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Welcome to the January 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

Tell Us What You Want

FeedbackHappy new year from all of us at Microsoft. We are excited to deliver the resources and tools you need to lead a successful IT Academy and teach today’s students 21st century skills. Watch for your opportunity to tell us what you want next time you visit the member website. You will see a clickable “Give Feedback” button on the right side of the screen. Visit the member website.

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Original Publication Date: 01/26/2012


What's New/Program Updates

MSDN AA and DreamSpark Evolution Now Live

MSDN AA and DreamSparkAs of January 16, we’ve merged the Microsoft Developer Network Platforms Academic Alliance (MSDN AA) into DreamSpark, creating a single place for all education users—including college students, K-12 students, and faculty—to access the complimentary and reduced-charge tools and resources available through these programs. Visit DreamSpark today.

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Original Publication Date: 01/26/2012


Benefit Highlights

Get Help Increasing Enrollment at Your Microsoft IT Academy

Contact A Microsoft Academy Service Partner Contact a Microsoft Academy Service Partner to get help promoting your Microsoft IT Academy. Make sure you understand where you can find and how you can use the promotional resources and tools available to you as part of your program benefits. For example, have you seen all of the posters available for download in the Marketing Collateral section of the member website? Explore these posters today and use them to increase awareness and enrollment at your IT Academy.

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Original Publication Date: 01/26/2012


Success Stories

Happy Anniversary Imagine Cup!

Imagine CupGet your students involved! Now in its 10th year, the Imagine Cup 2012 Competition continues to inspire students around the world to become the next generation of student technologists. By participating, your students can work to create solutions to some of the world’s toughest problems. Encourage your students to register today.

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Original Publication Date: 01/26/2012



Maintain Access to Your IT Academy Benefits

IT Academy BenefitsMake sure you renew your Microsoft IT Academy membership before it expires to ensure uninterrupted access to your benefits. Your educators rely on IT Academy resources available through membership —such as e-learning courses, customizable lesson plans, and official courseware— to teach their classes. Renewal is quick, easy, and all online. Renew today!

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Original Publication Date: 01/26/2012


Certification and Exams

Announcing Two New Microsoft Technology Associate Exams

Microsoft Technology Associate ExamsHelp your students prepare for careers in development with two new Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) exams. Exams 98-373: Mobile Development Fundamentals and 98-374: Gaming Development Fundamentals can test your students’ knowledge and assess their preparedness for careers in mobile device development and gaming development. These exams are now available in through Certiport.

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Original Publication Date: 01/26/2012



New Site to Help Students Grow and Collaborate

Microsoft StudentThe Microsoft Student website offers a new avenue through which students can better engage with Microsoft. They can find deals on software, product information, and ways to connect with other students and mentors for collaboration, competitions, continued learning, career counseling, and more. Explore this site.

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Original Publication Date: 01/26/2012


Student Employability

Nominate Your Top Students for the Microsoft Student Partner Program

Microsoft Student Partner ProgramAs Microsoft Student Partners, your students could lead technology discussions on your campus, try out and demonstrate the latest and greatest technologies, host events, and connect with other students to inspire them to create what’s next. If you know students who are passionate about technology, marketing, and entrepreneurship, nominate them for the Microsoft Student Partner program.

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Original Publication Date: 01/26/2012


News for Administrators and Educators

January 2012

In This Issue

·         » Feature Story

·         » What's New/Program Updates

·         » Benefit Highlights

·         » Success Stories

·         » Reminders

·         » Certification and Exams

·         » Resources

·         » Student Employability

Access Your Benefits

·         » Educator Resources

·         » About E-Learning

·         » Certification Exams

·         » Microsoft Certified Trainer

·         » Marketing Resources

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