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    Three more days to go for closing January 2016 TechNet Wiki Guru Award Contributions! Go contribute!

    In this blog post we would like to share few points for sharing articles in Windows PowerShell Category starting from February 2016!

    We are diversified by Technology and United by PowerShell because we use PowerShell in most of the Microsoft Products. So, we would like to hear your feed back or suggestions from you all. Feel free to share your thoughts as comments in this blog post.



    What we can include in Windows PowerShell Category?

    1. Start sharing your article related to any MS products but don't forget to highlight the essence of Windows PowerShell.
    2. You must include the strong reason for using Windows PowerShell rather than GUI.
    3. Include the reference links that helps others to get more information.
    4. Feel free to include Desired State Configuration (We have DSC experts in PowerShell Category Judging Team) 
    5. Ensure to include Tag for Desired State Configuration along with PowerShell in your article.
    6. Share Office Servers Contents along with PowerShell code.
    7. Share if you have contents about Pester

    Few More Tips for Windows PowerShell Contributors

    1. Do you have a PowerShell module? Please write up a TechNet Wiki article and share it in TechNet Wiki and Share your module in TechNet Gallery and GitHub
    2. Include help for your PowerShell codes.
    3. Share your favorite PowerShell Editor and the reason (Strictly no third party products)
    4. Keep your code readable and don't use jargons in the TechNet Wiki Articles

    Will it be a good if we change Windows PowerShell to PowerShell? - so we can have more contributions! This Blog is now on air and welcoming all PowerShell addicts to share your opinions!

    Let's show the Power of PowerShell to the world through TechNet Wiki!

    Thanks and Regards,

    Team TechNet Wiki Ninja

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    Os queríamos hacer llegar la referencia a este sitio que se acaba de hacer público, donde podemos conectar directamente con el grupo de producto para Project, Project Server y Project Online, a fin de hacerles llegar ideas y sugerencias que puedan resultar interesantes para que sean añadidas a la funcionalidad del producto.

    El sitio en sí es el siguiente:

    Las recomendaciones para usar este sitio son las siguientes:

    • Tan pronto como empecemos a añadir una idea nueva, se nos mostrarán una lista de ideas similares, de tal manera que se nos permita votar por una de ellas, o crear una desde cero.
    • Empezamos con un total de 10 votos. Al votar por una idea, podemos asignar 1, 2, o 3 votos para esta idea. Podemos votar mientras tengamos votos disponibles. Es posible que se incremente el número disponible de votos en el futuro si hay muchas sugerencias, pero la idea es mantener esto limitado, para que sólo las ideas más importantes sean las que aparezcan en la lista.
    • Al crear una idea nueva, tendremos la posibilidad de elegir una categoría. Es posible filtrar por categorías. Si considerarais conveniente añadir más categorías, estaremos encantados de recibir dichas ideas.
    • Es posible usar #hashtags en la descripción de las ideas, de tal manera que resulte más sencillo buscar por ideas similares.


    El equipo de Project de Microsoft estará encantado de escuchar vuestras propuestas; muchas gracias por adelantado.


    Un saludo


    Jorge Puig

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    The evaluation of configuration items in System Center Configuration Manager causes a setting discovery error on Configuration Manager clients if the following conditions are true:

    • Microsoft SQL Server 2014 (any service pack level) is installed on the client.
    • The configuration item contains a setting type of "SQL query" and has an instance of SQL Server that's defined as "All instances."

    The display of the compliance report that's generated on the client resembles the following:

    Error Type Error Code Error Description Error Source
    Setting Discovery Error 0x80041002 Not Found WMI

    A supported hotfix that addresses this problem is available from Microsoft. For complete details and a download link, please see the following:

    3118485 - FIX: "Setting Discovery Error" is returned for SQL Server 2014 Configuration Items in System Center Configuration Manager (

    J.C. Hornbeck | Solution Asset PM | Microsoft


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    There may be times where you need to enable Outlook logging to capture the account creation process which may be failing in Outlook. Use the steps below to create a PIM (Personal Information Manager) profile in Outlook.

