Microsoft Imagine Academy Newsletter: September 2016







Welcome to the September 2016 edition of the monthly Microsoft Imagine Academy newsletter—news and information to help you get the most out of your Imagine Academy membership. Help keep your team informed—please forward this newsletter to educators in your school.

Feature Story

OneNote versions of Microsoft Official Academic Course (MOAC) 2016 curriculum


Office 2016 Microsoft Official Academic Courses (MOAC) OneNote files and PDF versions are now available for students and educators. These courses are designed to cover all the learning objectives for the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) 2016 exams. The following titles are available in English, Arabic, Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Portuguese and Spanish:


  • Word Core
  • Excel Core
  • Excel Expert
  • Word Expert
  • PowerPoint
  • Access

The new Office 2016 courses are available on the member site both through the resource finder and the new Learning Pathway. We hope this interface helps you locate our newest courses more easily.

Because this content is provided as a OneNote file, integration with an existing LMS is simplified making it easier for educators and students to navigate through the lessons. Early customer feedback has been positive for the new OneNote content format:

“The MOAC curriculum is excellent. It is far better at this (organizing information) than some other curriculum that is in many completely different documents. Organization of content is excellent. I like the page titles on the right that really delineate exactly what the student is creating.” – Kathy Schmit, Teacher, Kalama High School, Kalama, WA, USA

Access the MOAC 2016 Curriculum through your MSIA member login credentials. Check out the resources on OneNote for Teachers to familiarize yourself with LMS integration and content sharing features now available through OneNote.


What's New/Program Updates

2016 MOS Certification exams available!


We are excited to announce the availability of the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) 2016 certification exams. These tests are the official standards-based credential for validating Microsoft Office 2016 skills. MOS certification leads the industry in performance-based testing and is recognized globally as the premier credential with 1.9 million MOS Exams taken during the last school year. Top achievers were celebrated at the MOS world championship in August with students travelling from around the world to compete in the competition. The new MOS 2016 exams improve upon the previous versions by migrating from a single, large project to multiple, smaller projects. The new format allows teachers to devote more time to practicing and mastering the specific skills tested in each smaller project.


MOS exam vouchers are available for free through the MSIA member site to support professional development and validate educator’s technology skills.

Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) 2016 certification exams include:

  • 77-725: Word 2016 Core
  • 77-727: Excel 2016 Core
  • 77-729: PowerPoint 2016
  • 77-726: Word 2016 Expert
  • 77-728: Excel 2016 Expert
  • 77-730: Access 2016
  • 77-731: Outlook 2016


Digital Badges Available for Microsoft Office Specialist Certification Program


Digital badges are available for Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certification program through Acclaim. These badges are available to users who have achieved MOS certification in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Outlook, OneNote and SharePoint, and enable individuals to showcase their industry-leading desktop skills and interests online– on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, via email, a blog or website – to prove their proficiency and increase networking opportunities.

When students earn recognition for their learning achievements and professional skills, they can put their badge to work with Acclaim Labor Market Insights. Students can see the real-time Market Labor Insights by clicking on one of their skills earned at Acclaim. A powerful resource for students as they seek to become a part of the professional world, Acclaim Labor Market Insights provides information such as active job postings requiring these skills, the locations where these skills are most in demand, the top employers hiring individuals who have these skills and more. NEW! Students can now link directly to the active job postings and apply! For more information, visit the Certiport website.


Minecraft: Education Edition Early Access


Minecraft: Education Edition is a specially tailored version of the popular game for use in the classroom. It retains the essence of Minecraft and should be considered as a game-based learning opportunity. This results in an engaging and immersive experience that allows students to learn how to persist with problem-based solutions in a series of trial and error actions. The education edition encourages all five C's: Communication, Collaboration, Critical Thinking, Creativity and Computational Thinking, with studies showing that there is a general 12% increase in learning outcomes with games and simulations of this nature.
Using Minecraft: Education Edition in the classroom can motivate students to be more engaged, willing to collaborate, and explore their creativity. The Education Edition has custom features to support classroom management and student work, including:

  • Simple, Secure Sign-in with Office 365
  • Camera and student portfolio objects to demonstrate learning and progress
  • Maps and chalkboards to provide a way of communicating and connecting
  • Specialized education blocks to enhance teaching and learning
  • Sample lessons and ideas for learning activities
  • Teacher professional development resources for Minecraft: Education Edition will be available in September through the MSIA member website.

While in Early Access, Minecraft: Education Edition is available in selected countries. Check here for country availability.


Benefit Highlights

Creative Coding Through Game and Apps with Touch Develop


Creative Coding Through Games and Apps (CCGA) was piloted last year and has been wildly successful with educators and students to quickly learn the basics of coding. See how Tolt Middle School in Washington State is getting their students hooked on coding using the Creative Coding Through Games and Apps curriculum as part of their Microsoft Imagine Academy program.


Note: We encourage you to join the CCGA Yammer Group to stay current on new information. Privacy policy has required retirement of the Groups Feature. Students can log in, save their work to continue later and continue where they left off. Students can also take a screenshot of where they are and provide that to their instructor.


New Windows 10 App and Microsoft Testing on Console 8


Windows 10 features a Take a Test app which locks down the machine and then launches a testing site URL. Please note: this app will not work in conjunction with Certiport’s Console 8 to offer MOS, MTA, or MCE Exams. As Console 8 is a dedicated app that launches the MOS/MTA/MCE Exams and uses its own interface and lockdown mode to deliver these Microsoft exams, it is imperative that you do not launch the Take a Test app prior to launching Console 8.

Find out more about the Windows 10 Take a Test app on TechNet.

For additional resources on Console 8, please visit your Organization Administrator page at Certiport.


Community Insights

Can your students build a compelling website in 10kB or less?


Microsoft and An Event Apart (helmed by key influencers Jeffrey “Godfather of Modern Web Design” Zeldman & Eric “CSS Guru” Meyer), have launched 10k Apart, a competition that challenges web designers and developers to build a compelling web experience in 10kB or less. The contest focuses on progressive enhancement, interop, accessibility & performance.
We invite you to encourage your students to create a web experience and enter the contest! The contest runs through the end of September and is offering $10,000 in total cash prizes plus a bunch of other goodies to the top 15 entries.



Hack the Classroom: Small steps to big impact


Following a successful debut in January, Hack the Classroom is back (with an amazing agenda!) for September 24 at 8:00a.m. PST. Featuring speakers including industry thought leaders John Kao and Jordan Shapiro, the theme is “Small Steps to Big Impact.”
Join other education thought leaders and innovative speakers for another edition of Hack the Classroom on September 24!

Register now for your spot in what’s sure to be another successful, eye-opening and inspiring live event!


Success Stories

Meet Manuela Prajea an award-winning mathematics teacher from Romania


Here is a profile story of Manuela Prajea a Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) from Romania that is using Microsoft tools and training in her classroom!



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