Dow English

Take an interest in the future. You will spend the rest of your life there.

21st Century Workplace

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In-class: Tuesdays (T); Online: Thursdays (TH)


** Thursday online work is due no later than 5 pm the following Sunday.


Week 1 In Class (T)  Sept. 11

Introduction

Expectations


Create Work Essentials login account

Sign up for Google Applied Digital Literacy


Go to Google Applied Digital Literacy: Digital Tools for Everyday tasks:

Lesson 2 

  • Create a new Google account
  • Create a username
  • Create a strong password
  • Set up account details

REMEMBER YOUR LOGIN INFORMATION!

Set up their account details


CONTENT AREA: COMPUTER SKILLS EMPLOYERS EXPECT YOU ALREADY HAVE:


Go to Google Applied Digital Literacy: Digital Tools for Everyday tasks:

Lesson 3:

  • Create and name a new document in Google Docs
  • Add text to a document Change font style and size
  • Create a bulleted list
  • Insert comments in a document

week 1 on line (TH) Sept. 13

Go to Google Applied Digital: Digital Tools for Everyday Tasks and complete Lesson 4:
  • Type search terms into a search engine to find information
  • Refine an internet search using keywords
  • Type a URL (web address) into their browser to visit a website
  • Use multiple tabs and browser windows to view web pages
  • Record information in Google Docs
  • Add a heading to a document
  • Insert a link in a document



CONTENT AREA: THE SKILLS ALL EMPLOYERS ARE LOOKING FOR:

  • Problem Solving
  • Communications
  • Teamwork

week 2  in class (T) Sept. 18

Go to Google Applied Digital

Go to Effective Communications

Go to LESSON 2: Facilitate a Meeting and complete

Go to LESSON 3: Collect Feedback from a Survey and complete


week 2 online (TH) Sept. 20

Go to Google Applied Digital

Go to Effective Communications

Go to LESSON 4 Communicate Ideas in a Proposal and complete

week 3 in class (T) Sept. 25

Go to Google Applied Digital

Go to Effective Communications

Go to Present Job Information in Slides and complete


Week  3 Online (TH)   Sept. 27 Done
Work Essentials Unit 5: Communication 
Introduction to Communication 
Verbal and Nonverbal Communication 
Responding to Criticism 
Quiz

Week 4 In Class: Solving Problems at Work (T) Sept. 25
Activities:
  • Stranded
  • Lost at Sea
  • How to Make Toast PI, PII, and PIII
 Watch: Making Toast and write a response that compares what you learned in the video with what you discovered in the Making Toast exercise in class. Share with me on Googledocs.

Complete:
Work Essentials Unit 3: Solving Problems At Work 
Critical Thinking and Problem Solving 
Finding the Root Cause of the Problem 
Brainstorming Solutions 
Quiz 


Week 4 online (Th) Sept. 27
Work Essentials Unit 4: Working With Others 
Teamwork 
Negotiates to Solve Conflicts 
Creates Positive Customer Experience 
Quiz 


Jobs and Machines
ASSIGNMENT: Listen to the three following TedTalks. Take notes! Once you have viewed all three, write a two-paragraph (8-10 sentences per paragraph) response to the Ted Talks responding to this question: Based on what you have learned in these three TedTalks, how do you think machines of the future affect jobs of the future? You must use two things mentioned in EACH TedTalk as evidence to support your opinion. Submit through Google Docs. Be sure to share with me  and title the file with your last name and the label "Jobs and Machines"!

BEING PREPARED FOR THE CURRENT AND FUTURE JOB MARKET



Week 5: Labor Market Trends In Class (T)  Oct. 2

Discussion of robotics and the workforce


Overview of:

Forces shaping the workplace

Trends and challenges

Trends

Assignment:

Watch the following short videos, then respond to the following on Google Docs. Remember to share!

Trends A

Trends B

Trends C

Trends D

Skills E


Write a paragraph for each video that discusses what you learned in these videos. You might include:

1. What  surprised you the most?

2. What did you already know?

3.  How might what you learned through these videos alter your plans for your career? Explain fully!


Things I Am Good At

Skills Identification

Identifying Job Values

Prioritizing Job Values



Week 5 Online (TH) Oct. 4
Using the following resources and online searches to record the following for both national and CT statistics:
  1. Look for three careers (can be closely related) you might be interested in pursuing and identify: 
a. projected growth from 2006 to 2026
b. % of change (is trend going up or down and by how much)
c. wage
d. education or training needed to get into the field; to move up in the field
f. find the four best states in which you would best be able to pursue your career goals.

2. After you record the above information, write a response in which you discuss if you still want to pursue this career, if "yes," why; if "no" why not? Include information you have discovered as well as your responses on the worksheets you did in class and what you learned in the Trends videos and TedTalk videos.

