabulary!”

During our next lesson, we started a young adult novel. As we read together, he could see the captions in English and Chinese. Throughout the chapter, we stopped and discussed important ideas and even symbols in the story. Because he was able to understand what was being discussed, he was also able to respond — in English — and point out different important symbols in the story. At certain points in the lesson, I asked him to share symbols from his own culture and to explain them in Chinese. More recently, I asked James to challenge himself by trying to use only the English captions without the Chinese ones. Though this has been more difficult, he has been able to follow our conversations and effectively communicate while using this tool to help him stay engaged throughout the lesson.

I wonder how often students are not seen for who they really are and are instead perceived as disengaged and unmotivated. Literacy barriers that stem from learning disabilities or lack of fluency lead to frustration and, sometimes, negative behaviors in the classroom. As educators, it is our job to find ways to highlight students’ strengths, regardless of these barriers. Tools such as Microsoft Translator make it that much easier for students to understand ideas and express their own, thus alleviating frustrations in the classroom.

By using Skype and Microsoft Translator together, a whole new layer of James was revealed, and though his journey to English fluency continues, his progress has been remarkable. With this new tool, James is more capable to take on the English language than ever before. As we head into a new school year, I encourage other educators to take risks and try innovative techniques, tools and approaches. Microsoft Translator is just one of many incredible learning tools available to educators and students. Time and again, I have witnessed that while integrating new technologies may be an adjustment at first, their effect on student learning will positively impact students’ confidence and ensure their success in the classroom and beyond.

For more information on Microsoft Education tools for the classroom, visit the Microsoft Educator Community at https://education.microsoft.com.

Igneous Systems rocks unstructured data protection for NAS

Igneous Systems Inc. is getting attached to NAS.

The unstructured data protection specialist this week expanded integrations with providers of network-attached storage. Igneous Systems now provides multiprotocol support for Dell EMC Isilon OneFS, direct integration with Qumulo File Fabric (QF2) and Pure Storage FlashBlade object storage support.

Igneous backs up data to its fully managed appliance that runs in the customer’s data center. Customers can also tier data up to the Amazon, Microsoft and Google public clouds.

Protecting unstructured data at scale is important at a time when data sets are no longer tidy and living in one place, said Allison Armstrong, vice president of marketing at Igneous Systems.

Igneous seeks simplified backup

Igneous claims it provides the only multiprotocol support for Isilon OneFS. Organizations that use SMB and NFS at the same time can protect all that data and retain both permission sets through one backup. The support provides an alternative to replication for data protection.

The Igneous API-based integration with Qumulo also offers an alternative to replication. Igneous Systems enables backup and archive for QF2 clusters.

“Customers now have the ability to run a very simple backup routine,” Armstrong said.

Igneous Systems' Dell EMC Isilon protection
Igneous Systems offers multiprotocol data protection support for Dell EMC Isilon OneFS.

In addition, the support means Qumulo customers do not have to implement Network Data Management Protocol, a dated way of protecting NAS filers.

Igneous previously provided API-based integration to back up NFS data on Pure and is expanding that support to include FlashBlade object storage. The protection includes data movement at scale and features automated provisioning and snapshot integration.

We’re optimized for unstructured data.
Allison Armstrongvice president of marketing, Igneous Systems

“This is a way to ensure that modern data workflows are protected,” Armstrong said.

Igneous Systems customers do not have to download or install any additional software to receive the updates. Igneous data protection products are available through its channel partners.

Igneous delivers its protection as a service, unified and with massive scale, said Christophe Bertrand, senior analyst at Enterprise Strategy Group. Bertrand said he thinks there’s an interest for the protection that Igneous provides and he’s curious to see how the business will evolve.

“They’re doing it for a variety of platforms,” Bertrand said. “I think they’re solving a problem for a number of organizations. But … the market will decide.”

Focusing on unstructured data

Launched in 2016, Igneous has a customer base in the double digits, Armstrong said. Two main targets are large enterprises and data-centric organizations such as life sciences businesses. Earlier this year, CEO and Founder Kiran Bhageshpur said he expected to see a significant increase in the customer count by the end of 2018.

Igneous closed a $15 million Series B funding round in January, geared toward helping expand its workforce and marketing.

Armstrong said Igneous Systems runs into secondary storage startups Cohesity and Rubrik in the marketplace, but they don’t have as much scale and are more focused on structured data.

“We’re optimized for unstructured data,” Armstrong said.

