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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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eGFI - American Society for Engineering Education

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K to 12
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eGFI (Engineering, Go For It!) is a delightful, interactive website dedicated to the exploration of all things engineering. Click on any of the images to learn about the different types...more
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eGFI (Engineering, Go For It!) is a delightful, interactive website dedicated to the exploration of all things engineering. Click on any of the images to learn about the different types of engineering, such as chemical, civil, or mechanical. Explore career options at "Engineer Your Path," including average salary information, strategies for success, and scholarship opportunities. "What's New?" offers the latest articles and information from all engineering fields. Don't miss the free lesson plans and class activities in the teacher section. There are classroom activities beginning as early as kindergarten!
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tag(s): engineering (133), STEM (193)

In the Classroom

Be sure to bookmark eGFI as an excellent resource for STEM and career exploration activities. Have students choose one of the engineering fields to explore as part of a career unit. Download and share monthly magazines with students to include as part of independent reading activities or reading centers. Have students use Fakebook (reviewed here) to create a "fake" page similar in style to Facebook about an engineer in their chosen field. Have students make a multimedia presentation using one of the many TeachersFirst Edge tools (reviewed here).
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Math @Work - Scholastic

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Math@Work is a web series designed to combine classroom learning with career aspirations. (If the page does not open correctly, try Refreshing/reloading so it jumps directly to the...more
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Math@Work is a web series designed to combine classroom learning with career aspirations. (If the page does not open correctly, try Refreshing/reloading so it jumps directly to the Math@Work section!) The premier episode features Tim Gunn and Project Runway to showcase lessons in short videos in scale, budget, percent, and more. Discover math@work in the fashion industry! Download lessons already correlated to Common Core Standards for each video. Lessons include all materials needed, along with possible student responses. At the time of this review, they are adding new episodes frequently, so be sure to check back often. Be sure to click the full screen option to see the videos without clutter.

tag(s): careers (146), division (159), fashion (10), financial literacy (90), percent (81), ratios (63)

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Click Common Core Lessons to find information or click the link WAY up at the top of the page. Be sure to bookmark this page and check back for new additions as more information is frequently added. These lessons make a great addition to your substitute folder for an easy and fun way to practice math. Include lessons with your career unit or with any math topic contained in the webinars. Post a link to the video on your class website for use as a model and challenge students to create their own math lessons corresponding to different careers. Challenge cooperative learning groups to create videos and share them on a site such as TeacherTube reviewed here.
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STEM Behind Hollywood - Texas Instruments

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4 to 10
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Discover the science and engineering behind many Hollywood Themes: Zombies, Space, Forensics, and Superheroes. Choose one of the themes to access information, videos, TI-Nspire downloads...more
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Discover the science and engineering behind many Hollywood Themes: Zombies, Space, Forensics, and Superheroes. Choose one of the themes to access information, videos, TI-Nspire downloads for interactive activities, and more. Each page also features related Math and Science Activities. The current hosts are Mayim Bialik (The Big Bang Theory) and Dr. Z.
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tag(s): diseases (71), forensics (26), space (226), STEM (193)

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Pair this information and the related activities with classroom content, video clips, and data about related events (spreading of disease, space travel, etc.) Create discussions about various technologies, discoveries, and more to engage your students in the topics you are studying. Share the video clips on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Share this link on your class website for students to explore at home and learn more about how Hollywood uses science and math in film, television, and beyond. Include this site in a careers unit so students can see how science can lead to many different careers.
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For Women In Science - Loreal

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4 to 12
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This website is for girls to learn about STEM careers and the various research and educational opportunities that exist for them. Famous women in STEM careers and other prominent women...more
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This website is for girls to learn about STEM careers and the various research and educational opportunities that exist for them. Famous women in STEM careers and other prominent women are a focus of this site. Learn about great STEM careers and how STEM impacts much of our world. Watch and learn from others, view video clips, take challenges, learn about careers, and more. Some of the videos are hosted on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, then they may not be viewable. You could always view the videos at home and bring them to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as Tube Offline, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube.

tag(s): engineering (133), STEM (193), women (96)

