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New CMAA Certification Test: What You Need to Know

The new CMAA certification test is here! What do you need to know to help prepare your students for this important certification? We’ve taken a look at the new CMAA certification test plan and asked a teacher about her methods. Here’s what we can tell you.

For health science teachers and CTE directors and administrators getting students prepared for CMAA certification is an ongoing responsibility. Ongoing, as those certification tests frequently change. Keeping stride with those changes is critical because the benefits of a CMAA certification are so important to your students’ futures. As NHA so effectively puts it, the benefits […]

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Supercharge Your CTE Student’s CNA Certificate

Are your graduates with a CNA certificate ready for the workforce? According to our recent survey, our clients are using CNA certification exams more than double that of any other health care worker certification exam to prepare high school CTE students for the workforce. But is having a CNA certificate in your hand enough? Having that CNA certificate alone may not be enough to prepare you for success in the workplace. Students also need soft skills.
(Want to know more about certifications? Read this guide to the Best Certifications for Health Science Technology Programs.)
What Is a CNA Certificate?
For health science teachers and CTE directors […]

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Spice Up Your PowerPoint Lesson Plans

Computer and business technology teachers often seek us out when trying to find PowerPoint lesson plans. While using PowerPoints to present material can be engaging, actually teaching how to use PowerPoint can sometimes fall short of the “engaging” label. With so many teachers asking us about PowerPoint lesson plans, we asked why they decided to give us a try. Here’s what one teacher’s exact words were: “I’m trying to find a way to spice up the Word and PowerPoint curriculum.”

So how do you teach PowerPoint? Everyone and their brother on Google wants to tell you all about how to teach USING […]

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Google Docs Lesson Plans: Missing in Action

If you are embracing all that is modern in the classroom, you are probably using Google docs in some capacity. But what about your students? Increasingly, state and local standards for computer applications and business technology are starting to include standards that reference student mastery of Google docs. But there is a significant lag in the materials that are available to teach it. Where can you find Google docs lesson plans?
(Stuck in a rut? Overcome common challenges in your computer applications classes now.)
Why do teachers need Google docs lesson plans?
Just ask teachers in the state of South Carolina why it’s important to have […]

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Master the Georgia Career Pathways for Business and Technology

Are you looking for a fresh approach to addressing pathways in your state? What about Georgia Career Pathways, specifically? We had the opportunity to interview Lakesha Kirkland who teaches the business and technology pathway at Shaw High School in Columbus, Georgia. The pathway is an introduction to business technology and business communications.
(Short on time? Get a Career Readiness Skills Checklist for Business Courses now!)
Georgia CTAE Career Pathways
First a little background on the Georgia CTAE career pathways…

If you take a look at the Georgia CTAE web site, you’ll find this introduction to Georgia career pathways:

“In a collaborative effort involving secondary and […]

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Health Science Technology Teacher Guide: Maximizing Your Classroom Setup

How can a health science technology teacher use digital resources in a non-digital or limited-technology classroom? Sadly in 2015, that is still a reality for many a health science technology teacher. We know because we have teachers asking (too often in my opinion) how to use our HealthCenter21 system and other digital resources in their classrooms where they have little or no technology accessibility.

The good news is that limited technology in your classroom does NOT mean that you can’t successfully integrate digital resources into your students’ learning.
(Short on time? Click here to download the Implementation Options Guide.)
Common Classroom Scenarios
We’ve honed in on […]

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How to Rock the Middle School CTAE Georgia Performance Standards

Do you struggle to meet CTAE Georgia performance standards for introduction to business and computer applications? Meeting standards is a top priority for teachers. Here’s how one new teacher found his stride in the transition to teaching and figured out how to easily meet Georgia performance standards.
(Short on time? Get a FREE Microsoft Excel lesson plan here.)
Tale of a New CTE Middle School Teacher
William Graham is a business and computer science teacher at Holcomb Bridge Middle School, part of Fulton County Schools, Georgia. And he knows business, having acquired his Masters degree in business administration and Bachelors degree in Marketing.

But […]

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The Ultimate Guide to IC3 Certification

How can I align my content to IC3 certification? If you’ve asked yourself this question, you aren’t alone.

We recently did a training session for business teachers in Pinellas County, Florida. Our product development manager, Ken, went through the normal routine of talking about the organization of modules, teacher resources, and management software features. At the end of the session, one of the teachers told us that she really would have like to hear more about best practices. Ken asked for some details and she explained that the IC3 certification was important for her students and that she would like more information. We gathered some material […]

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Quick Guide to Excel Lesson Plans

Computer applications teachers are always looking for new and exciting ways to teach Microsoft Excel to their students. For each of these teachers, a common question is “Where can I find great Excel lesson plans?”

Rather than spending hours upon hours creating your own Excel lesson plans, wouldn’t you like some that you can simply integrate into your existing computer applications curriculum?

It seems that there are a lot of lesson plans out there for teaching Microsoft Excel, but many of them are outdated (I found some for Excel 2003… Yikes!) However, I managed to find a few Excel lesson plans that are for the […]

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3 Challenges in Principles of Health Science Courses

Do your principles of health science courses get students excited about health science education and careers? Are your students engaged to the point of wanting to continue to pursue health care as a career?

Basically what we’re asking here is, “does your principles of health science course rock?!” Because we all know that it needs to. These are the courses that determine whether or not students decide to continue in your school’s health science program. There’s a lot at stake.

Here are some teachers who face some challenges that might sound familiar to you. Find out how they are overcoming these struggles to make their principles […]

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