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In the News

Accelerating Achievement:  A Teacher & Student Perspective

Keith Loeber, Director of Microsoft IT Academy, has witnessed first-hand the difference IT Academy makes in the classroom and the positive impact it has on teachers and their students.  This last week, Keith shared testimonials from Washington State’s Mountainview High School Business Instructor, Patricia Eckleman and her former student, Jarrod Stout. Their stories illustrate how IT Academy benefits both teachers and students and how it can propel a student to the next phase of their education with greater success.

Read about Patricia and Jarrod’s experience with IT Academy.

Keeping Students Honest About Certification

Are some of your students cheating on their IT certification exams without even realizing it? A casual conversation with others about exam content or sharing their exam experience can be a violation of the exam agreement. In the first of a series of articles on cheating, Kerri Davis, Microsoft Learning's Anti-Piracy Program Manager, explains how seemingly innocuous activities can violate exam policies, and lays out clear guidance for your students on proper protocol inside and outside the testing environment. 

Read Kerri's article to help your students gain deeper clarity about the definition and consequences of exam violations. 


Upcoming Events

Last Chance to Register for Certified Career Day!

You and your students can still sign up for the free, live, interactive Cloud career event, Certified Career Day on Tuesday, March 12that 9:00am PST. This online event is an excellent opportunity to hear from IT industry experts on the rapid global shift to cloud computing and the growing urgency for cloud-trained and certified IT professionals.  

The day will begin with a live, interactive panel discussion with IT managers and industry experts who will discuss how the cloud is redefining IT recruitment and the growing need for up-to-date certification. The panel will be followed by an exclusive interview with special guest Mark Russinovich, Microsoft Technical Fellow. The event will conclude with technology focused sessions with Windows Server 2012 and SQL Server 2012 product group experts.

Attendees of Certified Career Day are eligible to win an Acer tablet with full Windows 8. Learn more about the agenda register today!


In Other Education News

New Office 365 Education Suite Just Launched!

Looking for best practices for using the new suite of Office 365 Education tools?   Complete guidance is readily available, as well as helpful onboarding tools. Visit Microsoft Education in the Cloud for more information.

Student Privacy Should Not be for Sale

Microsoft shares your belief that student data and student privacy should not be for sale--everLearn about the commitment that Microsoft has made to protect the privacy of Microsoft education customers and students. 

 Microsoft Certification Study Groups Debut!

There’s a great, new resource available to teachers and student s on the certification path:  Microsoft Certification Study Groups.  The study groups are defined by technology pillar, making it easy to locate the content that matches up with your certification path.  Users will find resources for relevant exams, including discussion forums and exam preparation wikis.

Learn more about this new offering.


Tell Us Your Story

Did you enjoy the recent post, Accelerating Achievement:  A Teacher and Student Perspective? How is Microsoft IT Academy changing the lives of your students?  IT Academy is certain that you have an equally compelling story to share. With your help, we’d like to further build the IT Academy community, one story at a time. 

We invite you to share your story on the IT Academy blog. Send us your contact information along with a brief write up about your and your students' experiences to ITASuccessStories@microsoft.com.  Feel free to share photos, videos or any other content that helps you tell your inspiring story. We'll review your story and get in touch to prepare a guest post that you will be able to review and approve for sharing with the community. We look forward to hearing from you!


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