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

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Career Readiness | 21st Century Skills

How to Teach Initiative to High School Students

By: Bri Stauffer
May 23rd, 2019

It’s never easy to teach students how to take initiative. How do you know which students are comfortable with initiative, and how do you help the ones who need it? On top of that, how do you know students have mastered initiative for the workplace? One teacher told us that employers list “initiative” as the biggest issue they face with new employees coming from work-based learning programs. So how can you motivate your students to take initiative in the classroom and the workplace?

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Middle School | 21st Century Skills

How to Teach Internet Safety to Middle School Students

By: Chris Zook
July 26th, 2018

Today, middle school students are constantly connected to the world around them through the Internet — for better or worse.

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technology in the classroom | 21st Century Skills

How 6 New Technologies Engage Students in Middle School Computer Applications

By: Paul Bartrum
July 19th, 2018

Middle school computer applications teachers have a tough job on their hands. Their generation of students have been exposed to advanced computer technology throughout their lives — long before they had to learn how to use it.

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Employability Skills | Life Skills | Soft Skills | 21st Century Skills | Career Skills

Life Skills vs. Soft Skills vs. Career Skills vs. Employability Skills — What Are the Differences?

By: Chris Zook
June 14th, 2018

Today, teachers throughout the United States are focusing more on prepping their students for their future careers. Some teachers do this by creating a life skills curriculum. Others make a soft skills curriculum. Sometimes, they made a career skills or employability skills curriculum. Surprisingly, all of these teachers mean the same thing – they just have different ways of saying it! That means some wires got crossed somewhere.

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Information Literacy | 21st Century Skills | Collaboration

What Is Collaborative Learning (and How Do You Teach It)?

By: Chris Zook
April 19th, 2018

Today, the Internet has connected Americans unlike anything else in history. Students in middle school and high school have been born into a household that had high-speed Internet service, meaning many don’t know life without it. But even with that background, many students (and even teachers) ignore one of the Internet’s best qualities. Collaboration.

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Career Readiness | 21st Century Skills

The 3 Best Resources to Teach Communication Skills in High School

By: Bri Stauffer
April 12th, 2018

We’ve heard from thousands of teachers that their high school students need help learning good communication skills. Those same teachers say it’s because of the rise in messaging technology — especially text messaging. Students just don’t have the same face-to-face relationships that they had 20 years ago.

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