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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 | 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

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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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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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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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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