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Welcome to the March 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

Easily Find and Activate Your Program Benefits in My Academy

My AcademyThanks to your valuable feedback, we realize that finding and activating your IT Academy program benefits has been a little like playing hide and seek. We’re listening to you and receiving your feedback as our action items. We are redesigning My Academy to make it easy for you to find and activate your IT Academy program benefits. Visit the My Academy page.

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Original Publication Date: 03/22/2012

 

Administrator Corner

Renew Your Membership Early

RenewalYour colleagues and students are counting on having uninterrupted access to the valuable benefits that come with Microsoft IT Academy membership. Make sure you renew your Microsoft IT Academy membership early to receive the early bird discount. Renewal is quick, easy, and all online.

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Original Publication Date: 03/22/2012

 

Benefit Highlights

Reduce Costs through the Full Realization of Your IT Academy Benefits

IT Academy BenefitsLet 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: 03/22/2012

 

Success Stories

Network of Technology Labs Gives New Yorkers New Opportunities

Become A Testing CenterAdvanced Technology Training and Information Networking (ATTAIN) is a network of technology labs located across New York States’ most economically challenged urban and rural communities. Since ATTAIN became a Certiport testing center three years ago, the network has helped its community achieve more than 275 Microsoft Office Specialist certifications and more than 50 Microsoft Technology Associate certifications. Find out how to become a Certiport testing center.

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Original Publication Date: 03/22/2012

 

Certification and Exams

Connect Your Students with the IT Professional Community

20 Years 20 WaysWe’re pleased to offer two new ways your students can learn and get help from certified professionals around the world as part of the 20 Years | 20 Ways celebration. Make sure your students know where to go to get valuable tips and advice from IT professionals. Explore all the ways your students can benefit from the 20 Years | 20 Ways celebration.

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Original Publication Date: 03/22/2012

 

Special Events and Offers

Register Now for TechEd Europe to Save EUR€300 (US$398.22)

Register Now for TechEd EuropeJoin us in Amsterdam June 26-29, 2012, for TechEd Europe, an event offering more than 1,000 educational opportunities where you can learn shortcuts, glean real-world guidance, and get product roadmap details from Microsoft and industry experts to help you guide your students. Register by March 31 to take advantage of the early bird savings.

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Original Publication Date: 03/22/2012

 

Four Student Teams Awarded Grants to Make Their Dreams a Reality

Imagine Cup 2012We’re pleased to announce the winners of the inaugural Imagine Cup Grants Program, a three-year, US$3 million competitive grant program that helps Imagine Cup Worldwide finalists launch their solutions into the marketplace. Visit the Imagine Cup Press Room for full details.

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Original Publication Date: 03/22/2012

 

Curriculum

Help Your Students Take Their Skills to the Next Level with Microsoft Official Courses

Microsoft Official CourseAs a Microsoft IT Academy member, you’ve shown a commitment to being a leader in IT education and the development of Microsoft certified professionals. When your students look to you for skills on the most current and relevant IT topics, you can meet their needs through Microsoft Official Courses (MOC). Visit the member website for MOC ordering information.

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Original Publication Date: 03/22/2012

 

Resources

Extend Your Students’ Knowledge of Visual Studio 2010 to Include an Agile Engineering Perspective

Visual Studio 2010 to Include an Agile Engineering PerspectiveOffer your students an introduction to agile software development processes. This course gives an overview on agile management and engineering practices and provides hands-on exercises for students to practice and apply the lecture material. Download the lecture and lab materials from the Faculty Resource Center.

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Original Publication Date: 03/22/2012

 

Help Your Students Work Together with SkyDrive

SkyDriveSkyDrive is a complimentary resource available to help you and your students take advantage of cloud technology. Whether you want to enable your students to more easily collaborate on group projects or securely store, access, and share their files online, SkyDrive can help. Watch a demo.

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Original Publication Date: 03/22/2012

 

Award Winning Microsoft Press Books and Study Guides Propel Learning

Microsoft Press Books and Study Guides Propel LearningTake advantage of our award winning Microsoft Press books and study guides for certification exam preparation, to learn or teach new technologies, and to identify best practices. Visit Safari Books Online to browse titles.

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Original Publication Date: 03/22/2012


 

Student Employability

Could One of Your Students Be the Next Microsoft Employee?

Be the Next Microsoft EmployeeSome of the brightest minds in the world work at Microsoft—and maybe one of your students could join them. We’re looking for SQL wizards to audition for the new Microsoft reality show “Be the Next Microsoft Employee.” We’ll cast six contestants who will use their SQL skills to battle it out in Redmond, Washington, United States, for an opportunity to interview for a job at Microsoft. Explore details of the competition.

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Original Publication Date: 03/22/2012

 

News for Administrators and Educators

March 2012

In This Issue

·         » Administrator Corner

·         » Feature Story

·         » 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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