JA Introduction to Business and Technology 1


JA Introduction to Business and Technology<sup>™</sup> 1

JA Introduction to Business and Technology 1part of the JA High School Experience courses, is a one-semester teacher-led course that introduces high school students to the basic skills necessary to succeed in business. Themes include personal skills like teamwork, innovation, decision making, and ethics. Students also learn basic technical skills like how to use word processing, presentation software, and spreadsheets effectively. Volunteers engage with students through a variety of activities that includes subject matter guest speaking and coaching or advising for case study and project course work. 

 

Students will:

  • Learn the necessary concepts applicable to state and national educational standards.

  • Apply these standards-based concepts to the real world.

  • Synthesize elective concepts through cumulative, tangible deliverables (projects).

  • Analyze a business situation or principle through the use of a case study.

  • Demonstrate the skills necessary for future career pathway success.

Pillars of Student Success Entrepreneurship:  Financial-Literacy:  Work-Readiness: 
Program Implementation Program Grade-Level
Classroom-Based High School
Program Concepts Program Skills
Basic interview rules, Beliefs, Brand identity, Business letter, Commitment, Company mission, Conflict, Conflict resolution, Cover letters, Cluster careers, Cross functional teams, Decision trees, Digital citizenship, Digital footprint, Educational requirements, Effective interview situations, Effective Leaders, Effective teams, E-Portfolio, Ethics, Ethics at work, Flexible work situations, Good citizenship, Google docs, GRPI, Job requirements, Nine elements of research, Personal brand, Personal evaluation, Personal strengths, Presentation skills, Plagiarism, Pros and Cons approach, References, Resume, Self-reflection, Spelling and grammar checks, Spreadsheet terms, Spreadsheet components, Spreadsheet formatting, Team courtesy, Team communication, Team functions, Team strengths, Team members, The Four C's, Teamwork, Templates, The hiring process, Transferable skills, Values, Video bio, Word processing Analyze benefits of spreadsheet tools, Analyze communication techniques, Analyze a problem, Analyze information provided, Analyze spreadsheet data, Apply the process to solve problems, Brainstorm ideas, Brainstorm possible careers, Calculate averages using a spreadsheet, Collaborate on a document, Compare and contrast brands, Compare handwriting and word processing, Conduct research, Craft a mission statement, Create a personal brand, Create a portfolio, Draw conclusions, Evaluate consequences of behavior, Evaluate personal skills, Evaluate a presentation, Evaluate problems, Evaluate resumes, Evaluate real world situations, Evaluate a solution, Make a choice, Plan career and/or college path, Plan a video bio, Prepare and give a presentation, Present findings to the class, Prototype a solution, Record a presentation, Research careers, Review real life situations, Role play business situations, Search for jobs, Self evaluate, Share a document, Use a word processing program, Work in groups

Program Sessions

1.1 Teams and Team Building

THEME 1: TEAMWORK

1.1 Teams and Team Building

Students receive an introduction to the concepts of team building. They learn personal skills that have workplace relevance and work together in teams to assign roles and responsibilities.

 

Students will:

  • Review team courtesy and communication.

  • Identify strengths as team members.

  • Identify key members of a team and team roles.

1.2 Team Leadership and Team Structure

THEME 1: TEAMWORK

1.2 Team Leadership and Team Structure

Students learn about four different styles of leadership and practice using them. Then, students use a problem-solving process to work with cross-functional teams to find solutions to a workplace problem.

 

Students will:

  • Learn about leadership and the traits of a strong leader.

  • Compare and contrast leadership styles.

  • Analyze, organize, and prioritize tasks to solve a workplace problem.

  • Coordinate work with that of team members.

1.3 Team Functions

THEME 1: TEAMWORK

1.3 Team Functions

Students learn the functions and responsibilities of an effective team. They create a shared agreement for the behavior of all team members and learn how to evaluate a team's effectiveness.

 

Students will:

  • Recognize and demonstrate the characteristics of a high performance team.

  • Examine different aspects of team building and identify strategies to build a successful team.

  • Explain the relationships among teamwork, organizational, and time management skills and how they contribute to career and personal success.

  • Evaluate effective team performance.

1.4 Team Commitment and Organizational Mission

THEME 1: TEAMWORK

1.4 Team Commitment and Organizational Mission

Students learn the importance of being a committed team member. They learn how mission statements support the concept of team commitment and create one.

 

Students will:

  • Research team commitment and its effect in an organization.

  • Evaluate the importance of a mission statement and how individual jobs support the overall mission.

  • Create a mission statement for the class. Identify how you as an individual team member can support the mission.

2.1 Digital Citizenship

THEME 2: TECHNOLOGY AND PRESENTATION TOOLS

2.1 Digital Citizenship

Students explore digital citizenship and what it means to be a productive and responsible citizen In the digital world.

 

Students will:

  • Recognize the importance of your digital footprint and manage it professionally.

  • Identify proper etiquette when communicating with technology.

  • Identify the nine elements of digital citizenship.

  • Discuss issues and consequences related to the use of technology.

2.2 Word Processing

THEME 2: TECHNOLOGY AND PRESENTATION TOOLS

2.2 Word Processing

Students explore best practices for word processing, including formatting and layout. They practice using word processing tools to improve a document, then they set up and use a collaborative document.

 

Students will:

  • Identify and use technology tools for conveying information, solving problems, and expediting business processes.

