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Welcome to the March 2011 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

New Easy Access to Educator Resources and Benefits

New Easy Access to Educator Resources and Benefits
In our continuing effort to make our public and private sites more helpful to you, we’ve recently updated our educator pages. Check out these new pages to easily find educator resources, efficiently plan your courses, and effectively use your IT Academy benefits. Start with the new Educator Home page on the member site (sign-in required).
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Original Publication Date: 03/24/2011

What's New/Program Updates

Announcing a New Partner to Help You Use Your IT Academy Benefits

Announcing a New Partner to Help You Use Your IT Academy Benefits
The Microsoft Academy Service Partner Program continues to expand with the addition of a new partner in Chennai, India. We now have 20 Microsoft Academy Service Partners located around the world to help you better understand and effectively use your benefits. Contact one of our partners in your area today.
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Original Publication Date: 03/24/2011

Microsoft Cloud Training and Certification Coming Soon

Microsoft Cloud Training and Certification Coming Soon
Get ready for the cloud. To keep pace with their clients and employers, most students entering the workforce will need to learn about cloud services—and as a member of the IT Academy Program, you’ll be in a position to teach them. Watch this brief video: What Is Cloud Computing?
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Original Publication Date: 03/24/2011

Success Stories

Offer Practical Experience to Students in Your IT Academy Courses

Offer Practical Experience to Students in Your IT Academy Courses Listen to the staff at Red Rocks Community College talk about the practical experience their IT Academy students receive and how they believe it better prepares students for the job market. Watch them tell their story.
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Original Publication Date: 03/24/2011

Reminders

Renew Your Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT) Status for 2011

Renew Your Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT) Status for 2011
To ensure uninterrupted access to your MCT benefits, we recommend that you renew your MCT status as soon as possible. Renew using the MCT Program Renewal Tool today. (Windows Live ID sign-in required.)
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Original Publication Date: 03/24/2011

Renew It. Don't Lose It!

Renew It. Don't Lose It! Renew your IT Academy Program membership on time. You’re eligible to renew your IT Academy membership anytime during the 90 days prior to your membership expiration date. It’s quick, easy, and all online. Renew today!
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Original Publication Date: 03/24/2011

Special Events/Offers

Imagine Cup People’s Choice—Vote for Your Favorite Team!

Imagine Cup People’s Choice—Vote for Your Favorite Team!
The U.S. Imagine Cup is a competition among the best and brightest technology students striving to solve the world’s toughest problems. Vote for your favorite team on Facebook today!
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Original Publication Date: 03/24/2011

Encourage Your Students to Showcase Their Microsoft Office Skills

Encourage Your Students to Showcase Their Microsoft Office Skills Does one of your students have the skills to be the next Microsoft Office World Champion? Encourage your students to compete in the 2011 Certiport Worldwide Competition on Microsoft Office to find out. Explore the competition details and prizes.
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Original Publication Date: 03/24/2011

Help Your Students Express Their Creativity While Learning Technology Skills

Help Your Students Express Their Creativity While Learning Technology Skills
Encourage students ages 9–17 to participate in Kodu Cup, a Microsoft-sponsored event in which they design, build, and submit their own video games using the Kodu Game Lab software. Read more about the event.
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Original Publication Date: 03/24/2011

Resources

Download Complimentary Tools to Help You Engage Students

Download Complimentary Tools to Help You Engage Students Take advantage of complimentary, downloadable, interactive tools from Microsoft Education to help you engage students, encourage self-directed learning, and create fun, dynamic group projects. Explore these tools on the Microsoft Education website.
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Original Publication Date: 03/24/2011

New Arrivals on the Microsoft Learning YouTube Channel

New Arrivals on the Microsoft Learning YouTube Channel
Check out some of the new playlists now available on the Microsoft Learning YouTube channel, including a Microsoft Certification tutorial and videos focused on managing and troubleshooting with Microsoft SharePoint 2010 and the Desktop Experience in Windows 7. Visit the Microsoft Learning Channel on YouTube today!
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Original Publication Date: 03/24/2011

Student Employability

Help Your Students Make a Grand Entrance into the Job Market

Help Your Students Make a Grand Entrance into the Job Market Encourage your students to get certified to increase their employability. A Microsoft Certification can give your students an advantage over other candidates vying for the same jobs. Explore the Student Career Portal for special offers.
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Original Publication Date: 03/24/2011


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