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The latest ideas, tips, and trends for CTE and elective 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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Cengage SAM | Computer Applications | Pearson MyITLab | Microsoft Office

Cengage SAM vs. Pearson MyITLab: Microsoft Office Curriculum Showdown

By: Sarah Layton
September 21st, 2017

Microsoft Office is the world’s most popular corporate product. It’s the gold standard for computer-based workplace productivity. That’s why it’s so important to teach Microsoft Office to students of all ages.

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online learning | Distance Learning

What's the Difference between Online Learning and Distance Learning?

By: Sarah Layton
August 24th, 2017

We get a lot of questions about online learning and distance learning at AES. Most often, we're asked if our online learning programs are designed specifically for distance learning.  When we say that our programs are for elearning, the next question we get is "What's the difference?" In a nutshell, the key difference between online learning and distance learning is geography. Students can be together with an instructor and use online learning, but distance learning implies that students and instructor are separated.  On this page, we'll take a look the differences between (and advantages of) online learning and distance learning, especially in the context of CTE programs like HealthCenter21 and Business&ITCenter21. 

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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

The Beginner's Guide to Blended Learning (with 5 Real-World Examples)

By: Sarah Layton
August 17th, 2017

I get a lot of questions from busy teachers about using blended learning. There are dozens of ways to design and implement blended learning in a classroom, all of which may work for your needs. Still, all blended learning strategies share two fundamental steps — tools and implementation.  We'll cover both of them below. 

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eLearning | Blended Learning | Digital Curriculum | flipped classroom | eBook

What is eLearning and Why Do Teachers Like It?

By: Sarah Layton
August 3rd, 2017

When reviewing our CTE curriculum, some of the most common questions that teachers ask us is “What is eLearning?”  and "How is eLearning different from eBooks and online courses?"

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Blended Learning | Differentiated Instruction | Digital Curriculum | Teaching Strategies

9 Tips for Using Technology to Differentiate Instruction

By: Sarah Layton
July 20th, 2017

CTE teachers are faced with increasingly diverse students in the classroom, and finding ways to differentiate your lessons can be tough. Some students will come to your class with more knowledge and experience than others. Not to mention that students all learn at different paces and in different ways. It may seem like a never-ending task, but there is a solution! Using technology to differentiate instruction can help you save time while better meeting the needs of all of your students.

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Computer Applications | Microsoft Excel | Microsoft Office

A Teacher's Quick Guide to Finding Excel Lesson Plans

By: Sarah Layton
June 29th, 2017

It's hard to teach Microsoft Excel to students — especially when they're in middle school.  Microsoft Excel is a lot more complicated than Word, PowerPoint, and other Microsoft applications.  Excel empowers students to do so much more than simply make spreadsheets. But you also don't want to overload students with so many options that they forget everything they learn.  That's why you have to tread a fine line when you get Microsoft Excel lesson plans. It's crucial that you find the right lessons to use for your students' age and education level. 

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