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

Sarah Layton

Sarah has been with AES since 1998, first serving as a curriculum developer, and now as a customer support analyst and content creator. She is committed to helping instructors gain experience and confidence using our solutions and to providing excellent customer care.

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Computer Applications | Microsoft Excel | Microsoft Office

Top 4 Places to Find Excel Lesson Plans for Middle School

By: Sarah Layton
August 22nd, 2019

Finding appropriate Microsoft Excel lesson plans for middle school students isn’t easy.

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Computer Applications | technology curriculum | Middle School

Top 3 Mistakes Teachers Make in Middle School Technology Classes and How to Avoid Them

By: Sarah Layton
August 8th, 2019

As a new middle school technology teacher, you probably come from one of two backgrounds.

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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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Blended Learning | Digital Curriculum | Teaching Strategies

Digital Curriculum vs. Textbooks: Which Is Right for You?

By: Sarah Layton
July 16th, 2019

Digital curriculum is becoming a popular option for many career and technical education (CTE) teachers.

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Business Education | Entrepreneurship | Lesson Plans

How To Think Outside the Box with Your Entrepreneurship Lesson Plans

By: Sarah Layton
June 13th, 2019

High school business education teachers have an interesting mix of courses to teach.

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Computer Applications | Google Apps

60+ Google Apps Lesson Plans Every Teacher Should Own

By: Sarah Layton
August 16th, 2018

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 resource 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, we'll share where you can get some great Google Apps curriculum with lesson plans, activities, and other resources. But first, we'll take a look at why Google Apps, especially Google Docs, are gaining traction in schools.

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Computer Applications | High School | Lesson Plans

5 Best Computer Applications Lesson Plans for High School

By: Sarah Layton
July 5th, 2018

High school computer teachers face a unique challenge. You have hundreds of students to teach, so planning lessons takes hours of personal time every week. Creating computer applications lessons that are current, engaging, and will prepare your students isn’t easy! That’s why it’s a great idea to look for resources elsewhere. Unfortunately, not all of the lesson plans and ideas are good quality — let alone age appropriate for high school students. So where do you start?

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