Microsoft IT Academy Newsletter: January 2016





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

Feature Story

Microsoft IT Academy will be Renamed to Microsoft Imagine Academy


The IT Academy program is one of Microsoft's oldest and most important educational initiatives, demonstrating deep partnership with learning institutions and a commitment to employment-focused skill building for students and educators. Microsoft is continuing to invest in education, and we've developed the “Imagine" identity to bring all of our education initiatives together. By renaming the IT Academy program to Microsoft Imagine Academy we're signaling this alignment of Microsoft's education initiatives to provide the best-in-class services and support for today's technology focused institutions, and a long term commitment to provide solutions to the ever evolving challenges in educating the next generation of technology workers. This name change will take effect on January 11, 2016.

To support you as you transition to the new program name, a new suite of marketing resources will be available in 10 languages for download on the member site on January 11, 2016. We are providing you a preview of the English versions through the links below:

We encourage you to start using these great new resources right away, however, Microsoft is providing a six month transition window to adopt the Imagine Academy identity.

In an effort to provide you with all the resources you need to effectively transition to the new program name, we will also be mailing printed Imagine Academy posters. Please keep an eye out for these materials in early February, these materials will be addressed to the IT Academy Program Administrator. We're looking forward to continuing to deliver a comprehensive technology education solution to provide you the tools and resources to prepare your students for success in college and career. As we continue to evolve our education experience, Imagine Academy will provide your portal into the future of Microsoft education.


What's New/Program Updates

Microsoft Educator Network has a Community for IT Academy (soon to be Imagine Academy) Educators


​Connect with other educators from around the world to share, learn and grow with Microsoft's Educator Community. Gain access to additional professional development, give and get advice from other educators, earn badges and contribute to the advancement of technology education worldwide. To gain access to the IT Academy member community use the promo code: IACommunity to connect with your peers around the world.



Free Digital Event For Educators


Are you looking to be more innovative? Creative? Disruptive?

Microsoft's Hack the Classroom is a free, digital event for educators and school leaders designed to give educators insight into the latest trends in education. The “hacking" spirit has captured the hearts of educators and school leaders around the world - more and more, teachers are taking it upon themselves to transform the way they teach, and the way their students learn. Come learn from thought leaders for a live, interactive session, and sharing the stories of teachers and students who have embraced the “Hack the Classroom" mentality to inspire thousands of other classrooms to do the same.

We are honored to announce that Hadi Partovi, founder of Code.org, and Dale Dougherty, founder of MAKE Magazine and MakerFaire, will be joining us as keynote speakers.

Register today!


New Book on Office 2016


​Use your IA discount on the newly released Microsoft Office 2016 Step by Step from Microsoft Press. To purchase – click here. In the shopping cart, use code IAMEMBER for 40 percent off a print copy or IAEBOOK for 50 percent off an eBook copy. 



Bring your Laptop and get Hands-On with the Latest Technology!


​The Microsoft Innovation Series offers free, one-day events around the world where IT implementers can take technologies like Microsoft Azure, Windows Server 2016, Windows 10, and Enterprise Mobility Suite for a real-time test drive in a safe, virtual machine testing environment. Find an event near you and be part of #innovateIT.



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