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

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IC3 Certification | Digital Literacy

An In-Depth Review of the IC3 GS5 Certification

By: Bri Stauffer
August 20th, 2019

Today, many middle and high school teachers are required to teach digital literacy in the classroom.

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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. In fact, so many teachers have to teach digital literacy that education companies now offer certifications for it! One of the most popular options is the IC3 Spark Digital Literacy Certification from Certiport.

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Keeping Students Engaged in CTE: Part 1

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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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Middle School | Digital Literacy | Social Media

3 Best Places to Find Social Media Lesson Plans for Middle School

By: Bri Stauffer
February 28th, 2019

With social networks dominating your students’ personal lives, it’s becoming more important for you to address social media in the classroom.

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Computer Applications | Middle School | Digital Literacy | Email

7 Best Lesson Plans for Teaching Email in Middle School

By: Bri Stauffer
February 14th, 2019

As middle school teachers are looking for ideas to teach digital literacy in their classrooms, many are using the IC3 Global Standard 5 (GS5) as a starting point.

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Digital Citizenship | Digital Literacy

How to Celebrate Digital Citizenship Week 2018

By: Bri Stauffer
October 11th, 2018

With technology at their fingertips 24/7, it’s more important than ever to ensure your students are behaving appropriately in the digital world. But finding a way to incorporate these topics into your existing syllabus can be tough — especially if your courses don’t specifically require you to teach them. That’s where Digital Citizenship Week comes in!

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