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Welcome to the August 2012 edition of the Microsoft IT Academy newsletter. The frequency has changed from monthly to quarterly editions, so expect the next issue in November. If this newsletter was forwarded to you, please subscribe today to receive future editions directly.
Meanwhile, please stay connected with us through the new Microsoft IT Academy Blog. The interactive blog will provide ongoing membership updates and offer you a great opportunity to get involved. We want to hear from you!

Feature Story

Stay Connected with Microsoft Office 365 for Education

Description: Microsoft Office 365 for EducationGreat news for academic institutions—you can now take advantage of the cloud with Microsoft Office 365 for education. The Office 365 package includes email, instant messaging, group video and voice chat, and online document reviewing and editing. Make sure you stay connected to your fellow educators and students with Office 365 for education.

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Original Publication Date: 08/29/2012

 

What's New/Program Updates

New Streamlined E-Learning Website Launches

Description: E-Learning Website LaunchesWe’re pleased to introduce the new Microsoft IT Academy E-Learning Central website, which offers the flexibility you need to easily assign, manage, and track e-learning. The new E-Learning Central website provides both a new look and feel, and increased flexibility when managing e-learning content for educators, staff, and students. Visit the new website.

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Original Publication Date: 08/29/2012

 

Help Students Lighten Their Load

Description: Microsoft Official Course (MOC) Student HandbooksWe’re pleased to introduce some practical and functional changes in the Microsoft Official Course (MOC) Student Handbooks. Beginning with August MOC releases, the MOC Student Handbooks will now be easier on your students’ muscles as they will be 40 percent lighter in weight (and page count). In addition to being lighter to carry, these new Student Handbooks also offer easier navigation across topics and cleaner slides. Microsoft Certified Trainers (MCTs) can access additional details about these changes, via the Born to Learn blog where you will find a helpful FAQ and PowerPoint deck on these changes.

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Original Publication Date: 08/29/2012

 

Administrator Corner

Renew Your Membership Early

Description: Renew Your Membership EarlyMake sure you renew your Microsoft IT Academy membership early to receive the early bird discount of 15 percent off of the price of your membership. Renewal is quick, easy, and all online.

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Original Publication Date: 08/29/2012

 

Benefit Highlights

Get the Most Out of Office 365

Description: Get the Most Out of Office 365Has your Office 365 migration begun? The IT Academy program is ready! Account migration has already started for some Microsoft IT Academy members. They are migrating from the live@edu platform to Office 365 for education. This transition will help your students take full advantage of cloud-enabled digital work spaces for better collaboration, group video and voice chat, dedicated email addresses, and much more. Compare the plans and sign up for a complimentary Office 365 for education account to get started.

Your local Microsoft Academy Service Partner (MASP) may be able to help you get the most out of Office 365 for education. Find a MASP in your area.

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Original Publication Date: 08/29/2012

 

Certification and Exams

Second Shot is Back

Description: Second Shot is BackThe Microsoft Certification Second Shot offer is back by popular demand. Starting today, your students will get a second chance (if they need it) to pass any Microsoft IT professional or developer certification exam at no extra charge. Log into the IT Academy member website and learn more about Second Shot.

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Original Publication Date: 08/29/2012

 

Curriculum

New MOC MCT Prep Kits Released

Description: New MOC MCT Prep Kits ReleasedWe’re pleased to introduce our new Microsoft Official Course (MOC) Prep Kits—which include trainer packs and training videos for Microsoft Certified Trainers (MCTs). If you’re an MCT, make sure you take advantage of these resources via the MCT Download Center for the trainer packs and the MCT Readiness website for the training videos to prepare to teach courses on the latest Microsoft technologies. These private sites are only accessible by MCTs. Learn more about the MCT benefit for Microsoft IT Academy members.

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Original Publication Date: 08/29/2012

 

New E-Learning Courses for Microsoft Office 365

Description: New E-Learning CoursesNow is the perfect time to integrate Microsoft Office 365 E-Learning courses into your curricula! As more companies move into the cloud, your students will need to move with them in order to land today’s jobs. Recommend your students take e-learning courses Communicating and Collaborating with Microsoft Office 365 and Sharing and Working with Teams Using Microsoft Office 365 to prepare for the coming Microsoft Office 365 certification exam.

Learn more about Microsoft Office 365 exams on the Microsoft Learning website. If you are an MCT, you can join the conversation on the Born to Learn website.

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Original Publication Date: 08/29/2012

 

Resources

New Study Guide for Microsoft Office 365

Description: New Study Guide for Microsoft Office 365If you or your students are preparing to earn a Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Certification in Microsoft Office 365, consider this essential study guide, MOS Study Guide for Microsoft Office 365. This study guide is intended to help individuals prepare for MOS exams focused on Microsoft Office 365. Get this study guide today from O’Reilly or Safari.
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Original Publication Date: 08/29/2012

 

Student Employability

Prepare Your Students for Successful Careers

Description: Prepare Your Students for Successful CareersWhether your students are at the beginning of their certification journeys, further along the path, or experienced in Windows Server 2008, you can prepare them for today’s jobs by teaching new courses on Windows Server 2012 and by encouraging your students to earn the certifications that employers value, like the new Web Applications certification.

Find related topics on the Born to Learn website.

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Original Publication Date: 08/29/2012

 

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News for Administrators and Educators

August 2012

In This Issue

·         » Administrator Corner

·         » Feature Story

·         » What's New/Program Updates

·         » Benefit Highlights

·         » Certification and Exams

·         » Curriculum

·         » Resources

·         » Student Employability

Stay Connected

·         » Microsoft IT Academy Blog

Access Your Benefits

·         » Educator Resources

·         » About E-Learning

·         » Certification Exams

·         » Microsoft Certified Trainer

·         » Marketing Resources

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