    1. Close Outlook if it is running.
    2. Open the Mail item in Control Panel, and then click Show Profiles.
    3. Click Add in the Mail dialog box.
    4. Type PIM for the name of the new profile, and then click OK.
    5. In the Auto Account Setup window, click Cancel.
    6. Click OK when you are prompted to create a profile that contains no e-mail accounts.
    7. Check the feature Prompt for a profile to be used.
    8. Click OK to close the Mail item.
    9. Start Outlook and on the Outlook 2016 Welcome screen, click Next.
    10. In the Add and Email Account dialog box, select the No, and then click Next.
    11. Check Use Outlook without an email account feature and click Finish.

    This will launch Outlook 2016 without any email accounts setup. You can enable logging by going to File > Options > Advanced > Other and checking the Enable troubleshooting logging (requires restarting Outlook) feature. Restart Outlook and add the email account by going to File > Add Account tab. Type in the details of the account which you are troubleshooting and click Next. The autodiscover process will kick off and will be captured under %temp%\outlook logging folder. The ETW logs which are in the format Outlook-########.etl will be the logs that need to be reviewed for root causes. The logs can only be reviewed thru Microsoft.

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    Update Rollup 9 for Windows Azure Pack is now available to download. For complete details including issues fixed, installation instructions and a download link, please see the following:

    3129786 - Update Rollup 9 for Windows Azure Pack (

    J.C. Hornbeck | Solution Asset PM | Microsoft


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    Microsoft Windows Azure Pack UR9

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    In part 2 of my “Lunch Break” chat with Ojas Rege, we talk about mohawks, imitation mohawks, how to exist (and thrive!) in a marketplace that seems to dramatically change every 6 months, and how/why every EMM strategy comes down to data.

    Next week, I spend lunch with Maribel Lopez– the owner of the analyst firm Lopez Research, and a regular contributor to Forbes.

    You can subscribe to these videos here.

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    It's been reported that after applying January 2016 update (KB 3114506), customers are experiencing an error on Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows Server 2008 R2 when trying to launch Office applications such as Excel, Word, PowerPoint and OneDrive for Business.

    Error Examples:

    System Error - The program can’t start because davclnt.dll is missing from your computer. Try reinstalling the program to fix this problem.

    Sorry, something went wrong when trying to obtain a shared computer license for Word. Error code:  0xc004f014

    Excel application error: 

    Word application error:


    Currently, Microsoft is working on the issue and will be providing an update when a fix becomes available. As a workaround, install Desktop User Experience, which ensures the davclnt is available.

    Follow this article for further information and updates: 

    Error: The Program can’t start because davclnt.dll is missing from your computer

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    By: Caio Ribeiro César Alguns administradores perguntam qual a melhor maneira de monitorar o tamanho das contas de e-mail e as quotas do O365. Além dos reports existentes no portal, existe uma maneira simples de receber avisos (assim como o usuário final) do tamanho das mailboxes. Uma das maneiras “pró-ativas” de se monitorar o tamanho das mailboxes do seu ambiente O365 é confirmando o “ IssueWarningQuota ” e criando uma regra de transporte que irá avisar o administrador (ou um grupo de distribuição...(read more)

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    Get trained on transforming your Partner organization's data into rich visuals for you to collect and organize, so you can focus on what matters to you most. The new Power BI Red Carpet instructor-led technical webcast is designed to help you quickly enable, grow, and build your Power BI practice with new solutions, services, and go-to-market sales and marketing resources. Stay up to date, spot trends as they happen, and push your business further.

    Register today and attend at no cost! Visit

    The Power BI Red Carpet technical webcast is most beneficial to Presales Technical Specialist, Technical Specialist and Developer roles at Microsoft Partner Network organizations.

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    Todd Sweetser

    Here are some upcoming webcasts occurring in February and March to help you stay on top of solutions and strategies around Microsoft Windows Server and SQL Server!  These will cover topics including security, compliance, migration from VMWare, integration with Azure with SQL as well as for Backup and Disaster Recovery.  Be sure and register via the links below!

