Teaching with the Web:
The Value of SMMEs: A WebQuest for Fourth Year High School
|Member 1||Find out the answers to questions 1, 2 and 3 and
write that portion of the SMME profile
Act as team leader: coordinate the interview with the SMME owner or manager; ensure that all team members are on track with their work; lead in revising and finalizing the SMME profile to be written by his/her group
|Member 2||Find out the answers to question 4-6 and write that portion of the SMME profile|
|Member 3||Find out the answers to questions 7-9 and write that portion of the SMME profile|
|Member 4||Take photos or make drawings of the company’s products and the raw materials used; provide captions to these illustrations; and make graphs showing the growth (or decline) in monthly or quarterly sales and annual income comparisons|
you have clarified your roles, do some background research on the topic of SMMEs
using the websites listed in the Resources section. All groups will do this at
the same time through an online treasure hunt that your teacher will supervise
during a special class session to be held at the computer lab. During this
activity you will find out the definition of SMMES, the various types of SMMEs,
and the contribution of this sector to the economy.
3. After doing the background research, your class should be able to come up with a list of SMMEs in your locality and neighboring communities. Each group will then be assigned a specific enterprise or business taken from this list.
Using a form letter prepared by your teacher and signed by him/her and the school principal, make arrangements or set an appointment to interview the proprietor/s or manager of the enterprise or business assigned to your group. The best schedule for the interview is a Saturday, when you have no classes, or after class hours.
4. Conduct the interview as a group. Remember that each of you is assigned a different section of the SMME profile to write. When conducting the interview therefore, you can take turns asking questions. But do help each other out. Pay attention to answers to the questions of other group members and take down notes even for these. This is because you will write only one SMME profile as a group. All of the parts of this profile should hang together.
In doing the interview, be polite/courteous, speak clearly, listen attentively, and take down detailed notes. If you have a tape recorder and the interviewee allows it, tape the interview so you can check some of your notes against the record. Member #4 should be taking photographs (be sure to get the interviewee’s permission for this).
The interview itself should last no more than one to two hours.
After the interview, discuss your notes with your group mates to check if you have everything you need to write your portion of the company profile. This discussion should take place on the same day when you conduct the interview so that the information is still fresh in your memory.
Steps 3 and 4 should be completed in two weeks.
5. Write your section or portion of the SMME profile. Observe the rules of effective writing (proper spelling, punctuation and grammar). Be ready to show your draft to your group mates during the class session when you are expected to put your profile together.
Member 4 should at this time be printing the photos to be included in the SMME profile and writing the captions for them. He/She should also be making the graphs.
The time alloted for this step in the process is three days—that is, three days immediately after the conduct of the interview.
6. During the special class session for this purpose (probably on a Saturday at the computer lab), get together with your group and put together the parts of the profile into one coherent profile. Make use of appropriate transition signals to ensure a smooth flow between one section and the next. You may have to rewrite and/or rearrange some sentences to ensure a smooth flow of ideas. Together, make sure that all parts of your profile are well written (with a good introduction and an effective conclusion, and observing the rules of grammar, spelling and punctuation).
At this same group meeting, decide on which photos to include in your SMME profile and make sure the captions are well-written. Examine the graphs made by Member #4 and make improvements if necessary.
Encode your SMME profile using using a word processing program (MSWord or StarWriter), scan the photos and graphs, and lay them out in the profile. Be guided by the scoring checklist for the profile that is given in the Evaluation section.
7. Submit the SMME profile to your teacher on the due date.
8. Accomplish the self-assessment and peer evaluation forms (to be distributed by your teacher) and submit these to your teacher on the due date.
Definition of SME
Philippine SME Profile
National SME Agenda
Sample profile of an SMME
Support for SMEs
Programs to help Philippine SMEs
Role of SMEs in stabilizing economy
Forging a dynamic and competitive SME sector
APEC Survey of technology needs of SMEs
Philippine SMES best practices
Your group’s SMME profile will be graded using the following checklist. You may use this checklist to assess your draft prior to submitting it for grading.
|1. Is the name of the company or business stated?|
|2. Are the names of the owners or proprietors given?|
|3. Is there a brief history of the company or business?|
|4. Is the history complete? Does it include when the company or business was founded, who founded it, and its purpose or objectives?|
|5. Is it stated whether the company or business is small, micro or medium-sized?|
|6. Are the relevant details to justify the classification given, such as the number of workers employed and the amount of capitalization?|
|7. Are the products of the company or business identified?|
|8. Are the raw materials used identified?|
|9. Is the market of the company’s products identified?|
|10. Are there photos of the company’s products?|
|11. Are the photos clear/sharply focused?|
|12. Are the marketing strategies used by the company described?|
|13. Is there a graph showing the monthly or quarterly volume of sales?|
|14. Is the annual gross income stated?|
|15. Is the annual net income stated?|
|16. Are the problems experienced by the company in the past and/or the present identified?|
|17. Are the forms of support from government and other organizations (like banks) identified?|
|18. Are the company’s plans for the future stated?|
Each group member will also be given a score for the self-assessment activity and for teamwork as measured through the peer evaluation activity.
This project should help you appreciate the importance of small, micro and medium enterprises in the economy. Such businesses generate employment for many people, encourage production, and contribute to tax revenue.
In addition, this project should help you develop skills in gathering relevant information from various sources, in particular the Internet and local experts (the owners and/or managers of the SMMEs), in writing a business profile, and in combining text and non-text or visual forms of presenting data.
I hope you will learn a lot from this activity.
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