January 2020 / February 2020

Microsoft Imagine Academy

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Volume 19

Issue 6

January/February 2020


Welcome to the January/February edition of the Microsoft Imagine Academy (MSIA) Newsletter!

Happy New Year! We hope 2020 is off to a good start for everyone. In this issue of the Microsoft Imagine Academy program newsletter we have several exciting announcements including the availability of the new Office 2019 courses for Word and Excel, with the rest of the product courses arriving over the next couple of months.

We are also pleased to provide your school with new professional development certification exam vouchers for the new Microsoft Fundamentals exams, in early April.

Do you have a story about a student who is achieving success through certification or MSIA course materials? Send us an email, we would love to hear about it!


The Microsoft Imagine Academy Program Team

In this issue:

MSIA Resources:


Now Available: Microsoft Word 2019 and Excel 2019 Courses

Word and Excel Courses.



We are pleased to announce the availability of two new Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) courses. These courses are live today on the MSIA Member site. We encourage you to update your course content as soon as possible to ensure your students are studying the most recent materials to prepare for the corresponding MOS certification exam.

Microsoft Word Associate 2019: This 40-hour, educator-led course helps prepare students for Exam MO-100: Microsoft Word (Word and Word 2019). The course includes comprehensive student and educator materials with guidance for educators, and a series of student lessons, activities and assessments contained within 5 individual modules. Based around a single business scenario, students learn how to apply the principal features of Word to specific tasks and real-world challenges helping them to understand the relevance, context, and connections to the power and usefulness of Microsoft Word. By building proficiency in Word, students will expand on their written communication skills, gain valuable insights into strategies for achieving clarity and impact, and create documents that clearly and effectively deliver their messages and ideas.

Microsoft Excel Associate 2019: This 40-hour, educator-led course helps prepare students for Exam MO-200: Microsoft Excel (Excel and Excel 2019). The course includes comprehensive student and educator materials with guidance for educators, and a series of student lessons, activities and assessments contained within 8 individual modules. Based around a single business scenario, the course guides students through specific tasks and real-world challenges to help them understand the relevance, power, and usefulness of Microsoft Excel. By becoming proficient in Excel, students will improve the ways they organize ideas and information, gain valuable insights into the ways they can filter and present data, and create spreadsheets that clearly and effectively deliver targeted data and computations. Excel is also the gateway into the Data Science Learning Path.

The remaining Microsoft Office 2019 courses are in development and the complete set of courses will be live on the MSIA Member site by mid-April 2020.

Steps to download the new courses:

  • From the MSIA Member site, go to Classroom and select Curriculum downloads
  • Type the course name in the Search box
  • Narrow your search by selecting Lesson Plan in the Type drop-down filter
  • Select Download or click on the course title to save the content



New! Microsoft Fundamentals Certification Exam Vouchers for Teacher Professional Development

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We are excited to announce that as of April 1, 2020, MSIA members will have access to five (5) Microsoft Fundamental exam vouchers for educator professional development. The Microsoft Certified Fundamentals exams are the pathway to fully understanding all about cloud computing. This set of exams is the starting point for students who are looking to start a career in artificial intelligence, data science, and cloud computing. With the usage of big data and artificial intelligence on the rise, the demand for data scientists is not being met—and the gap is widening.

Learn more about the exams:

Your MSIA professional development benefit now includes 5 Fundamentals, 5 Microsoft Certified Educator (MCE), 10 Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS), and 10 Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) exam vouchers. This change will be reflected in the Educator Development page by April 1, 2020. Please see the New MSIA Getting Started with Fundamentals page for details on the exams and links to exam preparation materials.



Microsoft Office 365 and Office 2019 Certification Exams are Now Available

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The new Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certification exams for Office 365 and Office 2019 are now available! As the official standards-based certification for validating Microsoft Office skills, the new exams will include Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, and Outlook on both the Office 365 and Office 2019 platforms. Test candidates running Office 365 on their computers will test on the exact same exam as test candidates running Office 2019 on their computers. These exams are live-in-the-application and the exams will run using whatever Office application is running on their computer and will test on the same tasks during the exam.

Microsoft Office Specialist exams are performance-based, timed, and completed live-in-the-application to validate in-demand, career-relevant, workforce skills with Microsoft Office applications. The new Office 365 and Office 2019 certification exams have been mapped to a set of revised objective domains to reflect the skills required in today’s modern workplace and now include new Office features such as 3D models, morph animations, slide zooms, new Excel functionality, and improved accessibility features.

MOS 2010 exams will be retired for a given language once all of the planned MOS 365 and 2019 exams for that language have been released. Release dates for each language are available on the exam releases page.



Imagine Cup Junior – Submissions now open!

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Microsoft Imagine Cup Junior is a global challenge to empower students who are starting to learn about technology to come up with ideas for improving the world around them. At the same time, the program helps students develop 21st century, skills like the ability to communicate and collaborate and demonstrate critical thinking and creativity. The current challenge is focused on Artificial Intelligence and introduces students to Microsoft’s AI for Good initiatives so they can explore of solutions to the issues that matter to them the most. This includes AI for Earth, AI for Accessibility, AI for Humanitarian Action and AI for Cultural Heritage.

You can get started today! Register your interest in Imagine Cup Junior, download the materials, get your students into teams of between three and six and have them work on solving a big problem with the support of artificial intelligence alongside other students from across the world.

Register today at www.imaginecup.com/junior and empower students to truly make a change. Just a reminder: This is open only to schools/instructor led clubs for students ages 13-18. Submissions close on 4/17/20. For Official Rules, see here.



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