As most of you know, IT Academy provides a bounty of benefits for teachers, not least of which is access to free Microsoft certification exams. These exams lead to three relevant certifications for teachers:
While many staff and instructors take advantage of this benefit, others don’t. Why is that?
The Q&A answers below, compiled in part from last month's webinar on professional development through Microsoft certification, might make you think twice about passing up that exam benefit. Read what these two IT Academy educators have to say—and watch the webinar to view their presentations. Both teachers are Microsoft certified and eager to share their perspectives on the value of certification.
Katherine Schmit, Business & Technology Instructor, Kalama High School in Kalama, WA
ITA: How and why did you pursue Microsoft certification?
When I heard about IT Academy and three certification exams, for me as an educator in Washington State, I was all in. It didn't matter what it took. I wanted to lead the way for them by getting myself certified.
ITA: What might hold a teacher back from certification?
ITA: In your opinion, what’s the greatest value of Microsoft certification for teachers?
ITA: How does Microsoft certification lend to a teacher’s ability to adhere to Common Core Standards that are being enforced in the United States and numerous countries worldwide?
Students need to know how to use PowerPoint, how to integrate a spreadsheet into their PowerPoint, how to integrate Word, how to integrate charts. All of those types of things, how to save your PowerPoint as a movie so that it can be broadcast on the internet. These are just basic skills that students have to know across the disciplines.
You can start your journey to getting certified. Join the Partners in Learning Network www.pil-network.com and begin your free Teaching with Technology course. This can lead you to a Microsoft Certified Educator qualification .
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