GOAL & METHOD
GOAL#1 : LEARNERS AUTONOMY AND SELF-DETERMINATION
METHOD#2: link materials with real life
Advised Age Group
Acquaintance with Excel or similar; adaptable room/ICT lab
Recreate an office
When dealing with administration, finance and marketing, it is useful to recreate the working routine of an office, with the so-called business simulations.
In order to do so, first you have to set up the right workplace: find a classroom and adapt it as an office, with individual workstations, separated by panels where possible.
Provide tools and assign tasks
Endow each single workstation a specific task with specific tools, so that every learner is assigned her/his own task. Specific tools can be different hardware, OS, software, or even just different models for the same tool, e.g. Excel.
Challenge yourself at work. You can limit task and tool assignment to what is already at hand. Or you can make a small effort and provide your learners a customized piece of software. By using Visual basic for applications on an Excel, OpenOffice Calc, LibreOffice Calc worksheet you can develop
accounting contents. Your program should vary depending on the grade. For 16 year old learners the program should permit to write an accounting record and to create an accounting situation. For 17 and 18 year old learners the program should assist in developing all the operations from adjusting
entries to budget analysis and its graphics.
Form groups and start the simulation
Form groups and assign tasks. Business simulation can be employed also with younger learners. With 14 year old learners you can start off by giving each group a form and a list of instructions to realize a digital catalogue with price list attached, using specific software. After that, a learner-customer submits an order which is processed by the group throughout the order cycle. The work results in the emission of a sales invoice.
Learners learn to organize the work in a group and to communicate by phone and email in a professional way, using appropriate expressions and leaving out unnecessary communication.
The project may finish with a presentation of the followed path and of the single parts of it, and how they have been designed to reach the target.