Volume 17, Issue 3 | September 2018


Welcome to the September edition of the Microsoft Imagine Academy (MSIA) Newsletter!

We hope your school year is off to a great start!

We have important news to share with you about the MSIA program:

  • Important online learning changes coming October 1
  • Microsoft Office Specialist Championship recap

Read on for these stories and more news!

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Important Reminder: Change in Imagine Academy’s Online Learning coming October 1

On October 1st, MSIA’s online learning management video platform and its related Admin and Learner dashboards will be updated with a new experience in Microsoft OneNote that creates an easier way to find all content for each product.

To make way for these changes we are modifying how it is accessed by you and your students.

ACTION NEEDED: After October 1, you will no longer have access to the courses currently hosted on the Online Learning site. Please be sure that any online learning course in progress is completed and transcripts downloaded before October 1.

(NOTE: MSIA’s Member Site is not affected by this change and will continue to be educators’ primary MSIA hub.)

Beginning October 1st, you will have access to online learning options using a new “MSIA Online Learning Directory” through MSIA’s Member Site. This master directory, in easy-to-use OneNote format, will include links to all online learning resources supporting MSIA’s four learning paths – Computer Science, Data Science, IT Infrastructure, and Productivity.

For more details and guidance, please review the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and learn more about this important program change effective October 1st, 2018.


2018 Microsoft Office Specialist World Championship!


On August 6th, 2018 Certiport announced the winners of the 17th Annual 2018 Microsoft Office Specialist World Championship. Over 760,000 candidates from 116 countries participated. Students entered to prove their superior skills in Microsoft Office suite of products Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

To enter the competition, students age 13 to 22 took a qualifying Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certification exam to demonstrate their mastery of Microsoft Office products. Regional competitions were held worldwide and 152 student finalists from 51 countries competed in the final round of competition in Orlando, Florida, USA from July 29 – August 1, 2018.

Read the full article here.

Find out how you can help your students compete in the 2019 competition.


What we are Reading: “Together, technology and teachers can revamp schools”

Educators and edtech are often pitted against one another as being mutually exclusive. However, this Economist article highlights how true learning transformation comes when educators embrace edtech that is connected to learning goals and that “narrows, rather than widens, inequalities in education.”

One way the Microsoft Imagine Academy program supports educators is through the Curriculum Download tool to select the best content given their learning objectives. Download new content such as Technopreneurship and Introduction to Python.


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