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Computer Applications | High School

5 Best Computer Applications Lesson Plans for High School

By: Sarah Layton
July 5th, 2018

High school computer teachers face a unique challenge. You have hundreds of students to teach, so planning lessons takes hours of personal time every week. Creating computer applications lessons that are current, engaging, and will prepare your students isn’t easy!

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Computer Applications | Microsoft Publisher

9 Stellar Microsoft Publisher Activities from Trusted Sources

By: Chris Zook
May 17th, 2018

Microsoft Publisher is the world’s premier method of turning digital content into printable materials. That includes brochures, pamphlets, and even books, all in one convenient piece of software. Even with all of that versatility, Microsoft Publisher is still one of the easiest and most user-friendly options for graphic designers. But how can you teach it to students in middle school or high school?

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Computer Applications | Google Docs | Middle School

How to Teach Google Docs in Middle School

By: Bri Stauffer
April 26th, 2018

Middle school teachers across the country need to teach students how to use Google Docs. But where can they start? Google Docs is becoming increasingly important for students to learn, but there aren’t many resources to help — especially since Microsoft Word is still the giant when it comes to word processing. Plus, with hundreds of students coming to your classroom each year, it would take all of your personal time to plan and implement your own lessons.

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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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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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