Technology and Business

High school lesson plan that deals with business, entrepreneurship, or experience-based career education.

Introduction

Giles Hopkins’ post from Strategies (th)at Work titled “Put on Your 3D Interview Glasses and Hire Three-Dimensional People,” discusses the quality of depth in a person. He wrote a statement saying that depth in an area can “come from intensive and all-encompassing experiences that are compressed but extremely rich in the number of learning cycles the person has been through in a given time period – think of active military duty or Peace Corps for example.” Besides depth (a person has learned subtleties and limitations of an area), Hopkins suggested breadth (a person can make connections across boundaries) and length (a person can sustain a commitment) as qualities of three-dimensional people. Peace Corps experience enables the second and third qualities as well.

This lesson plan will give your students a way to begin to develop these qualities.

Objectives

  • Students will be able to define success.
  • Students will develop insight on the different uses of technology in business and other sustainable development projects on an international scale.

Procedure

  1. Ask students to read the short articles entitled “Serving Up Scoops of Cool”; “Will Mobile Communication Bring about ‘The Ultimate Day’?”; and “Kuli Kuli: Bringing a Superplant to a New Market.” 
  2. Divide class in thirds and have each third read one article.
  3. Have each group share one “I learned. . .” and one “I wonder” in trios.
  4. Lead the whole class in a discussion using these questions:

  • Why were Volunteers Neal, Jarret, and Lisa interested, even passionate about ice cream, mHealth and mMoney, and moringa?
  • What do their Peace Corps experiences have to do with their business start-ups or work in technology?
  • In what ways do Neal, Jarret, and Lisa seem successful? What does "successful" mean – bigger business, more people using an app, healthier people?
  • What do Neal, Jarret, and Lisa say about learning?

Although Hopkins’ qualities of a three-dimensional person – depth, breadth, and length – are set out as qualities a hiring manager ought to look for, introduce these concepts and ask students to apply them to Neal, Jarret, and Lisa.

Assessment

Using the interview with Neil in “Serving Up Scoops of Cool” for ideas, each student or pair of students should put together a series of questions (at least five) and interview a local entrepreneur or someone working in technology (it could be the same person). An interesting last question might be, “What is a question you wish I/we had asked?” Find an outlet for publishing the interviews, such as a local newspaper.

Framework and Standards

Enduring Understandings

  • Depth, breadth, and length are the key qualities of successful entrepreneurs.

Essential Questions

  • What does success mean?
  • What makes depth, breadth, and length so important in regards to being successful?

Standards

  • NSS-EC.9-12.15
  • NT.K-12.1
  • NT.K-12.2

Contributed by the National Peace Corps Association (NPCA). Author: Angene Wilson

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