HAMMOND | In an effort to make middle school students tech-savvy, George Rogers Clark Middle School students were given the opportunity to enroll in business technology classes at the beginning of the 2012-13 school year.
Sixth-graders in Business & Information Technology were introduced to Microsoft Office Suite and Windows Moviemaker. They completed units in Technology, Career Exploration, Personal Finance, and Entrepreneurship.
The Entrepreneurship unit gave the students an opportunity to apply their tech skills to a real-life situation — starting their own business. Students had to research the Internet to prove that there was a market for their chosen product or service.
They had to create a logo, a tagline, a business card, a business letterhead, a tri-fold brochure, two billboard ads, two newspaper/magazine ads, a 4-page website, a 30-second commercial, and a one-minute commercial. Students had to select the appropriate software program to complete each task.
Seventh-graders in Digital Communication Tools studied Microsoft Office Suite and Windows Moviemaker.
Students learned the basics and applied their knowledge by completing real-life projects using Word, Excel, Access, Outlook, Publisher, PowerPoint, and Moviemaker. Students completing this course can enroll in Advanced Computer Applications when they enter high school.
Eighth-graders in Exploring Colleges & Careers completed training modules for their respective classes.
Understanding that with a job promotion comes conducting employee training, the students had to create leadership training modules which included: Managing Career Change and Growth, Adapting to a Changing Workplace, Connecting Economics and Work, Starting a Business, Managing Your Income, Being a Wise Consumer, Achieving Wellness, Accepting Civic Responsibility, and Balancing Your Career and Your Life.
The classes were divided into teams, since teamwork is an integral requirement in many careers. Each team had to develop a movie to introduce their topic, a PowerPoint and brochure to explain their topic, a training session--such as a game--to apply their topic to actual situations, and then conclude with a formal evaluation.
Eighty students who completed this course earned a high school credit.