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    Using Technology in Career Exploration


    Last Revision: June 2010

    smile Greetings! Welcome to our technology and career exploration course. The purpose of the course is to prepare you to make great choices for your future and to build your technology skills.

    It's not too early to begin thinking about your future and to start investigating your career options. The work you will do in this course is a first look at career possibilities and what might be suitable for you. By starting to identify your interests and talents and to discover the careers that match, you can begin to explore which careers could be a good choice for you as well as what educational courses might be appropriate for you to take in high school and what training or education you might need after high school.

    You should revisit throughout high school the decisions you have made and which careers you are interested in exploring because your interests, skills and abilities will change and grow. Actually, picking a career is a lifetime process.

    But, how do you start? How do you determine which careers fit you best? That's what this course is about.

    Learn more about the course...


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  • Topic 1


    Start imageStart Here!

    What is Using Technology in Career Exploration?

  • Topic 2


    Module 0
    Information & Technology Introduction to Two Processes
    Career Development


    Applying Two Processes to Find My Place in the World
    • In this course you will apply a process of Information Literacy to search for, gather, analyze, and present information for two distinct tasks:

      1. in an inquiry-based WebQuest in which you investigate the benefits and risks related to Internet use and identify ways to be safe and responsible communicating, collaborating, and working online

      2. in career planning to investigate what careers match your interests and which career(s) could be a good choice for you.

    • In this module you will learn about how picking a career is a lifetime process. In fact, you might change work opportunities or your career several times in your lifetime. The process is called Career Development.
    • Throughout this course you will apply your knowledge and skills in using many different technologies, software applications, and Internet resources to complete the tasks in the course.
    • Remember, you will be evaluated on how well you demonstrate this ability.



  • Topic 3


    Technology ConceptsModule 1 - Technology Concepts

    Before you begin to investigate who you are and to research careers that match your interests, we'll cover important technology concepts. In this module you will review and apply basic technology skills and explore three areas:
    • Impact of globalization, technology and Internet on life, career choices, and work

    • Internet-related terms and Web 2.0 tools
      Ways to communicate and collaborate on the Internet and risks involved
      How to be safe online - terms, risks and responsibilites of using the Internet

    • Technology terms and how to create a database



    Technology Skills
    Let's start with a review of some basic technology skills. You can refer to these tutorials to build your skills as you move through the course.


  • Topic 4


    Module 1, Part 2

    Locked computer-Internet safetyTerms, Risks, and Responsibilities of Using the Internet


    The Internet is a useful resource for teaching and learning, communicating, and working together. In this course you will use numerous Internet services and Web sites.

    What's the difference between a Web page and a search engine? What do people mean by Web 2.0 ? What risks are there in communicating with text messages on a cell phone or through the Internet? In this section you'll explore these questions and others. You will:
    • define and use terminology related to the Internet and World Wide Web

    • discuss benefits of the Internet for use at school

    • describe ways to communicate and collaborate on the Internet with different groups, and identify the risks involved

    • participate in a WebQuest as a member of a "citizen's Internet safety committee" that has been formed to research and inform the "school board" about the issues, risks, and safe practices involved with using the Internet at school.

      You will play one of the five roles and work with others to research your topics, teach others what you've learned, and produce and deliver a persuasive argument to keep Internet use in school. Your job is to persuade a group of very concerned parents and the "school board" that the Internet is a learning tool and can be used safely in school. You can be safe online!

    Think about the following questions that will be addressed in this part of the module.

    • When searching for information online, can you easily find what you need? Can you believe everything you read, hear or view online?
    • Is it OK to download music that someone else owns and share it with your friends? Is it OK to download someone else’s research paper and use it as your own?
    • Do you text message or instant message with friends? Do you post information about yourself online? What is appropriate to “say” and post online? Do you know the potential risks and dangers of communicating and sharing information online?
    • Who are your online friends? Can you trust everyone you “meet” online? What information is safe to provide if you receive a message, even from your friends?
  • Topic 5


    Module 1, Part 3

    Crossword puzzle Understand and Use Technology Vocabulary
    _______________Create a Crossword Puzzle

    _______________
    Create a Database of Technology Terms

    As you work through the modules, you will apply different types of technology, software applications, and media resources to accomplish the tasks and will use many technology-related vocabulary words. In part 2 of this module you defined and used Internet-related vocabulary. You explored Web 2.0 tools (the read/write Web) and reviewed the difference between the Internet and the World Wide Web, a Web browser, URL, Web page, subject directory, and search engine.

    Now let's review a list of other technology terms. In this part you will research the definition of technology terms and:
    • complete a crossword puzzle by entering the technology term for each clue provided.

    • create and populate a database with technology terms. For each term you will enter its definition, an example of its application, and the type of term. Then, you will retrieve information from the database using specific criteria (query), and create and modify a report.



  • Topic 6


    Module 2
    Graphic OrganizerWho Am I?

    In Module 0 you were introduced to a process that you can use to start planning for your future. The process will help you find occupations that you might like and that might be right for you. The first component of the process is self-awareness.
    In this module you will begin to look at who you are!

