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Welcome to the April 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 Make the Shift to Microsoft Cloud-Based Certifications

Microsoft Cloud-Based CertificationsTeach 21st century technology skills and follow that education with Microsoft Certification to ensure your students validate what they’ve learned with a reliable and trusted benchmark. Microsoft technology certifications have recently evolved to include more cloud-based certifications, making them even more respected by hiring managers and increasing their value to your students. Learn more about the reinvented certifications.

Read about the reinvented certifications for the cloud on the Born to Learn website.

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Original Publication Date: 04/26/2012


What's New/Program Updates

Get the Windows 8 Consumer Preview

Windows 8 Consumer PreviewWindows 8 is Windows reimagined and reinvented from a solid core of Windows 7 speed, security, and reliability. Windows 8 offers an all new touch interface compatible with today’s devices and uses less power to transfer data faster. Take advantage of this opportunity to try Windows 8 before it’s available for sale. Download the Windows 8 Consumer Preview today.

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Original Publication Date: 04/26/2012


Teach Your Students Cloud and Virtualization Skills to Help Them Succeed in Today’s IT Jobs

Cloud and Virtualization SkillsCloud technology creates new job roles and also impacts current roles. It’s important for your students to build cloud and virtualization skills to meet the needs of today’s employers, and then validate those skills with Microsoft Certification. Learn about the new Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) certification, reinvented for the cloud.

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Original Publication Date: 04/26/2012


Administrator Corner

Keep Your Membership Active

Keep Your Membership ActiveMake sure you renew your Microsoft IT Academy membership before it expires to ensure uninterrupted access to your benefits. 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: 04/26/2012


Benefit Highlights

Get the Most Out of Your IT Academy Membership

IT Academy MembershipLet your local Microsoft Academy Service Partner (MASP) help you take full advantage of your IT Academy benefits. MASPs can help you save money on teaching materials, offer strategic advice, assist you in finding the right training resources, and explain the best ways to ensure your students’ employability. Find a list of resources and materials that can help you save time and money.

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Original Publication Date: 04/26/2012


Success Stories

School in the Philippines Empowers Students through the Microsoft IT Academy Program

School in the PhilippinesBy using Microsoft Official Courses and offering certification opportunities, Colegio de San Juan de Letran in the Philippines has helped local IT students improve their skills, gain IT experience, get certified, and prepare for success in the workforce. Learn about this success story on Microsoft Press Room.

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Original Publication Date: 04/26/2012


Certification and Exams

Your Students Can Get Help with their Exams and Give Help to Others

20 Years | 20 WaysThe 20 Years|20 Ways celebration is offering two new ways you and your students can support the next generation of aspiring IT professionals; the “Ask a Certified Expert” video series and the Donate Your Old Laptop program.

See related topics on the Born to Learn website.

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Original Publication Date: 04/26/2012


New Exam Now Available to Demonstrate Touch Screen Application Development Skills

New Exam Now AvailableToday’s application developers need to broaden their skill sets to demonstrate they can develop applications for the highly popular touch-enabled devices such as PCs, tablets, and phones. Encourage your students to get certified to validate their proficiency in this in-demand skill. The exam review kit and exam are both now available.

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Original Publication Date: 04/26/2012


Special Events and Offers

Get Hands-on with the Latest Microsoft Cloud Technologies

Microsoft Cloud TechnologiesThe Microsoft Private Cloud Summit—a full-day event featuring the System Center 2012 product team—is coming to New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles this May 2012. Register now for this no-cost educational summit to understand how to effectively guide your students and prepare them for careers in IT. Register today!

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Original Publication Date: 04/26/2012



Important Update Regarding E-Learning Courses

E-Learning CoursesWe understand that your students need to be proficient in the latest releases of popular products like the Microsoft Office suite. With that in mind, the Microsoft IT Academy will retire the Microsoft Office 2002 courses from our e-learning portfolio effective July 1, 2012. Explore our list of available e-learning courses, including Microsoft Office 2010.

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Original Publication Date: 04/26/2012



Help Your Students Connect with Kinect

Connect with KinectMicrosoft is working with schools that are using Kinect in the classroom to help students develop 21st century skills. At a recent innovative learning conference, Microsoft education experts decided to join a panel with other educators to explore the value of interactive gaming in learning, specifically using Kinect in the classroom. Learn more about Kinect in education.

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Original Publication Date: 04/26/2012


Try ChronoZoom in Your Classroom and Tell Us What You Think

ChronoZoomWe’re pleased to announce the launch of ChronoZoom; an open source community project that is a cloud-based service and HTML5 tool that makes time relationships between different studies of history clear and vivid, and serves as a master timeline that ties various resources together. We believe it will help bridge the worlds of the humanities and sciences. Try ChronoZoom in your classroom and then vote on its features.

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Original Publication Date: 04/26/2012


Empower Your Students with Top Development Tools for Windows Phone

Development Tools for Windows PhoneGet help teaching programming and application development classes for Windows Phone with complimentary curriculum materials available from the Faculty Resource Center. The Windows Phone Resource kit browse-able online tool is packed with basic and advanced curriculum materials ranging from programming to game development to graphical user interface (GUI) creation. Download the lecture and lab materials today.

See related topics on the Born to Learn website

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Original Publication Date: 04/26/2012


Student Employability

Encourage Your Students to Compete for a Job at Microsoft

Be the Next Microsoft EmployeeStudents with SQL Server skills interested in a career at Microsoft should sign up now for the new reality show “Be the Next Microsoft Employee.” The deadline to enter is May 7, so any students who believe they have the SQL smarts to star in this new reality show need to act soon. Contestants are already signing up, and we’re going to announce the six finalists at TechEd in Orlando on June 11. Explore details of the competition.

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Original Publication Date: 04/26/2012


News for Administrators and Educators

April 2012

In This Issue

·         » Administrator Corner

·         » Feature Story

·         » What's New/Program Updates

·         » Benefit Highlights

·         » Success Stories

·         » Certification and Exams

·         » Special Events and Offers

·         » Curriculum

·         » Resources

·         » Student Employability

Access Your Benefits

·         » Educator Resources

·         » About E-Learning

·         » Certification Exams

·         » Microsoft Certified Trainer

·         » Marketing Resources

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