Microsoft Imagine Academy Newsletter: April 2019

 

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Volume 18

Issue 4

April 2019

 

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

 

The Microsoft Imagine Academy (MSIA) program team is proud to bring you a new look and feel to the monthly newsletter! The streamlined layout provides a snapshot of resources for each article as well as an easier to read format. Let us know what you think by sending an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We look forward to hearing from you!

 

Sincerely,
The Microsoft Imagine Academy Program Team

 

In this issue

New Educator Professional Development Courses Now Available

Help your Students get Certified: Purchase Certification Exams through Volume Licensing

Microsoft Official Academic Courseware: 50% MSIA Member Discount

Stand Out and Be Seen – Microsoft Office Specialist Certifications Increase Salary Opportunities

Student Success: From Microsoft Office Specialist to Amazon Intern

Student Success: Paving the Path to an Ivy-League University

Teacher Success: Reinvigorating Classes with Microsoft Certification

What We’re Reading: The Power of Transportable Skills

 

 

New Educator Professional Development Courses Now Available

Girl at laptop computer in classroom

New and expanded professional development (PD) courses are now available to educators! These courses are offered through both the Microsoft Imagine Academy (MSIA) and Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) program sites.

 

Courses range from an estimated 1 hour to 3 hours in length. Some feature lessons on tools like OneNote, Sway, and Office Mix, while others are more pedagogy based and designed to teach you how to integrate technology into your instruction.

 

Courses are also available for Microsoft Office Specialist, Microsoft Technology Associate, and Microsoft Certified Educator certifications. Vouchers to take the MOS, MTA and MCE certification exams can be obtained through the MSIA member website -> Educator Development.

 

We encourage you to get started today!

 

Resources

MSIA member website

MIE courses and resources

 

 

Help your Students get Certified: Purchase Certification Exams through Volume Licensing

Microsoft Office Specialist certification certificate

For the lowest Microsoft educational prices, academic institutions (including K-12, Higher Education, Libraries, and Museums) are eligible to purchase Microsoft certification exams through volume licensing for Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS), Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA), Microsoft Certified Educator (MCE), and Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP). The exams purchased are available for use by students, educators, and staff.

 

To order exam licenses via the Microsoft Volume License agreement (where available) and receive the greatest discount, contact your Microsoft Authorized Education Partner.

 

Purchase individual exam vouchers

If your institution does not have a Volume License agreement, you can order individual discounted MOS, MTA, and MCE exam vouchers directly from Certiport. When contacting Certiport, specify that you are from an academic institution to get the appropriate discount. You can order individual discounted MCP vouchers directly from Pearson VUE. Students can purchase exam vouchers by going directly to Certiport for MOS, MTA, MCE or to Pearson VUE for MCP.

 

Authorized Testing Centers

Students will need to take their certification exam at an authorized testing center. As an MSIA member institution you can either register to become a Certiport Authorized Testing Center (CATC) and offer exams on-site or your students can locate the CATC nearest them to take their exam. Find out more about becoming a CATC here. Find a testing center for MOS, MTA, and MCE exams by going to this Certiport Authorization Testing Center Locator or select this link for MCP exams.

 

Help your students get certified!

 

Resources

Microsoft Volume License agreement

Microsoft Authorized Education Partner

Ordering MOS, MTA, and MCE exam vouchers directly from Certiport for schools

Ordering MOS, MTA, and MCE exam vouchers directly from Certiport for students

Ordering MCP exam vouchers

Finding a MOS, MTA, or MCE Testing Center

Finding an MCP Testing Center

Becoming a Certiport Authorized Testing Center

MCP Exams

 

 

Microsoft Official Academic Courseware: 50% MSIA Member Discount

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Did you know that as a MSIA member, you can purchase Microsoft Official Academic Courseware (MOAC) at a 50% discount? Here’s how:

 

Follow these steps to locate and purchase the MOAC Courseware order form:

  1. Sign into the Microsoft Imagine Academy member site
  2. Select the Classroom tab located on the left side of the ribbon
  3. Under Curriculum overview select Additional Resources from the MOAC section:
    microsoft official academic
  4. Scroll down to the Microsoft Official Academic Courseware (MOAC) section:
    microsoft official academic courseware
  5. Follow the links to order your resources

Resources

Microsoft Imagine Academy member site

 

 

Stand Out and Be Seen – Microsoft Office Specialist Certifications Increase Salary Opportunities

Microsoft Office Specialist salary poster

Microsoft certifications are evolving to meet demands for today’s current employment opportunities. Microsoft Office skills are in demand and certifications make a difference in getting hired and starting salary. Have you ever wondered just how much you can earn? Salaries for jobs requiring Microsoft skills can be as high as $80,634!

