Duncan said that the purpose of this particular state curriculum committee is to combine the type of business class she now teaches with advanced computer applications. She said the state has deemed this necessary because of expanding technology and how integral it has become to education and to our lives in general. Technology has arguably changed the business world as much as any other realm.
Steve Small, a consultant for state business programs, asked Duncan to serve on the committee along with two other high school teachers, one college professor and himself. Duncan said that in the two meetings she has attended so far in Louisville, they have mostly focused on ways to integrate computers into the business side of the curriculum. She said the class probably would not use a textbook.
While serving on the committee, Duncan said she has seen how Louisville schools already are more technologically based than schools in more rural areas like Trigg County. In a large part, this because businesses in large cities follow the same trend compared with businesses in smaller towns.
Filing skills are one thing that will be taught differently in the new class, Duncan said. Although may still learn how file documents manually, there will be more focus on the electronic aspect and students will work more with programs like Microsoft Access. Another trend in the business world that has surprised her is the move away from dictation machines. Dictation machines have been the standard for a long time, but that is largely changed, she said. One change to the class may be the use of Windows Media Player in typing recorded letters.
Duncan said the class would probably place a bigger emphasis on PowerPoint presentations than in the past. She said that she was impressed last year with one student’s PowerPoint presentation on ergonomics and it gave her a good idea of the direction the class would likely move toward. This will be a contrast to the old lecture style that is still common, she said.
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