LINKS:



Week 6 In class (T)  Sept. 25

Evolving 21st Century Workplace and the American Workforce

After reading, respond to the following in two 8-sentence paragraphs. You must cite from the article points that support your response or made you think about your response.

  1. Explain how the three major trends influencing the future of work that are identified in the article will influence your place in the workforce.
  2. How might the interaction between these trends affect your future job and job search?
  3. What do you see as the biggest trend that is presented in this article that will have the most impact on your working future. Explain why.

Use the following resources to examine the 16 nationally recognized career clusters and the 34 related career pathways.

Choose three career clusters that are of interest to you. For each career cluster, choose two pathways that are of interest to you.
Go to the CT Department of Labor labor market information site and Career poster that corresponds with your areas of interest: Labor Market

Assignment:
  1. On a piece of paper, create a chart with the career clusters you have chosen and their corresponding pathways.
  2. On a separate piece of paper, for EACH PATHWAY (meaning: 6 in all):

  • In complete sentences, write a reflection of your short and long term goals for advancing up the career ladder in EACH of your selected areas.
  • Include things such as:  necessary education, certificates, or continuing education; necessity to move; any possible limitations (low salary, not enough money for additional schooling, etc.), and any thoughts about overcoming limitations.
  • SHARE WITH ME VIA GOOGLE DOCS AT END OF CLASS.

Online (TH) Oct. 11

Week 1 (T) Nov. 1

Managing a Project with Digital Tools 

Introduction


Sign in to Google Applied Digital


Lesson 2: Create a Project Charter

  • Create a new document in Google Docs
  • Add a page to a document
  • Change text attributes (alignment, font style, section headings, colors, numbered and bulleted lists)
  • Insert and edit a table in a document
  • View revision history
  • Collaborate, share, and ask for feedback in Google Docs
Lesson 3: Track a Project Using a Spreadsheet
  • Introduction
  • Create a new spreadsheet in Google Sheets
  • Add, delete, freeze, and adjust width of rows and columns
  • Format cells (text color, fill, borders, text wrapping)
  • Use data validation to create a dropdown menu in a cell
  • Format numbers in cells (date, currency, etc.)
  • Insert links in a spreadsheet
  • Use conditional formatting to change cell color
  • Collaborate and share in Google Sheets

OCT. 16-18 week:

Week 7 In class: Finding a Job Oct. 2

Go to Google Applied Digital

Go to Use Google to Get a New Job

Go to: Create a Job Guide and complete. [Includes the following videos:

Video 1: Create a Job GuideVideo 2: Create a Title Slide

Video 3: Create a New Slide: Searching for a Job in Your AreaVideo 4: Add More Slides: Job GoalsVideo 5: Share Your Guide with a PartnerVideo 6: Create a Job Guide - Wrap Up ]




T/TH): Oct. 23-25


Resumes


Work Essentials Unit 1: Finding A Job 

Networking 
Finding Jobs Online 
Job Applications 
Resumes 
Communicating with Employers 
Quiz 


How to Write a Resume

Mistakes to Avoid on your resume


Go to Google Applied Digital

Go to Use Google to Get a New Job

go to Search for Jobs and complete

Resume


Watch this interview:
Write a reflection about at least three points Anthony Carnevale makes. Also, which point that he makes would have the greatest effect on your career choice? What is the point? Why might it affect your career in the future?
           Share your reflection with me on Google Docs.








Go to Google Applied Digital

Go to Use Google to Get a New Job

Go to: Craft your Resume


Week 8 Online(TH): Writing a Resume Oct. 11
Finalize your resume and gear it toward your career objectives. 
Share your resume with me as an email attachment.



FOR THURSDAYS 11/1 AND 11/8

Work Essentials Unit 2: Making A Good Impression 

Enthusiasm and Attitude 
How to Interview 
A Positive Attitude 
Quiz 


Watch/read these short materials and take notes about the five points you thought were most important.  Be prepared to discuss these in class.

Go to Google Applied Digital
Go to Using Google to Get a New Job
Go to Practice Interview Techniques

Tuesday, 11/13
WIOA presentation

For Thursday 11/15
  • Research programs online presented in class and identified by your own research
  • Make a list of programs pertinent to your career goals

Tuesday, 11/20
National Guard Presentation

THURSDAY 11/22: HAPPY THANKSGIVING!


Be prepared to be interviewed during  our next class.
Look at this Checklist.
Make sure you look at and prepare to answer these questions most interviewers ask.
Make sure you ask questions of the interviewer
Each of you will be interviewed in class for a grade.

Each of you will be expected to give helpful feedback.

You will be graded on the Interview Rubric.