    Tuesday, February 9, 2016 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM PST - Keep Your Customers Servers Secure & Compliant with Windows Server & SQL Server - We will cover the End of Support for Windows Server and SQL Server; including the impact these events will have on your customer’s infrastructure, as well as the possible risk to their data and compliance requirements.  We will discuss how you can identify obsolete products in your customer’s environment as well as migration strategies to move your customers to a modern, supportable, and compliant platform.  Please join us for this one-hour overview of how to identify a high level strategy to keep your customers secure and compliant. Register Here

    Friday, February 26, 2016 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM PST - Migration Strategies to Increase Capabilities and Decrease Costs with Migration Tools from VMware - Virtualization has provided an excellent way to make the most efficient use of hardware as well as providing an excellent way to scale workloads on demand.  We will talk about the current capabilities in Hyper-V as well as migration strategies to move from VMware to Hyper-V.  We continue to see customers migrate from VMware to Hyper-V and/or Azure.  Join us for this on-hour webinar to learn how these migration strategies can increase capabilities while decreasing costs for your customers. Register Here

    Monday, February 29, 2016 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM PST - Keep Your Customers Data Safe with SQL Server and High Availability

    We will talk about the new Security and High Availability capabilities Microsoft SQL Server provides to our customers.  As we see more data compromises, we need to ensure we can keep our customers data safe and available.  Microsoft SQL server continues to raise the bar on data protection and availability.  Join us for a one-hour discussion on how you can provide more secure capabilities for your customers while also providing a higher level of availability. Register Here

    Monday, March 7, 2016, 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM PST - SQL Server Integration with Microsoft Azure for Cloud Services

    We will talk about cloud based strategies to protect your on-premises SQL Servers.  While most workloads still require an on-premises SQL Server, this does not prevent you from taking advantage of additional capabilities Microsoft Azure has to offer.  Microsoft SQL Server includes numerous integrations to Microsoft Azure for backup, scale and reporting.  Please join us for this one-hour session to talk about how you can enable these capabilities for your customers. Register Here

    Monday, March 14, 2016, 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM PST - Windows Server with Microsoft Azure Site Recovery and Azure Backup

    For your customers that may want to keep their customer’s workloads on-premises, this session will show you ways to provide Backup and Disaster Recovery (DR) capabilities in the cloud.  We will talk about Azure Site Recovery’s ability to provide a DR copy of your Virtual Machines in Microsoft Azure, as well as leveraging Azure Backup to provide a historical backup of your customer’s data.  Join us for this one-hour discussion covering both of these solutions. Register Here

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    Por: Adrian Kruss Cuando un usuario observa la estructura de carpetas ya sea en Outlook o en OWA, ellos detectan que algunas carpetas no están visibles. Estas carpetas pueden ser carpetas del sistema (como los Elementos enviados) o carpetas creadas por los usuarios. Usando Outlook o OWA podemos ver esta estructura: Revisando las dos fotos podemos ver que la carpeta de “Elementos enviados” no se encuentra, pero el usuario puede enviar correos sin problemas ni errores. A su vez haciendo una búsqueda...(read more)

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    Last week we kicked off our series guiding you through the rich feature set of Operations Management Suite (OMS), starting with Log Analytics. One of the goals for Operations Management Suite is extending this rapidly evolving cloud-based management service to multiple clouds, and multiple platforms. This week we reinforce that statement by diving deeper into Log Analytics by talking about Linux specific capabilities, and scenarios within both your datacenter, and your Linux machines in the cloud.

    Last November we released the OMS Agent for Linux as our first step for Linux management with OMS. The OMS agent for Linux brings your Linux data into the service world and gives the same instant insight into events with quick search capabilities to assist with troubleshooting, or take additional actions Today, Log Analytics with Linux includes syslog data, performance metrics, and Nagios/Zabbix alerts for the following Linux distributions:

    • Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server 5,6 and 7 (x86/x64)
    • Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, 14.04 LTS, 15.04, and15.10 (x86/x64)
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11, and 12 (x86/x64)
    • CentOS Linux 5,6, and 7 (x86/x64)
    • Oracle Linux 5,6, and 7 (x86/x64)
    • Debian 6, 7, and 8 (x86/x64)
    • Amazon Linux 2012.09 --> 2015.09 (x86/x64)

    In addition to the syslog data collection feature set, an important aspect of the OMS agent for Linux has been the agent itself, utilizing FluentD, a log aggregation tool, which together with the agent itself is available under an open source license. Users can check out the source code from the OMS agent for Linux GitHub repository, which contains the latest stable release code, along with the current developer versions.