    What type of personality do you have? The key to finding a career you will like, and be successful at doing, is to choose one that draws on the strengths of who you are and whose work environment is one in which you will enjoy working. You'll be spending a lot of time there!

    What do you like to do in your free time? What do people say you are good at doing? What comes easily to you? What's important to you? You will record them on an electronic graphic organizer.

    The answers to these will also guide your decisions. As you start planning your future and explore careers that interest you, you will use many career-related vocabulary words. Let's start by learning the meaning of terms that might be new to you.



  • Topic 7


    Module 3
    Magnify glass - self-assessSelf-Awareness Using Matchmaker in Career Cruising

    In module 2 you explored who you are and created an electronic visual summary of your interests, skills, and preferences. You might also have investigated your personality type and learned which occupations fit that type of personality.

    In this section you will review Michigan's six Career Pathways, then use Matchmaker in the Career Cruising software (or a similar online software program) to complete electronic surveys of your interests, skills, and desired educational levels. Matchmaker will return a list of career pathways and suggest careers matched to your responses on the self-assessment interest inventory.

    You will create an Educational Development Plan (EDP) in which you will save your Matchmaker results and your career information, goals, and course selections in future modules.

    If telecommunications capabilities are available, you might interview an adult in one of your career pathways and work with other students to describe the pathway.

    NOTE: If Career Cruising is not available, use another online software program for career exploration such as mydreamexplorer or use other Web resources to assess your interests, identify careers that fit your interests, and create an electronic EDP. These are listed on the Career-Related Material on the Web page of the course.



  • Topic 8


    Module 4
    Question marksFour Careers Suitable for You?

    What careers interest you? In this section you will begin to identify and explore what career pathways and specific careers best fit you - the Career Awareness and Exploration component of the process.

    In module 3 you answered questions on the Career Cruising Matchmaker interest survey (or a different interest assessment instrument that was suggested). Matchmaker returned a list of 40 careers that match your responses. The top 10 are suggested to be the best matches. Which of the many careers would you like to learn about?

    You will select at least four careers suggested from Matchmaker and explore the information for each career in the “Suitable for You”, “Job Description”, and “Working Conditions” sections in Career Cruising. You will record and format information you have gathered in a chart. Don't forget to save your four career choices to your EDP! so you can refer to them at a later time.

    After looking at four careers, you will narrow your choices. Which two careers would you like to research further in Career Cruising? You might also share your two careers with others and find out who else is interested in the same careers.

    Think about the choices you are making. You will use a word processor to write an essay explaining how you decided which of the careers to research.

    NOTE: If Career Cruising is not available, use another online software program like mydreamexplorer or other Web resources listed on the
    Career-Related Material on the Web page to identify and explore careers that might match your interests.



  • Topic 9


    Module 5
    Two career pathsCareer Exploration For Each Of Two Careers

    In this section you will use Career Cruising software to gather additional career information for each of the two careers you selected to further explore, then organize and record your notes.

    How this builds on the last module...
    In module 4 you selected at least four careers suggested from Matchmaker and explored information in the “Suitable for You”, “Job Description”, and “Working Conditions” sections in Career Cruising. You recorded and formatted information you gathered in an electronic chart, decided if each career is a fit for you, and selected two careers to research further in Career Cruising.

    NOTE: If Career Cruising is not available, use another online software program like mydreamexplorer or other Web resources listed on the Career-Related Material on the Web page to continue to explore careers that might match your interests.

  • Topic 10


    Module 6
    BudgetLifestyle Decisions: Salary Projections and an Expense Budget

    As you define your future, you will choose from many options and make a series of life decisions. You have narrowed your initial investigation of career options to two choices and gathered additional information for both. In this module you will compare the potential salary growth of the two careers you have explored and determine a budget of likely living expenses.

    • What is the potential for salary growth over time for each career? You might start out with a higher salary in one but it might not increase as quickly as it would in the other career.

      You will create a graph to visually represent and compare the earnings potential of the two careers.

    • Will the potential salaries for each of the two careers cover expenses you might incur? Does one career cover the lifestyle expenses better than the other? In fact, what expenses might you have?

      You will use a budget spreadsheet to enter potential monthly expenses and calculate a "gross annual income" needed to cover the estimated cost-of-living expenses, including taxes. You will create a pie chart to display the subtotal expenses as percentages.

    There are other extension activities that you might also consider.

    • Would you need to relocate? Where should you live? How much would it cost to live elsewhere? Would the potential salary cover the cost of living there? This optional activity compares the cost-of-living and potential salary earned from a particular occupation in two different cities. What's the better deal?
    • How much does it cost to plan a vacation? How much does it cost to coninue your education after high school? What are the choices? In this activity you will find out and share what you have learned in a class database.

    Now you will have more data to compare the two careers. You can draw conclusions from the data and graphs about the lifestyle you have planned, its budgeted cost, and what type of entry level salary you will need to earn to support that lifestyle. Which of the two careers would best cover costs of your preferred lifestyle?



  • Topic 11


    Module 7
    choosing a career on a pathWhich Career to Research? a Justification Paper

    Based on all of the information you have gathered so far, which career might be right for you? Which one of the two careers will you research further with print and digital resources other than Career Cruising? Why did you choose it? You have an opportunity now to think about these questions and explain how you decided.

