BizzyB Project-Based App Garners Positive Feedback & Interest from Hawaii School Principals
During a recent presentation to the Kaimuki-McKinley-Roosevelt Complex Area District of the Hawaii Department of Education, supported by Complex Area Superintendent Ruth Silberstein, principals provided feedback and interest regarding the BizzyB pilot program. This entrepreneurial-based learning application is designed to cultivate and measure “soft skills” among 8th to 12th grade students.
Positive comments from the principals included: “builds on real-life business principles,” encourages “critical-thinking, communication, collaboration and creativity,” teaches students “very useful skills” and “relevant and rigorous for students of all ages.”
The BizzyB app, under development by the nonprofit BizGym Foundation in Honolulu, facilitates project-based, problem-based and entrepreneurial-based learning. This innovative approach to education – which breaks away from the traditional rote-learning model – is increasingly valued in academia and the workplace.
An Entrepreneurial App for 21st Century Soft Skills
BizzyB features an extensive library of hands-on business adventures that teach positive social values. When students complete project as individuals or teams, they develop leadership, innovation, problem-solving and other thinking and interpersonal abilities.
Moreover, BizzyB quantifies soft skill achievements by aggregating mentor feedback and ratings. Mentors – such as alumni, family friends and relatives – easily provide guidance to students by weighing in via mobile devices and computers.
Students start a BizzyB experience by forming up to five-person teams then select a collaboration project from an online library of innovation challenges. Projects include making a craft product, creating a game, staging a show or building a lemonade stand.
Each business adventure ends with students opening and operating an enterprise, even if only for a day. The minimal charge for accessing the BizzyB library is paid in BizCoin that users purchase online. These tokens can also be gifted by individuals, companies and organizations to students, classrooms or entire schools.
$1 Million in Grants Support BizzyB
The Hoag Foundation of Irvine, California, and Google provided over $1 million in grants to develop and promote BizzyB. The app is scheduled for alpha launch in July 2017 followed by a KickStarter fundraising campaign in November. A beta version will debut in January 2018.
For more information, see BizzyB.com.