Welcome to our weekly round-up of news, events and opportunities for IT Academy members. 

Events

Last Chance to Register for May 23rd ITA Webinar

What: May Webinar – the Last IT Academy Webinar for the academic year
When: May 23rd from 8-9am PST
Where: Streaming online from the convenience of your computer
Why: Keep up with program updates and new opportunities for members. As the last webinar of the 2012-3 academic session, we’ll brief you on the program roadmap for the coming year—critical information you need to optimize your curriculum next year. 
How: The May IT Academy webinar is scheduled for May 23rd from 8-9am PST. Register today using your IT Academy ID

Benefit Spotlight

New! Earn Your Microsoft Certified Educator (MCE) Certification
Last week, Microsoft announced the global availability of the Microsoft Certified Educator certification, a valid and reliable assessment of educator ICT competencies mapped to the UNESCO ICT Competency Framework for Teachers (ICT-CFT), Technology Literacy Approach. Learn more about MCE and how the certification offers an opportunity for educators to differentiate themselves in the education field, and enhance their value for current and future employers. 

IT Academy in the News

Students are Mastering Microsoft Office at Caloosa Middle School
At Caloosa Middle School [Cape Coral, Florida], they still teach reading, writing and arithmetic. But thanks to a tech-savvy squad of sixth through eighth graders, they’ve added Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Access to the curriculum. 453 Microsoft Industry Certifications were earned by Caloosa Middle School students during the 2012-2013 school year. Read more.

‘Dedicated and motivated’: Daily Sparks Tribune Profiles 14-year old IT Academy Student
Scrolling through a website or playing a video game opens a different world for Darren Alley, a world that isn’t looking for information or trying to simply beat the game. He is looking for errors, things that could be fixed or simply trying to understand what the developer was thinking. Alley, a freshman at Sparks High School, is finishing up his first year in the Microsoft IT Signature Academy while making huge strides in the first-year program. Read more.

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