2Kingscliff High School Comprehensive country state high schoolFar north coast of NSW (south of Gold Coast)1260 students100 ATSI studentsMature teachingstaff
3Guy Wright Teaching Experience Taught in NSW DET high schools for 26 yearsCurrently Head Teacher ICT, VET and Computer Coordinator at Kingscliff High SchoolTILT Facilitator for TILT + and NetworkingMicrosoft Certified Professional (Networking and Office)Part Time Industry Experience (necessary for industry currency)*****NetMedia Gold CoastCorporate Trainer and Internet Developer (Clients included; KPMG, Jupiters Casino, Dreamworld, Gold Coast City Council, Bond University)2001 Futurekids AustraliaProfessional Development training to QLD schoolsWright MultimediaFreelance Computing Services including Optima dealership(enables me to keep up to date for students)
4KHS wins major NAQS 2003 “National Awards for Quality Schooling”. Larry Anthony (Local MP), David Walshe(Principal KHS), Brendan Nelson (Federal Ministerof Education) and Mrs. Walshe, Awards ceremonyNAQS awards for 2004 total $1millionMany schools use the NQSF to help with school improvement initiatives
5Raffles Girls School $1.6 Million spent in this room, very impressive They use Class server and Sharepoint Portal serverKHS will be able in the near future to swap Class Server resources.
6Welcome to an overview of the Microsoft IT Academy program Please contact Margo Metcalf on for further enquiries orFree Online assessments at:
7Today’s Presentation What is IT Academy? What are the benefits? How does it work?KHS and IT AcademyCertification overviewShow resources
9What is IT AcademyAnnual membership alliance with Microsoft that resources academic institutions to deliver Microsoft training for 21st Century workforceFull range workforce development program -- Training for careers and certification from the Desktop to IT ProfessionalA program for schools to increase teacher competencies and student outcomes, providing them with a world’s best practice standard – Microsoft certificationThe IT Academy program is a workforce development program that maps to academic degree tracks and Microsoft Certification. It incorporates faculty development, technical and marketing resources to assist schools in enhancing their current workforce development programs.
10What exactly is IT Academy? Broadening of AATP benefits & resourcesOpportunity to expand your students’ career prospects – from desktop to developer skillsAnnual membership programme open toHigh SchoolsTAFE CollegesUniversitiesThree levelsOffice SpecialistIT Pro (high schools only)IT Pro PlusThe ATTP programme provided free faculty training in Windows 2000 Networking but no other products. Since technology is changing at a rapid rate, customers asked us to include other products and resources to help them make the most of the technology they have and so IT Academy is a response to customer feedback.
11Microsoft Office Specialist Typical package Online with mentoring to certification3 exams20% MS Press discountMonthly NewsletterAccess to “members-only” siteLesson plans, tips and tricks and help desk and moreMarketing resourcesAccess to branded merchandiseOnline locatorChoice of:-10 Licences of How to Master series CD (interactive training/testing for Office)15 Exams in OfficeCourseware (site licence for paper based training in Word, Excel and PowerPoint)10 copies of Microsoft Press books-----Can Add A+ onlineIC3 will be added shortlyCerti-Prep Assessment/training/testing CD’sPackages can be tailored to suit your needsThe Microsoft Office Specialist certification replaces what you may know as MOUS. This level has been included in IT Academy for schools which want to make the most of their desktop skills. This level includes both online and instructor led training as do the previous two levels, however it also includes pre assessment and three exams as part of the overall training package. MS Press discounts also apply for this level. We’ll talk more about the Office Specialist certification later.
12I feel the following are a must to include in your Office package Cert-Prep CD’sOnline training How to Master in IC3,Office and A+(A+ would have to be negotiated)
13IT Pro Faculty training (instructor led / online) x 1 50% discount on technical training for additional teachers50 instructional lab licenses (software you are training)20% discount on MS Press titlesUp 75% off RRP for MOCDiscounts on certification testingMonthly newsletterMarketing resources (logo, templates etc)Access to branded merchandise through “members-only” siteReferrals – IT Academy locatorThe IT Pro level is designed for high schools, but is open to all education institutions. It provides for one faculty member to receive technical training and does not include the desktop benefits. It also does not include the subscription to Technet Plus, but the remaining benefits are the same as for IT Pro Plus. An IT Academy locator tool will refer prospective students to IT Academies in every country. At present, there are over 700 IT Academies in the United States.
