Target: Educators Keywords: entrepreneurship
Description: Selfie-Entrepreneur is an activity to connect students with entrepreneurs.
"To teach is not to transfer knowledge but to create the possibilities for the production or construction of knowledge"
Learning now happens inside and outside of the classroom. The Selfie-Entrepreneur activity, which we suggest below, will allow your students to be active agents in the education process and you will ensure meaningful learning. Open knowledge, the creation of knowledge through cooperation, and the driving role of technology are key for the development of this activity.
The aim of the Selfie-Entrepreneur is to connect students with entrepreneurs so that students can learn more about entrepreneurs and their work environment. To do that, the students have to identify an entrepreneur, contact him/her, interview him/her and take a selfie that can be uploaded to I-LINC platform and shared on Twitter with the hashtag #SelfieEntrepreneur.
Teacher can introduce the activity in a motivating way showing selfies and interviews already done. In this way, the students already have an idea of how the outcome would look like. Watching or reading previous interviews is a good starting point to introduce entrepreneurial competences and concepts in the classroom.
Competences and skills for life
With the Selfie-Entrepreneur activity, students acquire knowledge, skills, and attitudes for their personal, social and professional life. The main competence they develop is ‘sense of initiative and entrepreneurship', but this is not the only one. Selfie-Entrepreneur also helps develop the following competences:
- Verbal communication. Students interview an entrepreneur and interact with him/her through a conversation. After it, they edit the interview to be published, using tools and formats they know or trying new ones. The students can also go through the content of other interviews and share their feedback in class.
- Learn to learn. Pupils face an open and creative scenario that allows them to acquire knowledge and skills easily applicable to other contexts of their life. It is the students themselves who choose how to shape the outcome and the tools they will use. They will need to find a way to use the editing tools they choose alone or with the help of their classmates.
- Digital skills. The students work with different formats (photo, video, animated presentation, interactive poster…), share content in social media, and create their digital identity. Just by doing this, they acquire digital skills.
- Social and civic competences. By doing interviews and editing them, students acquire a deeper understanding of the social reality around them. They develop their own understanding of entrepreneurial activities and criteria for constructive and responsible attitudes.
- Multimedia narration. In the current multimedia environment we live in, we share stories in various formats through various channels. Through the Selfie-Entrepreneur activity, students will find ways to adapt the content they have collected to these narrative styles. In addition to the videos and text, they can create animated presentations using different tools, such as Glogster, Murally or Powtoon, or transform their video in a comic with Pixton or Go-Animate afterwards.
Real life scenarios provide a more enriching learning, in line with the social and technological environment students live in. When they create their Selfie-Entrepreneur, they also need to plan in advance, manage their time, overcome their fears and blockages, acquire self-confidence and think creatively. All this helps develop the skills they need to succeed in the future.
Until the end of October 2017, the I-LINC platform is running a contest in which the best three entries of students will be invited to the I-LINC final conference, to be held in Brussels on 23 November 2017, with flight and accommodation (1 night) expenses covered by I-LINC. Each submission will be evaluated by a jury (formed by the I-LINC team) against the following criteria: quality of the image/video; clarity and quality of the text/script; originality of content. Points for each criterion will go from 0 (lowest) to 10 (outstanding).
The most proactive teacher, with the highest participation in the Entrepreneurial Teachers community of I-LINC will also be invited to the I-LINC final conference, to be held in Brussels on 23 November 2017, with flight and accommodation (1 night) expenses covered by I-LINC.
You can learn more about this competition in the Selfie-Entrepreneur contest page.
The image illustrating this article is an entry of the blog Selfie Emprendedor submitted by David Alonso with the entrepreneur César Godoy (Empresa Pintumoto).