#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
Are your students ready to be a Microsoft Office Specialist Champion to represent your Nation? Announcing the 2017 Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Four Nations and World Championship. Prove you are the best in Word, Excel and PowerPoint by taking a Microsoft Office Specialist exam!
The MOS Four Nations Championship offers an opportunity for students across the UK and Ireland to prove their digital skills and be in the running to win fantastic prizes. To participate, eligible students must take, and pass, a MOS exam (Excel, PowerPoint or Word) before 15 May, 2017.… Visit the author's original post
The following post is from Anthony Nneke, Education Business Manager at Microsoft UK. Anthony leads on the Imagine Academy on behalf of the Microsoft UK Education team.
What does Microsoft Offer In relation to Professional Development and Digital Skills for Institutions?
Teacher Capacity is a crucial factor in driving success in classrooms around the world. At Microsoft, we are investing significantly in programs and offers to provide teachers with professional development. Our resources are represented through four primary programs:
- Microsoft Educator Community (MEC)
- Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE)
- Authorised Training Partners
- Imagine Academy
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
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
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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Right now, at a school in one of 130 countries, students are seated at a computer, laser-focused on an exam unlike any other. Working within Microsoft Office Word, Excel, or PowerPoint; each student must perform a set of tasks based on a business scenario with pinpoint accuracy, in the shortest time possible. Passing the exam not only earns them a MOS certification, but also qualifies them to start the journey to the 2015 MOS World Championship (previously).
From these local qualifying rounds, top scoring students will represent their schools at MOS Regional Championships held around the world in May and June.… Visit the author's original post
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
To help you and your students keeps skills sharp on trending new technologies in 2015, the IT Academy and LeX team are updating a selection of MTA and MOS certifications.
MTA: New and Retiring Courses
We are pleased to introduce new MTA exams for use in conjunction with current additional resources (such as lesson plans, MOAC, Microsoft Press Study Guides, and online learning), designed to better support the core IT Infrastructure area of study and help students prepare for related certifications.These exams will replace a set of exams retiring on July 15, 2015.
Last year Microsoft Learning Experience’s Academic Team visited Helen Andrews, Microsoft Office Specialist teacher, and her class at Bellevue High School in Washington State. On that day, we asked which Microsoft IT Academy resources proved to be helpful and which resources we needed to improve. We also asked the MOS students, comprised of boys and girls in grades 9-12, whether or not they had experience with computer programming, and whether or not they would be interested in taking a programming class.… Visit the author's original post
Conditional formatting quickly highlights important information in a spreadsheet. But sometimes the built-in formatting rules don’t go quite far enough. Adding your own formula to a conditional formatting rule gives it a power boost to help you do things the built-in rules can’t do.
For example, let’s say you track your dental patients’ birthdays to see whose is coming up and then mark them as having received a Happy Birthday greeting from you.
In this worksheet, we see the information we want by using conditional formatting, driven by two rules that each contain a formula.… Visit the author's original post
It’s official: the 2015 Microsoft Office Specialist World Championship will be held in Dallas, Texas on August 9-12, 2015! Join thousands of schools around the globe in the technology skills competition that provides a platform for students to showcase their expertise using Microsoft Office tools. By encouraging your students to participate, you'll help them gain the upper hand in today’s competitive academic and professional marketplace.
Entering its fourteenth year, countries from around the world will host local competitions to determine country and regional representatives based on exam scores and completion times.… Visit the author's original post
The next installment in the monthly EduCast webinar series is just around the corner. Register today to join Microsoft, educators and industry experts for an engaging discussion designed to help students meet college and career goals.
Let's Get Creative!: Learning with Bing and Office Mix
Tuesday, November 11, 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM PST
Microsoft Product Marketing Manager Emily Orrson will talk about Bing as contextualizer, connective fabric, and classroom aid for inspiration, giving practical examples of where and how to think about the future of questions.… Visit the author's original post
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