You are living through a major historical event, and one that will have an effect on the rest of your life. We are all living in a time were all aspects of our lives are changing; no one is unaffected. Learning from home has been difficult, and who knows what the next school year will look like for us.
But, we are currently in the present, and we have memories and perspectives on the pandemic that we should be preserving. Your job for YOUR FINAL CLASS ASSIGNMENT is to take the time to create a Time Capsule for your future self, to be opened 20 years from this date. You will be in your mid-thirties. What will your life look like? I'll be in my early 70s (gulp), and looking back through old yearbooks and trying to remember some of your names :)
Your project details can be downloaded here: Time Capsule Project
The rubric can be downloaded here: Time Capsule Rubric
This project is meant to showcase all the skills that you have learned in Business class this year (both in the classroom and at home). You could almost consider this a "culminating assignment". If you have missed a few lessons/assignments from home, this would be the perfect time to jump back in and complete this project.
I am always available via email to answer questions or if you need some hands-on review, we can book a TEAMS meeting and I can help you through a quick demonstration. This assignment is due no later than June 22nd.
We are starting on the the road to learning how to use spreadsheet software, focusing on Microsoft Excel.
A spreadsheet is a software program you use to easily perform mathematical calculations on data and totaling long columns of numbers or determining percentages and averages.
And if any of the raw numbers you put into your spreadsheet should change – like if you obtain new information to substitute for your original data – the spreadsheet will update all the calculations you’ve performed based on the new numbers.
You also can use a spreadsheet to generate data visualizations like charts and graphs.
Microsoft Excel Quick Overview Layout
How to Create and use a Spreadsheet
For the following activities, you will have access to tutorials for Microsoft (MS) Excel
Each of the following links has a challenge at the end of the screen. If you feel that the practice would be helpful and that this information is something new for you, give the challenge a shot! Take your time. There is no rush. One or two lessons a day is more than enough!
Introduction to Sheets (Excel)
How to use Cells (Excel)
Simple Formulas - How to use them (Excel)
More Complex Functions (Excel)
Workbooks and Worksheets... How do they work? (Excel)
Analyze and Sort... How does this work? (Excel)
Graphing... bringing the data to life (Excel)
When you have completed all your tutorials, please complete Excel Exercise 1 and submit it to your TEAMS Assignment folder.
It has been almost two months since we have seen each other. I know learning from home can be tough, but we need to carry on. The skills you learn in Grade 9 help prepare you for the rest of your high school career.
This week's lesson is shorter because a few of you are still working on the website (and that's fine!).
This week we are going to look at what is happening to the Oil Industry, and use the information to prepare for next year's Literacy test. The ability to analyze text and graphics, and prepare well structured and supported responses, is one of the biggest parts of the test (and it's also a good skill to have for life in general :) ).
When you read this information make sure you keep testing yourself to see if you understand what is being presented. There are many clues, and supporting pieces (such as definitions) to help you. Try and predict what questions they are going to ask you before you even read the questions. Make sure you back up your thoughts with relevant examples from the text. Just don't "say it". Prove it!
Article (including Infographic). If you double click the box it should become large enough for you to read. Email me if you are having trouble. Use the form below to answer the questions.
Let's have a little "LIVE" check-in tomorrow (Tuesday). Check your email for an invite. Hope to see you!
We are going to take the next two weeks or so to look at effective web design, and to use some user-friendly software to develop our own site. We will be using Weebly, but if you prefer to use another cloud-based program (such as Wix or Wordpress), please email me about it first.
STEP ONE: Each of you have been given a Weebly account, and when you are ready to start this project, you will need to email me and ask for your user name and password. To login and get started go to http://students.weebly.com You will not be able to start until you receive the user name and password form me (and it's not your standard school password and login).
STEP TWO: Download this step by step guide on completing the project. For more web design tips check out this page.
STEP THREE: Before you begin you'll need this handout , and don't forget to look at the info-graphic on dos and don'ts of website design before you start to plan out your amazing site.
STEP FOUR: Watch this tutorial video on how to use Weebly. Sometimes you are going to get stuck, or frustrated, and that's okay. Take a breath, rewind and try again. The more you "play" the more you will learn, and true learning only happens when we hit a few roadblocks along the way.
STEP FIVE: You are going to need this rubric when you are finished (and we all know that we should read it over BEFORE we even begin working on our assignment...)
We are living through a historical event that will change our society, including how businesses work or even survive!
By definition, business ethics are the moral principles that act as guidelines for the way a business conducts itself. In many ways, the same guidelines that individuals use to conduct themselves in an acceptable way, in personal and professional settings, apply to businesses as well.
We are going to spend this week's lesson looking at the concept of Business Ethics. You will need to this handout to guide your learning. For the pieces that say "work with a partner", you can reach out via email/chat/texting to a friend from class or work with someone in your house. It's best to try and bounce your ideas off someone during the brainstorming phase. For task #3 (the assignment), you can use any software program you have available to create the poster. If you do not have any digital tools, please feel free to draw/sketch/cut pictures out of magazines, etc to create a solution (you can take a picture and post it to the assignments folder). Do not make it too complicated, and try and keep it under 8.5"x11".
