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Active Learning With Excel, Careers And Wikis

  1. 1. Maribeth Lawrence Active Learning with Excel, Careers, and Wikis
  2. 2. <ul><li>Computer Applications I </li></ul><ul><li>10 th , 11 th , and 12 th graders </li></ul><ul><li>13 students total </li></ul><ul><li>Full Year </li></ul><ul><li>Microsoft 2007 </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>No prior Career Prep Course </li></ul><ul><li>Introduce students to: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>www.pacareerzone.org </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>www.bls.gov </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Have students create a wikis and understand wiki etiquette </li></ul><ul><li>Get students to think about their future </li></ul><ul><li>Incorporate Excel into the exercise </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>After an introductory unit on Excel and a discussion on career choices, students will research careers that interest them, create a spreadsheet with five career choices and the details of those careers, and then select their top two choices and create a wiki page. Students will demonstrate these skills through the correct completion of these activities with 80% accuracy or higher, teacher observation and discussion. </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>Pennsylvania Career Zone Quick Assessment </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Based on Interests and Likes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Offers information on many careers </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Verify info found with Bureau of Labor and Statistics </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Familiarity with other resource </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reinforced findings </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Career Education Skills Wages Outlook Verified with BLS Entry-level Average Experienced Advertising Sales Agent OTJ Troubleshooting, Management, Persuasion $23, 460.00 $50,960.00 $64,570.00 Growth Average Wages $62,570 Compensation and Benefits Manager Bachelor's Degree or higher Problem-Solving, Mathematics, Persuasion $45,080.00 $74,400.00 $89,060.00 Significant Growth Average Wages Court Reporter Bachelor's Degree or higher Writing, Learning, Monitoring $32,700.00 $40,490.00 $45,600.00 Significant Growth Average Wages Flight Attendant Long-term Training Monitoring, Negotiation, Instructing $38,070.00 $42,500.00 $47,400.00 Significant Growth Average Wages Travel Agent Vocational Monitoring, Critical Thinking, Mathematics $20,300.00 $34,610.00 $41,760.00 Constant Average Wages
  7. 7. <ul><li>Benefits </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Collaborative Tool </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Many contributors – many ideas </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Content constantly being updated </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Creating Our Wiki </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Set-up an account with Wikispaces </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Join garcomputerapps.wikispaces.com </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Understand Wiki Etiquette </li></ul>
  8. 10. <ul><li>Have Fun! </li></ul><ul><li>Describe Top Two Career Choices </li></ul><ul><li>Let this page reflect your likes </li></ul><ul><li>Insert two links to other pages </li></ul><ul><li>Insert two photos </li></ul><ul><li>Embed a video </li></ul><ul><li>www.garcomputerapps.wikispaces.com </li></ul>
  9. 11. <ul><li>Students really enjoyed activity </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ This is fun!” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ This is better than Excel!” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Student were more interested in career choices </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Exposed students to career websites and wikis </li></ul><ul><li>Students took pride in their work </li></ul>
  10. 12. <ul><li>One or two students put little effort in and played on the internet </li></ul><ul><li>One student wanted to be walked through the entire process </li></ul><ul><li>Students could not embed videos because they were blocked </li></ul>
  11. 13. <ul><li>Review Wiki Etiquette </li></ul><ul><li>Fully develop the wiki home page </li></ul><ul><li>Know how to navigate in your wiki page </li></ul><ul><li>Be prepared to quickly reinsert home page content </li></ul><ul><li>Disabled discussion settings </li></ul>

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