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

Chris Zook

Chris Zook is the content marketing manager at AES. He enjoys everything about online marketing, data science, user experience, and corgis.

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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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Middle School | 21st Century Skills

How to Teach Internet Safety to Middle School Students

By: Chris Zook
July 26th, 2018

Today, middle school students are constantly connected to the world around them through the Internet — for better or worse.

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Keeping Students Engaged in CTE: Part 1

Do you struggle to keep your students engaged during your lessons?

Download this free eBook to learn the Do's & Dont's of Student Engagement.

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Digital Curriculum | Cheating

Why High School Students Cheat & How Digital Curriculum Stops It

By: Chris Zook
July 12th, 2018

Cheating is a major problem in every single school in the world. Students know it’s wrong. Teachers know it’s wrong. Administrators can expel students on their first offense. But that doesn’t change the fact that cheating is an epidemic — especially in high schools. That begs one big, burning question.  Why in the world do students cheat in the first place?

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Employability Skills | Life Skills | Soft Skills | 21st Century Skills | Career Skills

Life Skills vs. Soft Skills vs. Career Skills vs. Employability Skills — What Are the Differences?

By: Chris Zook
June 14th, 2018

Today, teachers throughout the United States are focusing more on prepping their students for their future careers. Some teachers do this by creating a life skills curriculum. Others make a soft skills curriculum. Sometimes, they made a career skills or employability skills curriculum. Surprisingly, all of these teachers mean the same thing – they just have different ways of saying it! That means some wires got crossed somewhere.

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Teaching Strategies | Test Prep

How to Write Test Questions for Middle School & High School

By: Chris Zook
May 31st, 2018

Writing test questions is one of the hardest parts of teaching. You have to prompt students to retrieve information from your class with the proper wording and format that’ll show their progress in the classroom. So how do you write the perfect test questions?

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Computer Applications | Microsoft Publisher

9 Stellar Microsoft Publisher Activities from Trusted Sources

By: Chris Zook
May 17th, 2018

Microsoft Publisher is the world’s premier method of turning digital content into printable materials. That includes brochures, pamphlets, and even books, all in one convenient piece of software. Even with all of that versatility, Microsoft Publisher is still one of the easiest and most user-friendly options for graphic designers. But how can you teach it to students in middle school or high school?

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