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SA Student excels @ MOS World Championship

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In its 14th year, the 2015 Microsoft Office Specialist World Championship (MOSWC) attracted 600,000 unique candidates who competed to demonstrate their mastery of Microsoft Office products.

145 student finalists from 47 countries participated in the final round of competition.

“More than 1.2 billion people use Office worldwide, and these students have taken the time to set themselves apart as the best of the best,” said Alison Cunard, general manager of Learning Experiences at Microsoft. “Earning a Microsoft Office Specialist certification has already provided proof that they have the necessary skills to succeed in academics and the workforce. Winning the World Championship puts them in a class of their own, and we look forward to seeing how they put their Microsoft Office skills to use in the future”

Let me introduce you to the 14 year old student from ELKANAH HOUSE HIGH SCHOOL, SAMANTHA KNUPP,
who has put SOUTH AFRICA on the map!  C O N G R A T U L A T I O N S!

THE WINNERS


 The 2015 Microsoft Office Specialist World Champions in WORD 2010 are:

First place, Manuel Burgos, Dominican Republic
Second place, Ryan Catalfu, USA
THIRD PLACE, SAMANTHA KNUPP, SOUTH AFRICA
Fourth place, Risa Sato, Japan
Fifth place, Lizhen Chan, Singapore
Sixth place, Titya Eng, Cambodia
Seventh place, Minh Tien Tran, Vietnam
Eighth place, Wei-Lun Chen, Taiwan
Ninth place, Ellen Greenly, New Zealand
Tenth place, Tang Baoen, China

WHO IS THE OFFICIAL WORLD SPONSOR AND HOST OF THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS?


CERTIPORT recognized the top Microsoft Word 2010 competitors at the Microsoft Office Specialist World Championship Student Awards Ceremony at the Gaylord Texan Grapevine Resort in Dallas, Texas.  Certiport is the Worldwide Competition Sponsor and Organiser.

“These winners are part of an elite group that know how to use Microsoft Word efficiently and to its full potential,” said Aaron Osmond, vice president of the global Certiport offering for Pearson VUE.  “We are proud to support this competition as a vehicle to promote what the world needs most – young people who possess in-demand workforce skills.”

The Microsoft Office Specialist World Championship is a global competition that tests students’ skills on Microsoft Office applications. Participating in this competition provides you with an excellent opportunity for you to showcase your Microsoft Office Word, Excel and PowerPoint skills, have some fun, impress student colleagues and gain recognition. As the competition sponsor, Certiport wants to provide you a platform to demonstrate your success.

WHERE WILL BE WORLD WIDE COMPETITION BE HELD NEXT YEAR [2016]?


Certiport will host the 2016 Microsoft Office Specialist World Championship in Disneyworld [Orlando, Florida].  Promo video will follow!

The event hashtag is #MOSWC

WHO IS THE OFFICIAL SA NATIONAL SPONSOR AND ORGANIZER?


NetLEARN Update

NetLEARN is the official organizer and sponsor of the SA national competition from which the finalists are selected to compete at the World Championships.

NetLEARN is the South African Partner for Certiport, a Pearson VUE company.  NetLEARN Update is a Full Solution provider and implementer of Electronic Training and Testing,  face-to-face training as well as audio-visual training through motivational DVDs.  We have an awesome team to assist with Administration and Technical Support.  NetLEARN is also a supplier of books and exams.

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SO, YOU ARE PROBABLY WONDERING HOW TO ENTER?


To participate, a student must submit a passing score on any of the following certification exams:

Microsoft Office Specialist – Word 2010
Microsoft Office Specialist – Excel 2010
Microsoft Office Specialist – PowerPoint 2010
Microsoft Office Specialist – Word 2013
Microsoft Office Specialist – Excel 2013
Microsoft Office Specialist – PowerPoint 2013

To compete in the final round of the Championship, students must be between the ages of 13 and 22 (as of  15 June, 2016)

A student may enter in one, two or all three applications from a MOS track [only applicable if the student has not entered before].

NOTE: if a student participated in a prior World Championship competing on Microsoft Excel 2010, he/she can compete in a Microsoft Word or PowerPoint track, but can NOT compete in the Microsoft Excel 2010 or 2013 track in the World Championship.

