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For Sale – Samsung 950 PRO NVMe M.2 256GB

Wasn’t sure there was a difference which is why I was asking earlier. I’ve looked into it though and unless I’m reading the tests wrong, the 960 Evo seems to have superceded the 950 Pro and is faster and the 970 is newer & quicker again. Something to do with the different architecture from the 2016 generations to the 2017 & 2018 ones?

Ignore me if I’m totally wrong though![/QUOTE

Samsung Evo 970 fastest drive available at the moment I believe from the reviews,and £85 at Scan with free delivery.

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How a first-time teacher brought new energy to education in rural Morocco |

Teaching wasn’t really on my to-do list. My ambition was to be a financial manager once I graduated from university, but instead I followed my father’s path into teaching. And in my country, Morocco, that means consigning yourself to an isolated region for the first few years of your career. No electricity, no drinkable water, and in winter you might have to cross rivers just to get to school.

Unlike many educators around the world, one of my challenges wasn’t to integrate technology into a modern urban classroom – it was to make it work in a rural environment, where students, their parents and their siblings have never so much as touched a PC or used the internet. But even in this situation, or maybe because of it, I started to change my mind about my career. I began to like my new job. Those innocent eyes waiting for me every morning pushed me into giving everything I have to improve education for children in rural places.

As a teacher and messenger of knowledge, situated in hard conditions, I had two choices: surrender to the reality, or choose the path of innovative educators. Click To Tweet

My classroom didn’t have electricity. The internet and mobile signals in the area were weak, and I had to walk a five-mile round trip, six days per week, over the mountains to get to the school. Still, I believed in the power of information and communication through technology, and I tried hard to surpass any technical or logistical problems, just to take my students to another climate of learning and bring my classroom to life. Where to start?

 

With most students here passing their time after school (and even at dawn) herding and guarding sheep, looking for water or helping their families at shelters, school just wasn’t the biggest priority. To figure out how to reduce absence, I needed to know more about it.

First, I used Microsoft Excel as a master tool to collect and analyze absence data, with clear definitions of when dropouts were happening. I asked for the absence data archive from the principal director and combined it with what I recorded every school day. From the results I concluded the highest rate of absence was on Fridays, which coincided with the most popular day for student to play, meet friends and step out of their routine life. It was all happening at the souk, an atmospheric and vibrant marketplace full of food and furniture, toys, candy, old comic books and other goods. In trying to think of something bigger, something more exciting and more attractive to get the students to their teacher, I decided to visit the souk myself and make a plan.

I bought a second laptop and additional batteries, so I wouldn’t have to worry about losing power in the class. It was a little hard at the beginning, carry two laptops in my bag for a 5-mile round trip to get to the school, but after some weeks I got used to it.

Each Friday, a raffle would be waiting for my students at the classroom. During recess, we’d organize a draw, and the winner would have the chance to use the laptop and choose between watching cartoons, playing an educational video games, or writing on Microsoft Word.

At the beginning, I thought my students would choose to play games or watch videos when they had their chance, but I was wrong. Most of them preferred to explore Word and they became so excited when they typed in their names and some words and paragraphs.

Giving my students the opportunity to use the PC and freely connect with technology had a powerful impact on combating the absence phenomenon. My students now prefer coming to school and they’re starting to convince their parents and siblings about the importance of school and ICT (Information and Communication Technologies). More recently, we’ve been holding a “Friday Surprise” each week, where students can express themselves and develop their skills by creating handmade decorations, using the laptop to look for creative ideas, to draw, or do other things that improve communication, collaboration, presentation, creativity, problem solving, and critical thinking.

There are some other educational issues we see in the multi-grade classroom. Some multi-grade teachers may teach two grades in the same class, while others may teach three or four grades. I’m teaching six grades. The students in these grades are usually of the same age but may differ in their abilities, which means:

  • Planning can be time consuming.
  • Teachers may be frustrated due to their geographical isolation.
  • Physical conditions may be unattractive. Some classrooms are very small and overcrowded.
  • Few materials are available for multi-grade teaching.

To take this challenge on, I thought about how being a teacher in a rural area didn’t prevent me from increasing my knowledge, or developing my professional and personal skills. I tried to use the internet to get away from the isolation and be a part of the community of innovative educators. After learning about new methods and experiences all over the planet, I decided to let my students choose, by themselves, to come to school, even on special days, rather than imposing it on them. With ICT, I would rather make them eager to build knowledge. I encouraged them to try new things and never be afraid of change. That why using ICT has had a positive impact not only in my classroom, but on the whole school environment.

For me, the weak infrastructure, the absence of digital tools and unawareness of how important education is are no excuse – we can still create and think of innovative ways to make our students love coming to school.

To meet the varied needs of multi-grade students, teachers need in-depth knowledge of child development and learning and a larger repertoire of instructional strategies than most single-grade teachers possess. They must be able to design open-ended, divergent learning experiences accessible to students functioning at different levels. They must know when and how to use homogeneous and heterogeneous grouping and how to design cooperative group tasks. They must be proficient in assessing, evaluating, and recording student progress using qualitative methods.

