Presentation on theme: "THE EXPECTATION OF COMPUTER LITERACY IN JOB HUNTING: OVERCOMING THE CONTENT AND LANGUAGE DEMANDS Presenter: Mallory Fix Lopez Affiliations: Temple University."— Presentation transcript:
THE EXPECTATION OF COMPUTER LITERACY IN JOB HUNTING: OVERCOMING THE CONTENT AND LANGUAGE DEMANDS Presenter: Mallory Fix Lopez Affiliations: Temple University College of Education and the Garces Foundation
The Job Hunt
Workforce Education Standards By the end of the workshop, teachers will be able to... ...feel more equipped to facilitate a learning environment that is conducive to learning workplace skills, such as job hunting Standard 1-Establish an environment conducive to learning workplace skills. ...facilitate lessons that are directly linked to students’ employment goals-obtaining a job Standard 2 Instruct guided by knowledge of students’ employment goals and opportunities ....give their students the resource of the internet for job seeking purposes, taking students beyond the concept of finding jobs through word of mouth. Standard 3-Facilitate connections with systems and resources ...empower their students to be independent job seekers through facilitating guided practice that they can then continue at home. Standard 4-Plan, prepare, and facilitate student centered workplace instruction
Agenda Part I: What is computer literacy? Part II: What are the consequences of low literacy (computer and language?) Part III: Confidence in the Job Hunt Part IV: Time to Apply Part V: Webquest
Part I: Computer Literacy
What is computer literacy? Starting the computer/logging on (cntrl+alt+delete) Opening, saving, and printing files Reading and sending messages, including attachments Downloading attachments (and converting, if necessary) Using simple software Creating tables/charts Editing documents, photos, etc. Using the Internet to find information Completing online applications and registration Java TROUBLESHOOTING!
A digital divide Imagine that you are looking for a job- in any field. Where is the first place you would begin your search? Newspaper Flyers on Telephone Polls Phone a friend Internet Walk in
Encounters while huntingComputer Skill 1. Thousands of websites with job postings 2. Setting up accounts for job search/applications 3. Researching job tips, interview strategies, etc. 4. Not getting scammed 5. Using the computer 1. Navigation of Internet; bookmark 2. Completing online forms and troubleshooting; creating s 3. Navigation of Internet; ability to read for relevant information 4. Identifying credible sources on the Internet 5. Mouse, clicking, trouble- shooting, download/upload, conversion of documents...and much more!
A digital divide According to the Pew Research Center in a February 2014 report: 81% of adults use computers Only 66% of those with high school diploma or less use computers regulary Only 65% of those with a household income of less than $30,000 use computers regularly However, 96% of individuals with a household income of $75,000 use computers regularly
Literacy Divide According to Proliteracy.org, in 2012, of adults over 16yrs of age :
Part II: Consequences of Illiteracy What are the potential consequences? Turn and Talk with the person closest to you
Consequences of Low Literacy According to Proliteracy.org (2012): among those with the lowest literacy rates, 43% live in poverty 75% of state prison inmates and 59% of federal prison inmates did not finish high school or can be classified as low literate The effects of low literacy cost the U.S. more than $225 billion each year in non-productivity in the workforce and the loss of tax revenue due to unemployment.
Triple Threat Low computer literacy Low literacy Non-native speaker of English
Part III: Confidence in the Job Hunt
Part IV: Time to Apply It’s important to continue to talk to students about feelings and confidence throughout the application process.
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Student Support 1. Build Confidence Job Hunting Journey Journal Consider doing an online blog Discuss feelings and ‘emotional rollercoaster’ 2. Explicitly Teach vocabulary Allow students to encounter words in multiple ways Facilitate activities that allows them to use the word
Student Support 3. Gather necessary information in advance Contact info Full formal name Address, phone number Working address (necessary for online applications) References Full names Contact Info Ask or notify reference Prior work history Chronological order- most recent to oldest Dates, supervisors, tasks of job
Resumes Resume writing will allow students to compile all necessary information in one location will give them a piece of paper to present at a job interview will allow them to have it available upon request will allow them to feel prepared and knowledgeable to navigate the job-hunting process Resume.com Resume.com
Summary Emotional Support and Encouragement Journaling – consider online blogging Explicit Teaching of Vocabulary Not just matching definitions to words, but rather using the vocabulary Consider assigning a few vocabulary words to use in their journal writing Authentic Assignments Learning by Doing...but with support. Building of Computer Literacy Practice online (not just paper applications in class) Gently force troubleshooting and problem solving Use Think Alouds in troubleshooting
Web Quests Please log on to the computers Go to philaliteracy.org Click on link to today’s conference Click on Sessions at a Glance Scroll down to Concurrent Session 3 Under this presentation description you will see 3 word documents; please open