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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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TeachMeets hosted by NetLEARN Update

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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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MSEN | the Ultimate PLN and PD for Teachers

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The above Mix is a walk-thorough of the features of the Microsoft Educator Network using OfficeMix as the delivery tool. Click the image to view the mix. This presentation was created as a resource [using OfficeMix] for a Skype call with teachers from Nigeria to share with them the benefits of the MSEN.

Teachers are often apprehensive about changing the way they deliver their lessons. This is not always because they do not want to move forward. Often the mindset is due to the enormous about of time that the change will absorb from their already burdened workload [which is absolutely appreciated, ask me…I know, and I’m sure you do too!]

One can spend a lot of time browsing the net and not really “finding anything of value” if you do not know where to look or do not have a PLN or support. This is when most give up…unless they have knowledge about the MSEN.

The Microsoft Educator Network is referred to as the MSEN. It contains a Resources Area [Free Tools, Learning Activities, Tutorials, Quick Tip Videos and Bing in the Classroom]; Professional Development section [Earn Badges, Courses, EduCast Webinars and Global Educator Exchange]; Community [Discussions, Hot Topic Blogs] and Special Opportunities [Educator Programme and more]

The MSEN is located at http://www.educatornetwork.com

The benefits of the MSEN website are explained in the mix above. Besides all the benefits listed, my most favourite things about the Educator Network are that everything is under one roof, is 100% free, and the opportunity for collaboration with others is immense. Not to mention that one can do PD in the comfort of one’s own home, with a group of teachers or in a training session at school AND IN YOUR OWN TIME!

To all the teachers out there who have the Educator Network as their personal learning network for professional development, support or the ability to locate applicable educational resources, I challenge you to inspire TWO teachers by helping them access such a beneficial resource as the Microsoft Educator Network.

And guess what! If you have a device, you are able to complete a course and earn a badge, anywhere…anytime. The website displays perfectly on my device:

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 So spread the news…look no further than the MSEN for the latest technological trends in education.

Watch this blog for my next post on the tips and tricks when compiling an OfficeMix

 

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Excellent Detailed Microsoft Office Courseware

Excellent Detailed Microsoft Office Courseware – [Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Outlook] – includes 300+ videos per programme, concept exercises, full length exercises, manual exercises, completed files and raw files, lesson plan with SAQA Unit Standards, 300+ slide presentation with linked videos, per programme. See image for contact details

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Elkanah Superstars return from USA MOS Worldwide Competition

Had an absolutely awesome trip to Washington, DC with my two Microsoft Office Specialist Champions who represented South Africa for Word 2010 [Shaun Nothard], and for PowerPoint 2010 [Tshimologo Molefe].

Shaun and Tshimo were chosen out of 8 Semi-Finalists [all eight from Elkanah House and the only Semi-Finalists in South Africa]. Both were sponsored a trip to Washington, DC to compete at the Microsoft Office Specialist Worldwide Championship for the World Title. Jenny Cole, CEO of Netlearn Update cc sponsored the event and I got to go as the trainer and chaperone.

After a huge amount of preparation in the weeks leading up to our trip, we left SA on the 29th July.

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We met our sponsor, Jenny Cole, at OR Tambo as she flew in from Durban. After a two hour wait the four of us boarded the flight to Washington, DC. Eighteen hours later we arrived in Washington at 06h35 on the 30th July.

Transport was arranged from Dulles Airport to the Gaylord National Resort in a black “pimp my ride” style SUV with a chauffeur.  The hotel was so huge, beautiful and very posh.  The boys shared a room and Jenny Cole and I the other.  The afternoon was spent literally touring around the hotel as it was so huge! Walked down to the waterfront area and found the American shop where some shopping occurred! Had the most amazing doughnut I have ever tasted!

That evening we were treated to supper on the waterfront after which we collapsed into slumber land.  On the Wednesday morning the boys and I could not wait to get down to the 4 course breakfast! OMW – to explain just would not suffice…see pics!

Visit NetLearn Update cc – http://www.netlearn.co.za – to find out more information about the business as well as the News Flash on the MOS Competition. If you are interested in Microsoft Office Courseware, then visit this page to see my published courseware.

A newspaper article was written on the event [published in the Northglen News] and about NetLearn Update cc [click to view image]

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To tell you a little about the MOS 2013 event…

Certiport (http://www.certiport.com), a Pearson VUE business, is the leading test delivery solution provider for the global workforce and academic markets. Certiport hosted the event at the hotel. From the moment we met the staff we felt such a friendly, supportive and enthusiastic vibe. Everything was professional and organized so impeccably. They surrounded us with an awesome experience of competition, and incorporated history throughout our stay.