    Onboarding Linux Server to OMS

    The onboarding experience for Linux has been a key priority, and our goal has been to get you from zero to sending data to OMS within minutes.

    The following steps show how to enable your Linux system for OMS management:


    You can also check out a complete walkthrough video walkthrough of the process, or send us an email at with further comments.

    Syslog forwarding scenarios

    The Linux syslog daemon captures a wide variety of information, ranging from system events and kernel messages to user audit information. One of the great features of syslog as a central logging facility is the number of applications or Unix based services that can write to it using the syslog protocol. The OMS agent for Linux is able to forward all the syslog data from a server to enable various scenarios.

    Application Data: Application logs are critical when troubleshooting, but also extremely useful when developing. This makes OMS a perfect hybrid for developers and IT operations who want a single pane of glass view across development, QA/Test, and production environments. Using pre-existing plugins, you can route Jenkins, a popular continuous integration and autoation tool, status information to OMS. Another example is configuring your Java application server logs to send directly to the syslog daemon, by adding options in logback or log4j java logging platforms.

    Network Devices: Network devices collect various points of data, and some have capabilities to send this data to syslog. Using normal instructions for forwarding this data to the syslog daemon, you can route this data to the OMS Agent for Linux and bring visibility across all your network devices. Applying features such as custom fields, and alerting on top can give you even more granular visibility across your network device environment.


    Linux support is a top priority for the OMS team. We’ve already introduced a lot of powerful features, and we have no intentions of slowing down. Over the next three to six months you will see us light up a range of new and existing solutions with support for Linux, as well as custom logs.

    Change Tracking: Get a view into all software and service activity on your machines across your entire environment. Track which packages have been installed, removed and updated, and also which daemons and services are running or stopped on your machines.

    Security and Audit: Track failed logins, sudo activity, ssh activity and more for all of your Linux machines in one convenient dashboard. We will also do more complex searching of your data to alert you of notable issues you may have otherwise missed.

    Alert Management: View all your alerts from all your tools in one place. When an incident occurs you no longer will have to switch between seven different monitoring tools. Simply use Operations Management Suite and get context into how all of your alerts relate to each other. We already can collect alerts from both Nagios and Zabbix and we will be adding alert collection from more monitoring tools as part of this effort.

    Custom Logs: Collect any log on your machine and index it to utilize the full power of OMS Search. Simply provide the file location and we will capture any new events and upload them to OMS.

    Linux is truly a first class citizen in OMS, and we aim to continue building out our capabilities across Log Analytics. As we continue the OMS agent for Linux development, we want to build a rich community around it, and leverage existing community contributions. We invite and encourage your participation as we build this resource.

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    Todd Sweetser

    Hi Partners!  Wanted to make you aware of this upcoming in-person training delivered by the TechNet team.  This is open to all so if you have tech’s that could benefit from expanded knowledge on Azure Infrastructure Services be sure and have them attend!

    What’s new with Microsoft cloud infrastructure and OSS for modern IT Pros

    It’s time to embrace cloud infrastructure, maximize your current resources and enhance datacenter flexibility to deploy new technologies. Ready to learn more?

    Attend this free, full-day training session and discover first-hand how to integrate cloud solutions with your existing, on-premises datacenter – without sacrificing security, control, reliability and scalability. You’ll see how advanced Azure infrastructure services enable you to provide reliable data access, while maximizing productivity across platforms, including Microsoft and Open Source (OSS), GitHub, and more.

