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

Computer Applications | Google Apps | Business&ITCenter21 | Microsoft Office

By: Mike Cescon
April 20th, 2022

Computer applications teachers often come to AES feeling overwhelmed by their responsibilities. Between meeting course standards, engaging classes, and prepping students for certifications, teachers like you have a lot on your plate. 

Computer Applications | Google Apps | Google Docs | Middle School

By: Bri Stauffer
February 4th, 2022

As a computer applications curriculum developer, teachers often ask if we have Google Docs lesson plans and activities.

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Business Education | Google Apps | Microsoft Office

By: Mike Cescon
September 16th, 2021

Business and computer teachers have a lot to consider when choosing between teaching Google Apps or Microsoft Office. In many ways you’re setting the stage for the application that those students may use for the rest of their lives. And that’s a lot of pressure to put on anyone. 

Computer Applications | Google Apps | Middle School | Google Sheets

By: Bri Stauffer
September 8th, 2021

As a computer applications teacher, you need activities and lessons that are engaging, easy to teach, and that meet your standards. Unfortunately, when it comes to Google Sheets, finding relevant and appropriate activities for middle school students isn’t easy. You could create your own, but that takes a lot of extra time (especially if you aren’t a spreadsheet whiz), and you never know how the activity will go in your classroom.

Computer Applications | Google Apps | Lesson Plans

By: Alison Pijar
August 19th, 2021

Are you being pushed towards teaching Google Apps exclusively in your computer classroom? This trend is growing in middle schools across the country, but the number of resources available isn't keeping up. That means you need help finding Google Apps lesson plans to replace your old Microsoft Office ones! In this article, you'll discover where you can find great Google Apps lesson plans, activities, and other resources to cover specific subjects like: Getting Started with Google Apps Google Docs  Google Sheets Google Slides Google Forms Google Collaboration By the end of this article, you'll have a greater understanding of Business&ITCenter21, a curriculum system that covers everything you need to teach Google Applications. 

Computer Applications | Google Apps | Middle School | Google Sheets

By: Brad Hummel
August 11th, 2021

Instructing students in a new application such as Google Sheets can be overwhelming, both for you and your learners. You may be familiar with teaching Google Docs as a word processor resource for your students, but you might be less comfortable using Google Sheets to help students learn how to create and manage spreadsheets. You want to provide your classes with resources that are interesting, age-appropriate, and meet your educational standards. Since spreadsheets can often be confusing, you want to make sure the resources you use are relevant to your students.