IT Academy: Supporting 21st Century Skills Development


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The Microsoft IT Academy Program is a complete technology education solution connecting students, teachers, employers and local communities through a life-long learning model of leading-edge technology skills development.

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  • IT Academy: Supporting 21st Century Skills Development

    1. 1. Greg Pearson Microsoft Learning, UK
    2. 2. Needing to Support 21st Century Skills Development • More than 50% of today’s jobs require some technology skills, and experts say that percentage will increase to 77% in the next decade (IDC) • Within 10 years, 60% of jobs that exist will be ones that don’t exist today (IDC) • The gap between the demand for IT professionals and supply of qualified employees with the right technical skills will be as high as 40% over the next 5-10 years (IDC) • IT employment will rise by 5.8 million jobs in 4 years; and 51% of total IT employment will be software related; creating 75K new businesses (IDC) • Skills are key to the prosperity of nations and to better lives for individuals in the 21st century. They contribute to economic growth both directly, through increased productivity, and indirectly, by creating greater capacity to adopt new technologies and ways of working and to spur innovation (OECD, 2011).
    3. 3. What is the Microsoft IT Academy program?The Microsoft IT Academy Program is a complete technologyeducation solution connecting students, teachers, employers andlocal communities through a life-long learning model of leading-edge technology skills development.It was developed to…bridge the gap between education and the real-world by equippingstudents with the IT skill sets they need for successful careers intoday’s technology centered job market, and providing professionaldevelopment resources for educators.Membership is open to…public or private K-12 schools, academy schools, further educationcolleges, universities, libraries and charities. 3
    4. 4. Creating 1st Class Education Programmes • In the Box Curriculum: E-Learning, Exam Review Kits, E-Reference, Digital Literacy • Preferred Benefit Curriculum Microsoft Official Academic Curriculum, Microsoft Official Curriculum • Other: Faculty Connection Curriculum, Tools, and • E-Learning Reporting Certification • Lesson Pans combine to • Course Completion Certificates create a • LCDS segment • Other: specific Learning Suite, Pil Network, Dreamspark & solution Innovative Teachers • Certification: Academic pricing, onsite testing • Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) • Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) • Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) • Microsoft Certified IT Professional and Developer(MCITP/MCPD)
    5. 5. Curriculum: E-LearningE-Learning Benefit Overview Fast Facts: Educators and other staff employed at the institution What is it: can use E-Learning for Professional Development – • Unlimited internet access to up to 250 award-winning which helps to lower PD budgets internet accessible Microsoft E-Learning course collections Can be used as a standalone self-study course or asLesson Plans supplementary to classroom instruction • Available in 17 languages Takes only a few minutes to provision a course to Value to Educator: multiple students • Educators can use E-Learning as the core curriculum or supplementary to an existing curriculum both in and For an additional fee, IT Academy members canE-Reference out of the classroom purchase non-Microsoft E-Learning • Educators can manage multiple E-Learning courses for a single class and easily assign activities using the group-level messaging feature • Educators can access usage reports for each of their Digital Literacy students to ensure progress Value to Student: • E-Learning provides students with more hands-on Academic practice through a multimedia learning experienceCurriculum • Can be used as self-study in and out of the classroom (MOAC) allowing the student to capture concepts at their own paceProfessional Technologies Covered:Curriculum • Office, Windows client, Windows Server, SQL (MOC) Server, Visual Studio and Dynamics
    6. 6. Curriculum: Lesson PlansE-Learning Benefit Overview Fast Facts: Lesson plans Include: What is it: • Links to E-Learning • Supplemental lessons based upon certification exam • Quiz material objectives and include links to relevant • Student projects E-Learning, free demos and videosLesson Plans • References to videos to be used in class or out of class for reinforcement Value to Educator: • Saves time with ready to use lesson plans to use as is, or to customize for specific teaching and learning goalsE-Reference • Supplements E-Learning and maps to Certification • Includes ready to use project-based learning activities for higher education, high school and middle school students Digital Literacy Value to Student: • Allows students to use project-based learning activities to demonstrate and practice skills on Microsoft Technologies and prepare for certification AcademicCurriculum Technologies Covered: (MOAC) • Specialized Lesson Plans on Office 2010, SharePoint, Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 and Expression WebProfessional • Exam Readiness Kits (ERK) mapping to MicrosoftCurriculum Technology Associate (MTA) are also available (MOC)
    7. 7. Curriculum: E-ReferenceE-Learning Benefit Overview Fast Facts: 5 Educators and other staff employed at the institution What is it: can use E-Reference for Professional Development – • Internet access on any device with an internet which helps to lower PD budgets connection and browser to over 120 technology books • Available for up to five educators or staff within the Over 120 titles available for online accessLesson Plans institution Access supported via internet connection and browser Value to Educator: • Used in the classroom educators can print pages of content or activities to use with studentsE-Reference • Used for Professional Development educators can search, add books to a personal bookshelf, bookmark, and make notes Digital Value to Student: Literacy • Educators can print for student reference and classroom use Technologies Covered: Academic • The library includes topics on: Office & ProductivityCurriculum Applications, Operating Systems, Databases & (MOAC) Reporting Tools, Web Applications & Services, Hardware and Gadgets, Home Networking & Security, and Entertainment & GamingProfessionalCurriculum (MOC)
