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MSIA January Newsletter

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MSIA January Newsletter
by Lisa Speltz - Thursday, January 19, 2017, 11:00 AM

Volume 14, Issue 1 | January 2017

In this month’s Microsoft Imagine Academy program newsletter, we kick off 2017 with highlights of new content announcements.

Several new titles are now available on the MSIA Member Site under the Resource Finder and we also encourage you to check out the Microsoft Imagine Academy Learning Pathways including Productivity and Computer Science.

We have several new courses that came out on the Educator Community! Be sure to check them out here

To build student certification success over the next several months, we invite you to prepare to teach the curriculum by taking advantage of several professional development resources available now, including getting certified yourself with the Educator Exam Vouchers included with your membership.

Read on for these articles and more!

Microsoft Imagine Academy Learning Pathways

We encourage you to check out the Microsoft Imagine Academy Learning Pathways including Productivity and Computer Science.

Productivity through Microsoft Office training builds skills that help students improve their productivity in the classroom and career. All courses prepare for MOS certification and are available on the member site through the new Learning Pathway area (as well as through the resource finder). Microsoft is invested in improving computer science awareness and skills. We offer curriculum to expose students to Learn to Code in an hour, or as part of an after-school club or coding camp. A broad array of beginner and intermediate courses like the Learn to Code series, Minecraft: Education Edition, and Creative Coding Through Games and Apps (CCGA) set students up for early success, while more advanced coding and programming curriculum builds comprehensive knowledge and skills for college and career, all available through the Computer Science pathway.

We hope this Learning Pathway interface helps you locate our newest courses more easily. Watch for the newest Learning Pathways: Data Science and IT Infrastructure coming soon!

Now Available: MS Press Study Guides for Microsoft Office Specialist 2016 Certification Exams

One of the best ways to start preparing for the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certification exams is through the MOS study guides. Several new titles are now available on the MSIA Member Site under the Resource Finder:

  • MOS 2016 Study Guide for Microsoft Word
  • MOS 2016 Study Guide for Microsoft Excel
  • MOS 2016 Study Guide for Microsoft PowerPoint
  • MOS 2016 Study Guide for Microsoft Excel Expert
  • MOS 2016 Study Guide for Microsoft Outlook
  • MOS 2016 Study Guide for Microsoft Word Expert
  • MOS 2016 Study Guide for Microsoft Access

New book on Microsoft SharePoint 2016

Use your Microsoft Imagine Academy discount on the newly released Microsoft SharePoint 2016 Step by Step from Microsoft Press. Click here to purchase. In the shopping cart, use code IAMEMBER for 40 percent off a print copy or IAEBOOK for 50 percent off an eBook copy.

Microsoft Schools and Showcase School Programs are growing!

As a consumer of the Microsoft Imagine Academies, you have the added benefit of joining the Microsoft Schools program and gaining access to:

  • Global community of practice which reaches over 1000 leaders
  • Digital banners, decks and signature blocks to highlight your status
  • Quick Start Guide with resources
  • Monthly publication with the best of Microsoft teaching and leading assets

Simply register by going to; upon doing so, you will be auto-enrolled into the program and receive a welcome email with your digital assets. We look forward to having you as a leader in our growing Schools community!

Educator Certification Exam – Free Vouchers Available

Ten Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) exam vouchers, 10 Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) exam vouchers, and 10 Microsoft Certified Educator (MCE) exam vouchers for Faculty and Staff use are available annually as part of your Imagine Academy membership. Each year this benefit is renewed, aligned with the expiration date of your Imagine Academy membership. Find the exam preparation materials as well as instructions on how to redeem the exam vouchers in the Educator Development section of the MSIA Member site.

New Certification Offers Launching this Month

We are happy to announce new changes in Microsoft’s Volume Licensing certifications solutions that will provide even greater value to Microsoft Imagine Academy members! These new offers are designed to increase flexibility and provide the best options possible for your teachers and students, including Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS), Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) and Microsoft Certified Educator (MCE).

As of January 2017, these new certification offers include:

1. A new flexible multi-certification exam option in a single license:

  • The 500 MOS Cert VL SKU will be replaced with a premium solution: “MOS-MTA-MCE CERT LIC COMBO (combo up to 500 exams)” SKU. This new offer provides greater choice inside the highly cost-effective value of a site license by allowing schools to choose their mix of certification types and the quantity of each type.

2. Reduced VL Certification Site License sizes and exam quantities:

  • “MOS-MCE CERT SITE LICENSE COMBO 125” SKU (combo up to 125 exams) This new combo-SKU provides a smaller site license exam quantity, along with the flexibility of combining MOS and MCE certification exam types. You can choose the mix and the quantity of each certification type.
  • “MTA-MCE CERT SITE LICENSE PROMO 125” SKU (combo up to 125 exams) This introductory promotional SKU is offered for MTA and MCE certification exam combinations. This promo combo-SKU also provides a smaller site license exam quantity, and the flexibility of combining MTA and MCE certification exam types. You can choose the mix and the quantity of each certification type. This promotional SKU is offered at a 25% discount and is valid for the first nine (9) months in market.

    For additional information, please download the Imagine Academy and Microsoft Certification Fact Sheet

Microsoft + edX School Transformation Courses Start Strong!

Become a change leader and take the first step in launching instructional improvement initiatives in schools to improve teaching and learning. Our first edX School Leadership course begins January 2017 and you can join over 6000 people who have registered for the courses:

Peter Senge from MIT has co-designed our first course with Justin Reich.
The Journal of Business Strategy (September/October 1999) named Senge one of the 24 people who has had the greatest influence on business strategy over the last 100 years. The Financial Times (2000) named him one of the world’s top management gurus, and BusinessWeek (October 2001) rated Senge one of the top 10 management gurus.

What’s Happening with the Microsoft Educator Community!

We have several new courses that came out on the Educator Community! Be sure to check them out here.

Digital Inking with Surface covers the following topics: The power of the pen, note taking and annotations, creating diagrams, record your thinking for STEAM lessons, digital inking in Microsoft Office, using Fluid Math with the Surface, coding and programming on the Surface, teaching world languages, accessibility with Windows 10 and unlocking student creativity. Earn your badge today!

Amplifying Student Voice will explore the critical role of student voice in transforming your students, classroom, school and community through building confidence, respect and empowerment.

The Introduction to Microsoft Imagine Academy course will help you learn how MSIA supports STEM and employability skills, the program benefits, value of certification, as well as hear success stories. The course is ideal for both people familiar and new to the Imagine Academy. For those who know about MSIA, they can validate their understanding and get inspired by other members. Anyone that completes the course will earn 500 points and a badge (it takes 1,000 points to become a Microsoft Innovative Educator).

In the Step up to computer science course, you will find many ideas and strategies for bringing CS concepts in your classroom. This course covers topics for educators looking to start a computer science program in their school, are curious how other educators run their computer science program, or would like to integrate computer science skills into other subjects.

Skype in the Classroom starts from the beginning by introducing what Skype in the Classroom is, teaching you how to create Skype in the Classroom Content and showing you the various Skype Activities and the differences between them. After taking this course, you will be prepared to take your students on some amazing journeys!

New Computer Science Posters Now Available for Download

Posters play an important part of building awareness for your Imagine Academy classes and we are happy to announce three new posters available for download:

Microsoft Imagine Academy Certification
Microsoft Imagine Academy Computer Science
Microsoft Imagine Academy Learn It, Prove It

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