Volume 17, Issue 1 | July 2018

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

We have a lot of news to share with you about the MSIA program:
• Upcoming online learning changes
• MCE exam refresh
• Microsoft Office Specialist Championship recap

Read on for these stories and a lot more news! Many of you are celebrating summer vacation this month and we hope you are enjoying much needed vacation.

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Changes to Online Learning coming October 1st

Microsoft is committed to helping students develop future ready skills and become college and career ready through a streamlined customer experience and access to the most relevant, current curricula and learning resources. To that end, we are announcing an important change to the Microsoft Imagine Academy (MSIA) online learning benefit that will provide a better experience for educators and students.

Effective October 1st, 2018, all online learning on MSIA is getting a refresh with new content and a new experience that creates a more cohesive learning environment. To make way for these changes we will be modifying how we resource online learning content and how it is accessed by our member educators and students.

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

The Microsoft Certified Educator (MCE) certification has been refreshed!

The Microsoft Certified Educator (MCE) certification has been refreshed! The MCE Exam validates that educators have the global educator technology literacy competencies needed to provide a rich, custom learning experience for students.

Demonstrating technology literacy
Through this single exam, educators will demonstrate that they are able to incorporate the 21st Century Learning Design (21st CLD) skills identified in the Innovative Teaching and Learning (ITL) Research project into learning activities using Microsoft tools for education.
• Facilitate student collaboration
• Facilitate skilled communication
• Facilitate self-regulation
• Facilitate real-world problem solving and innovation
• Facilitate student use of Information and Communication Tools (ICT)
• Use ICT to be an effective educator

MCE certification is ideal for educators-in-training, faculty of teacher training colleges, and in-service educators.
Microsoft offers a comprehensive e-learning curriculum, 21CLD, to help educators prepare for this rigorous exam.
As an MSIA school you receive 10 MCE exam vouchers as a program benefit. Be sure and access the vouchers on the MSIA Member website.

Find out more at the MCE website.

What We’re Reading: MakeCode in HackSpace Magazine

Go behind the scenes at Arduino to find out the story behind the hottest microcontroller releases of the year – the new version of the Uno, the line of MKR boards, and their very first FPGA. Hardware development has never been easier.

Read more here.

Microsoft Office Specialist Global Competition!

The Microsoft Office Specialist World Championship presented by Certiport, Inc. is a global competition that tests students’ skills on Microsoft Office Word, Excel® and PowerPoint® (2013 or 2016). Top students are invited to represent their respective countries at the World Championship. In some countries or regions, students are required to participate in a National Championship, and the winners of that event continue on to the World Championship.

Follow the progress of each country to the Worldwide Championship this month!

Do you have a student participating in the MOS Championship? Please share their story with us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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