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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

In working with thousands of computer applications teachers, it seems these teachers are always looking for new Microsoft Excel lesson plans and activities. Teaching Excel to middle school students is not as easy as Microsoft Word and PowerPoint, since it is harder to find the right balance of information without going too in-depth. 

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Computer Applications | Google Apps | Google Docs

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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eLearning | Computer Applications | Middle School

4 Big Benefits of eLearning for Computer Applications

By: Bri Stauffer
April 13th, 2017

Many computer applications teachers who are reviewing eLearning curriculum for their classroom ask us questions like: “How is eLearning curriculum different than lesson plans and activities I create myself?” and “Are there certain benefits of eLearning I can’t get from another curriculum option?”

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Business Education | Computer Applications | Digital Curriculum | Business&ITCenter21

Digital Curriculum: Will it Work? - A Teacher's Perspective and Advice

By: Bri Stauffer
February 2nd, 2017

As a CTE curriculum provider, we often speak with teachers and administrators about our digital curriculum. When we talk to CTE Directors in large school districts, the biggest question we are asked regarding HealthCenter21 and Business&ITCenter21 is: “How do I know it will work?”

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