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e-learning and Enterprise

How to run a day session in your ICT suite or at your local City Learning Centre getting your children KS2 and 3, running social enterprises in small groups.

The following is based on work done with a range of schools in Tower Hamlets and Newham, with the Tower Hamlets e-learning team and a day session at the Central Enfield City Learning Centre.

ICT supports enterprise in terms of design and production technology, creating and presenting a business plan, budgeting using spreadsheets, online support and marketing through creation of cluster webpages of co-ops, use of surveys for market research or evaluation, researching products, market and price, learning through simulations, and access to business mentors...

Download the introductory e-learning booklet that explains the role of ICT in social enterprise and has the details of running a day session as supported by these webpages, click here.

There are three web pages, this one, Co-op Game and Business Plan. These fully support the delivery of a session at a City Learning Centre or your ICT suite.

This particular example includes the design and creation of mugs and key rings using i-sublimation equipment and support software. This can be borrowed or used at your local City Learning Centre.

Session - Selling Lemonade for Profit

1. As the children arrive, if they are from different schools, you can get them to sign-in to the system and go to the internet and start playing the Lemonade Stall activity. This is a simple self-explanatory simulation of running a company that sells iced lemonade.

They are given a budget and can decide what to spend it on. They can then mix-up their lemonade, deciding on number of lemons and amount of sugar per pitcher (American for a jug), look at the weather, and then start selling... The day is animated with customer response to the drinks and the weather!

They will need to fast forward the day, read the analysis and decide how to trade for day 2. This introduces the children, in a self-learning style, to budgeting, business for profit, responding to your market, the need to get the right stock, how market conditions change with the weather... Click here for the game.

2. The co-op game...