The theme for the entire event was “Making History”.  20130801_000017

Participants “Making History” included:

  • 129 students from 40 countries
  • 102 Certiport partners from 38 countries
  • 72 chaperones and
  • 10 event ambassadors speaking: English, Spanish, Mandarin, Cantonese,
    Korean, Japanese and Vietnamese

Countries Represented:

Australia
Brazil
Brunei Darussalam
Bulgaria
Canada
Chile
China
Colombia
Costa Rica
Czech Republic
Denmark
Ecuador
El Salvador
Greece
Guatemala
Honduras
Hong Kong
India
Japan
Korea
Macao
Mexico
Morocco
Nepal
New Zealand
Nigeria
Panama
Peru
Poland
Singapore
South Africa
South Korea
Sweden
Taipei
Taiwan
Thailand
Uganda
United Kingdom
USA
Vietnam

The MOS Competition registration took place on Wednesday 1 August. Students collected their Certiport MOS backpacks and a few other goodies.

The EXAM!

On Thursday morning the candidates congregated in the student lounge to view their exam slots for each version of Office as well as for the Adobe Competition. Throughout the day, testing took place at the various conference venues. This portion of our experience was certainly extremely beneficial to us in order to plan for the coming years. The buzz, excitement and camaraderie outside the test venues were an involvement on its own worth travelling for.

We learnt so much from other candidates and trainers on the trip. Our children did wonderfully considering the time frame in which we had to prepare against other countries who have been in the know how for many years. We represented South Africa – AND were the ONLY candidates from South Africa to compete at the MOS 2013 Competition! The experience is a win in itself! Congratulations to my two students, Shaun Nothard and Tshimologo Molefe.

As a teacher and trainer I have benefited from a wealth of knowledge from other candidates and chaperons as well as from my two students [which could never happen in a classroom once a week!] We also learnt that we need to start working the moment we land for the 2014 competition and are very eager to explore and enter for the Adobe Competition.

Address from MICROSOFT

The address from Microsoft at the Awards Ceremony to the children was outstanding. Please take a listen below:

Exploring Washington DC

Candidates were all bused to the mall around 09h00 am on Friday morning, after breakfast. All candidates and chaperons congregated for a group photo on the lawn before the Washington Mall group treasure hunt.  Mall maps were handed out, a $25 gift card for lunch or souvenirs as well as a MOS Championship T-shirt for everyone. The meeting point was at 19h00 at the Air and Space Museum.

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Certiport booked out the entire Smithsonian Air and Space Museum for exploration and dinner on the Friday evening. To end off the evening, we were treated to an IMAX movie. That afternoon, we spent 10 hours walking the Washington Mall!

The AWARDS

Video footage was taken of our two superstars! It was an honour for our two champions to be include in the 2014 Video Announcement for the Microsoft Office Specialist Worldwide Competition! Check out our Elkanah House superstars in the promotional video for the MOS Worldwide Competition 2014 in Disneyland! Cannot wait for next year having the privilege of experiences under our belt!

2013 Awards Ceremony for MOS

See our two SA Champions go up for their awards announcing proudly South African!

Please take a moment to view our presentations on the”Outs and Abouts of Washington, DC”

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SPECIAL MENTIONS

Thank you wholeheartedly, to the following people, for enriching my life so dramatically:

  1. Jenny Cole from Netlearn Update cc, as a roomie, sponsor and for affording me this opportunity to grow.
  2. Jan Day from Certiport for encouraging my students and valuing my input,
    and last but not least,
  3. My two brilliant students, Shaun and Tshimologo, who gave me a very exciting time and put up with the “frog” [only you will know what I mean J]!
  4. Also, to my eight Semi-Finalists, Bianca Londt, Joshua Raad, Resego Tabane, Emma King, Daniel Holland, and Tao Prejawa [your achievement does not go unnoticed and is a huge achievement]
  5. And a VERY special mention to Mr Joe Banda from the Department of Home Affairs for going above and beyond the call of duty to get ID and Passport documents in order for visa appointments in a very short space of time. I will never forget your personal touch and for understanding our predicament.

If you have read this post and wish to know more about the MOS competition / ADOBE Competition and what it entails, please contact me via blog comment or twitter.

Till next time

Linda

 

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Finally, MOS 2010 Books with all the trimmings

Finally, MOS 2010 Books with all the trimmings

The courier delivered hard copies of my five newly published Microsoft Office Specialist Books this morning. I was so excited I could hardly wait to get the package open. This is the first time I have seen the books in print…

The five books cover Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and Access 2010 and are sold with the following extra’s:

  1. Lecturer Lesson Plan [including SAQA mapping, suggested training duration per concept, video links, exercise files used, completed exercise files used]
  2. Lecturer Presentation [over 250 slides with linked video files to reinforce concepts, additional notes for lecturer when delivering training]
  3. Student Check List
  4. Concept Exercise Files, exercise solutions, video files
  5. Full Exercise Files, exercise solutions, video files
  6. Training files for use with Book

A special thank you to my boys for putting up with a mom who was constantly on her computer for months and months!

A very big thank you to Netlearn Update cc for making my dream possible by publishing, marketing and selling!

FOR MORE INFORMATION OR TO ORDER 🙂 EMAIL info@netlearn.co.za or CALL +27 31 581 1300
Alternatively, contact me!

WORD EXPERT and EXCEL EXPERT will be released soon.

 

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