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The latest ideas, tips, and trends for CTE, career readiness, business education, and computer applications teachers.

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Middle School | Information Literacy | Digital Literacy

4 Best Places to Find Information Literacy Lesson Plans for Middle School

By: Bri Stauffer
September 13th, 2018

As a middle school teacher, you’re responsible for helping your students navigate the intricacies of the digital world.

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Computer Applications | Google Apps | Google Forms

The 3 Best Google Forms Lesson Plans Available Online

By: Chris Zook
September 6th, 2018

Google Forms is quickly becoming a staple of Google Applications (G Suite) in schools across the country.

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Career Exploration | Health Science | Middle School

How to Teach Health Science Career Exploration in Middle School

By: Bri Stauffer
August 30th, 2018

Health science is one of the most popular CTE clusters in the United States. And while health science classes teach students how to perform specific skills, they don’t usually teach them how to choose a health care career! Because of this trend, instructors need to find ways to better incorporate health science career exploration in their lessons. Talking about health care careers is a key piece in your classroom, but there aren’t many resources out there appropriate to middle school students. To help give your students a clearer idea of their potential careers, we’ve put together a list of the five best lesson ideas for health science career exploration:

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Business Education | Lesson Plans

The 5 Best Middle School Business Education Lesson Plans

By: Chris Zook
August 23rd, 2018

There’s no better time in a child’s life to learn about business than middle school. Business education lesson plans are a key part of introducing students to real-world concepts that they may have missed otherwise.

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Computer Applications | Google Apps

60+ Google Apps Lesson Plans Every Teacher Should Own

By: Sarah Layton
August 16th, 2018

Are you being pushed towards teaching Google Apps exclusively in your computer classroom? This trend is growing in middle schools across the country, but the number of resource available isn't keeping up. That means you need help finding Google Apps lesson plans to replace your old Microsoft Office ones! In this article, we'll share where you can get some great Google Apps curriculum with lesson plans, activities, and other resources. But first, we'll take a look at why Google Apps, especially Google Docs, are gaining traction in schools.

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Career Exploration | Career Skills

Top 5 Career Awareness Activities for Middle School Students

By: Chris Zook
August 9th, 2018

Career awareness is an essential first step in building students’ understanding of the working world. Career awareness differentiates itself from career exploration by introducing students to different job opportunities in the world. It shows them options for their futures in a huge scope with the hope that each student will find a career that resonates with them in terms of interests, purpose, and inspiration.

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