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Wikihow.com – Business Resources

What is it?

Wikihow.com is a website where anyone can post articles online.  This website provides articles for a variety of topics including: arts and entertainment, education and communications, food and entertainment, relationships, and finance, business and legal.

A look at a few resources from this site

How to Make a Resume is an article that explains what a resume is, the different types of resumes, and provides steps on how to recreate a resume.  This article also explains each step and provides examples of different resumes.  This article fits with the Life Transitions curriculum (module 17) and the Career and Work Experience 10/20/30 (module 6).

How to Understand Debits and Credits is an article which discusses debits and credits by breaking it down into steps to help students understand debits and credits and how they are used in financial statements.  This article fits with the Accounting 10/20/30 curriculum.

What do I like about Wikihow.com?

  • Provides related articles at the end of the article for further interest or in case the article didn’t completely explain topic.
  • Provides tips and videos.
  • User-friendly.

What do I disliked about it?

  • Advertisements in the right column of the article which could easily distract the viewer (in this case the students).
  • Anyone can edit the article (both a pro and a con but someone could go on and erase the article or put in false information).

Where does this fit into the curriculum and how would I use it?

This website provides resources that could fit into any business curriculum (I’ve shown examples in Accounting, Life Transitions, and Career and Work Exploration).  In the classroom, there are a few ways that I could use this, the first being as an independent study in class.  I could provide students with the links for articles and get students to complete a question sheet or get them to write a summary on what they learned.  If this is an article say for example like the how to create a resume article, students could create a resume and use the article as a guideline to help.  If I wouldn’t use if for this purpose, I could always use it as an extra resource on our class blog to be examined outside of class.

Evaluation of Wikihow.com

Wikihow.com is a great site for finding many different articles, although the user should take caution since people can easily edit any article (whether for good or bad).  However, assuming people change it for the good, this website is a good resource for students to use.  I would use this website in my classroom although I may want to check on the links frequently to make sure it’s still the same (or better).

If I were to give Wikihow.com a numerical value, I would give it a 7/10.

SMART Exchange – Business Resources

What is it?

SMART exchange is a website where you can search different lessons created by teachers using SMART notebook.  This is more specifically for the teachers that have access to a SMART board but you can preview the entire presentation in which you can get an idea of how to teach a subject.

Screenshot of preview

This website does provide a variety of resources in many subjects including math, social studies, English, and business.

A look at some of the different presentations available: 

The “Economic Basics: Supply and Demand” (see picture above) is a SMART Notebook presentation and questionnaire that tests students understanding of supply and demand.  This uses features such as clicking on an answer and then it moves to a particular slide depending on whether or not the right answer was right or wrong.  This fits into the Economics curriculum.

The “Problem Solving: Debt Management” is a presentation that checks students’ understanding of aspects of loans, how to generate an amortization schedule, and provides scenarios in which students must come up with a solution to the problem.  This presentation uses the SMART response clicker feature where students are given a keypad and must push the button that corresponds to the right answer.  Once completed, the teacher can view everyone’s responses in different ways including a pie chart and bar graph.  This fits into the Life Transitions 20/30 curriculum.

What do I like about SMART Exchange?

  • Provides curriculum outcomes for every grade in every province in Canada but for a few subjects including math, social sciences, science, and English.
  • User friendly.
  • If you download the presentation, you can edit it to meet your outcome, or you can just download and use it the way it is.
  • Mostly made by teachers to help accomplish curriculum outcomes.
  • Presentations use neat features that you cannot find with Prezi or PowerPoint.
  • Interactive and engaging presentations.
  • Provides previews before downloading in case you don’t like the presentation (or don’t have SMART Notebook).
  • Don’t need an account (unless you’re uploading a presentation to the site).
  • Provides presentations in case you want to create your own and don’t know how and how to use different features of SMART Notebook.

What do I dislike about it?

  • Like slideshare, I had problems finding presentations that matched what I was searching.

Where does this fit into the curriculum and how would I use it?

This fits in just about every curriculum (ex. I’ve shown Economics and Life Transitions).  This is a great way to engage your students and get them involved in their learning.

In a classroom, I could use these presentations at any time (even if I made my own SMART presentation) to either introduce or develop a topic or I could also use it to test students understanding of a topic by using the different question features this technology provides.

Evaluation of SMART exchange.

Overall, SMART exchange is a very resourceful website where teachers can “borrow” other teacher’s presentations.  It is engaging for the students and could get the students involved in their own learning.  I would definitely use some of the resources from this website in my own actual classroom.

If I had to give this website a numerical value, I would give it a 8/10.

edu.uwo.ca – Business Resources

edu.uwo.ca is the Faculty of Education page which is a part of the Western University website.  This provides many useful resources for teaching and learning in areas of business, economics, math, and science.  I will be exploring one of the resources which is Exploring Cheques.

What is “Exploring Cheques”

This is a resource that introduces cheques, how to use them, and elements of a cheque.  It does this in an interactive way that is both engaging and informative for students.

What do I like about it?

  • User friendly.
  • Words and language used are understandable for the intended audience.
  • Has matching exercise for definitions.
  • Drag and match exercise for cheques (helps students understand the elements of a cheque and where they are on a cheque).

  •  Has fill in the blank cheque so students can have practice writing a cheque.

  • Provides thought provoking questions about cheques.

