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


April 25th IT Academy Webinar Now Available On Demand

This month’s Microsoft IT Academy webinar, Best Practices from IT Academy Members around the World, is now available on demand with your IT Academy ID.  The webinar showcases unique concepts coming out of the UK just in time for summer school planning, as well as an inspirational story from a business teacher who helped a high school student gain broad recognition for skills achieved through the IT Academy program.

Register Now for the May IT Academy Webinar

Registration is open for the last IT Academy webinar of this academic session, scheduled for May 23rd from 8-9am PST. During this session, members of the IT Academy team will preview the program roadmap for the coming year, highlight the curriculum plan, and share other announcements and member opportunities. Register now for May’s event using your IT Academy ID.

IT Academy News

Enhancing Flipped Classrooms with IT Academy Tools

The Flipped Classroom model has gained prominent exposure in recent years, and is being implemented in more schools around the world. Keith Loeber, Director of IT Academy, shares how to integrate the IT Academy program in a flipped classroom where students are assigned pre-recorded lectures as homework, freeing up in-class time for instructor-guided exercises.

A Teacher’s Perspective:  Celebrating Certification Accomplishments with Student

Our guest blogger this week is Cathy Bradshaw, Business Education teacher at Hamilton County High School. Discover how IT Academy program has enabled her seventh graders to earn industry certification, prepare for college and careers and boost self-confidence to achieve more every day.

University of North Carolina Offers Free Microsoft Training to Students, Faculty, and Staff

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has launched its campus-wide IT Academy program, providing more than 2,000 free Microsoft training courses to students, faculty and staff. The Daily Tarheel, UNC’s student newspaper, reports how the program supplements the university curriculum with valuable Microsoft technology training and certification opportunities.

In Other Education News

Microsoft Announces the Imagine Cup Finalists for 2013

Microsoft has announced the ten teams advancing to the 11th annual U.S. Imagine Cup Finals Demo Day. Demo Day will take place on May 13 in Silicon Valley and will be streamed live on the U.S. Imagine Cup Facebook page. Learn more about the teams competing to represent the U.S. at the Worldwide finals in St. Petersburg, Russia July 8-11, 2013. 

Congratulations to Jeff Charbonneau: U.S. National Teacher of the Year

Jeff Charbonneau has spent the past 12 years with one purpose in mind: helping his students excel.  Jeff was recently named National Teacher of the Year by the Council of Chief State School Officers and will be recognized by President Obama in a ceremony at the White House on April 22.  Read more about Jeff’s honor and his commitment to his students.

Share Your Success Story

Do you have a success story about one on 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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