You should watch the two videos directly below, and complete the case study (also to be submitted) before starting your assignment.
Case Study: Fast Fashion
Fast fashion is a major contributor to the world's clothing waste problem. Many of us give our old clothes to charity or drop them in a store take-back bin, but you might be surprised to learn most of it is sold and can end up in the landfill.
You will need this handout to help guide your learning.
Each of the lessons (there will be one a week) should take you 3-4 hours to complete. I am always available via email or TEAMs. Take your time, and work in chunks. All the software you will need is in Office365. We will not be using the vLE like some of your course may be delivered in.
Don't forget to keep up on your typing skills!! Good form. Remember to return your fingers to the home row (Typing.com button is on the right hand side of the lesson plan under weblinks). You should still do this 10 minutes a day.
We are going to be building a presentation about Technology in Society (a list of topic selections is the handout below). If you haven't done so, please complete the lesson on the Introduction to Presentation Software from March 12th (should be two entries below this one). You can use any presentation software that you like (Prezi, Keynote, Google Slides, PowerPoint), and if you are working off your phone there is a PowerPoint app and a Google Slides app that work well.
If you want extra credit (bonus marks), you can film yourself on your phone and post it to your assignment folder (only for me to see). But this is NOT NECESSARY. All I need is the PowerPoint/Prezi link/Google Slide link/etc).
Your order of events:
1) Reread this lesson and make sure you have completed the March 12th introduction lesson.
2) Pick a topic from this handout. The handout also contains the checklist/rubric for the assignment. Read it over. Read it over again. USE YOUR CHECKLIST to keep you on track.
3) Email me the topic that you are going to work on. You will be working on this by yourself. No partners for this one :)
4) Make sure you keep track of your resources as you go through your research. Try to STAY OFF OF WIKIPEDIA (too simple). It's a good place to get a basic understanding, but use the Google skills you were taught in class to find excellent, relevant and detailed information. Redshelf has made ALL of their research books available to students during the Pandemic, use them!
5) Your sources will need to be in proper MLA format and have their own slide at the end. You can use EasyBib to help you format your citations (entries).
6) Keep track of the peer evaluation rubrics/checklists, as you will be given two presentations to evaluate :) Yes, this counts for marks (yours...as this will demonstrate IF YOU know what makes up a good presentation).
7) Not that you have to actually present this information "live", you should see what a good presentation looks like (watch the video below). Pay particular attention to how Steve Jobs uses his slides to HELP explain his work.
8) Remember. Use lots of visuals. Try to avoid making a POWER PARAGRAPH (it is POWER POINT..so get to the POINT!).
9) Remember: Email me your topic BEFORE you start!
Hi All. These are very strange times, and we are ALL trying to figure out how to move forward during unprecedented times. We will all need to support and be patient with one another.
We are continuing on with the curriculum, and there is learning that needs to take place! IF YOU HAVEN"T ALREADY DONE SO, login to your Office365 account and send me an email. IF you forgot your password/login send an email from your non-school account to firstname.lastname@example.org. I can change your password remotely, and send you back the log-in info you need. I can do this for your friends/family members if they are stuck in the same situation (they do not need to be my student).
I need to know if you have access to a computer at home. Email me IF YOU DO NOT have a computer, and are relying on your smartphone or a tablet to access this material.
Our first lessons will be posted on Wednesday. Expectations are that you do your best to try and spend 3 hours a week on each of your courses. If possible, please push yourself to do a little more, and take some creative risks. You may find that learning new skills helps break up some of the boredom/uneasiness/etc of being socially-isolated.
At no time are you to break any of the social-distancing recommendations or put yourself at risk. I want you to be safe and healthy. We will get through this!
Before you begin the lesson below, please take the time to finish up and polish the business communication assignments that were due on Friday. We have also been sidetracked with our typing, and we should take 8-10 minutes today to practice our form. I will be coming around tomorrow to evaluate your posture, hand placement, and your ability not to look down when you are typing.
Today I would like you to:
1) Watch the video link below (please use headphones).
2) Investigate and experiment with 3 presentation software packages and create a comparison table that evaluates at least 4 different criteria. Some examples of presentation software include: Microsoft Powerpoint, Prezi, Powtoon, Sway, Microsoft Mix within Powerpoint, etc
3) Create a basic 6 slide presentation (including the title) to argue which one you find to be the best. Use screen captures, clipart, and any other multimedia pieces you think help support your assertion. You will need this rubric/checklist to help guide you through the creation of your slideshow.
Today you are going to bring all your new found skills together, mix them with a little creativity and create your own fictional business. We are going to take a look at:
Mission Statements, Slogans and Logos. You are going to create all three for your new company. You are also going to create the letterhead and business cards using your logos and slogans. This is your first major project, so you should be putting your best foot forward during all stages of this assignment. You may chose to work with a partner on this assignment, but we are going to talk about benefits, expectations, and potential pitfalls of making that decision.
A great site to help you with your logo design can be found here.