Magazine article Teaching Business & Economics

StartUp for Business Studies,

Magazine article Teaching Business & Economics

StartUp for Business Studies,

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Startup for Business Studies, Cobweb Information Ltd., Careersoft, 1999, CD-ROM, 100 per year, updated, tel. 01422 330450.

Those of a cynical disposition including a substantial number of teachers and lecturers throughout these islands! would have us believe that 'multimedia', 'electronic databases' and all that come into their own only on school/college open evenings, after which they are consigned to the back office for fear of theft, misuse or, heaven forbid, the school having to fork out on licences to run the things. That said, 'Startup for Business Studies' is worth inspection.

'StartUp for Business Studies' is an information database aimed at students who are following a GCSE, A Level or GNVQ programme of study and those involved in Young Enterprise-type activities. The format is website-style with refreshingly simple navigation tools and an unpretentious-ifbland split screen: on the left the Directory list, on the right the text-and-graphics-based explanation. Sadly (or happily), the font size is too small for easy (quick?) reading.

The CD-Rom has three sets of resources: Business Opportunity Profiles, Business Information Factsheets, and Market Synopses.

The Business Opportunities Profiles reflects Careersoft's main work, which is supplying careers software to schools, colleges and careers service companies. (I was delighted to see a list of contacts to help me become either a Golf Tours Holiday Organiser or a Taxidermist!) This would be useful both for 'Employment' assignments and work experience, both of which feature in GNVQ. …

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