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

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Computer Applications | Microsoft Excel | Microsoft Office

Top 4 Places to Find Excel Lesson Plans for Middle School

By: Sarah Layton
August 22nd, 2019

Finding appropriate Microsoft Excel lesson plans for middle school students isn’t easy.

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Computer Applications | IC3 Certification | Digital Literacy

An In-Depth Review of the IC3 Spark Certification

By: Bri Stauffer
August 13th, 2019

Today, many middle schools require computer teachers to teach digital literacy to their students.

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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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Computer Applications | technology curriculum | Middle School

Top 3 Mistakes Teachers Make in Middle School Technology Classes and How to Avoid Them

By: Sarah Layton
August 8th, 2019

As a new middle school technology teacher, you probably come from one of two backgrounds.

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Computer Applications | Computer Science

3 Resources to Help You Meet CSTA Standards

By: Bri Stauffer
June 18th, 2019

School districts across the country are changing their computer course requirements to focus on computer science. With this change, computer apps teachers aren’t always sure what they should teach their students, let alone how to teach it!

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Computer Applications | Microsoft Excel | Microsoft Office Specialist

4 Steps for Successful Microsoft Excel Test Prep

By: Bri Stauffer
May 21st, 2019

When it comes to Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certifications, students have the hardest time learning Microsoft Excel 2016.

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Computer Applications | IC3 Certification | Digital Literacy

IC3 Spark vs IC3 GS5 Digital Literacy Certifications: What’s the Difference?

By: Bri Stauffer
May 7th, 2019

With the increased focus on industry certifications across all career pathways and courses, computer applications teachers are the latest group of educators feeling the pressure. While some teachers lean toward the Microsoft Office Specialist certification, many teachers are increasingly looking into the IC3 Digital Literacy Certification. But when teachers dive a little deeper, they realize there are multiple IC3 certification options available!

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