Other Resources

From Widgepedia

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Zanifesto (Stages 1, 3, 4, 6)

Zanifesto is a simple online design infographic-making site. It's a great, simple tool to get your students to make business cards (Stage 1), posters for the poster presentation task (Stage 3), great looking infographic charts for the market research report (Stage 4), or attractive resumes (Stage 6). Free by sign up with email.

The image on the right is a quick sample that we created in about 10 minutes, using images from the book. Thank you to Kevin Ryan for this recommendation.


Crowdfunding sites (Stages 2, 5)

Indiegogo (title link) is a crowdfunding site which features thousands of product ideas which are continuously being pitched by aspiring entrepreneurs and small businesses. Another popular crowdfunding site is Kickstarter. (In fact, Atama-ii Books, the publishing company behind Widgets Inc., was itself launched as a Kickstarter campaign in 2014.)

Some of the short product pitch videos that go along with each idea are excellent models for the Stage 2 Elevator Pitch or the Stage 5 Video Commercial tasks.

Student online CV sample (Stage 6)

This is a sample student job hunting portfolio page. Job hunting portfolios are a fairly new idea in Japan. But just having one will help you stand out from all the other candidates for a job. Shared by M. Helgesen, Miyagi Gakuin Women's University.

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Widgets Internship Certificate of Completion (Stage 6, End)

Click on the title to download this editable PDF to print for your students at the end of the course.

We recommend using a color printer and card or premium paper stock for the best effect. Thank you to Marc Helgesen for this idea.

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