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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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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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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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Collaboration continues at yet another TeachMeet

WHAT A WONDERFUL MORNING OF SHARING AT THE
ELKANAH HOUSE TEACHMEET THIS PAST SATURDAY!  

Even though this time of the year is extremely busy for most, it was well attended.  Thank you so much to all who made the effort to join the event – I am sure that you all will agree that the meet was definitely worth attending – even if on a Saturday! This event was filled with inspiring moments, great presentations and sharing tools which would definitely transform teaching and flipping learning, making the classroom an exciting experience for students and teachers!

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#elkteachmeet – The tweet summary compiled by @fbeal can be viewed here – lots of great links to explore.

In addition to the signed up Keen Beans and Enthusiastic Lurkers, Dr Pam Milller, as well as Tim Keller surprised us by attending! Both of whom turned into instant ‘Keen Beans” without much coercing!

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The before meet welcomes and discussions are a buzz, catching up with friends one does not get to see often but with whom one interacts regularly online, as well as meeting those attending the meet for the first time.

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We enjoyed lemon meringue tartlets, biscuits, juice and tea/coffee whilst waiting for the meet to begin.

After welcoming everyone to the meet, sharing the TeachMeet WiFi credentials with the audience and passing around the “spot prize” bucket [so that each attendee could pick a number]…

We kicked off with our first Keen Bean, Karen Stadler [well known as @ICT_Integrator on twitter and ICT Coordinator at Elkanah House Senior Primary] who shared her knowledge of Tellagami. What a wonderful tool allowing one to create and share quick animated Gami videos. Tellagami is a mobile [available on the Google Play Store and the iPad App Store]. Check out her “App Smashing with Tellagami” presentation here with loads of links.

Nelia Henry, a Grade 5 Educator from Edgemead Primary could not attend the event but sent through her presentation on “Flipping the classroom using video – the simple circuit” to share with others after the meet. Her video is called Simple Circuit Intro.avi and the blurb is here

Carolynn Bruton, our second Keen Bean, presented on The Vault App [a solution for saving passwords and other important data]. Carolynn is self-employed and runs her own IT Company from home, called IT at Home

Alan Goldberg, who is the Education Director at Digicape, chose to share the topic “Converting Wikipeda Pages into iBook Creator” – if you are interested learning how to do this, I found a link to a how to…from Richard Edwards…here is his website link.

Fiona Beal [Technology Integration Facilitator at SchoolNet] contributed twice at the TeachMeet. Her first presentation was on Symbaloo – a great bookmarking tool. We were shown how to add webmixes, how to create your own webmix and showing posts on your blog. Her presentation is located here.  Having Fun with PowerPoint was her second presentation – see how.

Michele Botha from Somerset House {Director ICT Integration: Teaching and Learning] took us through the benefits of using Edmodo for Communication, an On-line library, integration with Google Drive, as well as E-submission and E-assessment in her BYOD programme. View her slides here.

Michele’s second presentation, Fiddlesticks, Fladerols, and Flubaroo, was delivered at the recent Google Summit earlier this year. This presentation concentrated on what Google Forms can do for you, how to create a form, form choices, sharing options and the Flubaroo process.

Tim Keller presented on HopScotch, the iPad programming language app. This app is extremely easy to navigate, has a clean interface and . HopScotch is downloadable at the App Store. For creative ways teachers are using Hopscotch in the classroom…visit http://blog.gethopscotch.com/

Dr Pam Miller [@docpammiller], demonstrated the use of ThingLink ThingLink helps one create and discover rich images and with music, video, text, images, shops and more.  Pam also introduced us to a wonderful course ‘Digital tools for the k12 educator’ at canvas.net 

Linda Foulkes, who hosted the event, is the MOS [Microsoft Office Specialist] Trainer and ICT Coordinator at Elkanah House High School. She presented on two great tools to flip the learning experience, namely ed.ted.com and edpuzzle.com. Both tools allow one to flip videos adding discussions, multiple choice and open ended questions, as well as links to additional resources and information. Here is a video explanation of how to use EdPuzzle as well as a demo of the site.

Thank you so much to all who attended making another TeachMeet a success! Please spread the word and encourage others to attend. For more information, suggestions or anything you wish to share with others, tweet #elkteachmeet or contact me using the QR code below:

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TeachMeet@Elkanah – 2 November 2013

Please join us for a very exciting two hours where lots of sharing and inspiration happens between passionate individuals who see the value in the use of technology as a tool in the classroom!

SIGN UP HERE

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100% pass – Microsoft Office Specialist

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Achieving an 1000 out of 1000 score for a Microsoft Office Specialist 2010
exam is by no means a piece of cake! The candidate needs to be thoroughly
proficient in knowledge and skills, have taken advantage of and listened
diligently during MOS lessons, as well as prepared oneself by going over
the courseware provided.

Congratulations to Emma King [Grade 9 @ Elkanah House] who achieved
100% on Saturday morning for her MOS Word 2010 exam.

Bianca Londt and Precious Miya, who joined Emma on Saturday morning,
also achieved the Microsoft Word 2010 Specialist Certification with flying
colours.

Looking forward to some more great achievements during the coming weeks. Well done Emma, Bianca and Precious!

 

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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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