There is nothing that better epitomises the concept of being entrepreneurial than trading - buying and selling - hopefully profitably!
That's the idea behind The Trading Game - an interactive teaching and learning resource that tutor2u have developed to support OCR's new qualification in entrepreneurship - Being Entrepreneurial.read more...»
TBBLE - which stands for The Best Business Lesson Ever is the business CPD course designed for all business studies teachers...a day packed full with fresh approaches and resources for the business classroom. It's a no-hold barred, activity-intensive jamboree of brand new business studies teaching resources.
The feedback from the TBBLE 2013 courses run so far this academic year has been superb and there are now just two more courses before we pack TBBLE 2013 away into the CPD archive!read more...»
Jonny Clark, tutor2u's Chief PowerPoint Guru (correction - only PowerPoint Guru), has been hard at work creating some new teaching resources which we think you'll love. They might also be wanted by every other department, but you could just keep it a secret weapon for Team Business.
tutor2u's new Super Teacher Utility Belt comprises four easy-to-use and quick PowerPoint utilities to help make their lessons more interactive.
The four utilities are:
- Random Name Generator: allows you to randomly pick a name from your class
- Scoreboard: a simple scoreboard to add up scores for any team-based exercise in your class
- EggTimer: uses a Powerpoint slide as an egg-timer for any activity in class - set it for different durations
- Countdown Clock: gives a simple on-screen message about how long there is left until a significant event (e.g. deadline for assignment or exam date)
I must admit this came as something of a surprise, albeit a very pleasant one! Management Today Magazine today announced their "Top 50 entrepreneurs to follow on Twitter". There are some pretty predictable names on the list, with Sir Richard Branson (or "Branston" as a recent BUSS4 candidate wrote) coming out on top of the list. There's a listing for the Dragons, Martha Lane Fox, Richard Reed and two good friends of tutor2u - Will King and Kirsty Henshaw. But then....at number 45...well. A surprise!
All business teachers and students really ought to be on Twitter. It is a fantastic way to connect directly with people in business and many of the names on the Top 50 have a good track record of responding to student/teacher tweets. Why not give it a go!
Another new business studies lesson starter here - this time based on the brands that sponsored the London 2012 Olympics.read more...»
Now you can undertake revision on the go - with the first edition of tutor2u’s mobile app! It’s here! Details below about the new App, how to get hold of it, what you can do with it and our development plans.read more...»
As some of you may have noticed from our Twitter feed, we have been asked by a firm of business consultants - Bungles Business Advisory Service (BBAS) - if one of their leading consultants can provide teaching and learning resources for tutor2u. We’re delighted (I think) that Barry Bungle, the Head of BBAS has agreed to produce some business studies podcasts containing his unique perspectives on business - both the theory and in real-life. I think it’s fair to say that Barry Bungle has a very individual style which we hope students will find both engaging and insightful.
Barry’s first podcasts have been used on the recent BTEC First in Business CPD course and on Making Finance Fun. We look forward to more contributions from Barry, who you can follow on Twitter (where Barry is happy to answer any student questions).
The resource for Making Finance Fun 2012 - our new CPD course for Business teachers - are coming along nicely. I thought you might like a sneak preview - see screenshots below.read more...»
Five more business case studies have just been uploaded to Business Cafe - our digital magazine for KS4 and KS5 business studies teachers and students. A brief summary of each one is provided below.read more...»
At the time of writing, the best selling free app in the app store is ‘Logos Quiz Game’. A must have for all Business students to download onto their smart phones! This could be used in a variety of ways both in and out of the classroom; pupils might need a break from revision or teachers might use to introduce branding (perhaps in conjunction with brand logo bingo) or in those all important end of term quizzes!
Here is a ten question “type the answer” quiz covering ten key concepts in BUSS3 financial strategies and accounts created using Zondle.read more...»
At the end of the last school year I really took to Zondle. Its intuitive interface and fun games make it an easy win with students (I am working on the staff side having just uploaded the whole school into the system).
After seeing Geoff’s post on creating a package I thought to myself, “Gareth, if you create a few of those a week in the summer hols, you’ll be in clover come September”. Unfortunately some extreme decorating chez moi got in the way of my plans, but now I am back on the case.read more...»
Anyone who has used www.wordle.net may be interested in a similar website with a twist.read more...»
A while ago the BBC contacted me and offered large amounts of licence-fee-payers money to rewrite the Business Studies Section of the GCSE Bitesize web site. With children to support at university it seemed churlish, almost rude, to refuse
So imagine my horror when in attempt to correct market failure the BBC Board of Governors called a halt to the BBC’s web ambitions in education and pulled, for example, Jam. I thought my words would never see the light of day.
However, a chance Google search has revealed that the upgraded Business Bitesize material has now been through an editor’s hands and is now up and running. The notes are tailored to the rigours of the new GCSE syllabus including a new batch of self test questions and BBC selected revision videos.
The even better news is that in the whole exercise has persuaded me to write a new set of GCSE Business Studies Q&As for Tutor2U, specifically
- GCSE Edxcel Unit 1: Q&A Introduction to Small Business 5BS01
- GCSE Edxcel Unit 3: Q&ABuilding a Business 5BS03
My students at Wood Green School love the question and answer approach and found it most helpful while revising. Well they would say that to me, would they not?
The two units will be available for purchase soon. Watch this space.
Perhaps this might be the way ahead for reading and marking scruffy essays late at night? (!!) David Mitchell a teacher from Lancashire tweeted that “Just used Google Goggles to scan some pupils writing and it levelled it, marked it and gave next steps! Blimey it’s good!!