  • Use basic word processing applications.

  • Use help features and reference materials to learn applications.

  • Use collaborative application tools to support learning.

2.3 Spreadsheets

THEME 2: TECHNOLOGY AND PRESENTATION TOOLS

2.3 Spreadsheets

Students explore spreadsheet software and work with various functionality and formulas.

 

Students will:

  • Identify and use technology tools for conveying information, solving problems, and expediting business processes.

  • Use spreadsheets to present and analyze data.

  • Use help features and reference materials to learn applications.

2.4 Presentations

THEME 2: TECHNOLOGY AND PRESENTATION TOOLS

2.4 Presentations

Students explore the uses of presentation software and learn effective design principles for developing visual presentations. Students practice applying these principles as they revise an existing presentation and create an original visual presentation.

 

Students will:

  • Identify and use technology tools for conveying information, solving problems, and expediting business processes.

  • Identify effective and ineffective design techniques for presentation software tools.

  • Use basic presentation applications.

3.1 Presenting Your Personal Brand

THEME 3: 21ST CENTURY SKILLS: ANALYSIS AND DECISION MAKING

3.1 Presenting Your Personal Brand

Students learn about the importance of developing their own personal brand and how to use a video biography to share information about themselves with potential employers or colleges. Students will review elements of effective presentations and develop and evaluate video biographies.

 

Students will:

  • Explain the personal and workplace skill of personal branding.

  • Use effective presentation skills to create a video biography.

3.2 Developing an e-Portfolio

THEME 3: 21ST CENTURY SKILLS: ANALYSIS AND DECISION MAKING

3.2 Developing an e-Portfolio

Students learn about how e-portfolios can be used to document their accomplishments and qualifications, especially when applying to colleges or interviewing for jobs. They set up their own e-portfolio and begin compiling a digitized collection of audio, multimedia, graphics, and text-based accomplishments. Students have opportunities to showcase the content of their accomplishments, including resumes, sample cover letters, letters of recommendation, examples of work, and documentation of extracurricular and community service activities.

 

Students will:

  • Examine types of e-portfolios and their uses.

  • Develop a career portfolio of items to share with a college admissions office or a prospective employer.

3.3 Making Decisions and Solving Problems

THEME 3: 21ST CENTURY SKILLS: ANALYSIS AND DECISION MAKING

3.3 Making Decisions and Solving Problems

Students understand the importance of strategic and intentional decision making and problem solving. They learn about decision making processes and tools how they can apply these tools in a range of different scenarios.

 

Students will:

  • Identify techniques for solving problems and making decisions.

  • Apply a decision-making process.

3.4 Ethical and Legal Responsibilities

THEME 3: 21ST CENTURY SKILLS: ANALYSIS AND DECISION MAKING

3.4 Ethical and Legal Responsibilities

Students examine ethics and integrity as they are demonstrated in the workplace through scenarios and role-playing. Students apply an ethical decision-making process to workplace dilemmas.

 

Students will:

  • Differentiate among ethics, values, beliefs, and ethical dilemmas.

  • Practice an ethical decisionmaking process.

  • Analyze workplace ethical dilemmas using the ethical decision-making tool.

4.1 Career Exploration

THEME 4: CAREERS, HR, AND TALENT

4.1 Career Exploration

Students explore their possible future career paths. They examine their personal interests and skills, and how those might relate to appropriate career fits. They also learn about specific occupational fields that have bright prospects for providing career opportunities.

 

Students will:

  • Compare personal interests, talents, and skills with various career options.

  • Analyze job opportunities within career clusters that match personal interests and abilities.

  • Create a career plan that includes steps to transition from high school to postsecondary education/training or the workforce.

4.2 Preparing for the Interview

THEME 4: CAREERS, HR, AND TALENT

4.2 Preparing for the Interview

Students learn about the process of applying for job openings. They examine effective techniques for writing resumes and cover letters and then they develop a resume and custom cover letters. They learn strategies to prepare for an interview and develop stories that illustrate skills that they could share with a potential employer.

 

Students will:

  • Identify appropriate content and formatting for resumes and cover letters.

  • List effective strategies for preparing for an interview.

  • Use storytelling strategies to demonstrate skills and abilities that transfer into the workplace.

4.3 Interviewing Skills

THEME 4: CAREERS, HR, AND TALENT

4.3 Interviewing Skills

Students learn about common mistakes job candidates make in interviews. They also learn to identify and practice using good interview techniques.

 

Students will:

  • Identify effective and ineffective interview behaviors.

  • Role-play interview situations for simulated job opportunities.

  • Analyze and evaluate appropriate communication techniques for interviews.

4.4 Flexible Work Models

THEME 4: CAREERS, HR, AND TALENT

4.4 Flexible Work Models

Students learn about common flexible schedule work models. They identify the situations in which those forms are most common as well as the strengths and weaknesses of each form. They also research job postings and requirements for jobs with flexible schedules.

 

Students will:

  • Evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of common flexible work models.

  • Describe the benefits and challenges of flexible workmodels from the perspective of the employee and the employer.

  • Determine steps to take to become qualified for positions with flexible models.

Case Study: Collaborating and Building Teams

Students learn how successful collaboration and teamwork is essential for accomplishing shared goals in the workplace. They will read scenarios about workplace team-building and analyze the roles required to form a successful organization. They complete a responsibility matrix to outline team tasks and accountabilities.