On behalf of the entire IT Academy team, I extend our thanks and appreciation to everyone who tuned in live to this season’s debut webinar—Training with Technology. The webinar is now available to view on-demand—simply click here to register and tune in

 This webinar brought together educators from around the world—including Portugal, Italy, Turkey,  Nigeria, Canada, and many US states—who participated in a global discussion about using technology within the classroom to engage and motivate students.  Special thanks to our presenters, including Pete Sigmund and team from La Salle High School, who shared their story about their compelling vision for offering a Microsoft Surface to each incoming freshman; and Scott Thompson from Microsoft Education, who provided an insightful and in-depth review of training resources for educators teaching technology in the classroom.

During the event, our speakers referenced the Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) and Microsoft Certified Educator (MCE) certifications. Keep in mind that as an IT Academy member, the Teacher Starter Kit (PDF) offers 10 exams for each of these certifications to support your professional development pursuits.

 For those of you who attended the September 12 webinar and those unable to attend, you can now watch the webinar on demand. Take a look and share with colleagues. After watching the broadcast, you’ll find an event survey that we’ll use to gather feedback—an important aspect of shaping the most relevant content for you. Based on feedback from first webinar, we’ll be broadening sessions to include speakers and institutions from around the world, offering locally relevant perspectives on global trends.

I look forward to seeing you on October 10th for our second webinar, focusing on “guiding students toward a successful career in technology.” Stay tuned to the IT Academy blog for more details.

If you haven’t done so already, take a minute to register for the next free event.


Keith Loeber is the Director of the IT Academy Program for Microsoft Learning Experience. He and his team oversee the strategy, benefits, operations, and policies for the program. An 18-year Microsoft veteran, Keith has spent the last several years in education with the majority of his career focusing on training and certification.