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Computer Applications | Digital Curriculum

Business&ITCenter21 vs. B.E. Publishing iAcademy: Which Computer Curriculum is Right for You?

By: Laura Posey
November 9th, 2017

There are many programs, tools, and supplements out there to use with your computer applications students. The key is choosing the one that’s best for both your and your students’ needs. That’s why we compare our digital curriculum to other options you can find online. We want you to be able to choose the best fit, and that means weighing your options! In this blog post, we’ll take a look at Business&ITCenter21 and iAcademy from BE Publishing.

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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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Keeping Students Engaged in CTE: Part 1

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Computer Applications | Microsoft Access | Microsoft Office | Middle School

How To Easily Teach Microsoft Access Lessons

By: Ken Richard
July 13th, 2017

Are you in search of Microsoft Access lessons and activities to teach your students the basics of the application? Over the years we have heard from hundreds of computer teachers about the woes they face when trying to teach lessons on Access. Since most teachers aren't familiar with using the software as they are with other Office applications, it's hard to know where to start when planning lessons. Here's a few comments we have heard from teachers:

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Computer Applications | Coding and Programming | Middle School

How To Teach Middle School Programming Lessons with Alice.org

By: Frank DiMaria
July 6th, 2017

Many computer teachers struggle to keep students engaged, so finding ways to increase interest in lessons is often at the top of our minds. One of the most exciting tools that I have found sparks student creativity and interest is Alice Programming. It’s perfect for middle school programming lessons, and can even be used by other teachers in cross-curricular projects.

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Computer Applications | Microsoft Excel | Microsoft Office

A Teacher's Quick Guide to Finding Excel Lesson Plans

By: Sarah Layton
June 29th, 2017

It's hard to teach Microsoft Excel to students — especially when they're in middle school.  Microsoft Excel is a lot more complicated than Word, PowerPoint, and other Microsoft applications.  Excel empowers students to do so much more than simply make spreadsheets. But you also don't want to overload students with so many options that they forget everything they learn.  That's why you have to tread a fine line when you get Microsoft Excel lesson plans. It's crucial that you find the right lessons to use for your students' age and education level. 

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Computer Applications | Google Apps | Google Docs

Where to Get Google Docs Lesson Plans: Missing in Action?

By: Sarah Layton
May 10th, 2017

If you are embracing all that is modern in the classroom, you are probably using Google Docs in some capacity. But what about your students?

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