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Use this site when researching science careers and scientists to be sure to give women their turn and to inspire another generation of female scientists. Share the video clips on your projector or interactive whiteboard. Use this site during Women's history month. Challenge your students to learn more about present-day famous women in STEM careers and create their own interactive books. Have students use Ourboox, reviewed here. Ourboox creates beautiful page-flipping digital books in minutes, and you can embed video, music, animation, games, maps and more.
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Stem Career - Rich Feller

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7 to 12
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What is STEM? With so much emphasis on pursuing STEM, find great resources here about careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. Find articles, surveys, and other information...more
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What is STEM? With so much emphasis on pursuing STEM, find great resources here about careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. Find articles, surveys, and other information about STEM careers. Find information geared towards students, teachers, counselors, and parents about pursuing STEM careers. Search through STEM disciplines, degree profiles, or other information.
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tag(s): careers (146), college (49), STEM (193)

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Share some of the infographics on your projector or interactive whiteboard. Allow time for students to search careers to report to the rest of the class using conventional or multimedia posters and other products. Use an online poster creator, such as Padlet (reviewed here). Include the skills required for the job, the education needed, and what that person does. Challenge students to create an advertisement for a STEM career they might enjoy.

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We Use Math - BYU Mathematics Department

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6 to 12
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This site is a non-profit website dedicated to answering the question, "When Will I Use Math?" The site describes the importance of mathematics and many career opportunities available...more
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This site is a non-profit website dedicated to answering the question, "When Will I Use Math?" The site describes the importance of mathematics and many career opportunities available to students who discover mathematics. Although there is a store and social links on the site, it is worth the visit for the information provided. The Careers link provides an extensive list of careers that use mathematics along with the approximate salary scale. Clicking the title of the career leads you to a biography of someone with this career, their education, math required and used in this career, potential employers, and other facts. Other interesting sections of the site include How To Succeed (tips for being successful with math) and Did You Know? (tidbits and trivia related to math). There is also a link for teachers with a link to a forum, other math resources, and information about math competitions. A blog on the site offers other math problems and information.
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tag(s): biographies (88), careers (146), statistics (126)

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Challenge students to create a list of jobs requiring mathematics and see how many they can find that are provided on the site. Ask students to estimate average salaries of jobs listed on the site and compare to actual salaries. At Take Your Child to Work Day time, have students use this site to explore the connections between math and the careers they visit. Share this site with students when studying careers.

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CurriConnects Book List - What do you do? - TeachersFirst

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K to 12
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Use this CurriConnects list to find books related to careers. CurriConnects thematic book lists include ISBN numbers for ordering or searching, interest grade levels, ESL levels and...more
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Use this CurriConnects list to find books related to careers. CurriConnects thematic book lists include ISBN numbers for ordering or searching, interest grade levels, ESL levels and Lexiles''''''® to match with student independent reading levels to challenge, not frustrate. Don't miss other CurriConnects themes being added regularly.

tag(s): book lists (131), careers (146), reading lists (78)

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Build student literacy skills, reinforce what students are learning about Careers, and help students build the important reading strategy of connecting what they read to prior (classroom!) knowledge. Share this link on your class web page or wiki so students can select independent reading books to accompany your unit on careers. Don't forget to share the list with the school and local libraries so they can bring in some of the books on interlibrary loan. CurriConnects are a great help for teachers who have lost school library/media specialists due to budget cuts.

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Engineer Girl - National Science Foundation and Berkeley

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5 to 12
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The title says it all: This is a guide to engineering for girls. Find answers to such questions as: "Why Should I Become An Engineer?" see descriptions of engineering careers, ...more
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The title says it all: This is a guide to engineering for girls. Find answers to such questions as: "Why Should I Become An Engineer?" see descriptions of engineering careers, meet inspiring women engineers, and Learn How to Become an Engineer.

tag(s): careers (146), engineering (133), STEM (193)

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Find and write about career opportunities as an exploration topic. Discover how many careers use engineering, math, and science and it is not just for boys anymore! Search for other possible engineering related careers and create interactive posters using Adobe Spark, reviewed here, that informs others of the possibilities. Create newsletters using Revue, reviewed here, outlining job descriptions, locations, and educational requirements. Have cooperative learning groups create multimedia presentations to share their findings such as an infomercial video using a tool such as Powtoon, reviewed here, or My Simpleshow, reviewed here. Share the videos on a site such as TeachersTube, reviewed here. This resource is also terrific for girls spending the Take Your Child to Work Day at a STEM-related workplace. Have the young woman use her workplace visit experience and information from this site to share an interactive newsletter about a STEM career using a tool such as Sway, reviewed here.
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Job Voyager - ipums.org

