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.
As a CTE curriculum developer and provider, the term "blended learning" is a big part of our daily dialog here at AES. It’s what we believe in, and it’s how we encourage teachers to use our curriculum. When teachers are reviewing our eLearning curriculum and we talk about blended learning, we are often asked questions like: “What is blended learning in CTE?” and “How are other CTE teachers successfully implementing blended learning in the classroom?”
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Many computer applications teachers want to add digital curriculum to their courses, but don’t know how to get started. When looking to use digital curriculum in their computer applications class, teachers often ask us questions like: “What’s the best way to blend your curriculum with my other resources?” and “Do you have best practices for using Business&ITCenter21?”
What keeps you from trying new things in your CTE health science classroom? If you are like the many health science technology teachers that we encounter every day, then likely the reason has something to do with time and maintaining the status quo. We get it! Finding time to learn new things, let alone figure out how to implement them, is like searching for Bigfoot. And the status quo is one small comfort in the chaotic, unpredictable daily lives of health science technology teachers. For new health science technology teachers, the challenges are that much more intimidating, particularly that first year. But unlike the elusive Bigfoot, you really can find some amazing, time-saving, easy-to-implement curriculum resources for health science.
Do you know how to implement blended learning curriculum into your CTE courses? CTE teachers often talk to us about the struggle of keeping students engaged. These same teachers are challenged by classrooms of students with a wide range of abilities and needs. We've found that one way to address both of these challenges is by incorporating blended learning curriculum into daily lessons. While blended learning curriculum provides a great solution, it also can require a lot of work from the teacher. But it can be done. There are some great tools and resources out there to help alleviate the workload that can accompany blended learning curriculum. Here's one teacher's story:
Do you ever consider the pros and cons of differentiated instruction? If you teach middle or high school career and technical education (CTE) courses, chances are you are incorporating some kind of differentiated instruction in your classroom. The reality is that, unlike core courses, CTE and electives have a greater variety of individual learners at different levels. We know that's true because in our daily mission to create curriculum to help CTE teachers, we get valuable feedback. It's always been clear that we need to address the need these teachers have for curriculum resources that are easily to implement as varied instruction. But while differentiated instruction is the perfect solution for some, it may not be for others. There are definitely some pros and cons of differentiated instruction. Let's take a look at them!