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The word “literacy” usually conjures images of books, words, and reading. Traditional literacy is definitely important. Yet increasingly students need to become masters of a new type of literacy to succeed in the labor force. Tech Literacy! So just what is tech literacy? Technology literacy is the ability to responsibly and effectively use technology to find, create, and communicate information....

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Just because you can snap a photo of a sunset on your smartphone does not make you a photographer. Likewise, just because you can apply a premade Instagram filter doesn’t mean you know the first thing about photo editing. Smartphones have helped make amateur photography and photo editing commonplace. In a professional setting, though, there are plenty of valuable uses...

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A CTE Crash Course in Animation

March 21st, 2018
Mike Gecawich

For many kids across the country, Saturday morning means one thing: Cartoons! There is something timeless about watching cartoons and eating sugary cereal in your pajamas. Whether it’s superheroes, Nickelodeon, or something from Disney, nearly all children love cartoons. The novelty of watching cartoons may wear off by high school, but making your own cartoon is a whole other story....

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What do you think is the most important internet innovation since the world wide web became commonplace? Social media platforms, maybe? Or “the internet of things”? For me, the answer is blogging. Blogs might seem simple and even old-fashioned compared to some of the internet’s newer capabilities, but they undoubtedly represent an important turning point in the history of the...

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You know that colleague who sends the unprofessional, typo-ridden emails to the entire department? So does everyone else. Communicating effectively in the workplace isn’t impossible, but it sure doesn’t come naturally for lots of people. While human beings are constantly communicating with one another both verbally and non-verbally (through facial expressions and body language), it’s written communication that is often...

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I challenge you to make a list of the top 10 word processing skills you think all students should master by the time they finish high school. Did creating a table make the cut? For many of us, whipping up a table in a word document is something we do so frequently that it has become second nature. Students, though,...

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Nearly everyone can remember the story of The Turtle and the Hare with it’s ever applicable moral. Slow and steady wins the race.  This moral is an important one that can be applied to plenty of contexts. Nonetheless, it’s much easier to remember this lesson through the story of a perseverant turtle overconfident hare. All on its own this moral...

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