What is a Microsoft Certification Summer School?
The idea is to support your students, certify their skills on technologies like App and Gaming design, HTML 5, Networking and Security, skills that they will need as they enter further education or the workforce. MTA provides students with confidence, motivation and their first Microsoft certification. You can run specific training or the student can self-study through the free resources. You can pick a day that your students can come in and test their knowledge and skills by doing a Microsoft technology (MTA) Associate exam. MTA skills development is a great way for schools to help students to explore career paths with a modest investment of time and money. MTA Prepares students for more advanced Microsoft certification.
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What is a Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA)?
MTA certification helps prove knowledge of fundamental technology concepts. Students can learn a variety of areas that can interest them likes modern App creation which include mobile apps, HTML 5, Phone apps & Windows 8 apps. The MTA certification is mapped on the QCF at Level 2 and is a great addition to any CV, whether a student is going in to vocational or higher education or still a year or two away from their GCSE. When a student earns an MTA certification, they become a member of our global Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) community and provides progression to further professional certifications if the student wants to explore and pursue a career in IT. You can get some ideas and tips on how to plan and run these events from the Certiport MTA test Fest website here.
What MTA resources are available within IT Academy to help students and teachers prepare?
As an IT Academy Member you can access free digital Microsoft Official Academic Courseware “(MOAC)". IT Academy Members can also access e-learning content within their membership including courses for developer skills. Students can access Student Study Guides here as well as use MeasureUp practice tests here. Teachers also receive 20 free MTA Instructor Exams to support their CPD around developing ICT/Computer Science to their students. Both Teachers and Students can visit www.dreamspark.com to learn about Dreamspark a free software resource that teachers and students can access to download the relevant tools to help them learn MTA skills, like Visual Basic, Phone SDK, and Kinect SDK etc.
What are the Prizes?
The top performing student from your school will be invited to Microsoft’s UK Head Office in Reading, Monday 16th September, for an exciting “Developer skills day session” accompanied by a representative from their school. The winning students accompanied by their Teacher’s will learn about building apps and how to develop and upload to Windows Store. To learn more about building apps, please see links to Windows 8 and Windows Phone Development sites: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/apps/br229512.aspx & http://developer.windowsphone.com/en-usyou can start building apps today and also participate in the App Builders Reward Competition.
The Top 3 students with the highest MTA Exam score across the participating schools will be presented with a Windows Surface RT at the “Developer skills session day” by our Microsoft Academic Service Partner (MASP) ITSkillsman
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ITSkillsman is one of Microsoft’s UK MASP’s. Their role it is to support and help IT Academies meet their goals with the benefits of the programme and by embedding certifications in to curriculum. ITSkillsman also offer an additional support package, the Enhanced Benefits Programme (EBP) that institutes can add to their IT Academy membership. For more details, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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When can I get started?
The competition starts now and winners will be announced Monday, 9th September 2013, through our blog http://blogs.msdn.com/b/ukschools/and contacted directly by Microsoft
If you want to get your school started with the MTA exams, please contact your reseller to start the process to become an IT Academy Member or get in touch with the Microsoft Education team at email@example.com
To share your story and let us know when you plan to run the exams simply email firstname.lastname@example.org