The AES CTE Blog

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

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Computer Applications | Microsoft PowerPoint | Microsoft Office

How to Spice Up Your PowerPoint Lesson Plans

By: Sarah Layton
September 22nd, 2015

Computer and business technology teachers often seek us out when trying to find PowerPoint lesson plans. While using PowerPoints to present material can be engaging, actually teaching how to use PowerPoint can sometimes fall short of the "engaging" label. With so many teachers asking us about PowerPoint lesson plans, we asked why they decided to give us a try. Here's what one teacher's exact words were: "I'm trying to find a way to spice up the Word and PowerPoint curriculum."

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Computer Applications | Microsoft Word | Microsoft Office

A Review of PJ Nicholson's Microsoft Word Lessons and Projects

By: Sarah Layton
June 30th, 2015

Looking for free computer applications lessons and resources? If you teach computer applications, I'm sure you're always on the lookout for some great resources that you can use with your students related to Microsoft Office applications. If you haven't already stumbled upon PJ Nicholson, this is your lucky day!

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Computer Applications | Microsoft Word | Microsoft Office | Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS)

How to Help Your Students Prep for MOS Certification Tests

By: Bri Stauffer
February 18th, 2015

We cover many Microsoft Office applications in our curriculum, and we often receive the question “How can I prepare my students for the Microsoft Office Specialist Word 2013 Exam?” Though we may not cover every bit of content your students need to know in order to become a Microsoft Office Specialist, we can certainly help them prepare.

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Computer Applications | LearnKey Online | Microsoft Office

A Review of the LearnKey Online Microsoft Office Curriculum

By: Bri Stauffer
February 17th, 2015

We'll be the first to admit that we may not be the best fit for every teacher or every circumstance. And when we're not, we like to be able to recommend something that might be perfect for you. Likewise, many teachers and administrators ask us about products that are of interest to them. LearnKey online is one of those products. Here's our take on what you'll find with LearnKey.

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Computer Applications | Microsoft PowerPoint | Microsoft Office

Top 3 Places to Easily Find Microsoft PowerPoint Lesson Plans

By: Sarah Layton
December 10th, 2014

Microsoft PowerPoint is so widely used that it's imperative that your computer applications and business students understand the ins and outs of presentations and slides. Here’s where to find some good Microsoft PowerPoint lesson plans.

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Computer Applications | Microsoft Excel | Microsoft PowerPoint | Microsoft Word | Microsoft Office

Computer Applications Lesson Plans: Fun Projects

By: Sarah Layton
October 7th, 2014

When I was in school, the worst thing a teacher could say was, "Today we are going to start a project..." And the reason why was because in my mind, projects equal work. And isn't that really the point? Projects tend to mean no free rides. They are more than show what you know. They are apply what you've learned and demonstrate that you understand. So don't be surprised if your students look a little put out when you get to the project portions of your computer applications lesson plans.

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