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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 Excel | Microsoft Office

A Teacher's Quick Guide to Finding Excel Lesson Plans

By: Sarah Layton
June 29th, 2017

It's hard to teach Microsoft Excel to students — especially when they're in middle school.  Microsoft Excel is a lot more complicated than Word, PowerPoint, and other Microsoft applications.  Excel empowers students to do so much more than simply make spreadsheets. But you also don't want to overload students with so many options that they forget everything they learn.  That's why you have to tread a fine line when you get Microsoft Excel lesson plans. It's crucial that you find the right lessons to use for your students' age and education level. 

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eLearning | Computer Applications | Microsoft Office

eLearning vs. Textbooks in a Business Computer Applications Class: Which is Better?

By: Bri Stauffer
November 3rd, 2016

Two of the most popular types of instructional materials for a Business Computer Applications course are textbooks and interactive eLearning curriculum. In working with hundreds of educators who teach this type of course in middle or high school, we often hear questions asking which is better. Each type of instructional material has its own pros and cons, so in this article I will review both types and see how they compare.

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Computer Applications | microsoft imagine academy | microsoft it academy | Microsoft Office

A Microsoft IT Academy eLearning Review: Is it Right for You?

By: Bri Stauffer
June 14th, 2016

If you teach computer applications in middle school or as an elective course in early high school, chances are you need to review curriculum to use in your class. In doing so, you will research different textbooks and resources to find one that best fits your standards, school, and students’ unique and important needs.

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Computer Applications | Microsoft Office

A Review of the 7 Best Microsoft Office Textbooks for Middle and High School

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.

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