• 3 Easy Ways to Include Differentiated Lesson Plans in Computer Classes

3 Easy Ways to Include Differentiated Lesson Plans in Computer Classes

Do you struggle to include differentiated lesson plans in your computer classes? I find that those of us who teach electives in middle school encounter students of varying skill levels within a single class. I know what you’re thinking: “All teachers face that.” True. But rarely does an Algebra II teacher walk into a classroom to teach students who have yet to take Algebra I.

Each semester I must teach eighth grade students who did not take my class as seventh or sixth graders. Needless to say these students don’t bring the same computer knowledge and skill set to my […]

  • How Cross-State Standardization of Health Science High School Curriculum Will Benefit Your Students

Expert Insight on Health Science High School Curriculum Standardization

If you teach health science high school courses, you know how precious spare time can be. Because we work with thousands of health science instructors across the United States, we often hear that they don’t have enough time to learn about changes in the healthcare industry and update their curriculum accordingly. Similarly, there is not always time to learn what the latest trends are for teaching content and organizing their classes.

At Applied Educational Systems, we do all we can to help health science instructors spend more time with their students. To that end, we put together a summary of the […]

  • Computer Class Lessons for When You are Kicked out of the Computer Lab

Computer Class Lessons for When You are Kicked Out of the Lab

Have you ever been displaced from your computer lab, forced to come up with computer class lessons without computers? This happens to me every May when students take their End of Course exams in my lab and my students and I are relocated. Being displaced disrupts the students’ routine, and middle school students thrive on routine. Program and schedule changes are not pleasant in a middle school. Couple this with the fact that in May students can see the finish line and many seize any opportunity to coast into summer vacation.

Over the years I’ve used a number of tap-dances to keep my […]

  • Curriculum to teach students about Healthcare Diversity

How to Find Healthcare Diversity Curriculum for CTE Courses

At Applied Educational Systems, we work with thousands of CTE health science instructors across the United States. In working with these educators, we have heard comments such as “I struggle to confidently teach students about healthcare diversity.” and “Do you have content about cultural diversity in healthcare?”

After hearing comments like this from health science teachers, our Development Team decided to create a module to help them teach this important topic, called “Cultural, Social and Ethnic Diversity.”
The Difficulty of Teaching About Diversity in the Healthcare Workplace
In an interview between Sarah Layton and Kristin Savko, one of our Instructional Designers, Sarah asked why […]

  • How to Conquer Classroom Management Problems as a 1st Year Teacher

How to Conquer Classroom Management Problems as a 1st Year Teacher

At Applied Educational Systems, we work with many secondary CTE and elective teachers. Some common concerns we hear from these teachers are centered around classroom management problems. This is something many teachers struggle with, but it’s even more of a challenge for those who did not have formal education for teaching.

The CTE and elective areas are unique in the sense that more teachers, unlike academic, come from industry without getting a degree for education and most haven’t done student teaching!  As one CTE Director put it: “Our first year teachers who come from the industry are in shock when they […]

  • A Review of 3 Middle School Typing Curriculum Options

A Review of 3 Popular Middle School Typing Curriculum Options

Are you a middle school computer applications teacher looking for new typing curriculum resources? As proficient typing is becoming a must for employers, teachers are being put under more pressure to teach keyboarding, but struggle to find content.

Since Applied Educational Systems works with many computer applications teachers across the US, we are often asked questions like: “Do you have keyboarding curriculum?” and “Does Business&ITCenter21 have middle school keyboarding lessons along with the other computer curriculum?”

Though we don’t currently have typing curriculum, we want to share some options that you should review for use in your classroom.
TypingClub Keyboarding Program

TypingClub is a […]

  • A Review of the Microsoft IT Academy E Learning Program

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

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.

While our digital curriculum, Business&ITCenter21, easily helps save time for teachers who are challenged with planning and struggle with outdated textbooks, we understand you want to consider all of your options before choosing an educational content provider. When doing this research, it is common for teachers to […]

  • Where to find free middle school computer science resources

8 Places to Find Free Middle School Computer Science Resources

Are you in search of resources to teach coding and programming in your computer applications class? Since Applied Educational Systems works with many computer applications teachers across the US, we are often asked questions like: “Do you have content for middle school computer science?” and “Can Business&ITCenter21 help me teach coding?”

Many computer teachers are struggling to find content in this area, especially those who don’t have coding skills. There is even more stress for teachers in states like Florida, where a proposal was written to require public high schools to offer computer science classes and coding would be classified as a […]

  • How much does the HealthCenter21 health science curriculum cost?

How Much Does the HealthCenter21 Health Science Curriculum Cost?

Nearly every day here at Applied Educational Systems, CTE Directors and Health Science instructors ask us: How much does HealthCenter21 cost?

This is a difficult question to answer, as it is such a broad question. It is like asking how much a car costs: It depends. A Ford Escort isn’t going to cost you much, and a Ferrari is going to be more expensive. I will do my best here to explain the range of pricing for our HealthCenter21 digital curriculum.

To understand how the HealthCenter21 pricing works, knowing what we mean by “active students” is key. Active Students means the number […]

  • 7 Best Microsoft Office Textbooks (A Review)

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

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.

While we help many computer applications teachers with our digital curriculum, Business&ITCenter21, we think it’s important for any teacher to explore all of their options to find the right resource. Here is a list of some popular Microsoft Office textbooks you can consider:
Microsoft Office 2013: Illustrated Introductory, First Course

Author: David Beskeen
Published: 2014
Approximate […]