    8. 8. Curriculum: Digital Literacy Fast Facts:E-Learning Benefit Overview Digital Literacy includes E-Learning and assessments so students can skip concepts they have mastered and What is it: focus on the topics they need to round out their skills set. • The Microsoft Digital Literacy E-Learning curriculumLesson Plans provides essential computing skills for learners new to computing Languages: English, Thai, Latin American Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, Danish, Polish, Japanese, European Value to Educator: Portuguese, French, German, Italian and Hungarian. • Digital Literacy can be used as a remedial tool for some Turkish, Russian, and Arabic versions will be available students and as a means of exploring new topics for soon.E-Reference others • A Digital Literacy Certificate Test for students who want to demonstrate their mastery of all five courses is available for printing Digital Literacy Value to Student: • Can be used as self-study to get ramped up on basic computer skills and online safety Academic Technologies Covered:Curriculum (MOAC) • Computer Basics • The Internet and World Wide Web • Productivity Programs • Computer Security and PrivacyProfessionalCurriculum • Digital Lifestyles (which covers digital media) (MOC)
    9. 9. Curriculum: Academic Curriculum (Fee)E-Learning Benefit Overview What is it: Fast Facts: • Microsoft Official Academic Curriculum (MOAC) Maps to the following Certifications: provides everything academic instructors need to • Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) plan, prepare, and conduct hands‐on classes coveringLesson Plans Microsoft Technologies • Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) • The MOAC series can be taught over a period of • Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) 8, 10, 16, or 18 weeks • Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP) • Microsoft Certified Professional Developer (MCPD) Value to Educator:E-Reference • MOAC is used as the core curriculum and includes textbooks, lab manuals, instructor resources, course setup ideas, lecture outlines, teaching tips, online labs, assessments, Microsoft Office PowerPoint slide presentations, and instructor guides Digital • Wiley Faculty Network seminars helping prepare to Literacy teach current and new technology Value to Student: Academic • MOAC includes textbooks, lab manuals, online labs andCurriculum practice certification exams for specific titles (MOAC) Technologies Covered:Professional • Office, Windows Client, Windows Server, SQLCurriculum Server, Visual Studio, and MTA (MOC)
    10. 10. Curriculum: Professional Curriculum (MOC) (Fee)E-Learning Benefit Overview What is it: Fast Facts: • Microsoft Official Curriculum (MOC) is instructor led training intended for IT professionals and developers Academic pricing for MOC materials is limited to who build, support, and implement Microsoft solutions Microsoft IT Academy members at the VL andLesson Plans • MOC products are designed for short-term courses Advanced level. such as seminars, workshops, and clinics and are can be adapted for classroom use MOC labs require use of Microsoft Virtual PC, which enables two or more operating systems to run Value to Educator: concurrently on one computer. One virtual computerE-Reference can host the virtual PC labs that provide students with • MOC is available in several formats including: a fully configured and consistent learning Course, Workshop, Clinic, and Seminar that can be environment. adapted for classroom use as the core curriculum • MOC includes student workbook, lab setup guide, instructor guide, and hands-on labs to help Digital prepare students for the given technology Literacy Value to Student: • Opportunity to learn and experience hands-on Academic Microsoft technologiesCurriculum (MOAC) Technologies Covered: • Maps to Microsoft Technology Specialist, IT Professional, and Professional Developer certificationProfessional examsCurriculum (MOC)
    11. 11. Marketing Resources Fast Facts: Members are the first to hear about newPromote your position of IT education leadership products, curriculum and certifications coming to marketResources to get started with IT Academy membership aresent in the welcome kit: IT Academy members are invited to local, regional, global eventsarketingresources.mspxUse the Microsoft, IT Academy Program Member logo to IT Academy members get the opportunity tomarket your program membership participate in marketing campaigns that will promote their institution, teachers and students• Get free posters, videos, and other marketing collateral on the IT Academy member site
    12. 12. Certification Fast Facts: • Helps institutions get the most out of their technology investment by validating real world knowledge andAll IT Academies are eligible to become a Testing Center skillsEvery IT Academy receives a Teacher Certification • Exams can be taken onsite and included as an integralStarter Kit including 10 Microsoft Office Specialist and 20 part of the course • Helps differentiate students as they pursue a career inMicrosoft Technology Associate exams, for no charge. technologyALL ITA Curriculum formats prepare individuals for Certification • Validates skills in a specific technology • Helps students get a great job • Microsoft Certifications are GLOBALLY RECOGNISEDTypes of Certifications • Step 1: Digital Literacy - Beginner • Step 2: Microsoft Office Specialist – Application Specialist • Step 3: Technology Specialist – Product Specialist • Step 4: IT Professional or Professional Developer – Job role specific
    13. 13. Technology Insights 2011: UK e-skills UK Creating the skills for the digital
    14. 14. Economic GrowthIT & Telecoms industry GVA contribution amounts to 9% (£81billion) of the UK’s economy.The internet contributes an estimated £100 billion to the UKeconomy (7.2% of GDP).Optimisation of ICT could generate an additional £50 billionGVA across the UK economy over the next 5 – 7 years.The total potential economic benefit from getting everyone inthe UK online is in excess of £22billion.
    15. 15. EmploymentCurrent1 in 20 people (1.5 million) UK workers are employed in IT & Telecoms40% of the 1,129,000 IT & Telecoms professionals in the UK work in the IT & Telecoms industryFutureEmployment in the IT industry over the next decade will grow at 2.19% per annum – nearly five times faster than the UK average.Over 550,000 new entrants over the next five years are required to fill IT & Telecoms professional job roles in the UK
    16. 16. Change in the workforce is needed to support sector growthIT & Telecoms ProfessionalsJust over one in ten employers consider there to be gaps inthe skills of their IT & Telecoms professionals and IT UsersGenderJust 18% of IT & Telecoms professionals are female, for IToccupations only the figure is 23%AgeThe proportion IT & Telecoms professionals aged under 30has dropped from 33% in 2001 to 19% in 2010......additionallythe number aged over 50 has almost doubled in the sameperiod.