Multi-grade teachers must be able to facilitate positive group interaction and to teach social skills and independent learning skills to individual students. They must know how to plan and work cooperatively with colleagues, as team teaching is commonly combined with multi-grade organization. Finally, they must be able to explain multi-grade practices to parents and other community members, building understanding and support for their use.

The wealth of digital tools makes it easy to create your own educational materials, and there are many advantages in doing so. As a teacher, the learning for your students is strengthened by your voice and pedagogy. The students can study at their own pace and learn at their level. These are some of my strategies:

  • Consider students’ needs and their knowledge differentiation, by presenting my own lesson plan.
  • Make the explanation more attractive for my students.
  • Effectively manage the lesson’s time.
  • Develop game-based learning.
  • Improve real-world problem solving and collaboration

Microsoft technologies helped me perform my tasks more quickly and efficiently. Specifically:

  1. Planning: Microsoft offers planning templates that you can customize to your requirement. You can update and reuse these when you teach the lessons again.
  2. Record keeping: By maintaining electronic documents you can quickly access and update information, making it easier to share and cross reference.
  3. Assessing: With Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint you can design assessments with automated marking.
  4. Coordinating and communicating: E-mail is a useful option to communicate. Microsoft Outlook offers the option of a shared calendar, which makes coordination efficient. You can use a blog or webpage that parents visit for updates.
  5. Collaborating: Shared workspaces or collaboration tools, such as SharePoint, Skype, Skype for Business, and Office 365 make it easier to collaborate on documents and hold virtual meetings.

For me, as a primary school teacher, my love for this noble job has grown far beyond what I ever expected. I have learned that the teacher doesn’t just light up minds, but hearts as well. I learned that teaching is art and love before it’s a job. I learned that education has no borders.

Top image: Bayla Khalid attending Education Exchange 2018 in Singapore, where he met educators from around the world.

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Kubernetes roadmap looks to smooth container management bumps

AUSTIN, Texas — “This job is too hard.”

It wasn’t a message the DevOps faithful at KubeCon 2017 last week might have expected from a Microsoft distinguished engineer and Kubernetes co-creator.

Brendan Burns, Microsoft Azure’s director of engineering, introduced a personal project called Metaparticle at the annual gathering of Kubernetes users and contributors. With Metaparticle, which translates complex distributed systems concepts into snippets of Java and JavaScript code, Burns aims to make distributed systems a Computer Science 101-level exercise.

In that same vein, Kubernetes project leaders know the container management platform will only get rapid acceptance if it is accessible to more people. The Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) revealed features on the Kubernetes roadmap and introduced a Kubernetes mentoring program for administrators to make it easier to manage clusters across multiple clouds.

Third-party integrations, such as Pivotal Cloud Foundry 2.0, which is now available, will also improve on-premises Kubernetes management and, eventually, hybrid cloud management for enterprises, said Larry Carvalho, an analyst at IDC.

Traditional enterprise IT vendors run hands-on training programs — Pivotal Labs, Red Hat Open Innovation Labs, IBM Cloud Garage — to impart distributed systems skills to enterprise IT staff, Carvalho said. “[These programs] not only lead a horse to water, but force it down his throat,” he said.

“Startups are going gangbusters, but more than half of enterprises still don’t have a production workload in containers,” Carvalho said. “There’s an opportunity, but for them to start adopting it really requires a culture shift.”

Kubernetes users want secure multicluster management

Enterprises with some Kubernetes experience echoed Burns’ desire for simplicity, particularly to manage multiple container orchestration clusters, as all got their first look at the Kubernetes roadmap for 2018.

Production-ready, federated Kubernetes clusters topped the wish list for Rick Moss, infrastructure operations engineer for MailChannels, an email service provider in Vancouver, B.C..

“We want to be able to set up and tear down Kubernetes in different clouds, and federation is the only way to do that securely,” Moss said.

One can use multiple separate clusters for multi-cloud Kubernetes deployments, but rather than stand up and debug a new cluster, Moss said he wants the ability to just roll out part of the same system. However, Kubernetes federation last saw a major update in Kubernetes release 1.5 last year, and it’s been difficult to operate in real-world environments. Kubernetes is at release 1.9 at the time of publication.

It’s not easy to do hybrid [cloud deployments] today, but Cluster API will be the great equalizer for deploying Kubernetes on different systems.
Aparna SinhaKubernetes project management lead, Google

Bloomberg LP engineers said they’re not interested in the nascent federated clusters, but will track their progress in 2018. In the meantime, engineers at the financial services company headquartered in New York must occasionally restart specific hosts in on-premises Kubernetes clusters, and they want instance addressability within Kubernetes to help with that. The ability to dynamically provision local persistent storage volumes would help move stateful apps closer to production on Kubernetes, said Steven Bower, search and data science infrastructure lead at Bloomberg.

