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Welcome to the May 2012 edition of the Microsoft IT Academy newsletter, a resource loaded with information intended to help program administrators and educators get the most out of their IT Academy memberships. If this newsletter was forwarded to you by a colleague, please feel free to subscribe today to receive future editions directly.

Feature Story

Help Your Students Build Careers in the Cloud

Careers in the CloudAs more and more businesses make the move to the cloud, it becomes increasingly important for your students to gain cloud skills to be successful in the IT workforce. Help your students learn and validate the cloud-related skills needed to keep pace in an ever-changing technology landscape. Encourage your students to get Private Cloud certified.

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Original Publication Date: 05/24/2012


What's New/Program Updates

Microsoft Official Courses Go Digital for IT Academy Members Soon

Microsoft Official Courses Go DigitalWe’re pleased to announce that arvato distribution GmbH (arvato) will soon provide a single global courseware discovery, commerce, and fulfillment platform for the worldwide sales and distribution of Microsoft Official Courses in both hard-copy print and digital formats. Learn more about arvato.

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Original Publication Date: 05/24/2012


Administrator Corner

Renew Your Membership Early

Renew Your Membership EarlyMake sure you renew your Microsoft IT Academy membership early to receive the early bird discount. An email reminder will be sent 90 days prior to your expiration date. Renew within the first 60 days of your renewal period to receive a 15 percent discount off the price of your membership. Renewal is quick, easy, and all online.

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Original Publication Date: 05/24/2012


Benefit Highlights

Microsoft Office 2010 E-Learning Courses Currently Available

E-Learning CoursesHelp your students achieve proficiency in the latest releases of popular products like the Microsoft Office suite. As part of your e-learning benefit, you have access to a variety of Microsoft Office 2010 courses aimed at beginners, intermediate level, and advanced users. Explore our list of available e-learning courses, including Microsoft Office 2010.

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Original Publication Date: 05/24/2012


Get Help Aligning Your Curriculum with the Reinvented Microsoft Certifications

Microsoft Academy Service PartnerThere have been a lot of changes in the Microsoft Certification program recently and you may be wondering how to align your curriculum to best prepare students to get certified. Your local Microsoft Academy Service Partner (MASP) can help. Find a MASP in your area.

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Original Publication Date: 05/24/2012


Certification and Exams

Give Your Students a Head Start with the Microsoft Learning 60-Day Challenge

60-Day ChallengeEncourage your students to get ahead of the curve by taking the Microsoft Learning 60-Day Challenge, a new 20 Years|20 Ways initiative. Whether they’re going after one of the new Microsoft cloud-based certifications, Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) certification, or another certification, they will get sample 60-day study plans, complimentary exam cram sessions, access to subject matter experts, and community-driven support. Explore the 60-day challenge collaboration space on the Born to Learn website.

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Original Publication Date: 05/24/2012


Special Events and Offers

Extend Your Students’ Online Learning at TechEd Europe

TechEd EuropeRemind your students to lock in their place at the conference that has it all; TechEd Europe. This event presents a unique opportunity to meet face-to-face with Microsoft experts, technology partners, and industry peers. You and your students are encouraged to register now.

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Original Publication Date: 05/24/2012



Is Your Institution Cloud-Ready?

Cloud-ReadyOver 20 million businesses have adopted Microsoft cloud services, and the pace is accelerating. They need cloud experts and that’s where you come in. Offer your students access to the curriculum and certification necessary to become experts in Microsoft cloud services. Find out how you can integrate cloud training and certification into your curriculum. Use the poster, email, and banner ad to help your students evaluate the core cloud-ready job roles. Already instructing on Microsoft cloud curriculum? Share your story by emailing us.

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Original Publication Date: 05/24/2012



Virtual Exam Cram Session Available for Your Students

Virtual Exam CramHelp your students prepare for their Server Virtualization exams with the Virtual Exam Cram. This complimentary, 40 minute, prerecorded preparation session can help your students understand what they need to know to pass their certification exams. Launch the Virtual Exam Cram.

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Original Publication Date: 05/24/2012


Use the Innovative Teacher Toolkit to Enhance Your Methods

Innovative Teacher ToolkitTake advantage of the Innovative Teacher Toolkit offered by Microsoft Partners in Learning. This complimentary resource was created with guidance from educators and international education experts. Find detailed whitepapers featuring learning outcomes and support systems that can help you prepare your students for the 21st century workforce. Explore the toolkit materials today.

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Original Publication Date: 05/24/2012


News for Administrators and Educators

May 2012

In This Issue

·         » Administrator Corner

·         » Feature Story

·         » What's New/Program Updates

·         » Benefit Highlights

·         » Certification and Exams

·         » Special Events and Offers

·         » Curriculum

·         » Resources

Access Your Benefits

·         » Educator Resources

·         » About E-Learning

·         » Certification Exams

·         » Microsoft Certified Trainer

·         » Marketing Resources

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