Saturday, January 27, 2018

Learn More: 1:1 Consultation or Join a Teacher Webinar

Join a simCEO Webinar and Teacher Q&A. Or, set up a 1:1 discussion with a simCEO team representative.

Schedule a 1:1 Consultation

Or, set up a time for a personal 15 minute consultation with one a team member.
Weekdays: Reserve a spot on Calendar #1
Evenings & Saturdays: Reserve a spot on  Calendar #2

Each webinar we'll also feature a particular topic. Stay current with each week's session by following us on Twitter @simCEO  

Our Webinars

We'll review the basic set up steps and possibilities for getting you started. Additionally, we want to hear from you! 

Share your questions, get feedback from our staff, and listen to ideas from other instructors.

Here's a look at our upcoming webinars. But to join, you have to reserve a space.
  • Wednesdays 9:00 am EST  
  • Thursdays 4:00 pm EST     
  • Fridays 9:00 pm EST         
  • Saturdays 10:00 am EST   
Reserve a space for a webinar here  (Limit of 10 participants.)

  • Customizing what you want from students: Tips to help students create business plans that address your content.
  • How instructors define the sim environment (time/place) to give students context
  • How instructors use simCEO with student teams/groups
  • Making simCEO cross-disciplinary: Ideas from instructors for Math, Science, History, Writing, and Arts integration
  • Assessing student understanding/actions by using News Articles
  • Students as creators and simultaneous evaluators of quality: How can you assess both in simCEO?
  • Why (and how) should instructors choose to influence student share prices?


HOW TO JOIN A WEBINAR (after signing up via the link above)

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android:

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Learn more about how we hope to change learning.
Check out our Getting Started resources.
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Measuring The Effects of Entrepreneurship Education: Learn about our 5:5:5 Program

Studies have shown the positive effect that entrepreneurship brings to students in areas such as GPA , inspiration and attitudes for university students.  We are on the lookout to measure these attitudes in K-12 students!

Entrepreneurship empowers students, giving them the problem-solving skills to succeed now and in the future.

Additionally, we believe the innovative learning model of simCEO - where students create their own business, and manage it within a dynamic environment - provides a unique opportunity to engage students in real-world learning.  Instructors integrate the classroom content directly into the simulation, giving students and authentic environment to apply their understanding.

As a tool for entrepreneurship and an innovative tool for innovative, 21st Century learning, both provide fertile ground to study the effects simCEO has on students.

We're seeking school partners for our 5-5-5 Program starting in the 2018-19 school year.

  • 5 school districts (a minimum of 250 student-users per year)
  • 5 years of free access to simCEO
  • 5 years of longitudinal studies of (anonymous) student attitudes via simple survey
Interested school districts can contact for more information.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Seeking Partners, but here's why to hesitate. Reason #4

In earlier posts, we shared  elements of simCEO that make it a valuable (and much-needed) way for students to learn in the 21st Century.

1) Students who move beyond recall and produce solutions with content.
2) Social Learning: Learning from and with one another.
3) Contextual Learning: Authentic roles & goals

The list above represents a change to what students experience in schools. But like any change, it does not come easily. These are challenges we have to overcome; we want to be up front with those challenges.

Do we have tested solutions to overcome all of these challenges? No.  But we believe deeply they can be solved, and they need to be solved.

That's why we are looking for partners who can help us overcome these challenges. But we want to attract the right kind of partner. With that in mind, we have come to the last in our 4-Part series we call:
The list of reasons you shouldn’t partner with us.
Reason #4: Can we utilize the cloud to allow instructors to share curated customized resources for the simulation with other instructors?

SimCEO represents an open-ended learning environment. The simulation naturally focuses on entrepreneurial and financial literacy concepts. However, because of its open-ended nature, content from different disciplines and ability levels can be easily integrated into the simulation by the instructor to target student needs.  For example:
  • University marketing professors can push in specific marketing concepts or tasks directly into the elements they wish to see in the students’ business plans. Or, they can share news articles to highlight changes in marketing trends to determine how CEOs will alter their business plan (or their investment philosophy) as they adjust to these articles.
  • ·7th Grade History teachers may wish to emphasize mission statements and demographics within a unit on the American Revolution set in Boston in 1770. Students can first address these business aspects within their business plan as they learn about the demographics  and historical events in Boston in 1770.  New articles can target specific events (real or fictional) to see how students will adjust their strategy within simCEO.

Within both of these examples and countless others, the open-ended nature allows the simulation to be customized to an instructor’s desired preference. By giving instructors a platform to customize, we want to harness those ideas into a searchable directory for use by other instructors.
A model such as this is also new and only possible when the simulation is open-ended and where content can be implemented by the instructor  in an authentic context. This is similar to what is happening with . We believe simCEO has similar potential.

But this is a change from the status quo of a traditional online learning resource. It requires that our future partners see us through the same lens that we see ourselves.

Although simCEO addresses and assesses content, we do not see ourselves as content providers; we see ourselves as context providers, engaging students to apply content in a real-world environment that can be customized by instructors to target specific learning goals.

Within that context, the cloud will be a powerful way to showcase the creative solutions that instructors around the world have.  With the addition of each curated resource, we increase the tools available to future educators.

This is a big and bold goal. It’s a pathway to opening up a far more effective learning tool than we could do in isolation; implementing this effectively requires an expertise we currently do not possess. It’s where we wish to go, and it’s a challenge we hope our future partners will embrace and provide guidance.