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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 Readiness

5 Career Readiness Lesson Plans Your Students Will Love

By: Chris Zook
October 5th, 2017

Career readiness lesson plans are some of the most in-demand educational materials today. They apply to every grade level, and the skills are important for every student to know before joining the workforce. Career readiness lessons give students the practical information and soft skills they need to move forward in their lives. And while it’s helpful to learn these skills at any point in a student’s life, it’s best to learn career readiness when a student is young.

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Blended Learning

What Are ISTE Standards?

By: Chris Zook
September 28th, 2017

The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) is the foremost organization in teaching technology in the classroom. As a result, the ISTE has more than a dozen quality standards for how students, teachers, administrators, coaches, and computer educators should approach technology in the classroom. In total, there are 29 ISTE standards that apply to these five groups. 

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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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Health Science | Education

7 Health Science Lesson Plans Perfect for Middle School

By: Chris Zook
September 14th, 2017

Middle school includes some of the most formative years of a student’s physical and intellectual development. It’s also the first time many students are introduced to health classes, whether that includes physical development, personal wellness, or any other health-related topic. Teaching middle school requires you to tread a fine line though. You want to teach important information, but you have to be careful with wording, content, and presentation.

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Textbooks | Education

Infographic: Textbook Costs Skyrocket 812% in 35 Years

By: Chris Zook
September 7th, 2017

It’s no secret that textbook costs have escalated out of control. With new editions going for hundreds of dollars, outrageous prices have led to sub-economies in education focused on used textbook sales, textbook rentals, and even textbook piracy.

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Health Science

The 5 Biggest Problems in Health Care’s Future (and How to Fight Back)

By: Chris Zook
August 31st, 2017

Health care is one of the biggest industries in the United States. In a broad sense, that includes everyone from an actuary at an insurance company to a doctor working in the country’s most prestigious hospital. Right now, health care in general has a huge potential for growth in every sector — especially when it comes to CTE graduates. Naturally, doctors are in demand. But so are nurses, phlebotomy technicians, patient care technicians, medical office assistants, and more.

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AES Updates

Business&ITCenter21 Update: Microsoft Essentials

By: Chris Zook
August 10th, 2017

At AES, we constantly work to improve our products. That means making regular updates to our existing curriculum options at no additional charge. This summer, we’ve created, tested, and perfected a major update to Business&ITCenter21 — new modules on Microsoft Office Essentials coming out Saturday, August 12. 

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