Microsoft Imagine Academy Newsletter: May 2016







Welcome to the May 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

COMING SOON! New Office 2016 content available in May


Many schools are updating their technology over the summer and in preparation, we’re providing you with a preview of our newest Microsoft Office technology courses. Microsoft Official Academy Curriculum (MOAC) PDFs will be in resource finder on the Microsoft Imagine Academy member website for:

  • Word 2016
  • Excel 2016
  • PowerPoint 2016

OneNote MOAC will be available in June.


Teacher Appreciation Week


Wishing you a very Happy Teachers’ day!


As the architects of future generations, you ignite the passion of innovation, learning and application of knowledge in young minds through engaging and innovative teaching. You build a generation, you nurture a vision, and you transform individuals into achievers. We, at Microsoft, salute your dedication and acknowledge the enormous effort you put into shaping our shared future.


Microsoft is pleased to provide the following resources to assist in technology education and employability:


Imagine@MVA was created to help provide you with resources to ensure your students have the opportunity to prepare for college and careers through technology education. Imagine@MVA offers free access to a selection of Microsoft learning resources designed to train students on Microsoft software and technologies. There are also resources to help you develop your own skills as an educator.


Microsoft Educator Network provides materials for your own professional development and certifications. One option is the Microsoft Certified Educator (MCE) certification which helps you gain the global educator technology literacy competencies needed to provide a rich, customized learning experience for students.


With Microsoft Certification, you can validate your students’ technology skills, helping them differentiate themselves, enhance their education and increase employability.Microsoft Certification Voucher packs can be purchased by academic institutions at a discount.


Microsoft Imagine Academy (MSIA) program provides a comprehensive digital curriculum for fundamental technology skills -- as well as courses that prepare students for success in today’s technologically evolving world. 


Community Insights

Microsoft Imagine Academy Certificate of Completion


We are excited to announce a new template for you to use to create Certificates of Completion for Microsoft Imagine Academy students after they have finished a course. Personalization and translation instructions for certificate printing are included with the kit. Find the instructions and templates on the Microsoft Imagine Academy member site.

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Show us Your Posters!


In January, we mailed new Microsoft Imagine Academy posters to all program members (to the attention (ATTN) of your Program Administrator) to help increase visibility of the program in your school and classroom. We would love to see the posters placed in your classroom and invite you to upload a picture to the Microsoft Imagine Academy Facebook page!

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Roadmap for Office 365 Education


Due to popular demand from all of you, the Education Product Teams put together a new public education-specific roadmap for Office 365 Education. We are committed to a great education experience and now you can see what we are working on so you can prepare over the summer!

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Microsoft Official Courses On-Demand


Microsoft Official Courses On-Demand (MOC On-Demand) blend video, text, hands-on labs, and knowledge checks to help you build your Microsoft technology skills—on your own schedule, at your own pace, and in your own place. With a computer and an Internet connection, your Microsoft Official Courses On-Demand come to you, anytime.


Offered to Microsoft Imagine Academy members through Courseware Marketplace, MOC On-Demand courses are created by top technical and instructional experts in Microsoft technologies: Microsoft Certified Trainers (MCTs) and subject matter experts. MOC On-Demand gives you solid credentials as you grow your IT skills—and your career.


This great learning tool is now available for $265 for Microsoft Imagine Academy members. To learn more about Microsoft Official Courses On-Demand, including the courses available, check out the MOC On-Demand site.


Know It. Prove It. – The Classroom Edition


A classroom ready edition of Know It. Prove It. (KiPi) is now available. The KiPi In-A-Box challenge helps to bridge the technology skills gap by providing students and educators with a fun, classroom- ready, 30- or 45-day technology challenge helping to prepare students for the Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) and Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) certifications.

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Value of IT Certification Survey


We are pleased to share with you the results of the recently completed survey titled The 2015 Value of IT Certification by PearsonVUE. The survey was conducted autumn 2015 with more than 25,000 respondents who are early- and mid-career IT industry professionals who have earned certification.

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New MOAC: MTA Mobility and Device Fundamentals


Exam 98-368, “MTA Mobility and Device Fundamentals,” measures students’ ability to accomplish technical tasks such as device configuration, data access and management, device security, cloud services, and enterprise mobility. Imagine Academy members now have free access to the MOAC student textbook and instructor materials for this exam.

This MOAC title provides everything you need to ensure your students learn to configure and secure Windows devices, access and manage data (including cloud storage), learn basics of Microsoft cloud services (including Microsoft Azure and Microsoft Intune), and learn aboutenterprise mobility including Bring Your Own Device policies. Instructor materials include setup and lesson guides, PowerPoint slides, and test banks.

Download all the course materials from the Curriculum Downloads page. You also can purchase print copies of the textbook at a steep discount. Download the order form for price and ordering information.


Visual Studio Just Got More Open Source Friendly!


PHP Tools for Visual Studio are here! Working on a cool project using PHP? Now you can build it in Visual Studio! PHP Tools for Visual Studio transparently integrates into Microsoft Visual Studio and extends it with support for the PHP language.

The extension is focused on developer productivity, respecting VS conventions. It understands code, provides smart code completion, quick navigation, syntax error checking, an integrated PHP manual, project system, debugging support and much more. Download today!


New book: Microsoft Project 2016 Step by Step


We’re pleased to announce the availability of Microsoft Project 2016 Step by Step (ISBN 780735698741), by Carl Chatfield and Timothy Johnson.

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Success Stories

Cary High School (NC) students gain certified computer skills through Microsoft Imagine Academy:


We are very excited to announce a new Microsoft Imagine Academy customer case study that has been completed with Cary High School in North Carolina, USA. Access the full story here.

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Microsoft Office Specialist Championship – Help your students qualify!


Students are competitive by nature; use that power to beat Spring Fever! Kandi Pearce, a teacher at Perry County Vocational Technical Center in New Augusta, Mississippi, USA, harnessed that competitive spirit to encourage her students toward Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certification. When Ms. Pearce and her students noticed that another school was sweeping the MOS State Qualifier, their competitive spirit took over. Ty Penton, an 11th grader, was so motivated that he is now leading in PowerPoint 2013! Like Ms. Pearce, let’s use the MOS qualifier to encourage your students to certify. We would love to see them on the leaders boards!

Visit the MOS Championship website to find out more.


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