Project 3: Career Research
Students have been deciding, by using the Choices program, what they might want to study at a post secondary institution. They will search the World Wide Web for different careers they might like to pursue. Then they will write a research paper relating to the field they have researched.
Language Arts 2101
Career Education 3101
The project also addresses the intended outcomes for technology education at the senior high level. These include:
Students searched the Internet for information relevant to research projects. Some students accessed the WWW for ideas, while others started with an idea and searched the Internet for relevant information.
4 For the papers, a minimum of four references was required and only one of these could be an encyclopedia. This condition was imposed in order to limit their reliance on outdated sources of information and to encourage use of the Internet as an excellent information source.
All papers had to be typed, therefore students increased their familiarity with Word Perfect.
Two groups of grade eleven language students participated in the projects. Classes were held in the library and adjoining computer room. The majority of students used the Internet, although a few did not and many others found the experience some what frustrating due to various problems.
Most students enjoyed the inclusion of a "technology"component in their language course. They enjoyed using the Internet as well as enhancing presentation of papers by using Word Perfect. The third and final paper for the year showed vast improvements for the majority of students. The use of the Internet increased, 95% of students had little or no difficulty providing the minimum number of required sources and the care and effort put into the presentation of the information ideas was significantly improved.
My only dissatisfaction with the project was the lack of scheduling foresight. The language class needed to be scheduled in the library/computer room to insure the language students were given access priority during scheduled classes.