Volume 17, Issue 2 | August 2018

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

Many of you are back in the classroom this month and are excited about the upcoming new school year.

In this issue we’re providing additional information for the upcoming change to Microsoft Imagine Academy’s (MSIA) Online Learning.

We’re also providing a classroom checklist to help you take advantage of the many curriculum resources available to you through the MSIA program.

Read on for these stories and more!

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Reminder #2: Change in Imagine Academy’s Online Learning coming October 1

In the July Microsoft Imagine Academy (MSIA) newsletter we announced an important change in MSIA’s online learning benefit, effective October 1st, which will enable an improved and more cohesive learning experience for educators and students, with access to new online learning as well as a modification to how and where educators and students will access it. On October 1st, MSIA’s online learning management platform and its related Admin and Learner dashboards will be retired. This means educators and students will no longer have access to the courses currently hosted on that site, so please keep in mind that any online learning course in progress will need to be completed and transcripts downloaded before the site is retired.

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

Beginning October 1st, educators will be able to identify and access specific online learning options using a new “MSIA Online Learning Directory” to be made available through MSIA’s Member Site in September 2018. This master directory, in easy-to-use OneNote format, will include links to direct users to specific online learning resources supporting MSIA’s four learning paths – Computer Science, Data Science, IT Infrastructure, and Productivity.

In addition to the new MSIA Online Learning Directory, we are currently updating some of MSIA’s most popular courses in our learning paths, including the Office 2016 suite of courses and our Data Science courses. These course updates are “repackaged” in a comprehensive educator’s course OneNote, to include all of the instructor, student and online learning content – everything in one place!

The online learning tab within this OneNote course container will include links to the prescribed online learning resources for the course, with a list the topics covered and mapping to certification exam objectives where applicable.

For more information about the change in MSIA’s online learning on October 1st, review these Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). As this new school year gets underway, we hope you’ll be sure to visit MSIA’s Member Site regularly for important program updates we post on the new Notification Center page, and watch for additional new content announcements. It’s going to be a great year!

What We’re Reading: Engaging STEM project for girls!

We’re excited to see new projects to help girls become more interested in STEM. This project uses color sensor in a magic wand to collect color from an object to change colors of lights in a bag!

Read more here.

MSIA Preparation Checklist

To help you prepare for the upcoming school year, we’ve put together an MSIA checklist:

1. Review your overall curriculum and related technology resource needs for the coming year.
2. Sign into the Microsoft Imagine Academy Member Site**
3. Review the curriculum options: Home -> Classroom -> Curriculum overview
4. Identify the appropriate Microsoft Curriculum and Certification resources: Home -> Classroom
5. Use the Learning Path to provide guidance.
6. Explore Professional Development opportunities: Home ->Educator development

**If you haven’t yet logged in to the MSIA member site, follow these steps:

7. Obtain your O365 account from your IT administrator or create a Microsoft account.
8. Obtain your MSIA member ID and program key from your MSIA program administrator (contact us if you have questions about your member ID or program key).
9. Check out these getting started resources.

Why Do You Like Being a Teacher?

We asked educators at the Computer Science Teachers Association Conference: “Why do you like being a teacher?” Here are some of the responses.

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