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

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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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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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