14IT Pro Plus Faculty training (instructor led / online) x 2 50% discount on technical training for additional teachers$1195 for additional teacher under Office Specialist50 instructional lab licenses (software you are training)20% discount on MS Press titlesUp 75% off RRP for MOCDiscounts on certification testingTechNet Plus subscription (monthly updates)Monthly newsletterMarketing resources (logo, templates etc)Access to branded merchandise through “members-only” siteReferrals – IT Academy locatorIT Pro Plus is the top level and covers both technical and desktop training. It has been designed with higher education in mind, but is open to all education institutions.Two faculty members can be trained in the Microsoft product of their choice from available instructor led or online courses. If additional teachers need to be trained, there is a 50% discount on instructor led technical training. In addition to the training 50 instructional lab licenses are included to assist teachers to train students. Other resources include 20% discount on MS Press titles, up to 75% off the RRP for Microsoft Official Courseware and discounts on certification testing.Unique to the IT Pro Plus level is the inclusion of a Technet Plus subscription. Technet includes Beta products, 120 day evaluation versions of Server products, operating systems, SQL server, Exchange.Net, Knowledge Base articles to help support users, service packs, resource kits and online technical training seminars
15Training IT Pro Plus and IT Pro Dimension DataMicrosoft Office Specialist (IT Pro and Office Specialist levels only)IntouchWe know that having anytime/anywhere access to training is as essential as instructor led training. That is why we have provided the choice of Online and/or instructor led training as options in the programme benefits. Schools can host Microsoft Office Specialist training, delivered by Intouch, to their local educational community which reduces costs.
16Hardware Requirements Minimum (Office Specialist)Pentium II, or equivalent, PC with processor speed 300 MHz4GB hard disk256 MBCD-ROM/DVDVGA monitor (17-inch)PCI bus must meet 2.1 specs†Maximum (Technical)Pentium III, or equivalent, PC with processor speed 700 MHz16GB hard disk1 GBCD-ROM/DVDSuper VGA monitor (17-inch)PCI bus must meet 2.1 specs†IT Academies must meet hardware and set up requirements for students and faculty. This slide shows suggested hardware requirements for student systems. More information about course specific and general hardware requirements are posted to the Members-only site. The programme guide also provides guidance on hardware specifications.In the programme guide and the handout I have given you you will see the reference to “Course levels”.Refer to Course levels and hardware guide on handout.Other requirements are that you have an account and internet connection. You will also need a Passport account to access the members’ only site.
17Cost IT Pro Plus (level 1) IT Pro (level 2) $4,400 (inc. GST)Microsoft Office Specialist level may be includedIT Pro (level 2)$2,300 (inc. GST)Microsoft Office Specialist (level 3)$1,600 (inc. GST)Although the AATP programme represented an investment of millions of dollars by Microsoft in training, program operations, customer support and MOC & exam discounts, we were unable to broaden the programme at no cost. The annual paid membership in addition to Microsoft’s continued investment will ensure we have a sustainable programme that will grow according to customers needs.
18Academic World Wide Office Specialist Competition By JuneFastest and most accurate candidate in Word and Excel 2002Win a trip to Shanghai to compete in the World ChampionshipsWin an XboxThe world wide winner will then go to RedmondSchools can apply to become an Authorised Testing Centre
21Summary of KHS ICT strategy What happenedRewrote all policies to include ICT12-14% improvement in students ICT skills & 15% improvement in ICT skills of staffNew core ICT course in Years 7 (IC3 online learning)MOS Testing Centre for Years 9,10&11, (Microsoft/Intouch)Microsoft (IT Academy) Networking. Mapped to include Certificate III networkingWhat was intendedIntegrate ICT into all learning programsImprove Staff/Student ICT skills, by providing staff trainingExpand range and quality of ICT programs by establishing strong partnerships with other education agencies, NSW BOS, major national and international companies
22PLAN OF ICT ACROSS KINGSCLIFF HIGH SCHOOL (2004) ALL STUDENTSICT FOCUSED STUDENTSYEAR 7Integrated Technology lessons across all KLA’s (Infusion Kit + BOS)Online learning/ assessment tools supplied by Microsoft and Intouch including Office, IC3 and A+ courseware Certi-Prep10 Week ICT Course, including IC3 and MOS courseware and delivered by specialist ICT and staffYEAR 8YEARS 9&10Extension of skillsBOS curriculum &Microsoft MOSYEARS 11&12VETIT – 80 Hours MOS.Microsoft Certified Professional courses in Windows 2000 are currently taught in the KHS IT Academy.Including Certificate 111 in Network Administration.Software Design – including Microsoft Visual Basic.net (2005)Over the next six months, local feeder primary schools will be given access to our new learningPortal.Note: BOS = Board of Studies; MOS = Microsoft Office Specialist; AATP = Microsoft Authorised Academic Training Provider;ICT = Information Communication Technology; KHS = Kingscliff High School; Infusion Kit supplied by Futurekids;VETIT – Vocational Education and Training course “Information Technology”
24Why KHS became an IT Academy? Industry standardStaff trainingTraining resources for studentsQuality assessment and skill analysis toolsTechNet (Microsoft’s complete toolkit, updates, training movies)Microsoft branding for school
25Benefits for KHS teachers Excellent trainingUp to 10 days industry standard trainingDimension Data (true professionals) MCTsLast year 2 teachers studied upgrade to Windows 2003, 1 teacher and 1 tech studied ISA server 2000
26Benefits for KHS teachers? Lead to:Students learn from more knowledgeable teachersQuality lessons taught in IT AcademyInformed IT decisions at schoolDeveloped a secure E-learning platform with Class Server and Sharepoint Portal server, with ISA (would not have been possible without industry standard training)My principal would not have paid for training if we were not in IT Academy.
