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The AES CTE Blog

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

Alison Pijar

Business Education | Career Readiness | Customer Service

By: Alison Pijar
May 19th, 2022

Customer service is one of the most important skills to teach in a career readiness class. But it’s not always an easy topic to discuss in middle and high school courses. After all, you need customer service lessons that help you teach this subject in a relatable way, and that’s a challenge at every grade level!

Career Exploration | Career Readiness | Middle School

By: Alison Pijar
February 10th, 2022

If you’re a middle school career readiness teacher, chances are one of the first topics you plan to teach is career exploration.

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Career Exploration | Career Readiness | Middle School

By: Alison Pijar
October 29th, 2021

Career awareness is an essential first step in building students’ understanding of the working world. Career awareness differentiates itself from career exploration and career clarity 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.

Computer Applications | Google Apps | Lesson Plans

By: Alison Pijar
August 19th, 2021

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 resources 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, you'll discover where you can find great Google Apps lesson plans, activities, and other resources to cover specific subjects like: Getting Started with Google Apps Google Docs  Google Sheets Google Slides Google Forms Google Collaboration By the end of this article, you'll have a greater understanding of Business&ITCenter21, a curriculum system that covers everything you need to teach Google Applications. 

Business Education | Interview Skills | Professionalism

By: Alison Pijar
July 7th, 2021

Mock interviews are preparatory scenarios in which teachers give students the chance to experience a job interview in a safe, constructive, and familiar space before they start their careers.

IC3 Certification | Digital Literacy

By: Alison Pijar
June 17th, 2021

Are you planning to implement the IC3 Digital Literacy certifications in your program for the upcoming school year?  Did you know the IC3 Digital Literacy program has been restructured with the release of the IC3 GS6 version? Unlike the previous version, the IC3 GS6 exams are organized according to the level of knowledge needed to earn the certificate. With this new structure, you need to evaluate the exams to determine which level is appropriate for your students and how the IC3 Digital Literacy program will fit into your courses. In this article, you’ll learn about the new IC3 GS6 standards and the detailed objectives found on each IC3 GS6 exam.