Learn more about the great experiences our teachers have using the Virtual Business simulations in their classrooms across the country.
Business and Marketing Teacher Hoover High School Hoover, AL
"The Knowledge Matters sims fit into the teen culture. They make learning fun for the students,
which obviously makes it even more fun for me.
"I think we're starting to see a return to reality-based teaching of job skills,
but this time by using technology to simulate real-world situations.
Teacher Harrell Accelerated Learning Center Wichita Falls, Texas
Teacher Tomahawk High School Tomahawk, Wisconsin
"Everything they practiced in the sim they use to run the
school store. The group that runs it the most profitably
for a month wins a prize. And then we all go on a field
trip with the profits they made from the store.
"The most compelling aspect of using sims is that they
enable students to make a decision, take an action, and
see the results of that action in real time.
They might put up a billboard and see that it has caused
more people to go into their restaurant. That kind of
instant feedback can motivate them to learn about other
things that could help their businesses grow.
Business Teacher Shasta High School Northern California
Teacher Apponequet High School Lakeville, Massachusetts
"Knowledge Matters built this and other sims in a way
that allows me to modify how I teach to accommodate
the learning skills of each student.
"They can work on the problem by themselves at their
own speed. When they make money or turn a profit -
and can grasp what they did to make it happen - then
they can start to speak with confidence. That's when,
as a teacher, you know you've won.
Teacher Colonial Heights High School Colonial Heights, VA
Teacher Chesapeake High School Baltimore County, MD
"Last year one of my students started yelling at his
computer because one of his employees stopped
working. 'He stopped putting the bicycles together,
Ms. Peterkin. Why did he stop?'
And I just said, 'well, what are your working
conditions like? Do you allow them to take breaks? Do
they have ergonomic workstations?' He just looked at
me and said, 'I didn't think it would be so hard to run
a business! I thought you just made a lot of money.'