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Students tackle ‘rock concert’ challenge in Minecraft: Education Edition during MOS Four Nations Finals

Teachers all over the world are increasingly using Minecraft: Education Edition to challenge their students in new ways, creating projects and schemes of work that cover a huge range of classroom subjects and real-life scenarios. In June, The MOS 4N National Finalists worked as National Teams on a music-themed project to collaboratively demonstrate their digital skills using Minecraft: Education Edition and Microsoft Office in a fun and exciting way.… Visit the author's original post

Students tackle ‘rock concert’ challenge in Minecraft: Education Edition during MOS Four Nations Finals

Teachers all over the world are increasingly using Minecraft: Education Edition to challenge their students in new ways, creating projects and schemes of work that cover a huge range of classroom subjects and real-life scenarios. In June, The MOS 4N National Finalists worked as National Teams on a music-themed project to collaboratively demonstrate their digital skills using Minecraft: Education Edition and Microsoft Office in a fun and exciting way.… Visit the author's original post

Microsoft Brings the Four Nations Together with the MOS Championship

Since the launch of the MOS Four Nations Championship, more than 40,000 Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certification exams have been delivered across England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Microsoft and Prodigy Learning are proud to announce the inaugural Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Four Nations Champions who have demonstrated their digital skills (specifically their mastery of Microsoft Office and Minecraft) at the Four Nations Final held at Microsoft UK Headquarters.… Visit the author's original post

Microsoft Office Specialist World Championship: Join the Movement

march-april-cover#TheFeed is back for the March/April 2017 edition, and focusses on Accessibility. In the latest issue you’ll find stories from schools specialising in SEND, studies from the British Dyslexia Association, and the latest on technologies that can aid SEND learners and those who teach them.

This extract is written by Andrew Griggs, who discusses the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) World Championships, a competition that tests children’s skills when using Microsoft Office, managed in UK and Ireland by Prodigy Learning. The following articles explains how you can get involved!Visit the author's original post

North Carolina Celebrates Its Student Milestone – 200,000 Microsoft Certifications

Seeing young people learning and achieving more in schools is one of the most rewarding aspects of my work. This week, some wonderful news came from the schools in North Carolina, and I couldn’t wait to share it with you.

 

Today, the state superintendent of North Carolina announced that North Carolina schools have achieved the significant milestone of more than 200,000 Microsoft certifications!

 

In the fall of 2010, Microsoft and the North Carolina State Department of Public Instruction piloted the first-ever statewide Microsoft IT Academy (ITA) program in the United States. In the span of just five years, students and teachers in North Carolina have earned more than 200,000 professional certifications in Microsoft technologies.Visit the author's original post

Microsoft Redmond Reflection 2015

MY DREAM CAME TRUE AT E2

MyMoment

Ever since I can remember, I have always been drawn to Microsoft Technologies, whilst working in corporate and academic training environments for more than 25 years – it all started at UCT, many moons ago, and two of my biggest dreams were to visit THE Microsoft building, or to work for Microsoft.

Thank you, Microsoft, for making one of my dreams come true during 2015!  The opportunity to be physically present @ Microsoft Redmond, Building 92, was awesome!

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Microsoft Redmond Reflection 2015

MY DREAM CAME TRUE AT E2

MyMoment

Ever since I can remember, I have always been drawn to Microsoft Technologies, whilst working in corporate and academic training environments for more than 25 years – it all started at UCT, many moons ago, and two of my biggest dreams were to visit THE Microsoft building, or to work for Microsoft.

Thank you, Microsoft, for making one of my dreams come true during 2015!  The opportunity to be physically present @ Microsoft Redmond, Building 92, was awesome!

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Microsoft Redmond Reflection 2015

MY DREAM CAME TRUE AT E2

MyMoment

Ever since I can remember, I have always been drawn to Microsoft Technologies, whilst working in corporate and academic training environments for more than 25 years – it all started at UCT, many moons ago, and two of my biggest dreams were to visit THE Microsoft building, or to work for Microsoft.

Thank you, Microsoft, for making one of my dreams come true during 2015!  The opportunity to be physically present @ Microsoft Redmond, Building 92, was awesome!

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Microsoft Redmond Reflection 2015

MY DREAM CAME TRUE AT E2

MyMoment

Ever since I can remember, I have always been drawn to Microsoft Technologies, whilst working in corporate and academic training environments for more than 25 years – it all started at UCT, many moons ago, and two of my biggest dreams were to visit THE Microsoft building, or to work for Microsoft.

Thank you, Microsoft, for making one of my dreams come true during 2015!  The opportunity to be physically present @ Microsoft Redmond, Building 92, was awesome!

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Microsoft Redmond Reflection 2015

MY DREAM CAME TRUE AT E2

MyMoment

Ever since I can remember, I have always been drawn to Microsoft Technologies, whilst working in corporate and academic training environments for more than 25 years – it all started at UCT, many moons ago, and two of my biggest dreams were to visit THE Microsoft building, or to work for Microsoft.

Thank you, Microsoft, for making one of my dreams come true during 2015!  The opportunity to be physically present @ Microsoft Redmond, Building 92, was awesome!

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Certiport announces 2015 Microsoft Office Specialist India Champions

Certiport has announced the 2015 Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) India Champions in Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel and Microsoft PowerPoint, culminating the popular technology skills competition in New Delhi, India. Thousands of entries were received and 125 finalists competed in the final round by taking a unique competition exam in their track. Representatives from Microsoft, Pearson VUE and local dignitaries attended the awards ceremony and congratulated winners.

