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Welcome to the April 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

Find Clear Instructions to Help You Use Your IT Academy Benefits

Getting StartedExplore the Getting Started page on the IT Academy Program member site for help activating and using your benefits. In addition to its easy-to-follow organizational structure, this page also offers links to 19 new user guides—one for each benefit! Visit the Getting Started page.

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Original Publication Date: 04/28/2011

 

What's New/Program Updates

Special Exam Pricing for IT Academy Members Continues

ITA documentEffective July 1, 2011, the retail price of certain Microsoft IT Certification exams will change. For members of the Microsoft IT Academy Program, prices will remain discounted to offer the lowest price available to any academic institution or organization. Learn more about Microsoft Certification exams for IT Academy members.

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Original Publication Date: 04/28/2011

 

Announcing Eight New Partners to Help You Use Your IT Academy Benefits

Microsoft Partner NetworkThe Microsoft Academy Service Partner Program, created to help you better understand and effectively use your benefits, continues to expand with the addition of eight new partners serving Finland, Norway, Sweden, Korea, Mexico, the Netherlands, Nigeria, Poland, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Contact one of our partners in your area today.

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Original Publication Date: 04/28/2011

 

Benefit Highlights

New Academic Library Subscription Pools Make Administration of E-Learning Easier

Save time with Academic Library Subscription Pools that enable you to provide students with access to all courses in a given technology. There’s no longer a need to provision specific E-Learning courses to students. Find more information about E-Learning.

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Original Publication Date: 04/28/2011

 

New E-Learning Course Now Available for Microsoft Lync 2010

Microsoft LyncGet ready for the cloud. Companies that operate in the cloud expect the security, reliability, and flexibility of cloud-related products like Microsoft Lync. Review the details of our new online course for Microsoft Lync 2010.

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Original Publication Date: 04/28/2011

 

Reminders

There’s Still Time to Renew Your MCT Status for 2011

Microsoft Certified TrainerTo ensure uninterrupted access to your Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT) benefits, we recommend that you renew your MCT status as soon as possible. The deadline for renewal is April 30, 2011. Renew by using the MCT Program Renewal Tool today. (Windows Live ID required.)

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Original Publication Date: 04/28/2011

 

Renew Your IT Academy Membership Early for a 15 Percent Discount

IT Academy MembershipYou’re eligible to renew your IT Academy membership anytime during the 90 days prior to your membership expiration date. But if you renew in the first 30 days of that period, you receive a 15 percent discount. It’s quick, easy, and all online. Renew today!

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Original Publication Date: 04/28/2011

 

Special Events/Offers

Gain a Deeper Understanding of Microsoft Products and Technologies

Tech•Ed 2011Join us for Tech•Ed 2011, May 16-19 in Atlanta, Georgia, to take advantage of more than 1,000 learning opportunities, including breakout sessions, Hands-On Labs, and product demo stations. Learn more and register today.

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Original Publication Date: 04/28/2011

 

Try the Cloud for 30 Days at No Charge

Cloud PowerGet ready for the cloud. To keep pace with their clients and employers, most students entering the workforce will need to learn about cloud services. Sign up with promotional code VLABPASS to try the cloud for 30 days at no charge!

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Original Publication Date: 04/28/2011

 

Calling All Innovative Educators Teaching K-12 in the U.S.

Education ForumU.S. K-12 educators are invited to participate in a competition sponsored by the U.S. Innovative Education Forum. If you are an innovative educator in the U.S. teaching K-12, submit an application highlighting how you are using technology in the classroom. Find competition details and submit your application today!

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Original Publication Date: 04/28/2011

 

Curriculum

Get the Tools You Need to Teach with Confidence

Microsoft Official Academic Courseware Microsoft Official Academic Courseware (MOAC) provides everything educators need to plan, prepare for, and conduct hands-on classes for various Microsoft products and technologies. Read about the latest MOAC releases.

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Original Publication Date: 04/28/2011

 

Resources

Take Advantage of New Training Channels from Microsoft Learning

ShowcaseIf you want to better understand a Microsoft product or technology, you can find an applicable training video on one of our training channels. Microsoft Learning offers various complimentary online training opportunities through the Microsoft Learning Channel on YouTube, the Training Catalog, and now Microsoft Showcase.

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Original Publication Date: 04/28/2011

 

Add Windows Azure to Your Curriculum

Windows AzureGet ready for the cloud. The Faculty Connection is offering a course syllabus, PowerPoint files, demos, and homework to guide you through teaching a course on Windows Azure, the Microsoft cloud services platform. Download the materials from the Microsoft Faculty Connection website.

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Original Publication Date: 04/28/2011

 

Student Employability

Improve the Employability of Your Students

Student Employability Getting certified is an important step in your students’ preparation for careers in IT. Find resources to help you promote your testing center to encourage your students to get certified and improve their job opportunities. Visit the student employability page on the IT Academy member site today!

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Original Publication Date: 04/28/2011

 

News for Administrators and Educators

April 2011

In This Issue

·         » Feature Story

·         » What's New/Program Updates

·         » Benefit Highlights

·         » Reminders

·         » Special Events/Offers

·         » Curriculum

·         » Resources

·         » Student Employability

Access Your Benefits

·         » About the ITA Member Site

·         » Educator Resources

·         » About E-Learning

·         » Certification Exams

·         » Microsoft Certified Trainer

·         » Marketing Resources

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