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This collection of reviewed resources from TeachersFirst is selected to help students explore careers and ways to share what they learn from visiting their parent's work place on Take Our Sons and Daughters to Work Day or any other career visit. Make Take Our Sons and Daughters to Work Day an opportunity to connect the classroom with the real world and for students to share and collaborate about careers visits and educational trips. Make this a meaningful day ON instead of a "day off."  Use these ideas to spark discussions about careers and planning for life.

 

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Instant Replay--Eye Wonder - South Carolina ETV Commission

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3 to 8
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Do you have students who are always wondering how things work, or are curious about what is entailed in different careers? How cell phones work and how a pit crew ...more
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Do you have students who are always wondering how things work, or are curious about what is entailed in different careers? How cell phones work and how a pit crew works together to maintain a race car in such short time are just two examples of the unusual topics that you will find on this site. The videos (10 minutes or less) look at science and career topics through the eyes of the cameraman. His zany and off-the-wall presentations are sure to keep students watching and asking for more. Some topics, such as Fire Fighter, are also appropriate for units on "community helpers."

tag(s): careers (129), communities (35), dance (28)

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As you start a new unit or lesson, show a video from this site to share a "real world" connection to the topic as an anticipatory set or activator using a projector or interactive whiteboard to hook your students. Save this site in your favorites on a classroom computer for students to view when finished with other work. Have them use it as a writing prompt for journal entries!
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CDLI Guidance Room - Centre for Distance Learning and Innovation

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9 to 12
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Part of a larger Canadian site designed to help secondary school students make career and educational decisions, this section is focused on career choice. There are a number of ...more
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Part of a larger Canadian site designed to help secondary school students make career and educational decisions, this section is focused on career choice. There are a number of nice personality and abilities quizzes that offer career guidance. Some of the questionnaires are printable worksheets (requiring Acrobat Reader), and some are on-line and generate feedback automatically. One of the instruments generates a Myers-Briggs style personality type.

tag(s): careers (129), psychology (64)

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College and career planning cause significant angst among high school students. While none of what is posted on the site will tell students what they ought to do or where they ought to go, they will certainly provide some good insight and can help open a dialogue about these important choices. These activities should not be limited to the guidance counselors, but can be used in other classroom contexts with high school students. Be sure to provide this link on your class website for families to explore together.
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Virtual Knee Replacement - Edheads

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7 to 12
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Learn about the anatomy of the knee and how doctors perform knee surgery through this online simulation. It even includes a separate section with actual photographs for the strong-stomach...more
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Learn about the anatomy of the knee and how doctors perform knee surgery through this online simulation. It even includes a separate section with actual photographs for the strong-stomach crowd. The animated movie has the option to display subtitles (for the hearing impaired or computers without speakers) and stops to ask questions all along the way. The activities are correlated to Ohio and National standards. Teach about scientific inquiry using the section where you select the correct prosthetic knee device. Not only is this site an interesting look at a science topic for biology, anatomy, or physiology classes, it also provides a view into medical careers.

tag(s): careers (129), inquiry (37), medicine (67), olympics (47)

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Share this site as a real-world extension of a biology class on anatomical structures or in a career exploration activity. Students can navigate on their own computers or access the site from your teacher web page for use outside of class. Guidance counselors may want to include it among career links they offer to middle and high school students. Use this site during the Olympic games to discuss injuries that athletes may endure.
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Career OneStop

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9 to 12
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This one is a great resource for researching colleges, trade schools, and career opportunities. This site has helpful information for guiding students along a variety of paths upon...more
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This one is a great resource for researching colleges, trade schools, and career opportunities. This site has helpful information for guiding students along a variety of paths upon graduation. The career planning resources help students assess their likes and dislikes to identify how those preferences can translate into successful careers. The site also has helpful information on what certifications and qualifications different jobs require.

tag(s): careers (129), college (43)

In the Classroom

Have students identify a possible career for their own future and create a class wiki displaying the many career choices of your students. Not familiar with wikis? Check out the TeachersFirst Wiki Walk-Through.

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Life Works - National Institutes of Health

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9 to 12
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This is a wonderful resource for exploring Health and Life Sciences careers. Individuals can search the site by salary, education required, and interest areas to determine which jobs...more
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This is a wonderful resource for exploring Health and Life Sciences careers. Individuals can search the site by salary, education required, and interest areas to determine which jobs might be the best match for them. Although this site is rather plain in appearance, there is some great information provided.

tag(s): careers (129)

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Use this site to motivate your students who enjoy science.

