Blended learning is one of the most powerful and influential innovations in education. By combining the benefits of face-to-face education with the anywhere-anytime power of the Internet, blended learning lets teachers get more done in less time without breaking the bank.
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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When CTE teachers are reviewing our digital curriculum, a big hurdle we hear about is funding. Most teachers think they need to use their own classroom budget to purchase new instructional materials... but we have found if you do a little digging, it will all work out! In this article, I will share how you can navigate the process of finding and securing CTE funding by taking just a few steps. I'll also provide some extra ways you can secure funding at the local, state, and federal level if your school doesn't have any funding for teachers currently available.
When teachers are reviewing our career and technical education (CTE) curriculum for use in their classrooms, they often ask us questions to determine if we are the right fit for their needs. Because many students go directly into the workforce after completing a program, CTE teachers are wary when choosing curriculum because students must be provided with correct information. Not to mention the fact that teachers need to meet state standards and prepare their students for certification!
As a CTE curriculum provider, teachers often ask us for ideas on how best to use eLearning curriculum in their classroom. While we know every classroom and set of students is unique, one option we suggest is a flipped classroom approach. When we share this, some teachers ask questions like “What is a flipped classroom?” and “What are the benefits of a flipped classroom?”
As a CTE curriculum developer, CTE teachers often come to us when looking for new curriculum. These teachers are sometimes unsure of what type of instructional materials will work best for their classroom, asking questions such as: “Is eLearning the right choice for me?” and “How is eLearning different than using the lessons I create myself?" eLearning is becoming a top choice for many CTE teachers, but we understand it can be difficult to decide if you don’t know if it would work for you. The good thing is there are many benefits of eLearning that CTE instructors are experiencing. In this article, I will review six big benefits of eLearning that CTE teachers experience, so you can feel comfortable in knowing whether it is the right choice for you.