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

IT Academy News

Preview the 2013-14 IT Academy Curriculum

For many schools, June/July kicks off planning sessions for the 2013-14 academic year. To help IT Academies prepare, we previewed the program roadmap for the coming year at the recent member webinar, now available on demand with your IT Academy ID.  Watch the presentation to learn ways you can optimize your curriculum next year. 

Last Chance for a Second Shot
 If you have purchased a Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) certification exam voucher using the Second Shot offer, be aware that the voucher expires on June 30, 2013. Both the initial exam and, if necessary, the free retake must be completed before that date. For more information, review the Second Shot details on the member site.

Technology Education in the News

Partners in Learning Hot Topics: Workforce Skills Development

Partners in Learning’s “Hot Topics” spotlights views from global educators on topics that are shaping the changing world of global education. This week, author James Lengel explores the educators' critical role in developing workforce skills by fostering technology-literate students who think critically about information readily available at their fingertips. Read the post > 

Chip In: Crowdsourcing Contributions for Student PCs

Microsoft introduces Chip In, a new seasonal buying program to help students get the Windows PC or tablet they need for school. With Chip In, students crowdsource contributions from friends and family toward the purchase of a new Windows PC or tablet. Microsoft will chip in 10 percent of the purchase price on select PCs, and the first 10,000 students to fully fund their PC will also get a four-year subscription to Office 365 University. Learn more about the program at http://www.windowschipin.com/

TED Talks: “Every Kid Needs a Champion” with Rita Pierson

American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen is a 60-minute television special featuring inspirational TED talks about education innovation and the dropout crisis in America. Anthony Salcito, VP of Worldwide Education, spotlighted one of the individual speakers from the special-- an inspiring talk from teacher Rita Pierson on the most important component of learning: relationships. “Every child deserves a champion,” says Pierson, ”an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection, and insists that they become the best that they can possibly be.”
Watch the video at Daily Edventures >

Code.org: Anybody can Learn to Code

Code.org is a non-profit organization dedicated to growing computer programming education. Share the video below with your students to help them understand the value and opportunities that computer programming offers, as told by Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, will.i.am, and a host of technology luminaries.

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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