Enterprise IT shops also look forward to the Kubernetes roadmap’s security features disclosed by Kubernetes project managers at KubeCon. Pluggable ID, for example, will allow Kubernetes identity management and role-based access control to plug into existing identity management systems, such as the Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP).

“It’s nice they have identity management support for Amazon [Web Services] and Google Cloud [Platform], but on-premises LDAP is where they need to focus,” Bower said.

A special-interest group within the CNCF will integrate with SPIFFE, which stands for Secure Production Identity Framework for Everyone, an open source project that defines a set of standards to identify and secure communications between web-based services. It’s still too early to tell if it will succeed, Bower said.

Brendan Burns, distinguished engineer at Microsoft Azure
Microsoft’s Brendan Burns presents the Metaparticle distributed systems management project at KubeCon 2017.

Cluster API project aspires to be ‘the great equalizer’

KubeCon attendees also saw Cluster API, a plan by the SIG-Cluster-Lifecycle group to create a set of standards to install Kubernetes clusters in multiple infrastructures.

“It’s a declarative way of deploying and upgrading clusters that abstracts the infrastructure behind Kubernetes,” said Aparna Sinha, project management lead for Kubernetes at Google. “It’s not easy to do hybrid [cloud deployments] today, but Cluster API will be the great equalizer for deploying Kubernetes on different systems.”

Also in the works is a declarative application management project that builds on the open source ksonnet configuration tools to define applications on Kubernetes in a nonrestrictive way, Sinha said. Though it’s still in its early stages, there is a working group.

Another trend expected in 2018 is increased attention to serverless technologies and how they compete with and integrate with containers. Several open source function-as-a-service projects are currently in process, but the CNCF has yet to align itself with any of them. CNCF officials think the community should remain neutral, but KubeCon observers said they think one will naturally emerge and eventually earn support from the CNCF next year.

Beth Pariseau is senior news writer for TechTarget’s Data Center and Virtualization Media Group. Write to her at bpariseau@techtarget.com or follow @PariseauTT on Twitter.

Wanted – Microsoft Surface Pro 2 (or good 1)

It has been a while since I last used it but I’ll dig it out and check, there wasn’t any real damage the last time I had it out. I’m afraid I don’t know about the battery since it has been a number of months since it was last used (although fully charged before it was put away), it didn’t get a lot of use over the years since I purchased it.

Yes, will include the stylus.

Edit – Will try to take some photos tomorrow evening after work

Wanted – Microsoft Surface Pro 2 (or good 1)

It has been a while since I last used it but I’ll dig it out and check, there wasn’t any real damage the last time I had it out. I’m afraid I don’t know about the battery since it has been a number of months since it was last used (although fully charged before it was put away), it didn’t get a lot of use over the years since I purchased it.

Yes, will include the stylus.

Edit – Will try to take some photos tomorrow evening after work

Wanted – Microsoft Surface Pro 2 (or good 1)

It has been a while since I last used it but I’ll dig it out and check, there wasn’t any real damage the last time I had it out. I’m afraid I don’t know about the battery since it has been a number of months since it was last used (although fully charged before it was put away), it didn’t get a lot of use over the years since I purchased it.

Yes, will include the stylus.

Edit – Will try to take some photos tomorrow evening after work

Wanted – Microsoft Surface Pro 2 (or good 1)

It has been a while since I last used it but I’ll dig it out and check, there wasn’t any real damage the last time I had it out. I’m afraid I don’t know about the battery since it has been a number of months since it was last used (although fully charged before it was put away), it didn’t get a lot of use over the years since I purchased it.

Yes, will include the stylus.

Edit – Will try to take some photos tomorrow evening after work

Wanted – Microsoft Surface Pro 2 (or good 1)

It has been a while since I last used it but I’ll dig it out and check, there wasn’t any real damage the last time I had it out. I’m afraid I don’t know about the battery since it has been a number of months since it was last used (although fully charged before it was put away), it didn’t get a lot of use over the years since I purchased it.

Yes, will include the stylus.

Edit – Will try to take some photos tomorrow evening after work

Wanted – Microsoft Surface Pro 2 (or good 1)

It has been a while since I last used it but I’ll dig it out and check, there wasn’t any real damage the last time I had it out. I’m afraid I don’t know about the battery since it has been a number of months since it was last used (although fully charged before it was put away), it didn’t get a lot of use over the years since I purchased it.

Yes, will include the stylus.

Edit – Will try to take some photos tomorrow evening after work

Wanted – Microsoft Surface Pro 2 (or good 1)

It has been a while since I last used it but I’ll dig it out and check, there wasn’t any real damage the last time I had it out. I’m afraid I don’t know about the battery since it has been a number of months since it was last used (although fully charged before it was put away), it didn’t get a lot of use over the years since I purchased it.

Yes, will include the stylus.

Edit – Will try to take some photos tomorrow evening after work