NetLEARN OFFERS FREE WORKSHOPS TO EXPLAIN AND COACH STUDENTS ON THE ENTIRE PROCESS OF ENTERING AND WHAT TO DO IN ORDER TO ACHIEVE!  CONTACT US TO PUT YOUR NAME ON THE LIST FOR 2016

CONTACT LINDA :  linda@netlearn.co.za for more information or any questions regarding participating, certification or training


AND…WHAT HAPPENS AT THE MOS WORLDWIDE COMPETITION?


After arriving and settling in at the stunning hotel one would seek out the registration conference venue. This is where name lanyards, backpacks with lots of goodies are handed out. After checking which exam session you have been assigned to, one would grab the opportunity to test out the keyboard and ask any questions.  The opening cocktail function then follows in the evening where one would circulate and meet all the entrants from around the world, as well as the Partners and Chaperons. This is where we exchange lots of friendship contact cards.

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The next day,after a good sleep from the hectic travel schedule and a scrumptious breakfast everyone gathers for the opening ceremony where one is addressed on the entire happenings for the few days.

The rest of the day is spent preparing for your 50 minutes exam session, supporting others, or chilling out in the student games room.

Ready for the Word Project at Gaylord Texan Resort and Conference Center, Dallas, Texas.In the concluding round, that is, the exam session, competitors participate in unique project-based tests [50 minutes] to demonstrate their ability to create documents in Word, Excel or PowerPoint.  The vibe is awesome, lots of excitement and the Certiport team always entertaining you fabulously … making your exam session relaxed and pumped at the same time. Lots of videos and photographs are snapped by chaperons, partners, and Certiport.

YOU ARE PROBABLY WONDERING WHAT YOU CAN WIN?


SA NATIONAL CHAMP – NetLEARN Update is the official sponsor of the SA National Champions and provides the top student/s, who meet the full criteria, a sponsored trip [full details of which are shared nearer the SA National Finals by Jenny Cole, CEO of NetLearn]. This is in itself the opportunity of a lifetime to attend the World Championships with the NetLEARN team. NetLEARN also recognizes the top 3 nationally.

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP – Certiport presented the first, second and third place winners with scholarship money ($5,000, $3,000, and $1,000 respectively), a medal, a trophy and various Microsoft products [Samantha received a Droid and an HP Tablet plus $1000].

Entrants next year could win sponsorship money which Certiport has increased to:  1st prize – $7.500; 2nd prize – $5,000 and 3rd prize – $2,500 [final prize money will be posted on the Certiport website in due course, along with the promo video for 2016]

Just to attend the World Championships, representing SA, with the cream of the crop across the globe is a huge prize, and that alone gives you the competitive edge being ready for the workplace!  Who knows, you might even feature in the Promo Video for the following year!

AND, OF COURSE, WHAT ABOUT THE FUN ELEMENT?


Each year Certiport chooses a location in the USA to host the World Championships.  NetLEARN  has sponsored students for the past 3 years. During 2013, two students from Elkanah House [Shaun Nothard and Tshimologo Molefe] were selected Nationally to attend the World Championships held in Washington, 2014 was held in Anaheim, Disneyland [Elkanah House took top spots again Nationally with Shaun Nothard, Jema Green and Kathrine Hinchcliffe as well as the Adobe spot, James Campbell-Gibson]. This year we were treated to Dallas, Texas!

Here are a few pics of the fun times and places we were fortunate to visit and enjoy this year!

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SO, START WORKING TOWARDS BEING THE NEXT TOP MOSWC NOW!

WHERE CAN I ACCESS HIGH RESOLUTION PHOTOS / VIDEOS / DETAILS OF THE 2015 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS?

Pop on over to the following links:

DURBAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY SA Students bring home Medals
TECHLOY – Technology News and Startup Culture in SA TechLoy News Flash
MY BROADBAND My Broadband Press Release
HTEXT.AFRICA htxt Press Release
DOWNLOAD / VIEW HIGH-RES PHOTOS OF THE WINNERS Certiport Photo Albums of Competitions
VIEW THE MOS AWARDS CEREMONY MOS Awards : 12 August 2015 – Dallas, Texas
VIEW THE MOS CHAMPIONSHIP WEBSITE The official Microsoft Office Specialist World Championship Website
NetLEARN NEWS FLASH NetLEARN Website Newsflash
VIEW THE MOS AWARDS CEREMONY MOS Awards : 12 August 2015 – Dallas, Texas
VIEW THE ADOBE AWARDS CEREMONY Adobe Awards : 12 August 2015 – Dallas, Texas

ENTER NOW – ASK ME HOW! 