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8 to 12
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This interactive graph (created with information from the 2000 U.S. Census) shows all jobs and the percentages of people who worked them from 1850-2000. Students can scroll up over...more
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This interactive graph (created with information from the 2000 U.S. Census) shows all jobs and the percentages of people who worked them from 1850-2000. Students can scroll up over any given year to see any job and the percentage of Americans working that job during that year (gender indicated). A few do have "missing data," but most are complete. By clicking on the job, a new screen appears which shows the percentage of workers but divides the workers into male and female (pink and blue traditional colors help to differentiate between the genders). The site reflects the growing number of female workers, the loss of agrarian occupations, and the changing fields of importance, to name a few trends. Besides viewing the breakdown of male and female employees, you can also select one field and analyze its place in society today and during any given year. Occupations range from teachers to salesman to farmer to clerical worker and countless others. You can also search by letter and all the occupations beginning with that letter will come up graphed by percentages across the span of years.

tag(s): time (138)

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This is a great find for the interactive whiteboard or projector. Share this site with career counseling staff, as well. Use this site when studying U.S. history and economics. Compare the role in society of various occupations (such as a farm laborer) from the 1850s to 2000. Have students hypothesize about why the changes occurred and predict what might show in census data in 2010 and beyond. Use this when teaching graph reading and graph creation, as well. As with any data on the Internet, you will want to challenge students on how they know whether this data set is reliable -- what is the source?
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CareerZone Pennsylvania - Pennsylvania Department of Education

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7 to 12
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This website offers a fairly comprehensive like/dislike work personality profile. Although created in Pennsylvania, the site is universally helpful. (There are other quizzes and occupation...more
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This website offers a fairly comprehensive like/dislike work personality profile. Although created in Pennsylvania, the site is universally helpful. (There are other quizzes and occupation information available at the homepage.) It is a very long survey (180 questions at the time of this review), but it can be saved in process which is a very helpful feature. Students answer simply "like," "dislike," or "not sure." Once the profile is completed, an interest profile is developed and the meanings of the interests can be referenced in the first type of assessment. Jobs that are highly related to the individuals' interest profile are linked here. The specific occupations are linked to information on the career including descriptions, education requirements, experience and skills needed to perform the job. Also, basic career information is also available to search without doing the interest assessment.

tag(s): careers (146)

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This site could be applied to any course. It could be invaluable to guidance classes, family and consumer sciences, and business courses. This would be a great introductory lab for any of those classes as well as others. Demonstrate on an interactive whiteboard or projector and then have students work on individual computers to take the survey. Have students access the site and complete the survey and do a simple research into three different possibilities. Then have students reflect on the careers that surprised them as well as the ones with which they thought they would want to do. Have students create "a day in the life" blog entries related to a day on the job of one of the careers suited for them.
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Math Apprentice - mathapprentice.com

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"When will we ever use this math stuff?" Answer this question using Math Apprentice. Choose a character and then begin the journey. Walk (or skateboard) to different work sites, buildings,...more
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"When will we ever use this math stuff?" Answer this question using Math Apprentice. Choose a character and then begin the journey. Walk (or skateboard) to different work sites, buildings, or businesses. Learn how math is used every day in these work places: architecture, bike and toy makers, cafes, and more! Listen to a brief introduction of the concept. Solve problems or free play to identify math concepts in real life. No account or login is required.

tag(s): business (58), careers (146), equations (153), measurement (178), ratios (63), STEM (193)

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This site is a terrific example of STEM integrated learning. This is a great site to share on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Have cooperative learning groups explore different careers or buildings and share how math is used at their locations. Why not have groups create a video using a tool such as Teachers.TV (reviewed here) or a podcast using PodOmatic (reviewed here), to share their mathematical discoveries! At the end of an introduction of a concept, use this site for specific math practice using a real life concept. For example, visit the bike shop to use math to determine pedal gear to wheel gear ratios and resultant bike speeds. Use as an individual activity, a team activity, or with the entire class using an interactive whiteboard. Follow up with a personal problem to solve. In this example, students can measure the two gears on their bikes (or their teachers bike brought into the classroom) to use the information for further understanding.
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Career Exploration: What Do You Like? - Bureau of Labor Statistics

