Microsoft Imagine Academy Newsletter: May 2019

 

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Volume 18

Issue 5

May 2019

 

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

 

We hope you are enjoying the new look and feel to the MSIA 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 Microsoft Imagine Academy Quick Start site

Updated Getting Started page on MSIA Member site

There’s No Substitute for Practice

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

Microsoft Office Specialist e-book of Student Success

Student Success: Mississippi MOS Master

What We’re Reading: 21 Jobs of the Future

 

 

New Microsoft Imagine Academy Quick Start site

Girl at laptop computer in classroom

The new MSIA Quick Start site is a simplified guide for educators that outlines the steps to get started utilizing the program benefits, including:

How to activate licenses

How to sign-in and navigate the member site

Descriptions of each benefit

Training videos to support teachers in best practices to utilize the MSIA resources

Success stories and support contact information

 

We encourage you to check out the MSIA Quick Start site and share with new educators and program administrators.

 

Resources

MSIA Quick Start site

 

 

Updated Getting Started page on MSIA Member site

MSIA Member site

We have redesigned the Getting Started page on the MSIA member website -> Get Started to guide instructors in accessing and planning their curriculum. The information within this section includes:

Steps to accessing the curriculum

A link to view the current Learning Path roadmap, with suggested course progression, course duration, and certifications

The link to MSIA training opportunities

Details around the ISTE Seal of Alignment for both Microsoft Official Academic Course (MOAC) Productivity and Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) courses

Information on the American Council on Education (ACE) recommendations for Microsoft courses, MTA and MOS certifications for college credit

Links to the Professional Development exam prep training materials and certification vouchers for educator use

 

Resources

MSIA member website

Microsoft courses, MTA and MOS certifications

 

 

There’s No Substitute for Practice

MIndhub

Mindhub.com is offering 20% off all Microsoft practice tests to Microsoft Imagine Academy members for the entire month of May. The offer, which expires on May 31st, includes Microsoft Official Practice Tests for all skill levels looking to earn their Microsoft certifications. Whether it’s for Microsoft Office or focused around Microsoft advanced technology, it’s a great opportunity to increase student knowledge surrounding the software and technologies that will power their future.

 

To take advantage of this limited-time offer, please navigate to Mindhub.com and select the products as you normally would. Then use the code: IMAGINE20 during checkout. The offer does not include individual exam vouchers nor already discounted bundle packages, such as Certify with Confidence.

 

Resources

Mindhub.com

 

 

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

 

 

Microsoft Office Specialist e-book of Student Success

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

Students across the world are using their outstanding abilities to achieve their goals. Adding in a Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certification can push these students to the next level, giving them an additional boost when they enter higher education or the workforce.

 

The interviews within this e-book of student success stories are a demonstration of the power of knowledge coupled with certification. These are all real students from various countries, most of whom came to compete in the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) World Championship. Empowered with real world skills, marketable certifications, and creative minds, these students are changing the world, one day at a time.

 

Want to learn more about the MOS certification and competition? Check out this e-book of student success stories. Help your students get certified and prepared to compete in the MOS Regional Championships! Find out more at the official Certiport MOS Championship site.

 

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

e-book of student success stories

Certiport MOS Championship site

 

 

Student Success: Mississippi MOS Master

Braeden

We sat down with Braeden Yarbrough from Lake High School, Class of 2019, Forest-Scott County Career & Technology Center in Mississippi, USA about his Microsoft Office Specialist championship experience. Here’s what he had to say: “Microsoft’s Imagine Academy has been a major factor in the success I have had inside and outside of the classroom. In becoming certified as a Microsoft Office Specialist Master, I have proven to colleges and the industry that I am on par with, if not more prepared, than other individuals sharing my age and experience. This has allowed me to feel more confident in my college and career goals. Without this incredible program, I would not be able to adequately show my worth to colleges and those in industry. In summary, this program has had a positive, lasting impact on my life, and I believe its complete significance has yet to reveal itself.”

 

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

 

 

What We’re Reading: 21 Jobs of the Future

21 Jobs of the Future

A Look into the Near Future of Employment: Cognizant proposes 21 new jobs that will emerge over the next 10 years and will become cornerstones of the future of work. From data detectives, to cyber city analysts, to augmented reality journey builders, these jobs are not science fiction – they’re jobs Human Resources departments will have to fill before very long. These 21 jobs are positioned over a 10-year timeline and according to their “tech-centricity.” Some are highly technical, while others won’t require much tech knowledge at all.


Resources

Cognizant

Microsoft Imagine Academy member website

 

 

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