Microsoft Imagine Academy Newsletter: June 2016







Welcome to the June 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

New Office 2016 content now available


We are pleased to announce that new Office 2016 Microsoft Official Academic Courses (MOAC) are now available to you as part of your Microsoft Imagine Academy (MSIA) program license and experience.

The MOAC series, developed in partnership with John Wiley and Sons, is a comprehensive educational program for instructors and institutions to prepare and deliver industry relevant courses on Microsoft technologies.

The MOAC courseware for Microsoft Office 2016 is designed to cover all the learning objectives for the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) exams.

Below is a brief overview of the new Office 2016 MOAC available to you today:


  • While the new courseware launch will be released as a PDF eBook, an exciting innovative element with this new courseware launch is that the curriculum will also be released as a OneNote file, making it easier for educators and students to navigate through the lessons. Early customer feedback is very positive for the new OneNote 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
  • The Microsoft Official Academic Course (MOAC) series: a comprehensive program for instructors and institutions to prepare and deliver industry relevant courses on Microsoft technologies. The MOAC courseware for Microsoft Office 2016 is designed to cover all the learning objectives for the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) exams
  • Office 2016 MOAC release availability:

·         Available today (full curriculum and student kit): Word 2016 PDF eBook, Excel 2016 PDF eBook, and PowerPoint 2016 PDF eBook

·         Available late June: Word 2016, Excel 2016, and PowerPoint 2016 in a new OneNote version

Additional Resources:

·         Localization schedule:

·         The MOAC PDF eBook versions for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint will be localized by the end of June and the MOAC OneNote versions for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint will be localized by the first week in August. All will be in the following languages:

·         Arabic

·         Chinese

·         Dutch

·         French

·         German

·         Portuguese: Brazilian

·         Spanish

·         Turkish

We invite you to check out the new resources as you are closing out the school year. Help your students who have passed their 2013 MOS exam and are ready for the next step prepare for the upcoming Office 2016 Microsoft Office Specialist exams that will be available in June. Visit the Microsoft Imagine Academy member site to download these new resources.


Community Insights

Showcase School Leader or Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) Expert


Educators are the leaders who are the forefront of education technology innovation and are prime examples for their students, schools and fellow educators. The nominations for 2016-17 class of MIE Experts and Showcase schools are officially open. Please share these instructions on how educators can nominate themselves. You can also tweet this link with the educators to share this information.


Professional Development


Summer’s here and it is the perfect time to set new goals and engage in professional development. The Microsoft Imagine Academy program offers curriculum geared towards Computer Science, IT Infrastructure, and Productivity. Professional development resources and technology training on the newest Microsoft products including Office 365 are featured on the Microsoft Imagine Academy member site.


Imagine Cup Earth Competition: Win Imagine Cup Earth Cash Prizes!


The Imagine Cup Earth competition is for beginner and intermediate coders ages 6 - 18. Students interested in coding and work done by NASA can use Microsoft’s free online developer tools and data collected by NASA to compete to win one of six cash prizes. Sign up for the Imagine Cup Earth competition today!



Computer Science


Many new resources are now available for STEM employability skills and Computer Science through your Microsoft Imagine Academy program membership. Computer Science is a growing and key focus for many schools globally and we are happy to provide you with the right tools and resources to ensure students are prepared with technology skills for the global economy. We are continually evolving the curriculum and resources to ensure greater relevance and impact.

Below is a brief overview of the Microsoft Imagine Academy, Computer Science curriculum and resources available to you today:

Computer Science Curriculum and Resource

  • Interactive learning curriculum for beginners:
    • Hour of Code with Minecraft and TouchDevelop: A one-hour independent study course that interweaves instructional video with hands-on, guided practice in writing code, tasking students to fix a broken mobile computer game. No experience required (ages 10-16).
    • Creative Coding through Games and Apps (CCGA) is a semester-long introduction to programming course (designed for ages 13-16) that maps to Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) standards. Students gain hands-on experience designing, programming, and publishing mobile games and apps.
  • Immersive hands-on curriculum for advancing students:
    • Harvard’s CS50 Computer Science Principles: Harvard course on Introduction to Computer Science and the art of programming modified to fit high school/secondary school calendars and includes additional resources for teachers. Focuses on fundamentals of computing, problem solving, data, the Internet, cybersecurity, and programming. For use with or without AP designation/exam. The course is in pilot phase currently with full roll-out details coming later this year. Curriculum units for the course are being released on a rolling basis.
    • KiPi-in-a-Box is a kit for educators to run a short-term learning challenge for their students. The curriculum is based around training for MTA and MCP developer exams. Use this solution to enhance discussions around certification preparation.


Microsoft Official Courseware (MOC) On-Demand


Microsoft Official Courses On-Demand (MOC On-Demand) blend video, text, hands-on labs, and knowledge checks to help build Microsoft technology skills for professionals who are time constrained because the materials are available anytime, anywhere. Microsoft Imagine Academy Administrators may purchase through Courseware Marketplace for $265.

Note MOC On-Demand is currently available only in English.


Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) Release Schedule


MTA certification validates understanding of basic technology concepts in software development and information technology. MTA is an introductory Microsoft certification for individuals considering a career in technology. MTA certification addresses a wide spectrum of fundamental technical concepts, assesses and validates core technical knowledge, and enhances technical credibility. We encourage you to investigate MTA certification for you and your students. Visit the Microsoft Imagine Academy member site and the MTA Certification site to learn more.


Visual Studio Android Emulator: Debugging Android apps on Windows?


Students – Having trouble debugging Android apps on Windows? The Visual Studio Android Emulator can help! Watch a demonstration on how to create a default cross-platform Xamarin.Forms app and start debugging it in about 3 minutes from start to finish. Watch now!


Azure Tutorial: Build a movie collection database with a few lines of code!


Need practice with Azure? See this tutorial on how to build a movie inventory web app. Learn how the built-in features of Visual Studio Community 2015 and the .NET framework do a lot of the work for you when creating a web app. Check out the tutorial.


Creative Coding through Games and Apps now available in 10 languages


Creative Coding through Games and Apps is a first-semester course designed to introduce programming in the early secondary grades. Featuring online plus in-class lessons that emphasize hands-on coding, students create real games or apps by working in the same ways that real programmers do. The downloadable curriculum provides teacher prep materials, lesson plans, presentations, student assignments, homework, projects and tests. New languages now available:

  • Spanish (Latin America)
  • Korean
  • Japanese
  • German
  • French
  • Dutch
  • Chinese Simplified
  • Portuguese (Brazil)
  • Arabic


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