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Construct My Future

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9 to 12
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A wonderful resource for exploring careers in the construction industry. This site has information on schools, careers, and scholarships for various sectors of the construction industry....more
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A wonderful resource for exploring careers in the construction industry. This site has information on schools, careers, and scholarships for various sectors of the construction industry. The site also has a teachers' area for helping guide students in their career choices.

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Catch the attention of the builders in your classroom! Share this link on your class website for students to explore both in and out of the classroom.
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Open Heart - Columbus Institute of Science

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9 to 12
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This site provides hands-on activities and interactive features to help students understand how the heart works, what can happen when it fails, and what can be done to rescue it. ...more
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This site provides hands-on activities and interactive features to help students understand how the heart works, what can happen when it fails, and what can be done to rescue it. Choose the "assemble the heart" activity to understand the anatomy and structure of this vital organ. Experience the delicate procedure of open heart surgery procedures with the "Virtual Bypass Surgery" link. Don't worry; the site is informational but not gory. Additional topics include diseases of the heart, diagnostic tools, medical careers, and what can be done to keep the heart healthy. Includes a glossary. From the Columbus Medical Association Foundation.

tag(s): heart (42)

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Teachers will need to preview this site thoroughly to find the useful portions. Share the site on your projector or interactive whiteboard.
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Careers in Statistics - American Statistical Association

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9 to 12
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The American Statistical Association's careers page includes lots of information on what statisticians do, careers in statistics, and information on who hires statisticians. There's...more
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The American Statistical Association's careers page includes lots of information on what statisticians do, careers in statistics, and information on who hires statisticians. There's also a useful careers kit for students interested in statistics as a career. Although this site isn't highly interactive, it does offer a decent amount of information on a lesser known career option.

tag(s): careers (129)

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This is a great addition to math class. Show students how math is used in "real jobs."

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Careers in Cereal Chemistry

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9 to 12
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Chemistry to making cereal? Absolutely! The American Association of Cereal Chemists designed this site to promote the diversified career options for people interested in science. Learn...more
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Chemistry to making cereal? Absolutely! The American Association of Cereal Chemists designed this site to promote the diversified career options for people interested in science. Learn about the science involved in producing cereal. This site also Includes information on job opportunities and educational requirements.

tag(s): careers (129)

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Share this link on your teacher (or guidance) website for students to explore this unique career option.

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Welcome to My Future

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9 to 12
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This site was created by a military recruiting consortium to offer information on ways in which military careers and experience can be beneficial. It includes information on military...more
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This site was created by a military recruiting consortium to offer information on ways in which military careers and experience can be beneficial. It includes information on military careers and ways of getting funding for college through military service.

tag(s): air (163), careers (129), navy (9)

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Be sure to share this site with students when investigating possible career choices!

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What Can You Do With a Major In:

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9 to 12
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This site, sponsored by the career center at the University of Texas, is a great tool for students heading into college. Just click on a college major, and you can ...more
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This site, sponsored by the career center at the University of Texas, is a great tool for students heading into college. Just click on a college major, and you can learn about possible careers that could be available to you after college. Easy to use and offers practical advice for those deciding on what to do after high school.

tag(s): careers (129)

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Counselors and career advisors alike will appreciate the information offered by this site. Post the site on the school web page, and refer it to students who are beginning the search of what to do after high school. Some of the information is geared towards post-under graduate students, but the career counseling is still helpful to those who want to look for jobs rather than higher education. Perhaps seeing the scarcity of jobs available without higher education will motivate students to pursue college after all!

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Princeton Review Online

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8 to 12
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Explore this comprehensive database of careers compiled by the Princeton Review. Just type in career you might be interested in and learn what it takes to get yourself there. Provides...more
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Explore this comprehensive database of careers compiled by the Princeton Review. Just type in career you might be interested in and learn what it takes to get yourself there. Provides information on careers including daily life, paying dues, the past and future, and what to expect of your life in that career.

tag(s): careers (129), college (43)

In the Classroom

Provide this link on your class (or school) website. Have students explore their "top choice" of possible career and create interactive online posters ("glogs") using Glogster EDU, reviewed here.

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