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

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IT Academy Spotlight: University of West of Scotland

Take a tour of the IT Academy program at University of the West of Scotland, courtesy of the UK Schools blog. Discover how the university is meeting the needs of local employers by offering a comprehensive selection of technology training curriculum and certification opportunities. 

 More Education News from Microsoft

Why STEM Education and Blended Learning Matter

This past week, policy makers, educators, industry leaders and others gathered at the Microsoft Innovation & Policy Center in Washington, D.C. to discuss critical design elements of successful and innovative education programs to prepare students to meet the demands of the U.S. economy in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields.

Read a synopsis of the conversation and watch brief interviews with attendees about new thinking in STEM learning. 

Calling All Schools: Join The Bing For Schools Program!

Bing introduces a new, free initiative to help schools teach digital literacy skills. Starting later this year, Bing For Schools will offer schools in the U.S. the option to tailor the Bing experience for K-12 students by removing all advertisements from search results, enhancing privacy protections and the filtering of adult content, and adding specialized learning features to promote digital literacy.

Read more about the Bing for Schools program, then visit the Bing for Schools site to register to receive updates on how to participate. 

Share Your Success Story

Do you have a success story about one of your IT Academy students?  Have IT Academy resources enabled you to provide more in the classroom? Share your story and best practices in a brief email with photos and your contact information to ITASuccessStories@microsoft.com.

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