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  1. 1. Car Buying: An EXCEL©lent Adventure Brian Lim, CSUS Bruce Moon, Natomas Charter School
  2. 2. Problems: <ul><li>How to give high school independent study students basic knowledge of spreadsheets in a meaningful context </li></ul><ul><li>How to provide some basic financial knowledge when the course of study didn’t have a natural place for it </li></ul>
  3. 3. Solutions Considered: <ul><li>Separate course in personal finance- too much to handle in time frame </li></ul><ul><li>Separate section of the required technology course- too boring without a context </li></ul>
  4. 4. Solution: A unit combining spreadsheets and car buying
  5. 5. What do students do? <ul><li>Car shopping & finance- Use WWW and spreadsheets to </li></ul><ul><li>Find price of new cars </li></ul><ul><li>Use an online service to discover the “total cost of ownership” </li></ul><ul><li>Compare used versus new, using online tool </li></ul><ul><li>Price insurance for different cars </li></ul><ul><li>Compare leasing vs. buying </li></ul><ul><li>Compare keeping an old car, leasing, and buying and saving the difference </li></ul>
  6. 6. What do students do? <ul><li>Spreadsheet basics </li></ul><ul><li>Fill </li></ul><ul><li>Import data from webpage </li></ul><ul><li>Functions </li></ul><ul><li>Formulas </li></ul><ul><li>Audit print </li></ul><ul><li>Freeze frame </li></ul>
  7. 7. What we did <ul><li>Determined how much was feasible </li></ul><ul><li>Identified web resources </li></ul><ul><li>Broke the task into chunks </li></ul><ul><li>Determined what was important for students to know about spreadsheets </li></ul><ul><li>Found car buying contexts for the spreadsheet basics </li></ul>
  8. 8. Tools Used for Tasks <ul><li>Adobe Acrobat and web browsers for saving webquests and financial education sites for review </li></ul><ul><li>Howie’s Quick Screen Shot Capture </li></ul><ul><li>Adobe Photoshop Elements </li></ul><ul><li>Dreamweaver </li></ul><ul><li>Canon digital camera </li></ul>
  9. 9. Resources <ul><li>Jumpstart Coalition </li></ul><ul><li>Eastern Michigan University: National Center for Consumer Education </li></ul><ul><li>The Webquest Page- SDSU </li></ul><ul><li>Blue Web’N - SBC Knowledge Web </li></ul><ul><li>Landmark- Project.Com </li></ul><ul><li>www.4teachers.org - including RubricStar </li></ul>
  10. 10. Results? <ul><li>STAR testing delayed the implementation, but the one student who started loved it </li></ul><ul><li>Parents welcome the personal finance education </li></ul><ul><li>Other teachers like the unit </li></ul>
  11. 11. Links and Contact Information <ul><li>Site: http://www.teachertech.us/PT3 </li></ul><ul><li>E-Mail: [email_address] </li></ul>

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