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ERIC Number: EJ859273
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1052-8938
Learning Technology Skills through Social Entrepreneurialism
Pendleton, Jean
Horace, v25 n1 Sum 2009
When the author first arrived at Charleston Collegiate School, she was handed a college-level Microsoft business applications textbook and told she'd be teaching a one-semester ninth grade technology course. Since the course had never been taught before, she was given little more direction than: "Teach them Office and anything else you think they need to know about computers for the Upper School." She looked at the beast of the 944-page textbook and sighed; she had been teaching technology since 1991, but always in the context of the students' core subject classes. Her students learned the technical skills, but they didn't find the assignments interesting. After a year of this, she decided she needed to change things significantly. Scheduling issues and limited resources made teaching the technology skills in the context of subject areas difficult; she needed to come up with her own context which would help students recognize the many practical applications for technology, as well as those situations where a pencil sketch, a 3-D model, or a face-to-face encounter might be a better approach. Her first instinct was to have the students create small businesses. Since her background was more on the nonprofit side, she decided to teach a lesson about nonprofit organizations. The author thought that her students could get some insight into why people choose to work for a cause rather than a profit. By now she and her students were about eight weeks into their study of nonprofits and many things were becoming second nature to the students. They understood the financial constraints that nonprofits were under, and they did everything with that in mind. By the end of the semester, the students had constructed their organizations so solidly and had internalized their messages so completely that visitors to their exhibition found it difficult to differentiate between our real and invented worlds.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Grade 9
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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