For Sale – 17.3″ Cosmos PC Specialist Build

For sale is my 18 month old PC Specialist custom build. It’s a great laptop, and runs fantastically but is just too big for what I’m doing now. Here is the spec:
Chassis & Display Cosmos Series: 17.3″ Matte Full HD LED Widescreen (1920×1080)
Processor (CPU) Intel® Core™ i5 Quad Core Processor 6300HQ (2.3GHz, 3.2GHz Turbo)
Memory (RAM) 16GB Kingston SODIMM DDR3 1600MHz (2 x 8GB)
Graphics Card INTEL® HD GRAPHICS 530 – 1.7GB Max DDR3 Video RAM – DirectX® 12
Memory – Hard Disk 500GB SEAGATE HYBRID 2.5″ SSHD Drive, SATA 6 Gb/s, 64MB CACHE (5400
rpm)
DVD/BLU-RAY Drive 8x SATA DVD±R/RW/Dual Layer (+ 24x CD-RW)
Memory Card Reader Internal 9 in 1 Card Reader (MMC/RSMMC/SD: Mini, XC & HC/MS: Pro & Duo)
AC Adaptor 1 x 90W AC Adaptor
Power Cable 2 x 1 Metre Cloverleaf UK Power Cable
Thermal Paste STANDARD THERMAL PASTE FOR SUFFICIENT COOLING
Sound Card Via® 2 Channel High Definition Audio + MIC/Headphone Jack
Bluetooth & Wireless GIGABIT LAN & WIRELESS INTEL® AC-8260 M.2 (867Mbps, 802.11AC) +
BLUETOOTH
USB Options 3 x USB 3.0 PORTS + 1 x USB 2.0 PORT AS STANDARD
Battery Cosmos Series 6 Cell Lithium Ion Battery (48.84WH)
Keyboard Language COSMOS 17″ SERIES UK KEYBOARD WITH NUMBER PAD
Operating System Genuine Windows 10 Professional 64 Bit – inc DVD & Licence
Operating System Language United Kingdom – English Language
DVD Recovery Media Windows 10 (64-bit) Professional DVD with paper sleeve
Notebook Mouse INTEGRATED 2 BUTTON TOUCHPAD MOUSE
Webcam INTEGRATED 2.0 MEGAPIXEL WEBCAM

It’s still covered under PC Specialist’s 3 year warranty. I still have the box.

Delivery cost is not included. Any questions feel free to let me know. Can post pics if required.

Price and currency: £500
Delivery: Delivery cost is not included
Payment method: Paypal or bank transfer
Location: Ealing
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Prefer goods collected?: I have no preference

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For Sale – 17.3″ Cosmos PC Specialist Build

For sale is my 18 month old PC Specialist custom build. It’s a great laptop, and runs fantastically but is just too big for what I’m doing now. Here is the spec:
Chassis & Display Cosmos Series: 17.3″ Matte Full HD LED Widescreen (1920×1080)
Processor (CPU) Intel® Core™ i5 Quad Core Processor 6300HQ (2.3GHz, 3.2GHz Turbo)
Memory (RAM) 16GB Kingston SODIMM DDR3 1600MHz (2 x 8GB)
Graphics Card INTEL® HD GRAPHICS 530 – 1.7GB Max DDR3 Video RAM – DirectX® 12
Memory – Hard Disk 500GB SEAGATE HYBRID 2.5″ SSHD Drive, SATA 6 Gb/s, 64MB CACHE (5400
rpm)
DVD/BLU-RAY Drive 8x SATA DVD±R/RW/Dual Layer (+ 24x CD-RW)
Memory Card Reader Internal 9 in 1 Card Reader (MMC/RSMMC/SD: Mini, XC & HC/MS: Pro & Duo)
AC Adaptor 1 x 90W AC Adaptor
Power Cable 2 x 1 Metre Cloverleaf UK Power Cable
Thermal Paste STANDARD THERMAL PASTE FOR SUFFICIENT COOLING
Sound Card Via® 2 Channel High Definition Audio + MIC/Headphone Jack
Bluetooth & Wireless GIGABIT LAN & WIRELESS INTEL® AC-8260 M.2 (867Mbps, 802.11AC) +
BLUETOOTH
USB Options 3 x USB 3.0 PORTS + 1 x USB 2.0 PORT AS STANDARD
Battery Cosmos Series 6 Cell Lithium Ion Battery (48.84WH)
Keyboard Language COSMOS 17″ SERIES UK KEYBOARD WITH NUMBER PAD
Operating System Genuine Windows 10 Professional 64 Bit – inc DVD & Licence
Operating System Language United Kingdom – English Language
DVD Recovery Media Windows 10 (64-bit) Professional DVD with paper sleeve
Notebook Mouse INTEGRATED 2 BUTTON TOUCHPAD MOUSE
Webcam INTEGRATED 2.0 MEGAPIXEL WEBCAM

It’s still covered under PC Specialist’s 3 year warranty. I still have the box.

