Kids Work! is a virtual community of workplaces designed to give students an interactive job exploration experience that connects school work to real work.
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This is an interactive website that allows visitors to interact with three different areas in a virtual community (Hospital, Theatre and TV Station) and understand the history of the work, read profiles of real people working in those professions and how the work involved in each area relates back to school life. This is fun interactive site which can easily engage kids. Although some of the material may be quite technical for a Stage 2 classroom, this site can still be used to engage students to discuss the role of different types of workers in the community.
A possible activity that can be performed is to allow the children to design their own community of workers and explain why they view those types of work as important to their community. This will engage students through thinking about what role each job plays in the community to provide goods and services to satisfy our needs and wants.
Ultimately, students should come to the understanding that no single job can be viewed as the most important as all types of work contribute to the running of a community.
Using a more interative medium of classroom activity such as websites and games, children can be engaged and motivated more in their learning experiences (Sandford et al. 2007). This similar activity could be adapted in using games in the classroom such as Sim City to explore the concept of the importance of different types of work in a functioning community.
Sandford, R. Ulicsak, M. Facer, K. & Rudd, T. (2007). Teaching with Games: Guidance for Educators, Bristol UK, Futurelab.