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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. You need lessons that are made for the right age group, engaging, and meet your course standards — not to mention help you prep students for the MOS Excel certification!

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Computer Applications | Microsoft PowerPoint | Microsoft Office | Middle School

The 4 Best PowerPoint Lesson Plans for Middle School

By: Bri Stauffer
April 11th, 2019

Middle school computer teachers need ways to teach students to use Microsoft PowerPoint. But where can you start?

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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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Computer Applications | Microsoft Office | Textbooks

A Review of the 6 Best Microsoft Office 2013 Textbooks

By: Bri Stauffer
May 24th, 2016

Have you ever asked another elective teacher: “What Microsoft Office textbook do you use in your computer applications classes?” If you are teaching a middle school or early high school computer applications class, at some point you will need a new textbook to teach Microsoft Office 2013.

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Computer Applications | Microsoft Office

Microsoft Office Curriculum: What You Need to Know for 2016

By: Sarah Layton
May 10th, 2016

Is your Microsoft Office curriculum ready for Office 2016? Microsoft Office 2016 was released in the summer of 2015. So it's just a matter of time before your school computer labs and laptop carts begin to migrate, if they haven't already. If you teach computer applications, you need to make sure you are ready to go with compatible curriculum.

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