    How this builds on previous modules...
    In previous modules you selected and explored career options that matched your interests. You narrowed your choices to two careers and investigated them futher.

    Module 6 was a reality check. You graphed potential salary income from the two careers using a Web-based graphing utility. You then created a budget of likely expenses in a spreadsheet, generated a pie chart of the six expense areas, interpreted the budget data and graphs, and drew conclusions about the desired lifestyle and which career's salary would best cover the costs.

  • Topic 12


    Module 8
    Research One Career Using a Variety of Resources Search the Web

    Good research involves gathering information from more than one data source. It's important to check what you find against other sources to see how much they agree. Some sources might also have additional information.

    In previous modules you
    selected and explored career options that matched your interests and used Career Cruising (or another career-exploration source) to gather and record information about several careers.

    In this module you will conduct additional research on the one career using online subscription databases, valid and appropriate Web sites, and print resources. You will investigate many of the topics already researched in Career Cruising so you can compare your findings from the different sources.

    You will construct and implement searches with several different search tools to locate different types of Web sites, evaluate search results and identify relevant and valid sites, compare information collected from multiple sources, take notes, and cite the sources.


    In Module 9 you will compile all of your useful information and create a multimedia product to share what you have learned with others.

  • Topic 13


    Module 9
    Multimedia toolsCreate a Product to Communicate Information About the Career

    You've collected a lot of information about your career from a variety of print and digital resources that needs to be compiled, sorted and sifted. In module 8 you applied information literacy skills to conduct additional research using online subscription databases and appropriate Web sites. You constructed and implemented searches with several different search tools to locate different types of Web sites, evaluated search results and compared information collected from multiple sources to identify relevant and valid sites, took notes, and cited the sources.

    So...
    In this module you will
    compare and analyze the information you have gathered and combine what you will use.
    You will then design and create an informative multimedia product in which you cite your sources and share what you have learned with others!



    Note-Taking, Summarizing, and Synthesizing Information / Citing Sources

  • Topic 14


    Module 10
    girl at computerUpdate Your Educational Development Plan


    You have already learned that an Educational Development Plan (EDP) documents an ongoing process in which “you identify both career goals and a plan of action to achieve them.”

    In this section you will update and further develop the EDP that you started in Modules 3 and 4. You will:

    • review/modify/save the Michigan Career Pathways that interest you (from module 3)
    • review/modify/save your four career choices (from module 4)
    • identify and save long-term and short-term career and life goals and develop an action plan to achieve them
    • develop and save a personalized high school education plan based on your career interests - consider what level of educational preparation is needed for your careers and select appropriate high school classes
    • save scores from the ACT EXPLORE tests in English, math, reading, and science to the EDP (if tests were taken)
    • print the EDP
    If you have responded to the ACT EXPLORE Interest Survey, the section "Your Career Possibilities" on the ACT EXPLORE Student Score Report suggests World-of-Work Career Areas with jobs/careers that might fit you. It's additional information to help you think about who you are and about your future possibilities. You can compare these Career Areas with your Career Pathways. Are they similar?

    The work you have done serves as a first look at career possibilities that might be suitable for you in the future. Because your interests, skills and abilities will change and grow
    throughout high school, you will want to revisit the decisions you have made and update
    which careers you are interested in exploring.



    Re-read why you should create an EDP and what you can do with an electronic EDP career portfolio in the document The Education Development Plan (EDP).

    Career Cruising
    is an “online file cabinet" in which you can store your EDP.
    Career suggestions are available under “Career Suggestions” and in the "EDP Career Portfolio" section of the Career Cruising software. In modules 3 and 4 you saved your Matchmaker results and your career information to the EDP.

    Important! Be sure to continuously save to your EDP so your results will not be lost.


    If Career Cruising is not available, similar career exploration software such as myDreamExplorer or other Web resources can be used to develop your EDP
    . These are listed in Career-Related Material on the Web.



  • Topic 15


    Module 11
    Man reflecting Final Reflections

    Reflect on what you have learned and compose essays in which you discuss:

    • Is the career you researched a good career choice for you? How well does it match your interests? The decision should be based on self-assessment, data collected, and your research results.
    • What hardware and software have you used throughout your studies to accomplish the tasks in the course modules?

    • How is technology used to study careers?

    • How is technology currently used in the career you researched? How might technology change in the future and affect the career?

    • What role has technology played in shaping careers?

    In summary...
    Throughout the course you have applied technology and information literacy skills to investigate who you are and to
    research the careers that match your interests. You have looked at how to create a budget for expenses and compared the identified costs with potential salaries from two careers. You have thought about your choices and have begun to make informed decisions as you plan for your future. You've begun a process that we first discussed in Module 0. Remember that "choosing a career is a lifetime process."



  • Topic 16

    Additional Resources

  • Topic 17

    Rate Your Progress   √ 

    Your teacher will also critique the progress you have made throughout the course. 

  • Topic 18

    Instructor Resources

  • Topic 19

    Fixing Broken Navigation and Resource Links In The Course
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