The AES CTE Blog

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

Sarah Layton

Sarah is a contributing author to the AES blog. She is committed to helping instructors and students succeed both in and out of the classroom.

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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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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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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

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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