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The AES CTE Blog

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

Chris Zook

Chris Zook is a contributing author to the AES blog. He enjoys everything about online marketing, data science, user experience, and corgis.

Business Education | Cengage SAM

By: Chris Zook
December 26th, 2019

We hear from hundreds of business education teachers every school year. Many of them are looking for ways to answer one major question — “How can I get my students MOS certified?” A lot of these teachers gravitate toward Skills Assessment Manager (SAM) by Cengage. However, Cengage SAM isn’t a great fit for everyone!

Digital Citizenship

By: Chris Zook
December 10th, 2019

As a career readiness curriculum developer, we often hear from teachers who have questions about a variety of topics they are required to teach.

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.

Medical Assisting | Kaduceus

By: Chris Zook
November 21st, 2019

High school medical assisting teachers are looking for new curriculum options to engage their students more than traditional medical assisting textbooks. As a digital curriculum provider, thousands of health science instructors use our HealthCenter21 system every year. However, our solution may not be the best fit for everyone. When reviewing our curriculum, medical assisting teachers often ask how HealthCenter21 compares to other options out there, such as Kaduceus.

Textbooks | Textbook Alternatives

By: Chris Zook
October 31st, 2019

Textbooks are the #1 teaching tool used in the United States today. They’re timeless. They’re trusted. They’re the status quo. Because of this, a lot of teachers choose to stick with textbooks for all of their teaching needs. After all, if they worked for the previous generations, they’ll work for this generation too, right? Maybe! That’s a solid line of logic that teachers and administrators regularly consider. But they’re also antiquated, expensive, and out-of-date the minute they’re published.

Career and Technical Education (CTE)

By: Chris Zook
October 17th, 2019

Career and technical education (CTE) is one of the most important parts of the modern American education system.

Teaching Strategies

By: Chris Zook
October 1st, 2019

A syllabus details important information that fits into an overarching curriculum, which describes a class in general terms.