  • Engaging.
  • Plays music if you get an answer right.
  • Let’s you try questions again if you get the answer wrong.
  • Print off answers once completed.
  • Provides an example of a cheque.

What do I dislike about it?

  • I wish the resource would have provided examples of places that still use cheques today (because let’s face it, cheques aren’t as popular as they used to be and some businesses don’t even accept them anymore).

Where does this fit into the curriculum and how would I use it?

This resource fits in the Life Transitions 20/30 under module 13.  Specifically, this helps to achieve two learning objectives (pg 279) within this module: “students will examine available banking options” and “students will demonstrate efficient banking skills.”  An important banking skill (maybe not as important as it used to be) is being able to write a cheque.  This resource provides an interactive and engaging way for students to develop and deepen their understanding of the use of cheques and how to efficiently write them.

In the classroom, I would use this resource throughout the discussion of cheques and get students to practice their cheque writing skills using this website.  I might use this as an independent study so students can learn and discover on their own.

Evaluation of edu.uwo.ca

Trying to find this resource and the webpage that I had gotten this from was quite difficult to find from the homepage.  However, using the Google search box I typed in “cheques” and the resource I was like for was the 4th link to pop up.  This site is designed like the University of Regina website so it isn’t designed much for resources in high school business classes rather it is designed for students to have access to information about their programs, the university library, etc.  This resource that I found was quite interesting because I could not find anything like it.  It offers an interactive way to learn which in my opinion is how people learn the best.

If I had to give this website a numerical value, I would give it a 4/10, but the resource itself would receive a 9/10.

Time Management Assessment – Business Resources

Mind Tools is a website that helps develop essential skills for careers.  It provides many resources and toolkits to help develop skills mostly for corporate jobs and entrepreneurship. However, individually, none of these actually specifically meet an outcome for entrepreneur, they only help to build and understand a certain skill in an outcome (which they do quite well I might add).   For example, this website discusses leadership, communication skills, and problem solving skills but these are all in their own individual categories and have quite a bit of information on each.  I personally feel it might be time consuming to go through these as a class although I believe it would be good for extra resources outside of the class.  One exception to these categories is the time management toolkit which does satisfy a learning objective in the Life Transitions 20/30 curriculum.

What is the Time Management Toolkit?

The time management toolkit provides a variety of  information, resources, and an assessment to test your time management skills.  I would like to focus specifically on the time management assessment page called “How good is your time management?” This page provides an assessment for the viewer to complete.  Once completed, this test provides the viewer with a score and a description along with it.  As well, there are a few links to accompany this assessment to help the individual who took the test improve their time management skills.

What do I like about it?

  • User friendly.
  • Easy to understand questions.
  • Variety of options to answer questions.
  • If someone were to score very low, the results are worded in a way that they are encourage the student to try to improve their skills.
  • Explains which questions tested which time management skill.
  • Doesn’t just end with an assessment, it provides links to help improve skill.
  • At the bottom it provides a quick write up about why having time management skills is important.
  • Must complete every question before you can get a score (this ensures you get an accurate score and don’t end up getting a lower score do to this).
  • The questions are categorized according to components of time management skills.  On the more important skills, there are more questions and with the least important, they have fewer questions (affects the weight of each category and thus the overall score).

What do I dislike about it?

One flaw about this resource is that you don’t know how much each question is weighted.  I assume that each question is weighted the same (3 points each) because there are 15 questions and the most points you can get is 75 (and 15×3=75).  However, I don’t really know this is a fact because it doesn’t state it anywhere.

Other than that, I can’t think of anything else that I don’t like about this resource.  I think it’s quite accurate (at least how I evaluate my own time management skills) and it encourages and offers improvement.

Where does this fit into the curriculum and how would I use it?

This fits under the Life Transitions 20/30 curriculum in Level A of the fourth module.  The learning objective (pg 133) that this resource specifically fits with is the first which states: “Students will acquire and evaluate information in order to: assess their current level of time management.”  Before the students do the assessment, they can read and evaluate the components that make up time management skills and then rate themselves (if each question is in fact out of three marks, they would be able to determine their score according to the test since the test provides which questions correspond to which skill).  Once they have assessed their own time management skills, they can then take the test and compare the results with the score that they gave themselves.

This also does fit into the second point of Level A in this module (pg 133).  The learning objective states: “students will acquire and evaluate information in order to: outline effective time management techniques.”  In the results section where it lists the components of time management skills, they also provide links for improvement in these areas.  Here, students can read the articles and jot down the time management techniques provided.  If you wanted to do this at the same time as the first point in Level A, you could get the students to evaluate themselves, then take the test, then they could go through each recommended article and outline each of the techniques listed.

In Level B of this same module (pg 133), the first two points state: “Students will: state a personal time management challenge; and list strategies (alternatives to meet their time management challenge.”  By taking the test on this page, students will be able to identify which component of time management that they are having challenges with and then they could explore the recommended resources to help meet their time management challenge.

Evaluation of Mind Tools.

Overall, Mind Tools is a very informative site with great resources and quizzes.  It is user friendly and is engaging to its viewers.  I would definitely use this website in my classroom if I had to test student’s leadership, team management, communication, and time management skills.  If not, this would be a great resource to provide my students for extra information outside of the class.

If I had to give it a numerical value, I would give the test a 9.5/10 and the actual website a 8/10.