    Join Microsoft experts and learn how to:

    • Keep up with datacenter changes in a cloud-first world
    • Enhance virtualization performance in the cloud for different workloads 
    • Enable faster and easier deployment using Azure Resource Manager templates and GIT 
    • Design compute and storage infrastructure to improve performance and enhance security through Azure Networking infrastructure 
    • Boost secure data access with identity solutions via Azure Active Directory 
    • Minimize errors and save time with advanced automation using PowerShell and DSC extensions in your infrastructure

    TechNet Tour Agenda

    Don’t miss this free IT Pro event, where we’ll cover real-world Microsoft Azure cloud scenarios that can enhance your efficiency and productivity. 

    Here are the locations and dates, be sure to go to the event page to register! 

    TechNet Tour Dates

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    Part of why I enjoy my job is that working with new people and their different backgrounds and experiences often can lead (or force) me to look at things differently and learn something new in the process.  Recently I was doing some troubleshooting with a customer of mine and we were looking at logs, as is often done with ConfigMgr.  If you have ever looked at logs for SCCM you probably used CMTrace.  CMtrace is great for several reasons, one of which is that errors get highlighted in red, and warnings get highlighted in yellow.  It also has the ability to highlight on any word you are looking for, like a PC name or such.

    Something that has always been a minor annoyance to me is that if you set to highlight a word it will be in yellow, the same as a warning would be.  It can occasionally be hard to differentiate the two when quickly scanning through a log.  When working with my customer I noticed they highlighted something and suddenly all our hits were highlighted... but in green.  Was it possible to change the highlight color?  16 years of working on this product and I had not realized that color change was an option but yes.. it is right there.  It is in the File menu, under preferences.  Such a nice and simple thing.

    Thank you Mr. Customer (name withheld for privacy reasons) for adding to my knowledge. if we all help each other to learn and grow the world will be a better place.

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    Olá amigos Wiki Ninjas.

    Sejam bem-vindos ao nosso Conselho Spotlight.

    O que é o conselho comunitário Wiki Ninja?

    É um grupo selecionado que tem por objetivo melhorar as contribuições na comunidade. Atua na governança wiki que discute melhorias, elege novos membros e suporta totalmente a comunidade. No portal de diretrizes você encontrará uma lista das melhores práticas estabelecidas de como é realizado a administração da comunidade Wiki.

    Todas as nossas diretrizes estão registradas no portal:

    Wiki: Portal de Governança e Diretrizes


    Recentemente tivemos também a nomeação de mais um membro do time Wiki Ninjas do Brasil.

    Falamos de Jefferson Castilho.

    Perfil: Jefferson Castilho

    Essa informação pode ser localizada em: Conselho da Comunidade

    Se você é fera na sua tecnologia e pretende alçar novos caminhos na nossa comunidade.

    Recomendamos a leitura dos requisitos para se tornar um novo membro em:

    TNWiki: Como se tornar um membro do Conselho da Comunidade

    O conselho trabalha todos os dias para melhorar ainda mais a nossa comunidade.

    Avaliamos os melhores membros pela sua participação na comunidade.

    Essas contribuições precisam ter qualidade e realmente fazer a diferença na utilização da tecnologia.

    Agradecemos imensamente a ajuda de todos os membros.

    Wiki Ninja @Hezequias Vasconcelos ++

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    A new hotfix is available for Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager version 1511 (ConfigMgr 1511) that addresses the following two issues:

    • The "Upgrades" entry is missing from the list of classifications in the Software Update Point Component properties. This issue occurs even after the following Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) update is applied:

      3095113 Update to enable WSUS support for Windows 10 feature upgrades (

    • Windows 10 upgrades cannot be downloaded by using the Download Software Updates Wizard. Errors that resemble the following appear on the Completion page of the wizard:

      Error: Upgrade to Windows 10 Pro, version 1511, 10586
      Failed to download content id {content_id}. Error: Invalid certificate signature

      Additionally, errors resembling the following are logged in the PatchDownloader.log file:

      Authentication of file C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Temp\2\{temporary_filename}.tmp failed, error 0x800b0004
      ERROR: DownloadContentFiles() failed with hr=0x80073633

    A supported hotfix that addresses this problem is available from Microsoft. For complete details and a download link, please see the following:

    3127032 - Windows 10 upgrades are not downloaded in System Center Configuration Manager (

    J.C. Hornbeck | Solution Asset PM | Microsoft


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    Summary: Learn how to easily add a number to an existing value stored in a variable and update the value of the variable.

