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The latest ideas, tips, and trends for CTE, career readiness, business education, and computer applications 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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Keeping Students Engaged in CTE: Part 1

Do you struggle to keep your students engaged during your lessons?

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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 | 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 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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Computer Applications | Microsoft Access | Microsoft Office

Computer Applications Lesson Plans: Microsoft Access Curriculum

By: Sarah Layton
September 17th, 2014

Do you give Microsoft Access its fair share of attention in your computer applications class? I have to admit that I'm a bit of a database junkie! When done well, they are such amazing tools for all sorts of things in your professional and personal life. So don't sweep Access under the carpet if it's not an application you are comfortable with. Give some of these ideas a try, and you'll soon embrace the database, too!

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