Business Information Management covers a variety of topics, in grades 9 to 12. The details of these courses can be found in the following document.
Table showing Information Management courses
As Business Information Management teachers, we need to be familiar with a variety of software packages, and what can be taught using each. These lessons were taught right at the beginning of the course by the members of our class, as a brief introduction of something you could do with that piece of software.
|Jennifer - CorelDraw Business Cards|
|Rob - Cover Letter in Apple works Word Processor|
|Amy - Introduction to Electronic Presentations using Corel Presentations|
|Jamey - Introduction to Image editing in Adobe Elements|
|Kim - Introduction to Word Processing using Microsoft Word|
|Jamie - Sorting Data Using Microsoft Excel|
|Lance - Introduction to Databases using Appleworks Database|
|Harry - Introduction to Spreadsheets using Microsoft Excel|
To keep our students interested we will also need to be able to use a variety of teaching strategies. This project focused on a few teaching strategies, as well as learning where to find information on more strategies in the Ontario Curriculum Unit Planner.
|Rob & Jamie - Interview / Role Playing|
|Jennifer - Activity Learning Centers|
|Amy - Docudrama|
|Jamey - Media Analysis|
|Kim - Debate|
Students will be paying attention when we play some of these classroom games that were developed by the members of our class. These were designed to be interesting to the students, as well as teaching a lesson at the same time. The Nipissing Stock Market Game can be played all semester online, and teaches the students about managing a stock portfolio. The other games can be played as a part of any unit.
|Nipissing Stock Market Game|
|Scavenger Hunt (and Family Feud attached as well)|
One of our classroom activities was to complete an activity using Microsoft Excel that we could use with our students. The next step was to create a similar activity so that we would now have 5 such activities in our portfolio. The following are the activities created by the different members of the class.
|Rob & Jamie|
|Amy & Jamey|
|Jenn & Lance|
|Kim & Harry|
This is similar to the previous weeks exercise, but using File Maker Pro to create a database. The following are the File Maker Pro activities created by the members of the class.
|Amy & Jamey|
|Rob & Jamie|
|Jenn & Lance|
|Kim & Harry|
Visual organizers are frames, matrices, grids, webs, and similar forms used to help structure thinking and represent knowledge in a visible format.
Teachers and students may use visual organizers in all subject areas for:
• pre-planning and planning tasks;
• stimulating thinking and conceptualization;
• accessing prior knowledge and connecting it to new concepts learned;
• applying higher-order thinking skills such as comparing and synthesizing information;
• providing vehicles for the analysis of information such as cause-and-effect analysis and sequencing;
• collecting thoughts related to a topic before starting a task;
• consolidating thinking and learning after the completion of a topic or reading;
• showing connections among concepts in numerous areas;
• presenting essential information, thereby simplifying and structuring the learning task;
• extrapolating and remembering key ideas.
4 Visual Organizers completed in class
One major project we had to complete was to make a unit using the Ontario Curriculum Unit Planner (OCUP) for a BTA3O/BTX4C class. We were told what expectations would be covered in this unit, and were then expected to find anything we may need to do so. The following file is a .zip file that can be imported into the OCUP and then printed or edited. The second file is a .pdf version of the same unit, but it cannot be edited.
|My Unit Plan in OCUP format||My Unit Plan in .pdf format|
|Rob's Unit Plan in OCUP format||Rob's Unit Plan in .pdf format|
|Jamey's Unit Plan in OCUP format||Jamey's Unit Plan in .pdf format|
When teaching a technology course, modeling a good use of the technology is a good way to promote it with the students. I plan to maintain a class website for each course that I teach, where materials, a schedule, a course outline, and course expectations can be found. I believe this will help the students in my class to stay organized, and see another effective use of technology. Below is a link to a sample classroom webpage that I have created for information management courses.
The Ontario Provincial Report Card program produced the following report cards in tab format. You will need the program to view this file.
Report Card .tab file
One lesson was dedicated to learning how to effectively use Adobe Photoshop using layers and external images to create a design. The following is what I produced given that we were to make an image to represent the ITeach program at Nipissing University. To view the first link you will need to have Adobe Photoshop installed, if you do not, you will still be able to view the second link.
|My Photoshop design||My Design in .jpg format|
Macromedia Studio MX has many capabilities including web page design, and creation of flash components. We dedicated one day to learning the basics of Macromedia Flash. We were able to produce interactive buttons with sound and animation, short movies, and incorporate external movie files into a web page as well. The following files are the interactive button, and my short movie.
|Home Button||Short Spaceship Movie|