• 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 […]

  • How much does middle school computer curriculum cost?

A Quick Guide to the Cost of Middle School Computer Curriculum

One of the first questions a computer applications teacher asks when speaking with someone from Applied Educational Systems is: How much does your middle school computer curriculum cost? Although this is a difficult question to answer, I will try my best to explain some general pricing guidelines.

The purchase of a middle school computer curriculum is similar to the purchase of a vehicle or home. With so many options available, the price ranges can vary. Just as a Ford F150 can start around $25k with a basic package, it can quickly cost over $50k once a shopper adds accessories to the […]

  • Microsoft Office Curriculum for Office 2016

Microsoft Office Curriculum: What You Need to Know for 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.

Updating lesson plans and all of the materials that go with them is no easy task. In fact, it can be a serious pain. We know how you feel. We are nearing the end of our own process of updating the Microsoft Office curriculum […]

  • Blended learning best practices from health science technology teachers

Blended Learning Best Practices from Health Science Technology Teachers

What keeps you from trying new things in your CTE health science classroom? If you are like the many health science technology teachers that we encounter every day, then likely the reason has something to do with time and maintaining the status quo. We get it! Finding time to learn new things, let alone figure out how to implement them, is like searching for Bigfoot. And the status quo is one small comfort in the chaotic, unpredictable daily lives of health science technology teachers. For new health science technology teachers, the challenges are that much more intimidating, particularly that first year. But […]

  • 7 Ways to Save Time in Your Health Science Class

7 Ways to Save Time in Your CTE Health Science Class

What could you do as a CTE teacher with just a little more time on your hands? My guess is that you don’t even have the time to consider that question! But with the right tools in your health science class, you can not only form a response, you could even actually achieve your answer.

It’s comments like Sandra’s and so many other teachers that inspire us as we develop, update, and change HealthCenter21. Our primary goal at AES revolves around “helping teachers prepare students with the career skills they need for lifelong success.”

What you may not realize is that to support that goal, […]

  • A Review of the 4 Best Principles of Health Science Textbooks

What is the Best Principles of Health Science Textbook? (Reviews)

Have you ever asked another teacher: “What health science textbook would you recommend for a Principles of Health Science course?” Many CTE Health Science teachers came from industry, and we know the last thing they want to do is research textbooks.

So, while we help many high school health science teachers with our digital curriculum, we understand you will want to consider all of your options. We know that a textbook can help provide additional resources and variety for providing differentiated instruction in a course. We’re simply going to share some basic information about each of these popular textbooks all in one place. So you can start your […]

  • 5 Best Middle School Textbooks for Computer Applications (A Review)

The 5 Best Middle School Textbooks for Computer Applications Classes

Have you ever asked another teacher: “What middle school textbooks would you recommend for Computer Applications?” If you are teaching middle school computer applications courses, at some point you’ll be on the hunt for middle school textbooks and resources for your classroom. That search will take you on an Internet textbook safari, trying to track the best resources in regards to content, usability, and value. But unless you’ve discovered some kind of crazy time-creating device, you likely don’t have the time to give the research it’s due. In that vein, we’ve compiled a list of popular middle school textbooks for computer […]

  • Domestic Violence Curriculum for Health Science Courses

Review of Domestic Violence Curriculum: What Is It?

Do you have domestic violence curriculum in your health science courses? Some states are already requiring this content, which means that other states are probably not far behind. So it’s critical that you include this content. But how do you approach this uncomfortable topic and make sure you prepare your students to address potential domestic violence situations with patients? The best plan is to find a curriculum resource that has already done the research and the approach for you. AES recently released one such resource in HealthCenter21. We’ve taken our expertise in instructional design and applied it to this topic. We’ll review […]

  • How to Teach Google Apps in Your Technology Curriculum

How to Easily Teach Google Apps in a Technology Curriculum

Do you know how to start teaching Google Apps in your technology curriculum? If you said no, you are in some pretty good company. It turns out that many middle and high school teachers are looking for these resources. Because we’ve provided technology curriculum to teach Microsoft Office for middle and high school for years, it was a logical transition when teachers started asking us about Google Apps technology curriculum.

It didn’t take long to realize that the Google Apps trend was growing and that the need for technology curriculum resources was real. We know that implementation of new technology curriculum is time-consuming […]

  • How to Implement Blended Learning Curriculum in a CTE Program

How to Implement Blended Learning Curriculum in a CTE Program

Do you know how to implement blended learning curriculum into your CTE courses? CTE teachers often talk to us about the struggle of keeping students engaged. These same teachers are challenged by classrooms of students with a wide range of abilities and needs. We’ve found that one way to address both of these challenges is by incorporating blended learning curriculum into daily lessons. While blended learning curriculum provides a great solution, it also can require a lot of work from the teacher. But it can be done. There are some great tools and resources out there to help alleviate the workload that can accompany blended […]