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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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Students achieve Certifications @ Elkanah

Elkanah House purposefully chooses to provide all students with a technology rich environment. We actively strive to ensure that all our students become confident and competent users of ICT in preparation for the world of the 21st Century. Students throughout Grades 8 to 11 have been working extremely hard during the allocated one lesson per week [timetabled into the academic day]. Students are expected to validate knowledge, skills and abilities acquired by achieving the specialist certifications for Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Outlook 2010. Those students taking IT as a subject are also required to complete Access 2010.

Students complete the certifications over a two year period. Courseware is provided in digital format to students at the beginning of the year. Students are expected to use the manuals and exercise files / videos provided [see example of these manuals] to prepare for the certification at home, in addition to the formal training sessions provided during the academic day. The certifications certainly demand real world application and go beyond basic usage of the applications.

Exam Preparation

In addition to the courseware provided students are fortunate to have access to exam preparation software, called Certiprep for Microsoft® Office Certifications. Once formal training is complete, the learning and practice environment called Certiprep is a wonderful tool for the teacher to ascertain the skill level. Once a student has completed the practice test the results are uploaded to the Certiport website where each student is a member. The teacher is able to produce the practice results, per exam group, as well as a breakdown of skills achieved / not achieved. The Exam testing and training environment provided by Certiport is an absolute pleasure to use, is reliable and stress-free administration system for the candidate, proctor and teacher.

For more information on these very worthwhile certifications, please visit:

Certiport website detailing certification options or the Microsoft Learning website

Congratulations to my students [see mug shots above] who have taken the plunge before the set test date and passed certifications and are now MICROSOFT SPECIALISTS! Shaun Nothard, a Grade 9 student has outshone the rest with achieving his Microsoft Office Specialist 2010 Certifications for Word and PowerPoint, with Aaron Smit, Jordan Ferreira, Brendan Howe, Chris Tworeck achieving Word 2010 Specialist and last, but not least, the first girl at Elkanah to achieve the certification for Word 2010, Chrystal Udall!

Such an achievement!

 
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Posted by on Wednesday, April 25, 2012 in MOS Certification

 

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Microsoft Office Specialist Achievement

Congratulations to the very first Microsoft Office Specialist Student @ Elkanah House who took the plunge and achieved 95.4% for his Word 2010 exam on Friday, 17th February 2012!  Shaun approaches the opportunity to prepare for and achieve the MOS Certification very seriously. He is definitely a role model during the once a week lesson, timetabled into the academic day, at Elkanah House High School. The certification covers basic, intermediate and advanced skills of the Microsoft Office 2010 applications. I look forward to the achievements of the Grade 8 to Grade 11 students this year.

Well done Shaun, I am oh so proud of you!

Elkanah House offers students the newest Microsoft Office Specialist qualification which validates skills in the 2010 Microsoft Office system, covering Microsoft Office

Word 2010,
Excel 2010,
PowerPoint 2010,
Access 2010 or Outlook® 2010.

The programme is run over a two year period and exams are written either individually or as a class group. Each student is required to complete the four Microsoft Office Specialist exams over a two year period. Each time a student passes an exam, a Specialist Certificate is issued to the student. Tutorials are available for students after school as well as a timed practice test.

After completion of four exams, the student will achieve the Microsoft Office Specialist Core Certification.
Expert-level exams are also available for Word 2010 and Excel 2010.

Elkanah House has recently upgraded the IT Centre and Library Resource Centre computers – I have added some pics below.

 
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Posted by on Sunday, February 19, 2012 in MOS Certification

 

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