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

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Middle School | Digital Literacy | Social Media

3 Best Places to Find Social Media Lesson Plans for Middle School

By: Bri Stauffer
February 28th, 2019

With social networks dominating your students’ personal lives, it’s becoming more important for you to address social media in the classroom.

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Computer Applications | IC3 Certification | Middle School | Digital Literacy | Email Lessons

7 Best Lesson Plans for Teaching Email in Middle School

By: Bri Stauffer
February 14th, 2019

As middle school teachers are looking for ideas to teach digital literacy in their classrooms, many are using the IC3 Global Standard 5 (GS5) as a starting point.

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Communication Skills | Soft Skills | Middle School

4 Best Communication Lesson Plans for Middle School

By: Bri Stauffer
December 20th, 2018

With texting and messaging apps at their fingertips, today’s middle school students can communicate more quickly and easily than ever. However, text-based messaging doesn’t have the added benefits of vocal tone, face-to-face conversation, or context that past generations may have taken for granted. This means middle school teachers need lesson plans and activity ideas to bridge that gap in communication skills.

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Digital Citizenship | Middle School

Top 4 Digital Citizenship Activities for Middle School

By: Bri Stauffer
November 22nd, 2018

New technology is driving change in educational standards across the country, especially in digital citizenship. This means middle school teachers need great digital citizenship activities to meet their requirements. While you could come up with your own activities, that takes a lot of time and you don’t know how each activity will go in the classroom. That’s why we recommend these four tried-and-true activities that cover distinct topics:

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Middle School | Information Literacy | Digital Literacy

4 Best Places to Find Information Literacy Lesson Plans for Middle School

By: Bri Stauffer
September 13th, 2018

As a middle school teacher, you’re responsible for helping your students navigate the intricacies of the digital world.

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Career Exploration | Health Science | Middle School

How to Teach Health Science Career Exploration in Middle School

By: Bri Stauffer
August 30th, 2018

Health science is one of the most popular CTE clusters in the United States. And while health science classes teach students how to perform specific skills, they don’t usually teach them how to choose a health care career! Because of this trend, instructors need to find ways to better incorporate health science career exploration in their lessons. Talking about health care careers is a key piece in your classroom, but there aren’t many resources out there appropriate to middle school students. To help give your students a clearer idea of their potential careers, we’ve put together a list of the five best lesson ideas for health science career exploration:

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