Category Archives: ITA

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

A Special Invitation | Attend Harvard’s CS50 Educator Bootcamp

What: Harvard's CS50 Educator Bootcamp
: Microsoft Corporate Headquarters, Redmond, WA
When: Thursday, June 25 – Friday, June 26
Cost: No cost for bootcamp. Participants responsible for travel/expenses.
Questions? Contact


I would like to extend to you a personal invitation to attend the CS50 Introduction to Computer Science Educator Bootcamp on June 25-26 in Redmond, Washington—a special opportunity to bring Harvard University’s wildly successful introductory computer science course to your secondary school classroom this fall.… 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

Bringing Hour of Code to Your Classroom

As a child of the 80s, the computers I grew up with were designed as much for programmers as for users. Computer magazines typically included pages of printed code for applications that you could type in and run on your own machine, and the comparatively primitive nature of those early home machines made for a great environment to learn how to code and debug simple applications.

Fast forward to today, when millions of students use computers as a daily part of their learning experience and yet have little understanding of what goes on under the covers.… Visit the author's original post

Discover What Can Happen in an Hour of Code, December 8-14

In a world powered by technological innovation, one would think that today’s student is inundated with curriculum that opens doors to computer science—one of the fastest-growing job sectors. The reality is that most K-12 students are not exposed to computer science unless they demonstrate a special interest in computers. 

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Using the U.S. as an example, 90% of primary and secondary schools don’t offer computer science classes. 25 states don't allow students to count computer science courses toward high school graduation.… Visit the author's original post