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Online Communications

Magazine article Techniques

Online Communications

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ACTE CONTINUED ITS POSITIVE GROWTH TREND, BOTH WITH OUR FLAG SHIP WEB SITE,

ACTE online, as well as other new online media platforms. This growth trend reflects the association's commitment to making our website the default online resource not only for our members, but also for those looking to learn more about CTE.

This past year saw ACTE launching the revitalized CTE Policy Watch blog, adding in new commenting and social media-sharing functionalities to our popular CTE policy and advocacy stories. ACTE also boosted its online outreach efforts with the launch of an external microsite dedicated to CareerTech VISION 2014. The VISION 2014 site allowed a more seamless process for speakers, exhibitors and attendees, growing the event's presence online, as well as its name recognition.

ACTE also grew its online presence with the launch of new Web-based professional development tools. Working closely with the U.S. Army, the Association unveiled a new course designed to teach CTE educators about military career pathways. ACTE also continued its exploration of online professional development tools with the launch of the CORE Community, an online community and courseware designed to help teachers collaborate and implement the Common Core State Standards. Learn more at www.acteonline.org/corecommunity.

Online Seminars

Last year, ACTE launched a new and improved professional development resource, ACTE Live, housing all online seminars. ACTE's digital media staff provides the CTE community with engaging speakers and thought-provoking online seminars. In May 2014, ACTE partnered with the U.S. Army to design a five month series that bridged the gap between CTE and military training. From STEM to leadership training, our Army presenters spoke about the various ways CTE skills meant for the workforce can also correlate to military professions.

In the fall of 2014, ACTE took advantage of the new school year and shared a number of classroom spotlights. In October, we show cased schools from Colorado to Kentucky that have developed a wide array of programs that ranged from creating safer learning environments to teaching students how to extract natural gas. …

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