In 2020 the COVID-19 pandemic changed our day to day lives and challenged us in many different ways.
It also showed us the power of innovation of both students and teachers who adapted to these extraordinary circumstances and ran successful school businesses.
We know that school disruptions and closures are still a reality in many countries but we want to assure you that you can still participate in the 2021 School Enterprise Challenge!
The School Enterprise Challenge can be adapted to any context, whether you will be teaching online or in-person. Whatever your situation, we will support you to keep your students engaged and empower them through practical learning!
To do so, we want to share a few examples and practical tips and tools for teams to consider while participating.
Using online tools to collaborate remotely
Since last year, online tools have become a very important part of students’ learning processes. Many schools started using video calls, social media, digital interactive whiteboards and other productivity and collaboration tools to keep learners engaged.
The team at M.L.Khanna DAV Public School from New Delhi in India made really good use of these innovative online tools. They used platforms such as MS Teams, Google Meet and Zoom to continue running their school business ‘Sanjeevani- Embracing Life’.
This team showed their creativity by organising events for students, parents and teachers such as webinars and even fundraisers with live artistic performances! You can look at one of their videos which features parts of their Live Music Concert by clicking here.
Another example of great digital communication and collaboration comes from the school business team at Mount Abu Public School, also in India.
In the School Enterprise Challenge 2021, Vinita, a teacher from Mount Abu Public School in India has experimented with interactive whiteboards to coordinate her team.
She found that Padlet has worked as a great tool for students to share their work: from brainstorming Business Ideas to presenting worksheets which all participants can access and learn from. This tool allows the team to organise activities and provides clear visual access to all the tasks!
Some free digital tools to try and explore with students!
– Zoom: is a great tool to have group video calls with your team. It can also be used for other types of events such as webinars!
– Mentimeter: through this tool you and your team can create fun and interactive presentations. It could be very useful for brainstorming sessions!
– Jamboard: a digital interactive whiteboard where you can write and draw, include pictures and share it with team participants!
– Google Workspace: allows you to collectively work on digital documents and spreadsheets! It also includes other features such as slides to prepare presentations, or the ability to create forms, which can come in handy when doing market research!
These are just a few Digital communication and collaboration tools the School Enterprise Challenge team wanted to share with school teams and anyone who would like to participate in 2021!
Don’t forget that School Enterprise Challenge registrations are still open!
We will continue to provide educational materials, guidance, and training opportunities to help you build your students’ skills.