Delivery cost is not included. Any questions feel free to let me know. Can post pics if required.

Price and currency: £500
Delivery: Delivery cost is not included
Payment method: Paypal or bank transfer
Location: Ealing
Advertised elsewhere?: Not advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I have no preference

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Reflect adds color to Puppet DevOps tools

Data visualization specialist Reflect enlivens the growing Puppet DevOps tool portfolio, but it’s unclear if Puppet’s wares will catch enterprise customers’ attention in a busy marketplace.

The purchase of Reflect, a startup company based in Portland, Ore., shows that Puppet has little choice but to reinvent itself as containers pull users’ attention away from traditional configuration management, analysts said. Data visualization, a way to portray data so that it’s easily understood by people, will also be increasingly important as microservices architectures expand and IT management complexity skyrockets.

“The ability to paint pretty pictures [of data] is not just a ‘nice to have’ feature,” said Charles Betz, analyst at Forrester Research. “It’s important as microservices become more difficult to visualize and manage.”

Puppet didn’t specify  its plans to integrate Reflect’s software with its Puppet Enterprise, Puppet Discovery and continuous delivery tools, but competitors in DevOps pipeline tools, such as Electric Cloud and XebiaLabs, recently added monitoring and visualization features to illustrate the health of pipelines. It’s a safe bet Puppet DevOps tools must also move in that direction, Betz said.

“Puppet has non-trivial data stores already, a lot of it systems configuration data that’s very close to the metal in Puppet Enterprise’s core data repository,” he said.

Puppet CEO Sanjay MirchandaniSanjay Mirchandani

Puppet lacks a data warehouse or data analytics offering to feed into Reflect’s visual tools, but company CEO Sanjay Mirchandani declined to say whether another acquisition or internal IP will fill in that layer of the architecture.

Containers, infrastructure as code invade configuration management’s turf

Enterprise IT shops are overwhelmed by a wall of marketing noise from vendors that want to be their one-stop shop for DevOps. But one vendor or one tool won’t necessarily solve technical problems in infrastructure automation, said Ernest Mueller, director of engineering operations at AlienVault, an IT security firm based in San Mateo, Calif., which plans to reduce its use of Puppet’s configuration management tools.

“As we move to Docker and immutable infrastructure deployments, our goal is to cut the lines of Puppet code we use in half,” Mueller said. “We’re trying to shift configuration management left — adding it at the end just creates problems, because if you try to do the same configuration operation on a thousand different servers, it’s bound to fail on one of them.”

Mueller monitors upgraded capabilities from vendors such as Chef and Puppet, and is interested in a CI/CD process for infrastructure as code. Puppet’s reusable manifests appeal to Mueller more than Chef’s community-maintained cookbooks, but competitor Chef InSpec’s continuous integration-style security and compliance testing intrigues him for infrastructure code.

Overall, though, infrastructure as code testing and deployment still needs a lot of development, and tools are still emerging to help, Mueller said.

“You can’t just apply an application CI/CD tool to infrastructure code,” he said. “In our application unit tests, for example, the best practice is never to call a public API, but what if the code is creating an Amazon Machine Image? The nature of infrastructure as code means there’s no one answer for CI/CD today, and figuring out how to stitch together multiple tools takes a lot of work, without a good reference architecture.”

We’re more interested in [CI/CD tools] like Netflix’s Spinnaker, which plugs in well to Kubernetes. … Distelli is good for heavy Puppet users, [but] there’s just a proliferation of tools to consider.
Andy Domeierdirector of technology operations, SPS Commerce

Presumably, the Puppet DevOps portfolio means it will expand its CI/CD tools’ integrations and coverage beyond Puppet Enterprise code, but right now Continuous Delivery for Puppet Enterprise doesn’t cover other infrastructure as code tools such as HashiCorp’s Terraform, which Mueller’s shop also uses.

A former Puppet user that switched to Red Hat’s Ansible infrastructure automation tool said despite Puppet’s acquisitions he likely won’t re-evaluate its CI/CD tools.

