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

Mike Cescon

With past experience in both writing and teaching, Mike focuses on writing comprehensive content pieces that answer your questions and address your concerns about the AES curriculum.

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Business Education | Google Apps | Microsoft Office

Should You Teach Microsoft Office or Google Apps? 4 Things to Consider

By: Mike Cescon
September 16th, 2021

Business and computer teachers have a lot to consider when choosing between teaching Google Apps or Microsoft Office. In many ways you’re setting the stage for the application that those students may use for the rest of their lives. And that’s a lot of pressure to put on anyone. 

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Health Science | Student Engagement | Teaching Strategies

5 Bell Ringer Activities to Engage Your Health Science Students

By: Mike Cescon
September 9th, 2021

When students first walk into your classroom, they’re fresh off of all sorts of distractions, from friends to phones to life. Oftentimes the last thing they want to do is sit down and learn about health science.  For the dedicated health science teacher, this can be a problem: Disinterested students are students who aren’t learning, and because you want your class time to be as productive as possible, you need to gain and keep your students’ attention as soon as they take their seats. However, engaging your students quickly can be more complicated than it seems, and to do it well, you’re going to need some strategies to hook ‘em in. 

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Health Science | HealthCenter21 | Critical Thinking

How Does HealthCenter21 Align with Bloom's Taxonomy?

By: Mike Cescon
September 8th, 2021

As a CTE instructor, you probably worry whether your classes are really preparing students for careers in the health science field.  After all, it’s all too common to get so caught up in teaching students knowledge and theory that you might miss teaching them the applicable skills and critical thinking necessary to succeed on the job.  Teachers like you often approach AES with your concerns, asking how our HealthCenter21 can help their students achieve the various levels of Bloom’s Taxonomy, a teaching framework that measures the intellectual level at which students are engaging with your material. 

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Business Education | High School | Lesson Plans

Top 4 High School Business Education Curriculum Resources

By: Mike Cescon
September 2nd, 2021

As a provider of digital curriculums, high school business teachers often approach us about educational resources they can use to teach their business education courses. 

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Business Education | Digital Curriculum | High School | Business&ITCenter21

iCEV vs. AES: Which High School Business Curriculum Is Right for You?

By: Mike Cescon
August 31st, 2021

With the wealth of options available online, it can be difficult to find a digital curriculum for your business education course. Implementing the wrong resource in your classroom can lead to angst, frustration, and all sorts of unneeded stress, while the right one will set your students on the path to success. 

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Career and Technical Education (CTE) | Digital Curriculum | NHA CCMA | Medical Assisting

Is SIMTICS the Right Medical Assistant Curriculum for Your CTE Courses?

By: Mike Cescon
August 24th, 2021

Preparing your students for medical assistant certifications is a challenge. In particular, finding the right resource to supplement or replace your curriculum is key to helping your students feel equipped for their career pathway.

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