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Review: Career and Technical Education (CTE) Resources

books-659690_1280Very few products we reviewed are specific to Texas or include direct references to the TEKS in teacher and/or student materials. However, some products contain supplemental resources, such as lesson plans and correlation documents, to help Texas teachers plan TEKS-aligned instruction. Surprisingly, some products that include Texas in their titles (e.g., Pearson’s “Texas Manufacturing Welding”) do not include references to the TEKS. This is likely due to the fact that many CTE products, while suitable for high school instruction, are designed to meet the needs of community college students and students in career and technical schools. [Read more…]

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New Product Review: Davis Publication Communicating through Graphic Design

Davis Publication's Graphic DesignLearning List has reviewed Davis Publication’s Communicating through Graphic Design. This comprehensive product supports instruction in high school graphic design and illustration courses.  Content is available in print and eBook formats and includes additional online components.  Instruction introduces students to concepts in graphic and web design. Topics include design history, publication and advertising concepts. The material also provides connections to history and introduces professionals working in the design field. [Read more…]

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New Product Reviews: CompuScholar Information Technology Materials

CompuScholar's Information Technology MaterialsLearning List has reviewed each of CompuScholar’s submissions for Texas’ Proclamation 2017 call for CTE products that support instruction in information technology courses. Each product is discussed briefly below:

  •  Java Programming (Abridged) is a web-based, computer science course for high school students. It is a two-semester course that addresses the Java programming language, a primary programming language used by today’s software industry.  This course requires no previous programming experience and supports instruction for Computer Science I.
  • TeenCoder: Windows Programming is a web-based, computer science course for high school students. Instruction addresses one of the primary programming languages, C#, used by today’s software industry.  Similar to Java Programming (Abridged), this course requires no previous programming experience and support instruction for Computer Science I.
  • Digital Savvy is comprehensive, year-long, online course that introduces students to concepts in information technology. Content meets the requirements for Principles of Information Technology courses. Instruction addresses a broad range of topics, including basics of computer hardware, operating systems, networks, social media, commonly used software programs (e.g., spreadsheets), and the role of technology in the workplace.
  • KidCoder: Web Design is a year-long, online course that covers all topics generally included in introductory web-design programs at the middle school and high school levels. Content addresses the HTML, CSS, and JavaScript skills needed to create websites. Instruction meets the requirements for Texas Web Technologies courses.

 

About CompuScholar*

Using a love of computers and programming to inspire a new generation, and frustrated by a lack of proper teaching materials for young students, CompuScholar founders Chris and Andrea Yust set out to make a difference. They worked together to create courses that would teach professional programming languages in a fun way that students could understand and that non-technical teachers and parents could teach.

Chris and Andrea have co-written more than eight introductory computer programming textbooks for kids and teens. The entire CompuScholar team continues to work to make Computer Science education approachable and available to all.

*Information in this section is provided by or adapted from CompuScholar.

 

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New Review: Cosenza & Associates’ Algebraic Reasoning

Cosenza & Associates' Algebraic ReasoningLearning List has reviewed Cosenza & Associates’ Algebraic Reasoning. This comprehensive product supports instruction in Texas algebraic reasoning courses. Content is available in print and digital formats and includes additional online tutorials. Instruction is inquiry based and covers the attributes of functions, systems of equations, modeling with functions and data, and approaches to solving equations. Teacher and student materials contain clear links to the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) and English Language Proficiency Standards (ELPs).

Algebraic Reasoning is organized in eight chapters: (1) Algebraic Patterns, (2) Analyzing Functions, (3) Inverses of Functions, (4) Function Operations, (5) Algebraic Methods, (6) Matrices, (7) Solutions of Equations, and (8) Data Modeling. Content is presented using the 5E model of instruction (i.e., engage, explore, explain, elaborate, and evaluate) and is presented simply with a clear writing style that should be accessible for high school students. Frequent examples provide clear, step-by-step guidance in problem-solving strategies followed by “You Try It!” practice problems.

Resources include blackline masters of four versions of mid-chapter and end-of-chapter assessments, including a modified version for students with special learning needs. Editable versions (i.e., Word versions) of a mid-term and final exam and a culminating course project are available. Each test includes multiple-choice and free response items. The culminating project requires students to independently identify and analyze a data set related to a topic of interest.  Teachers also have access to the ExamView® assessment software that allows users to create customized assessments.

About Cosenza & Associates *

Cosenza & Associates, LLC, is based in Dallas, Texas, but offers consulting services nationwide. Cosenza & Associates provides:

  • Instructional resources for K-12 mathematics
  • Curriculum-instruction-assessment design and alignment
  • Professional support for classrooms, schools, and districts
  • Professional development for Texas Gifted and Talented 30-hour and 6-hour update requirements

*Information in this section is provided by or adapted from Cosenza & Associates.

 

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Career and Technical Education: Medical Terminology

medical-563427_960_720Learning List has reviewed each of the eight Proclamation 2017 CTE products that have been state adopted for Medical Terminology.  Please find a brief overview of each product below:

  1. Cengage Learning’s Introduction to Medical Terminology, 3rd Edition, introduces students to the terminology needed for a wide range of health care professions and the pathology, diagnostic, and treatment procedures encountered in the medical field. Instruction includes “The Human Touch Critical: Thinking Activities” that provide real-world medical scenarios followed by critical thinking questions. Resources are available in print format and include additional online components.
  1. CEV Multimedia’s Medical Terminology presents content online using PowerPoint and video lessons. Instruction begins with a set of lessons addressing general topics (e.g., professional communication, teamwork), followed by lessons addressing medical terminology and medical records. 
  1. Goodheart-Willcox’s Introduction to Medical Terminology, 1st Edition, opens with an introduction titled “The Basics of the Body” that explains how medical terms are formed, anatomical positions and planes, and correct pronunciation. The subsequent 13 chapters are organized in terms of the body’s systems (e.g., the respiratory system). Resources are available in print and eBook formats and include additional online components.
  1. Pearson’s Medical Terminology: A Living Language, 3rd Edition, helps students understand medical word building in the context of the body’s systems. Tabular presentation of terms facilitates easy reference and study and a system of color-coded fonts help students easily understand and learn word parts. Resources are available in print and eBook formats.

 B.E. Publishing has four state-adopted products. Each product provides access to “Medical Language Lab” (MLL) online resources that contain video and audio tutorials and interactive learning experiences. Materials for each product are available in print and eBook formats with additional online components. 

  1. Medical Terminology in a Flash! A Multiple Learning Styles Approach, 3rd Edition, introduces students to the terminology needed for careers in the medical field and includes interactive learning experiences. Flash cards of key content from each chapter are provided at the end of the book and online.
  1. Medical Terminology Express: A Short-Course Approach by Body System, 2nd Edition, uses a “word building” approach to teaching medical terminology. Word building requires that students combine forms, suffixes, and prefixes related to the body’s systems. Students learn the meaning of basic medical terms and how terms are used in the health care environment.
  1. Medical Terminology Simplified: A Programmed Learning Approach by Body System, 5th Edition, is structured to facilitate self-study. Terms appear in the margins and may be covered with a bookmark, while definitions and fill-in-the blank items are presented in the body of the text. This text also uses a word-building approach.
  1. Early chapters in Medical Terminology Systems: A Body Systems Approach, 7th Edition, provide introductions to techniques of building medical terminology, the primary suffixes and prefixes used in medical word building, and the body’s structure. Later chapters are organized in terms of the body’s systems (e.g., the digestive system) and special senses (i.e., eyes and ears).

 

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