“We’re more interested in things like Netflix’s Spinnaker, which plugs in well to Kubernetes [for container orchestration],” said Andy Domeier, director of technology operations at SPS Commerce, a communications network for supply chain and logistics businesses based in Minneapolis. Spinnaker is a multi-cloud continuous delivery platform open sourced by the same company that made Chaos Monkey.

“Distelli is good for heavy Puppet users, but I wish it had been around earlier. Now there’s just a proliferation of tools to consider.”

Puppet and Chef face game of DevOps musical chairs

As containers and container orchestration tools begin to replace the need for server-level automation in enterprise data centers, configuration management tool vendors such as Puppet and Chef have refocused on higher-ordered IT infrastructure and application automation. Chef has attacked the space with its homegrown Chef Automate, Chef Habitat and Chef InSpec tools, which add application-focused IT automation to complement the company’s configuration management products. Puppet has expanded its product portfolio through acquisition under Mirchandani, who took over as CEO in 2016. Puppet bought CI/CD and container orchestration vendor Distelli in 2017 and rereleased some of Distelli’s software as Continuous Delivery for Puppet Enterprise, which performs continuous integration testing and continuous deployment tasks for Puppet’s infrastructure as code, in early 2018.

“Puppet hasn’t had much choice but to develop a strategy that moves into some adjacencies — otherwise Kubernetes is an existential threat,” Betz said.

In addition to Chef, Electric Cloud and XebiaLabs, a Puppet DevOps bid must fend off a horde of competitors from Red Hat to Docker to AWS and Microsoft Azure, and all seek revenues in a relatively small market, Betz said. Forrester estimates the total DevOps tools market size at $1 billion, compared to $2 to $3 billion for application performance monitoring, another relatively niche space. Both those markets are dwarfed by the market for IT service management tools, which Forrester estimates to be an order of magnitude bigger.

“It’s a game of musical chairs, and many of those chairs will be suddenly pulled out, especially if the economy even hiccups,” Betz said. “There’s no question this market will further consolidate.”

I7 6700k GTX 970

For sale is a pc specialist gaming pc. The clear screen on the side panel of the pc is cracked but it is still in place ok.

I7 6700k
GTX 970
ASUS Z170-P
Corsair CS650 650w psu
16gb DDR4
240 GB SSD
2TB HDD
Windows 10

Price and currency: 650
Delivery: Goods must be exchanged in person
Payment method: BT
Location: Lichfield
Advertised elsewhere?: Not advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I prefer the goods to be collected…

I7 6700k GTX 970

I7 6700k GTX 970

For sale is a pc specialist gaming pc. The clear screen on the side panel of the pc is cracked but it is still in place ok.

I7 6700k
GTX 970
ASUS Z170-P
Corsair CS650 650w psu
16gb DDR4
240 GB SSD
2TB HDD
Windows 10

Price and currency: 650
Delivery: Goods must be exchanged in person
Payment method: BT
Location: Lichfield
Advertised elsewhere?: Not advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I prefer the goods to be collected…

I7 6700k GTX 970

I7 6700k GTX 970

For sale a PC specialist gaming pc.

Please note the GPU in the picture is not included. Instead it will be the original GTX970 GPU. The clear screen on the side panel of the pc is cracked but still in place ok.

I7 6700k
GTX 970
ASUS Z170-P
Corsair CS650 650w psu
16gb DDR4
240 GB SSD
2TB HDD
Windows 10

£700ono
I Will post if the price agreed is close enough to the asking price
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Price and currency: 700 ono…

I7 6700k GTX 970

I7 6700k GTX 970

For sale a PC specialist gaming pc.

Please note the GPU in the picture is not included. Instead it will be the original GTX970 GPU. The clear screen on the side panel of the pc is cracked but still in place ok.

I7 6700k
GTX 970
ASUS Z170-P
Corsair CS650 650w psu
16gb DDR4
240 GB SSD
2TB HDD
Windows 10

£700ono
I Will post if the price agreed is close enough to the asking price
View attachment 980830

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Price and currency: 700 ono…

I7 6700k GTX 970

I7 6700k GTX 970

For sale a PC specialist gaming pc.

Please note the GPU in the picture is not included. Instead it will be the original GTX970 GPU. The clear screen on the side panel of the pc is cracked but still in place ok.

I7 6700k
GTX 970
ASUS Z170-P
Corsair CS650 650w psu
16gb DDR4
240 GB SSD
2TB HDD
Windows 10

£700ono
I Will post if the price agreed is close enough to the asking price
View attachment 980830

View attachment 980833

Price and currency: 700 ono…

I7 6700k GTX 970