What is it?
The SBTA website is the website for the Saskatchewan Business Teachers’ Association which is an association directed by educators, associated members, and superannuated teachers who have an interest in business education. This website provides awards, networking opportunities, PD events, and resources for members of this association. Particularly what I am looking at is the “links” section found on the homepage tab on the left hand side.
What do I like about it?
- User friendly.
- Provides links for every business course offered in Saskatchewan.
- Open’s links in new tab so you don’t have to continually retype in the web URL or click “back” a bunch of times.
- Links provided lead to resources and websites with information about textbooks that could be used in a business classroom.
- Provides general tools, teaching aids, and business journals and newspapers.
Looking through some of the links:
http://www.lemonadegame.com/ this is a website that brings you immediately to a game where you are selling lemonade at a lemonade stand. This game makes you take into consideration different factors that might affect sales, customer satisfaction, etc. This is engaging and could be great in an entrepreneur class!
Under financial planning, the link “Test your Investment Know-How” brings you to this:
I don’t see anything about testing your knowledge about investing. I even tried searching for this in the website search box and nothing popped up, so I feel this wasn’t a useful resource and makes me believe they don’t always check their links to make sure they’re right or working.
What do I dislike about it?
- Only provides links. There is no description of the website or what the website has to offer for teachers. Basically left to go explore on your own which isn’t always a bad thing but for teachers who are strapped for time, a brief description would be helpful.
- A few of the links that I looked at didn’t bring me to where I thought I was going (see above example).
Where does this fit into the curriculum and how would I use it?
This fits into all business curriculum. If I ever need to find a resource to help me teach a business class or just find general information about that course I could go under the categories and easily pick out links to look at. Some of the resources, like the lemonade stand, I would use with my students in an Entrepreneurship class to help them become aware of factors affecting a business’s sales and what and how much to purchase for supplies.
Evaluation of the SBTA website.
The website is a user friendly and well-organized website that provides great resources for business teachers to consider using. For the most part, they provide more than one link per category in case you don’t want to use a certain one or are looking for more ideas. Some of the resources are engaging and usable in a classroom and others are just there to help teachers find more resources or provide information on the subject that they are teaching.
If I had to give this website a numerical value, I would give it a 8/10 and the resource (lemonade stand) a 8/10.