27Benefits for students & teachers - Courseware Structured quality teaching materialsThe MOC courseware used to deliver most of Certificate III in Network Administration is Excellent.The Office training is first rate. With the combination of Cert-Prep and Office Pro students and staff can interactively assess/test and retrain in the Office applications, IC3 and A+ electronically with a minimum of effort.
28Benefits for students & teachers - Qualifications Some staff and students have gone on to gain Microsoft Office Specialist Qualifications that are recognized across the worldThese tools are currently being used in both the senior and junior school. In the year 11 VET IT classes these tools are an effective method of formally evaluating many of the IT competencies required.
29Benefits for KHS students This Certificate III course is very sought after by the local students, not only by from KHS.This year we have two external students and one from a local private school.One of the external students works for an IT firm and has chosen to attend this IT Academy for his professional development.2003, four students gained their Certificate III in Network Administration
30What benefits has the school seen from the program? The school has benefited from quite a deal of positive publicity from being a Microsoft IT Academy.Immediately the community understands that we are delivering a quality IT education to our students founded with quality industry level skills.My principal loves the Microsoft Plaque
31TechNet Plus Subscription Excellent resource for KHSTechnical information CDs (white papers)Training CD’s (from Microsoft experts)Resource Kits (Essential for administering our network)Service Packs readily available without having to downloadSecurity/Driver Updates and patchesBETA/Evaluation CDsAllowed us to trial software which was later implemented in our online portal.
32Why Get Certified? Opportunity Expanded career optionsFormal recognitionImpressive to employers and clientsMicrosoft certification is valued and relevantRigorous and fair examsExams require real-world experienceRelevant to job functionThe increased opportunity and recognition that certification offers are primary reasons that individuals choose to become certified.Microsoft certification is especially valued by the industry for its overall integrity. The exams that you must take are rigorous, but fair assessments of your ability to perform real-world job functions.Earning a Microsoft certification showcases your expertise in working with Microsoft products and technologies. The IT industry, your employer, clients, and peers will recognize your MCP credential as a symbol of the skills and knowledge you’ve gained through experience. Microsoft certification shows that you are a technical leader with the ability to successfully implement Microsoft business solutions for your organization or client.Hiring managers and organizations highly value that your demonstrated expertise can shorten server downtimes, provide greater productivity around help desk and desktop support functions, as well as increase opportunities and revenue for their professional services.
33Networking Certifications Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP)One MCP examMinimum certification required for Microsoft IT Academies to teach IT Pro coursesMicrosoft Certified Systems Administrator (MCSA)3 Core and 1 elective examMicrosoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE)4 Core and 3 elective examsProgram Benefits for IndividualsEarning a Microsoft certification acknowledges your expertise in working with Microsoft products and technologies. Microsoft certification shows that you are a technical leader with the ability to successfully implement Microsoft business solutions for your organization. Research shows that Microsoft certification delivers the following benefits:Efficient, consistent identification of qualified and experienced individuals.Higher satisfaction and lower support costs through improved service, increased productivity and greater technical self-sufficiency.Ensured employee ability to work effectively with new technologies.A reliable benchmark for hiring, promoting, and career planning.
36What will I need to know? Microsoft Word – Core Level Enter, select & edit textWork with fonts & formattingWork with folders & different viewsUse templates & wizardsWork with margins, alignments & print settingsUse indents, columns & tablesInsert WordArt and graphics.
37What will I need to know? Microsoft Word – Expert Level Use styles, Apply advanced formatting techniques,Explore master documents,Split and merge documents,Insert footnotes, endnotes and cross-references,Work with macros, use tables, charts and forms,Work with hyperlinks and prepare a document for the Web.
38What will I need to know? Microsoft Excel – Core Level Work with columns and rows,Understand formulas and functions,Format text,Create charts,Work with databases and lists,Use logical, financial and date functions and 3-D worksheets.
39What will I need to know? Microsoft Excel – Expert Level Use templates,Work with macros,Use data forms,Understand and use naming,Work with ranges, group and outlines,Import from HTML files,Create pivot tables,Work with shared workbooks and use validation options.
40The length of time needed to become certified depends on: How experienced you areHow much you prepareWhether you take trainingThe method of training you chooseOther factors
41Resources Certi-Prep interactive testing software Microsoft Press publications“How to Master” series by OfficeProMicrosoft Official Curriculum (MOC)Office paper based courseware
57Software used at KHS Windows2000/2003 Server Windows XP on all DesktopsISA Server 2000ISA Server 2004 BetaSharepoint Portal Server 2000Exchange Server 2000Microsoft Class ServerSQL Server 2000MS OfficeXPMacromedia Studio MXAdobe PhotoshopAnd administration software
58Think.com Ideal for Primary School students and teachers Create web pagesCommunicate with students from across the globeShare information and interests in a safe environment
59Get AssessedFree online assessments available in all Office applications foryour teachers, students and parents
60Microsoft Office Specialist One Clear Pathway…………Get AssessedGet TrainingGet CertifiedGet Ahead