 

Download, print, and distribute the Stand Out and Be Seen MOS Job Salary poster. Administrators, educators, and students will be excited to learn about the value of their hard work!


Resources

Stand Out and Be Seen MOS Job Salary poster

 

 

Student Success: From Microsoft Office Specialist to Amazon Intern

Picture of Ali Kahn at Microsoft Office Specialist US national championship receiving award

Ali Kahn, a Cary, North Carolina (USA) native, competed in the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) US National Championship three years in a row: 2013, 2014, and 2015. He earned two bronze and one silver medal over the three years. His drive and certifications have now taken him to places most students can only dream about.

 

Throughout his college experience at Purdue University Ali used his MOS certifications to complete assignments and to help him get interviews for internships and jobs at multiple technology companies. MOS certifications helped land him an internship at Amazon headquarters in Seattle, Washington, and now as a full-time employee at Amazon Lab126 as a software development engineer.

 

Learn how Kahn turned his MOS certifications into a career by going to his Certiport interview here.

 

Want to learn more about the competition? Help your students get certified and prepared to compete in the MOS Regional Championships! Find out more at the official Certiport MOS Championship site.


Resources

Certiport MOS Championship site

Certiport Blog

 

 

Student Success: Paving the Path to an Ivy-League University

Image of Tyler Millis holding his Microsoft Office Specialist medal

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is considered one of the top universities in the United States. Getting accepted is definitely not an easy task; in 2016, only 7.9% of applicants were accepted. Basically, overcoming the odds and being accepted is no small feat. Just ask former Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) World Champion, Tyler Millis.


Tyler is an exceptional student. Most importantly though, he has an exceptional drive to succeed and get the most out of his certifications.

 

“Simply put I do not think that I would be where I am today without certifications. Certifications helped me mold my educational goals in high school…I was able to intern at a Fortune 1000 company my junior year of high school, which I believe to be due to my certifications and winning the MOS World Championship.”

 

Find out how Millis used his certification to get into one of the world’s most prestigious universities and what he plans for his future. Go to the Certiport blog to find Tyler's story and others.

 

Are your students interested in competing? Help them get certified and prepared to compete in the MOS Regional Championships! out more at the official Certiport MOS Championship site.

 

Resources

Certiport MOS Championship site

Certiport Blog

 

 

Teacher Success: Reinvigorating Classes with Microsoft Certification

image of smiling male student standing in classroom

Steve Wills is the software applications instructor at Random Lake High School in Wisconsin (USA). He shared his perspective on how Microsoft certifications have helped increase student enrollment in his Software Applications class:

 

“The Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) and Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) certification programs have reinvigorated the Software Applications classes at Random Lake High School. Since the program was introduced, several students have started their journey to learn the benefits of using Microsoft software and earning their certifications. Class sizes in the certification classes has doubled. The students in the classes are focused more than ever to learn the programs and earn their certifications! As the program continues to grow we hope to have students earn their MOS Master Certification and continue to include their MOS certifications on their resumes.”

 

Have you seen a similar impact at your school? We want to hear about your student’s success with Microsoft Imagine Academy MOS/MTAcertifications. Please email us your success stories at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Resources

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What We’re Reading: The Power of Transportable Skills

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All workers will need to adapt and learn new skills over their careers, but some skills stand the test of time. Because workers can use these skills to navigate transitions across virtually any industry, these “transportable skills” learned in K-12 programs have lifelong value.


In a new report, “The Power of Transportable Skills: Assessing the Demand and Value of the Skills of the Future,” Project Lead The Way and Burning Glass Technologies examine workforce demand for five transportable skills taught to millions of students each year in PLTW PreK-12 programs: collaboration, problem-solving, critical and creative thinking, communication, and ethical reasoning and mindset.

We weren’t surprised to learn their research found that “transportable skills” are most valuable when combined with technical capabilities and are in especially high demand in STEM-related fields.

Help students master these skills and find ways to demonstrate proficiency for higher education and prospective employers. Integrate them into curricula through the use of your Microsoft Imagine Academy member benefits and certifications.

Learn more about “transportable skills” and how to integrate them into every day STEM instruction; download the full report today.


Resources

Project Lead the Way

Microsoft Imagine Academy member website

The Power of Transportable Skills Report

 

 

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