AI Technology Assisting Deaf Students

I read a great case study this morning out of New York City’s Rochester Institute of Technology which has 1500 dear of hearing impaired students, and are now using Microsoft Translator to provide real time captioning and translation to support the American Sign Language (ASL) translators in the lectures. Read the entire case study here…

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Artificial Intelligence In The Classroom

This article first appeared in the Interface Magazine March 2018 edition and has been republished with the kind permission of the editors of Interface. You can see the rest of the great articles here. It is an exercise in stating the obvious to say we are living in a rapidly changing world, where technology is…

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When To Use Intune For Education vs Full Intune Standalone

I get asked regularly by schools about which version of Intune they should be using when managing devices in their school: Intune for Education or the full version of Intune standalone. It’s a worthwhile question given the products sound so similar and towards the end of 2017 Ari Schorr wrote a good blog post answering…

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Hybrid Cloud Printing Via AzureAD Is Here

I’ve talked to a lot of schools and system integrators about using AzureAD and Microsoft Intune to manage their devices more efficiently, particularly with the announcement in 2017 of the release of Intune for Education. One of the final pieces of the cloud puzzle has been released this month with the announcement of hybrid cloud…

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Use PowerShell To Manage Microsoft Teams

        The above image may not mean much to many users, but to those responsible for ICT administration it will be very welcome – a way to use PowerShell to easily automate the deployment and management of Microsoft Teams. The addition of 23 cmdlets in PowerShell to manage Teams was announced at the…

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New Zealand Government’s View On Moving To The Cloud

The New Zealand Government has some of the more progressive, proactive and permissions policies in the world when it comes to the adoption of the public cloud and they have received published some new guidelines that you can read here. These were issued by the Government’s Chief Digital Officer (GCDO) Colin MacDonald and are in addition to earlier…

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Connecting Communities Across Languages

Technology can break down barriers in many different ways and I’ve blogged previously about accessibility in Office365 as well as the amazing Seeing AI Appthat helps the blind to “see.” When it was first announced, Microsoft Translator was a Garage project, meaning it was something of a passion project for Microsoft developers and was not as yet, not a…

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SharePoint Migration Tool Preview Available – Move Those Network Shares To The Cloud!

It seems that every week I am having conversations with more schools that are wanting to explore how they can reduce their on-premise servers and leverage the power and flexibility of the cloud more effectively. These conversations usually follow a similar narrative, identifying the “low hanging fruit” – in other words, which servers/services are easiest…

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Helping The Blind To See – A.I. The All Seeing Eye

I’ve written previously about Microsoft’s commitment to accessibility in the Windows 10 and Office365 products and recently I was presenting with my colleague Vishesh when he introduced me to the “Seeing AI” app from Microsoft Research. What is Seeing AI? Essentially, it is a free app from Microsoft (currently only available on iOS – download here) that allows you to scan objects…

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