MSIA Customer Survey - March 2020

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Newsletter

Volume 19

Issue 7

March 2020

Welcome to the March edition of the Microsoft Imagine Academy (MSIA) Newsletter.

As concern grows around COVID-19, many education leaders are making the difficult decision to close schools. To help make the transition to distance learning, Microsoft has created resources, training and how to guides that we hope will help support  IT, educators, staff, and students as they make this transition. We have included several links to resources below.

Please take a moment to complete our survey to help improve the MSIA program. Summary and link to the survey are included below.

In this Issue, we are also pleased to provide you with updates to the Microsoft Office 2019 course availability as well as live webinars on March 24 and 26, where we’ll unpack all of the new resources for teaching Microsoft Office 2019 in your classroom.

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!

Sincerely,

The Microsoft Imagine Academy Program Team.

In this issue:

MSIA Resources:

Making the Transition to Remote Learning

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As we continue to see educators around the world transition to distance learning the Microsoft Education is here to help, listen, and support you and your students. Your MSIA team understands that the health and safety of your students, staff, and families is a top priority in light of the current climate around COVID-19. As many schools are closing and meeting virtually, we want to remind you the MSIA resources are available for distance learning purposes.

Microsoft Imagine Academy resources are available in 4 different paths: Productivity, Computer Science, Data Science and IT Infrastructure/Cloud. To view all of your benefits, visit the MSIA Quick Start site (scroll down to Get Started).

To access the MSIA resources:

  • Log-in to the Microsoft Imagine Academy Member Site
  • Select Classroom
  • Select Curriculum downloads (Curriculum Overview Tile) and filter to search for your course(s)
  • Select Online Learning Directory for links to short online videos and articles for courses within the four learning paths

Steps for sharing MSIA curriculum resources with students/parents while they are away from the classroom:

  • Determine which curriculum resources you want to share
  • Download these resources onto your computer or device
  • Upload the student materials to your instructional share drive or remote server and share in a secure manner (IE: Microsoft Teams, OneDrive or Google Docs)
  • Communicate to your students/parents they have access to classroom materials via your share drive or remote server
  • Update the resources and materials throughout the duration students are away from the classroom
  • Visit the MSIA Quick Start site training page (scroll down to Get Started) for training videos and tips on delivering MSIA curriculum

For questions regarding the Imagine Academy and how to deploy for virtual learning, post your questions on the Microsoft Imagine Academy Forum. In addition, make sure you are subscribed to the MSIA newsletter for important updates and upcoming webinar information.

To make it easier to connect with each other, and to answer your questions, Microsoft Education has created a new remote learning community. It’s a great resource for best practices, tips & tricks, and sharing personal experiences about how to enable distance learning for schools. We are inspired by the way this community has come together to support each other and share  ideas during this challenging time.

Resources:

MSIA Survey: We Would Like Your Input!

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Microsoft is always working to improve the MSIA program to better align to educator and student needs and we would like to ask for your input.

Below is a link to a quick survey that will give us insight into your perspective as a key implementer and MSIA customer. We hope you will take 10 – 15 minutes of your time to complete this confidential survey.

Please click here to take the survey by Wednesday, March 25, 2020.

Your participation in this process is very much appreciated. The feedback you provide will be critical to improving the student and educator experience provided by the MSIA program.

Resources:

Now Available: Several New 2019 Courses

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We are pleased to announce the availability of several 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. Courses available now include:

Microsoft Word associate 2019
Microsoft Word expert 2019
Microsoft Excel associate 2019
Microsoft Excel expert 2019
Microsoft Outlook associate 2019
Microsoft PowerPoint associate 2019

The Microsoft Access associate 2019 course is in development and will be live on the MSIA Member site by mid-April 2020.

Join us for live webinars where we’ll unpack all of the new resources for teaching Microsoft Office 2019 in your classroom. Heather Daniel, a Microsoft Imagine Academy MIE and master trainer will walk through all of the new resources and how to set them up in your classroom. We’ll include a live demo and answer all of your questions about these new courses!

Mark your calendar for the time/date that works best for you then click on the link to join at the specified time.

March 24th 4pm PDT
Join Microsoft Teams Meeting
+1 206-712-2701 United States, Seattle (Toll)
Conference ID: 165 219 758#

March 26th 4pm CDT
Join Microsoft Teams Meeting
+1 206-712-2701 United States, Seattle (Toll)
Conference ID: 857 614 661#

March 26th 4pm EDT
Join Microsoft Teams Meeting
+1 206-712-2701 United States, Seattle (Toll)
Conference ID: 804 422 456#

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

Resources:

Congratulations to the U.S. State of Alabama: 100,000 Student Certifications!

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Congratulations to the U.S. State of Alabama achieving 100,000 Microsoft Certifications! Through hard work and dedication to provide students with the opportunity to earn these credentials accomplishment puts the State of Alabama in an exclusive group. Alabama is one of three U.S. states to reach this milestone.

The milestone was officially reached in December 2019! Celebrations and recognition were established at the Alabama State Board of Education meeting held on February 13, 2020. A resolution was read to congratulate the state for its accomplishment and glassware was presented by Certiport. We continued celebrations on February 27, 2020 at Headland High School (Henry County), where the 100,000th certification was earned. The Principal organized a presentation for CTE students who were assembled to observe the presentation of a certificate to the student who earned the 100,000th Microsoft Office Specialist certification in Excel. The event was covered on the local news and through the Alabama State Department of Education website and Twitter account.

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