Tag Archive | Career and Work Exploration

Bestlibrary.org – Business Resources

Bestlibrary.org is an “online library.”  It contains many different resources for teaching, blogging, writting persuasive arguments, and how to make citations. Here is a PDF that is called “What are transferable skills?” from this website that could be useful in a business classroom.

What is it?

This is a PDF document that discusses what transferable skills are, why they’re important, how to translate these skills to a resume, and how to “sell” your transferable skills.

What do I like about it?

  • Provides detailed explanations.
  • Includes pictures (visually pleasing).
  • Engaging.
  • Provides examples of transferable skills.
  • Provides a worksheet for viewers to fill out.
  • Provides examples of transferable skills.
  • Words and language used are easily understandable.
  • Not a huge document (let’s face it, no one likes a bunch of reading).

What do I dislike about it?

  • If I were to make this document, I probably wouldn’t have done the worksheet as the author did.

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

This fits into the Career and Work Exploration 10/20/30 curriculum in module 15.  Learning objective 15.1 states: “To explore transferable skills.”  This resource not only defines transferable skills but explores and provides examples of transferable skills and then asks students to explore their own transferable skills.

For this module, you are only supposed to do this for 1-2 hours so I might just base the module off this resource.  I would begin by reading the material with the class and then when we get to the worksheet portion of the document, I would provide my own worksheet that will test the students understanding a little bit more in depth (the worksheet provided by the document could just be for students if they want to do it outside of class).

Evaluation of bestlibrary.org

Bestlibrary.org is a user friendly website that provides many resources and help for teachers and students.  It is difficult trying to search for a topic and get a useful resource, but once found, there are a few that are useful (such as the one I discussed).  The resource that I found was very informative and I would definitely use it in my classroom although I would like to make a few changes to it.

If I had to give this site a numerical value, I would give it a 5/10 and the actual resource an 8/10.

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.

SBTA Website – Business Resources

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?

  • Organized.
  • 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.

Hong Kong Polytechnic University – Business Resources

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University website offers information, games and simulations on a variety of subjects, including business (although this is limited).  The main two resources from this website that would be fit into the Business curriculum are a video with Ms. Sandra Asnani and the interview simulation page.

1. What is the Ms. Sandra Asnani Video?

This is an interview with Sandra Asnani in which she provides the listeners with tips and advice for those who are being interviewed for jobs.

What do I like about it?

  • Sandra discusses many key points for preparing for an interview and going into an interview.
  • Audio file so students can hear it.
  • Wording is fairly easy to understand.

What don’t I like about it?

  • no visual so students do not have anything to look at and may get distracted by everything else in the room.

2. What is the Interview Simulation Page?

This is an interview game where you get to play as the person being interviewed.  You choose whether you want to be a male or female and then the game proceeds to ask questions often asked in an interview.  You can choose one of the answers provided (multiple choice) and the game gives you feedback on what the interviewer might be thinking and how they would actually respond.

What do I like about it?

  • Multiple choice answers.
  • Engaging.
  • Provides feedback on the answer that you picked (on what they thought and what they would have actually responded with in an actual interview).
  • Causes students to think before they answer.
  • Causes students to think about the more professional type of answer.
  • If you want to change your answer or skip ahead, you can click on the progress number and skip forward/backward to different steps.
  • If you choose an answer that isn’t how you should reply, the interviewer will have a thought bubble explaining an alternative way to answer (usually).  Also, the progress bar will turn red at that step.
  • Questions start off easy then progressively get more difficult.
  • Questions start general and progress to more specific questions.
  • Gives you a score out of 29 at the end of the “interview.”
  • User friendly.
  • If you answer the questions all green, this could provide an example of how to act and respond in an interview (model appropriate behavior and responses).
  • Doesn’t discriminate between gender.  You have the same job options and questions whether you choose to be a male or female.

What don’t I like about it?

  • On progress step 8, no matter how you answer the question, the female interviewer doesn’t appear to be all that happy with the answer (thought bubble).
  • Sometimes the answers you could pick from only focused on wording rather than choosing the best option of multiple answers.
  • Students might try to answer all bad questions to see what the reactions are. (I even tried it!)

Where do these fit into the curriculum and how would I use them?

In Module 17 of the Career and Work Exploration 10/20/30 curriculum, outcome 17.1 (pg 51) states: “to explore and discuss job search techniques.”  This includes discussing strategies and techniques for interviews.  Both the Asnani interview and the interview simulation game could help to achieve this learning objective.  The Asnani interview provides strategies and tips on preparing for and participating in an interview and the interview simulation game provides strategies on how to respond and act in an interview and could provide students with questions to review when preparing for an interview.

As well in Module 17, learning objective 17.5 (pg 52) states: “to prepare for and experience a job interview.”  Before doing an actual mock interview with your students, they could practice and prepare for this by reviewing the audio video file, making jot notes on key strategies and tips, and as well as reviewing how the individual being interviewed responded to the questions that received positive thoughts from the interviewer.  This is also a resource that students could use to practice/review on their own time.

Evaluation of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University website.

Overall, trying to find these two resources was quite difficult.  I found the interview simulation game via Google and then found the audio video when trying to find this game from the home page.  These resources are not listed under a clear category and I had to try a few categories before I actually found the right ones.  The actual resources themselves I find would be very useful in preparing students for interviews and provides many great tips, examples, and strategies for this.  I thought that these were very engaging and could be a very useful way in getting students to become more aware of and think critically about speaking professionally and behaving and responding in interviews.

If I were to give this site a numerical value, I would give it a 4/10 and the resource itself a 9/10.