Week 10 in class (T) Oct. 23
Interviews


EXTRA SKILLS THAT WILL IMPRESS EMPLOYERS:


  1. Planning an Event
  2. Planning and Budgeting
  3. Managing a Project with Digital Tools
  4. Research and Writing


Week 10/continued:


Go to Google Applied Digital

Go to Lesson Plan Guide: Plan an Event

Go to Select and Research an Event and complete

Go to Plan with a Spreadsheet and complete


Week 10 online (TH) Oct. 25

Go to Google Applied Digital

Go to Lesson Plan Guide: Plan an Event

Go to Communicate with Gmail and Calendar and complete

Go to Create a Logo and complete



NO SEATED CLASS ON TUESDAY, OCT. 30




Week 11 (T & TH) and Week 12 online (TH)

Go to Google Applied Digital

Go to Lesson Plan Guide: Plan an Event

Go to Create a Flyer to Advertise and complete


  • Creating a project charter
  • Track a project using a spreadsheet
  • Create a budget in a spreadsheet
  • Presenting a Progress Report


Work Essentials Unit 6: Professionalism 
Introduction to Professionalism 
Your Physical Appearance 
A Positive Work Ethic 
Quiz




Week 2 (TH) online Sept. 20
Sign into Google Applied Digital: Managing a Project with Digital Tools
Lesson 4: Create a Budget in a Spreadsheet
  • Format sheets and cells (bolding and italicizing, fill color, data validation, adding, deleting, copying, copy to, and renaming sheets)
  • Format numbers as currency and accounting
  • Use conditional formatting to make specific budget details stand out
  • Use and reuse formulas and functions to perform budget calculations (simple subtraction, =SUM, =SUMIF, =COUNTIF)
  • Understand absolute versus relative cell references
  • Use the help center in Google Sheets

Week 3: (T) Sept. 25
Lesson 5: Present a Progress Report

Week 3 (TH) Sept. 27
Research and Writing
log into Google Applied Digital: Research and Writing: Lesson 2: Plan Your Paper
  • Use several tools to brainstorm ideas for a paper (tables, diagrams, lists)
  • Create and name a document in Google Docs
  • Use tables, bullets, and other formatting to organize information
  • Work with text formatting (font, font size, highlight color)
  • Conduct an internet search and use Google Scholar to find print resources
  • Determine whether or not a source is trustworthy and appropriate for academic work
  • Insert clickable links in a document

Week 4 (T) Oct. 2

Lesson 3: Writing
  • Create and name a new document in Google Docs
  • Add headings and a table of contents to a document
  • Organize information in a document using bulleted lists
  • Highlight text in a document
  • Digitally share a document and manage share settings
  • Enter comments in a document
  • Use “suggesting” mode to make suggestions in a document
  • Cut, copy, and paste text in a document
  • Use the dictionary tool in Google Docs

Lesson 4: Publishing
  • Format a document (font style, font size, font color, margins)
  • Change spacing and alignment of text
  • Add a header and footer and page numbers to a document
  • Publish a document in various formats
  • Example Project: Publish Your Work
















Week 11: Ethics  (T)
Activities:
Praise, Criticism, or Feedback
Workplace Ethics

Week 11 Online (TH)


Week 12 (T) in class
Jobs Value Inventory
Work Values Clarification
Prioritizing Job Values
Job Values Inventory Summary

Week 12 (TH) online
Assignment:
Watch:
Jobs Video
Job Values

Write a 3- paragraph reflection about how you consider your own idea of work and a job. Be sure to mention points in these videos. Submit on Googledocs. Be prepared to discuss your thoughts in class



Week 13 In-class (T): Applying for Jobs online


Week 13 Online (TH)
Watch the following short videos:
ASSIGNMENT: Be prepared to discuss in class; use this info for your portfolio

Week 14: in class
30-second introduction

Week 14: online: 30-second introduction


Week 15: in class (T) Your Presence online


Week 15 Online:
Assignment: Written Response: Did anything surprise you about these videos and the article? How might you alter your social media presence to protect your employment?

Week 16 in-class:
Seeking a career/purpose

Week 16 Online:
Assignment: Written Response:  Written response: Reflect on what an "authentic career" means to your.

Week 17: in-class

Week 17 online: You don't have to be perfect, only motivated
Watch These Ted Talks
Assignment: Written Response: How did viewing these help you consider how motivation can help you finding a career?





links for the project;
Interest Inventory

REQUIREMENTS


GOOGLE APPLIED DIGITAL SKILLS ASSIGNMENTS:


TUESDAY IN-CLASS ASSIGNMENTS MUST BE SHARED BY THE END OF CLASS.


THURSDAY ASSIGNMENTS ARE DUE BY THE FOLLOWING DAY NO LATER THAN 11:59 PM.


Written Responses and Reflections

All written responses and reflections should be done on Googledocs and shared with me.


All written responses and reflections must be thoughtful.


All written responses and reflections must make at least three references to specific examples, ideas, and/or comments in the source material.