    Hey, Scripting Guy! Question How can I use Windows PowerShell to add a number to a value stored in a variable so that I can update the
               value in that variable with the number and store the number back into the variable?

    Hey, Scripting Guy! Answer Use the += operator. This example adds 3 to the value stored in the $a variable and then stores the new
               value back into the variable:

    PS C:\> $a = 5

    PS C:\> $a += 3

    PS C:\> $a


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    Do you have an idea or suggestion based on your experience with Microsoft System Center Endpoint Protection? If so we would love to hear it through our User Voice site at Please take a few minutes to submit your idea or vote up an idea submitted by another SCEP customer. All of the feedback you share in these forums is regularly monitored and reviewed by the Microsoft engineering teams responsible for building SCEP. We have already added some of the feedback we received so please don’t hesitate to let us know what you think.

    J.C. Hornbeck | Solution Asset PM | Microsoft


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    SCEP 2012 R2 ConfigMgr 2012 R2

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    Do you have a suggestion or idea on how to improve Microsoft System Center Endpoint Protection? If so the Endpoint Protection team would love to hear it through their User Voice site at Please take a few minutes to submit your idea or vote up an idea submitted by another SCEP customer. All of the feedback you share in these forums is regularly monitored and reviewed by the Microsoft engineering teams responsible for building SCEP. They have already added some of the feedback they received so please don’t hesitate to let them know what you think.

    J.C. Hornbeck | Solution Asset PM | Microsoft


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    SCEP 2012 R2 ConfigMgr 2012 R2

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    By Editorial Team

    Last year we celebrated learning without borders with a Global Education Skype-a-thon which is a 2-day event aimed at connecting classrooms around the world to showcase how technology can be used to enhance the learning experience.

    In a world that is increasingly becoming economically, politically and culturally fractured, the ability to unite students across the globe to celebrate and embrace learning has never been more important.
    Today, teachers not only have a duty to teach skills and impart knowledge to their students but they must also play a key role in developing students into global citizens to enable them to succeed and make a positive impact in an increasingly complex society.

    Because Microsoft believes that a powerful way to learn is from each other, a total of four schools from Africa and the Middle East, including Kenya, South Africa, Egypt and Turkey as well as many others around the world were selected to participate in this one-of-a-kind event, where students and educators were empowered to do just that.

    During their 3 million virtual mile journey across the world, students and educators were able to connect with each other in fun and creative ways to learn about different cultures and gain invaluable insights into countries all over the world.
    Have a look at the pictures below to see how the Skype-a-thon gave these schools in the Middle East and Africa the opportunity to discover their place in the global community.

    South Africa– Brescia House School 

    Brescia House School students in South Africa participating in the Skype-a-thon.  

    Brescia House School students singing the South African National Anthem: “Nkosi sikelele iAfrika”

    Brescia House School students sharing South African national heritage symbols.

    Egypt - Port Said International School

    Students from Port Said international School in Egypt sharing their traditional clothes and heritage symbols while participating in the Skype-a-thon.  

    Students from Port Said International School in Egypt learning about the importance of speaking English to communicate with the rest of the world in order to become true global citizens.

    Kenya - The Aga Khan Academy Mombasa 

    Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert, Kipkemoi Serem, preparing grade 12 learners for the Skype-a-thon at one of the school’s computer labs.

    Grade 12 learners at Aga Khan Academy keenly listening to a talk about the role of Windows 10 in smart homes.

    Turkey - Vision College 

    Grade 9 and 10 students from Vision College in Turkey displaying how many virtual miles they travelled during the Skype-a-thon. 

    Students from Vision College in Turkey celebrating learning without borders in the global Skype-a-thon. 

    The Skype-a-thon is a perfect demonstration of how today's students are gaining the perspectives, insights and empathy needed to create a better world while also building critical skills for the modern, global workplace. It shows just how powerful technology can be in breaking down walls and promoting learning across borders. To read more about the Skype -a-thon click here



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