The 2015 Microsoft Office Specialist India Champions are:

  • Shashank Batra, Word 2010
  • Rohan Sethi, Excel 2010
  • Vibhor Vij, PowerPoint 2010
  • Kedar Joshi, Word 2013
  • Nishita Dahisaria, Excel 2013
  • Kunal Garg, PowerPoint 2013

 The six first place champions each won an invitation and all-expenses-paid trip to compete in Certiport’s 2015 Microsoft Office Specialist World Championship from August 9-12 2015 in Dallas, Texas.… Visit the author's original post

Masters of MOS Certification: Copper Hills High School

Copper Hills High School in West Jordan, Utah is a Microsoft IT Academy dedicated to certifying its students in Microsoft Office to help them achieve their academic and career goals.

In a new video produced by Certiport, teachers and administrators share how they've rallied together to foster an environment that supports students’ efforts to become Microsoft Office Specialists, Experts and Masters in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Outlook, SharePoint and OneNote.

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March EduCast Recap: Prepping students with business productivity skills for 21st century jobs

In the next decade, approximately 77% of jobs will require some degree of technology skills—a requirement not only for IT-centric roles, but for jobs in traditionally ‘analog’ business roles, such as sales, marketing and management.

At this month’s Microsoft EduCast webcast, two education professionals shared insights into the tools needed to prepare students for tomorrow’s jobs.

Office 365 Skills and Certification for a 21st Century Workforce
Jeff Johnson, Solution Specialist, Global Academic Team, Microsoft 

A recent IDC Research survey revealed that Microsoft Office skills ranked third out of the top 200 skills required for tomorrow’s best jobs, just behind essential ‘soft’ skills—oral and written communication and attention to detail.… Visit the author's original post

Certiport Announces Inaugural CERTIFIED Educator Conference, June 18-20

As a technology educator, you know that industry-recognized certification gives schools a way to validate technology skills while helping students build credentials for college entry, internships and jobs. Now's your chance to bring the full power and potential of technology certification to the classroom. 

What: CERTIFIED 2015 
When/Where: June 18-20, 2015 at the Buena Vista Palace Hotel and Spa in Orlando, Florida
Why: Connect with educators and experts to bring the full power and potential of technology certification to the classroom
Learn more: www.certiport.com/certified

Join educators and industry experts at the 2015 CERTIFIED Educator Conference, June 18-20 in Orlando, Florida—three days of insightful keynotes, deep dive breakout sessions, and face-to-face discussions and activities designed to help educators serve their students, improve their teaching, and enhance their career.… Visit the author's original post

Give Your Students a Second Shot at Certification

As an educator, you know that students sometimes need a second chance at success. For students focused on achieving a Microsoft certification, our popular Second Shot offer lives up to its name. 

Now through May 31, 2015, your students can take any Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) or Microsoft Dynamics exam, and get a free Second Shot if they fail the first time. 

We've simplified the Second Shot offer to streamline certification success. No offer code or voucher is needed--your students are automatically eligible for a Second Shot just by taking an applicable exam.… Visit the author's original post

IT Academy Core Areas of Study: Guidance to the Right Certification Path for You

Back in October we shared a blog post about our updated certification paths. If you’re like me and have a keen attention to detail, you might have noticed a bit of restructuring of the poster. To help make the road to certification clearer for our ITA users, we introduced three core areas of study.

 Microsoft IT Academy is focused on offering content tailored to students as they pursue Microsoft certifications and gain employability skills. We heard loads of feedback from both teachers and students about the difficulty they have in wading through the plethora of ITA resources they have access to.… Visit the author's original post

Special Student Offers: Two Great Reasons to Get Certified in 2014

Educators, great news for your students. Now through December 31, 2014, your students can take advantage of special offers on certification exams. By achieving new skills and a certification by the end of the year, your students can be more confident and motivated to reach their college and career goals; and will earn a credential that can help them stand out in the job market.

Share these two offers with your students today:  

Offer #1: Free MCP Practice Test Offer from Pearson VUE


Get a FREE Microsoft practice test from MeasureUp with any MCP exam purchase.

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New Certification Roadmap Paves a Path for Students

Every journey benefits from guideposts to lead the way. To help your students navigate academic and career goals, print and display the new Microsoft IT Academy Certification Roadmap poster. It gives students an at-a-glance view of the exams and certifications on three areas of study: Productivity, Computer Science, and IT Infrastructure. 

Click the graphic to download the PDF-formatted poster. 

For information about becoming a Microsoft IT Academy member, visit www.microsoft.com/ITacademy

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Special Student Offer: 15% Off MCP Exams

With just three months remaining in 2014, now’s the perfect time to encourage students to finish the year with a new Microsoft Certification. To help you encourage students to reach their goals, we’re offering 15% off Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) exams. Passing just one Microsoft Certification exam makes them a member of the Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) community!

 It’s simple to redeem the discount:

  • Direct students to choose from any Microsoft Commercial (070) and Student (072, 073) exam listed here.
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This Week at ITA | October EduCast webinar, online proctored exams, and a story of certification achievement

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Introducing Online Proctored Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) and MTA exams

As announced yesterday, select Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) and Microsoft Technical Associate (MTA) exams are now available for U.S. residents (and coming soon to other locales) to take on-line, through online proctoring offered by Pearson VUE. Online proctored exams are the exact same exams offered in onsite testing centers, administered by a remote proctor who will supervise test takers via webcam and microphone while they take their tests.… Visit the author's original post

My MOS: 100 Stories of MOS Certifications

Everyone with a Microsoft Office Specialist certification has a story to share that can motivate, inspire, and encourage others to succeed. Certiport and Microsoft asked students to share their stories to inspire others preparing for college and careers, as well as celebrate their success for becoming a Microsoft Office Specialist, Microsoft Office Specialist Expert, or Microsoft Office Specialist Master. 

More than 100 students from across the globe submitted stories, with one lucky student--Roshan Bista from Nepal--selected randomly to receive a Microsoft Surface.… Visit the author's original post