When teachers are reviewing our CTE curriculum for use in their classrooms, they often ask us questions to determine if we are the right fit for their needs. Because many students go directly into the workforce after completing a program, CTE teachers are wary when choosing curriculum because students must be provided with correct information. Not to mention the fact that teachers need to meet state standards and prepare their students for certification!
Here at Applied Educational Systems we speak with thousands of computer teachers and administrators across the United States. When an educator is interested in reviewing our computer applications curriculum, Business&ITCenter21, we are often asked questions like: “Isn’t this just like the Microsoft IT Academy Program?”
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What is your curriculum development process for health science content? We are regularly asked this question at AES. Rightfully so. It should be one of the first questions a health science instructor or CTE administrator wants to ask when they inquire about our curriculum. Questions about our CTE curriculum development process are asked in several ways, including:
Many changes can affect what you need to cover in your Health Science programs. But what are some of the most recent trends? We’d like to help you understand what those changes are, and how they are going to impact your high school health science curriculum.
We are often asked, "how do you develop curriculum?" The most basic answer is Understanding by Design and subject matter experts. But somewhere between the two, we each have our unique approach to tackling a chunk of content. Inspiration comes in many forms. Here's what my soccer team taught me about instructional design.
CTE is historically the area of education where students can apply their knowledge and learn by doing. And recent emphasis across all CTE areas has been to better integrate academics where it naturally occurs in the CTE curriculum. I’m all for it. Integrate away, I say! As educators and instructional designers we can discuss academic integration until the cows come home, but sometimes there’s just nothing like a real world example to put us, and our students, in the right frame of mind. Here is a 2012 TedTalk called Amos Winter: The All Terrain Wheelchair that in just 11 entertaining minutes shows a microcosm of application of academics, design, building, and surprisingly, an interesting extra layer, user-centered design.