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NetLEARN Announces SA Finalist | MOS

Congratulations to Samantha Knupp, a student at Elkanah House High School, who achieved 100% for her Microsoft Office Specialist Word 2010 Project examination. This outstanding achievement, along with her excellent official Microsoft Office Specialist Word Certification result has earned her a sponsorship to represent South Africa at the Microsoft Office Specialist World Championships in Dallas, Texas.

NetLEARN Update is the official sponsor and organizer for both the Adobe Certified Associate and Microsoft Office Specialist SA Championships.

Certiport, annually hosts a Worldwide Championship for MOS [Microsoft Office Specialist] and Adobe [Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator]. These competitions are aimed at students between 13 and 22 years who are registered at an educational institution.

Samantha will be travelling to Dallas, Texas on the 7th of August along with Tiffany Onderstall [Inscape Design College] the Adobe SA Finalist as well as the NetLEARN Team.  We wish both girls the best of luck as they prepare to represent South Africa at the World Champs.

Here is a Promo Video of the 2013 and 2014 Round Up where Elkanah House students were also top in South Africa and featured in the video:

 

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ACA Photoshop | SA Winner announced |NetLEARN

Over the past few weeks much excitement lead up to the awarding of SA’s TOP 3 Adobe Certified Associate Champions last Friday afternoon, 26 June 2015.

Fifteen South African students from various colleges and schools entered the competition this year.  Official details about the competition can be located at:  www.acachampionship.com

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STUDENT FINAL PROJECT POSTERS ON SHOW AT THE AWARDS FUNCTION

Certiport, annually hosts a Worldwide Championship for MOS [Microsoft Office Specialist] and Adobe [Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator]. These competitions are aimed at students between 13 and 22 years who are registered at an educational institution. This year’s competition venue is Dallas, Texas. 

NetLEARN  is the organiser of the SA National Competition from which the finalists are selected to compete at the World Championships. Last year, NetLEARN sponsored 4 scholars to compete in Disneyland, California.

Below is a Promo Video of the event last year and the announcement of this years location:   

NetLEARN is extremely proud of each and every one of the students due to the high standard of creativity and design of their posters. Competition was very stiff this year and the adjudication process took much longer than expected to reach the decision of to award the top three winners in SA.

Students went through a four hour project exam of which the theme was Africa Month, and the Upskilling of our Youth – they were adjudicated on three criteria: Project Requirements, Design Skills and Technical Skills.  We invited judges from a variety of design colleges and companies to ensure fairness and to reach the ultimate decision of awarding the top three in SA. Here are some pics of the adjudication at Inscape as well as the students who took part in the project exam.

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LINDA BRIEFING THE STUDENTS BEFORE THE START OF THE SATURDAY PROJECT EXAM!

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This year the event took place at Parklands College Secondary and we thank Richard Knaggs for agreeing to host the event, setting up the venue and for supplying the refreshments.

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In addition, huge appreciation goes to Jessica Ricco, IT Educator at Parklands College for helping prior and on the day of the event.

Tanya Dreyer from Inscape was, without a doubt, a huge inspiration and her coordination and communication were impeccable –  thank you Tanya!

We also acknowledge the videographer, Michael Brosziet of Everlasting Memories Videography for doing such a stunning job on the day.

THANK YOU TO DR WILMOT JAMES [SHADOW MINISTER OF HEALTH] FOR TAKING TIME OUT OF HIS BUSY SCHEDULE TO HAND OVER THE TOP THREE AWARDS.  IT IS MUCH APPRECIATED!

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THE ADOBE SA FINAL AWARDS

CONGRATULATIONS FIRST PLACE GOES TO:

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WHO WAS AWARDED 1st PLACE AND WON A SPONSORED TRIP BY NETLEARN UPDATE TO DALLAS, TEXAS. SHE WILL REPRESENT SA AND COMPETE AT THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS IN AUGUST!

CONGRATULATIONS SECOND PLACE GOES TO:

JAMES CAMPBELL-GIBSON FROM FRIENDS OF DESIGN

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CONGRATULATIONS THIRD PLACE GOES TO:

VICTORIA ISABELLA LESLIE-MILLER FROM REDHILL

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HERE ARE A FEW PICS OF OUR EVENT AND THE AWARDING OF PRIZES – A VIDEO WILL BE PRODUCED ABOUT THE EVENT IN DUE COURSE!!

