- Thinking & Reasoning
1 class period that runs 45 minutes.
(1 IT day) The objective of this module is to teach students the following major points:
· Many jobs are available and going unfilled in the IT industry.
· IT jobs pay much better than many other careers.
· IT careers are available for students with many different interests and abilities.
· Many IT jobs are available to people without a 4-year college degree.
· Opportunities for minorities and women are good in this industry.
Main Curriculum Tie:
Career and Technical Education Introduction
Standard 2 Objective 1
Students will explore education and training in the High School to College and Career Pathways.
- Information Technology
- Interactive Media
- Network Systems
- Information Support and Services
- Computer Programming and Software Development
Student Materials Checklist:
*Video worksheet for each
Background For Teachers:* Students must able to read and write English at a 7th-grade level.
Teacher Preparation Checklist:
*1. View video.
*2. Complete video worksheet.
Intended Learning Outcomes:
In completing this module, students will demonstrate the ability to:
- Briefly describe positive features of working in the world of IT.
- Briefly describe ways of gaining experience with computers.
- Very briefly compare the 2-year versus 4-year computer studies degree distinction.
- Briefly discuss the job market and salaries for IT careers.
- Describe one or two aspects of IT jobs that interest them.
- Identify one or two ways to further explore the world of IT careers.
Introductory Discussion 5-10 minutes.
Open class with a question, story, or puzzle that dramatically brings home one of the points of the lesson. One way to do this:
- On the board, write down the approximate dollar figure a student working at McDonald’s makes per hour (taken from the Occupational Handbook, it averages $6.00/hour).
- Write down the approximate dollar figure a student intern would make working as a Technical Assistant (taken from informal interviews here, $11-15/hour).
- Calculate the monthly difference in incomes and discuss with students what they can do with the extra money.
- Compare the educational levels these two different positions require (working as a Technical Assistant requires familiarity with computers, but not a degree).
- Tell students that they are about to find out more about IT careers.
NOTE: Option 2:Compare the rise in the number of IT jobs to that of traditional jobs.
*IT jobs: +117% from 1998-2005
*Construction: +17% from 1998-2008
*Assembly line work: -2% from 1998-2008
**During this discussion, students should be sitting in chairs facing the board
View the video 20 minutes.
*Students should all be able to see the VCR and take notes.
- Turn the lights out while viewing the video.
- Bring lights back on as video is ending.
- Switch off the machine.
Review Video 7-10 minutes.
*Students should be able to quickly answer the questions. You might want to have questions on the board if you are concerned they won't be able to.
- Review answers to the questions on the video worksheet.
Discussion 10 minutes.
- Hand out the second page of the worksheet—What did you discover questions. Divide students into pairs or small groups, if you wish, and ask them to discuss the three questions there.
Conclude Class 2 minutes
- Conclude by drawing together the main points of the video and what you have heard students discussing.
* Explore various IT career options. See CompTIA's Tech Career Compass web site above.
Created Date :
Jul 23 2002 14:24 PM