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This site explores careers. Some of the choices include Computers, Food, Health Care, Law, Helping People, Managing Money, Science, Reading, Music, Building and Fixing Things, and many...more
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This site explores careers. Some of the choices include Computers, Food, Health Care, Law, Helping People, Managing Money, Science, Reading, Music, Building and Fixing Things, and many more. Once you click on "what they like," you are guided to another page that lists specific jobs in that area (each area provides about 5-6 job descriptions). Click on the specific job to learn about necessary preparation, pay, job availability, and possible futures. There is very thorough information and statistics about each career. Also included are links to jobs that share some of the same qualities and general links for further research. Teachers, don't miss the Teacher's Guide link.

tag(s): careers (146)

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Share this website with students as they plan for life after high school. Put this link on your teacher web page for families to use as well. This is definitely a link that guidance counselors should save in their favorites, along with any other teacher helping students make post-high school decisions. More advanced ESL and ELL students will enjoy learning about culture in the U.S. by looking at job descriptions here.

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Community Club - Scholastic

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K to 3
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Learn about people in your neighborhood and the jobs they do: veterinarian, librarian, pizza maker, utility worker, mayor, police officer, firefighter, and pediatrician. Click on any...more
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Learn about people in your neighborhood and the jobs they do: veterinarian, librarian, pizza maker, utility worker, mayor, police officer, firefighter, and pediatrician. Click on any of the "people" to walk and talk through an informative tour about that career. You can click on the audio button to hear the information read aloud. There are also lesson plans and standards available at the Teachers Guide link that is available with each of the "people." The site also features online quizzes, lots of pictures, printables, and more.

tag(s): careers (146), fire (27)

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Use this site to help your students understand the concepts of community and community helpers. Use your interactive whiteboard or projector to share these useful people with your class. Highlight a career each week (or day) during a unit about community. Divide students into 8 groups (2-3 students per group) and have each group learn about a different career. Have the groups create simple PowerPoint presentations to share with the class on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Remember that PowerPoint shows print well into "big books." Extend your "community" by creating a class wiki about your school community, complete with digital pictures and interviews!
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TryEngineering - TryEngineering

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2 to 12
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Whether you are teaching about plastics, robots, electricity or many other science topics, check this website out! This site provides information about the world of engineering and...more
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Whether you are teaching about plastics, robots, electricity or many other science topics, check this website out! This site provides information about the world of engineering and engineering careers, as well. There are 42 lesson plans that are ready to go, and many involve technology. The lesson plans have standards, objectives and age levels. Counselors will like the career section's detailed and helpful information. The website also provides numerous interactive games.

tag(s): circuits (23), electricity (93), engineering (133), machines (27), plastics (9), simple machines (36)

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The lesson plans are detailed and simple to follow. The interactive games will have your students' talking about the activity long after class is over. Share the link on your teacher web page so they can visit over and over. Be sure to take advantage of the opportunity for students to ask questions to real-live engineers, as well. Bring the real world into your classroom.
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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? Scroll down the page until you see the Eye ...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? Scroll down the page until you see the Eye Wonder category and click it. 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 (146), communities (38), dance (27)

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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! Flip your classroom and use a video as homework, or have students view a video of interest. Have students take notes on the material and write down questions they still have and topics that confuse them. They can do this with pen and paper or online. If you want the assignment online, explain to students they need to open a new tab in their browser window and take notes with a tool such as Webnote, reviewed here; tell students to be sure to save the URL to share their notes and questions with you and their peers. You could use Piktochart, reviewed here, to create an infographic and have students share with the class or as small groups what they learned about the topic they are interested in. Another idea would be to use a tool like EdPuzzle, reviewed here, for students to pause videos and ask or answer questions right on the video. These activities can uncover misconceptions.
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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 (146), 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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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 (146), college (49)

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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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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 (146)

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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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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 (40)

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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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