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TeachMeets hosted by NetLEARN Update

DON’T MISS THESE TWO FANTASTIC OPPORTUNITIES TO COLLABORATE AT TEACHMEETS LINED UP FOR JULY AND AUGUST.  

THESE MEETS WILL COVER ALL PRESENTATIONS FOR ALL GRADES, TECHNOLOGIES, DEVICES AND PLATFORMS.  

COME AND JOIN US FOR A RELAXED, FUN-FILLED,
CUPCAKE COLLABORATIVE AFTERNOON
and GROW YOUR PERSONAL LEARNING NETWORK AND ADD TO
YOUR PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT!

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SIGN UP: 24 JULY 2015 HERE:  http://1drv.ms/1ICU0Ak


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MICROSOFT AND ADOBE SA Finals – Who will make the top 3?

What a wonderful weekend of SA project writing for the Adobe and Microsoft Office Specialist – South African Finals!

NetLEARN Update is the official organizer and sponsor for the annual Adobe and MOS SA Finals.  The top in each category will represent SA at the Microsoft Office Specialist Worldwide Championships and the Adobe Certified Associate World Championships in Dallas, Texas this August.  Sponsorship will be awarded to the candidate who fulfills all of the requirements in each category – the final decision will be taken by Jenny Cole, CEO of NetLEARN Update ín consultation with the judging panel selected from industry.

WE ARE EXTREMELY PROUD AND NATURALLY A BUZZ OF EXCITEMENT THIS WEEK, JUDGING THE CANDIDATES WORK IN ANTICIPATION OF THE FINAL ANNOUNCEMENT TO ALL OUR PASSIONATE AND HARD WORKING ENTRANTS – THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR BEING PART OF THIS AMAZING JOURNEY AND OPPORTUNITY – EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU ARE A WINNER!

Here is a taster from Certiport of the exciting event up for grabs, which is being held in August 2015.

Who will mark their mark representing South Africa at the World Championships?

For those of you who are interested in participating in 2016, start working towards this goal NOW!  Contact Linda via email on linda@netlearn.co.za for more information or visit our FACEBOOK page .

CREATE, CERTIFY, COMPETE!

Here are a few pictures of our journey thus far – all candidates wrote project exams on Saturday, 30th May at their respective schools, and colleges:

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MicrosoftMeet : An Event not to be Missed

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You might have attended the Microsoft Roadshow recently or missed it completely – no worries, here is the opportunity you have been waiting for!

It is time to collaborate together at the first MICROSOFTMEET held by NetLEARN Update. You will be inspired by all the free technologies Microsoft has to offer the educator. In addition, if you are wanting a relevant, current and rewarding professional development route for your teachers, which has badge incentives and tracking, then this session is not to be missed.  

Do not be left behind, equip yourself with the knowledge of what is out there to enable teachers to successfully educate our youth using technology as a tool in the classroom.

The MICROSOFTMEET will be run just like previous TeachMeets – with some prizes, cupcakes, refreshments and a great bunch of “unconference” fun, getting together to share experiences.

  • Should you be willing to share a presentation, idea, tool, or just something [big or small] which worked for you in the classroom – please sign up as a Keen Bean.

  • If you would just like to enjoy the two hours and collaborate with others, then sign up as an Enthusiastic Lurker.

  • Should you not be able to make the event but want to contribute something – please do so either by submitting a short audio or video clip or presentation which we can all view at the Meet.

  • If you would like to follow us, use the following hashtag:
    #MSFTMeetSA

  • SHOULD YOU WISH TO SIGN UP RIGHT NOW, CLICK HERE TO ACCESS THE FORM:

  • Should you wish to know more….contact me as per the advert below.

 

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SA Final Dates – MOS & Adobe Competitions

‪#‎MIEExpert15‬, ‪#‎msftedu‬ #Certiport Afford your students the opportunity of a lifetime – come on South Africa, enter your students now to win a spot to compete for SA at the Microsoft Office Specialist World Championship and the Adobe Certified Associate World Championship

COMPETITION SA FINAL DATES BELOW
Please sign up your shining stars!

Microsoft Office Specialist [Word or Excel or PowerPoint 2010 or 2013] visit

http://1drv.ms/1Kjkmsl

Note that a student can enter one or two or all of the applications should they wish to do so.

For Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator or InDesign, please visit

http://1drv.ms/1vzWBuX

There is no extra load on the teacher – I will help you SUCCEED!

Contact Linda on linda@netlearn.co.za

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