COVID-19 Educator Help Desk

Fostering College Readiness During Covid19

  • 1.  Fostering College Readiness During Covid19

    Posted 16 days ago
    I am interested in brainstorming on strategies to foster college readiness in high school seniors who are learning remotely and away from their college advisers and teachers. We are an organization that provides college scholarships to low- and middle-income Washington state students with concerns that high potential students facing the digital divide will not know that we are taking applications. Ideas welcome!

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    Theresa Britschgi
    Recruitment Director
    Washington State Opportunity Scholarship
    www.waopportunityscholarship.org
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  • 2.  RE: Fostering College Readiness During Covid19

    PLN Leader
    Posted 16 days ago
    Nearpod has some wonderful college and career readiness resources that may be helpful for students.  Right now they are offering the platform for free for educators so they could put the links to student-paced lessons on a doc for students to review and explore.

    College and Career Resources

    Free access

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    Laurie Guyon
    Assistant Coordinator for Model Schools
    WSWHE BOCES
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  • 3.  RE: Fostering College Readiness During Covid19

    PLN Leader
    Posted 14 days ago
    You might want to take a look at some of the lessons on the Applied Digital Skills Site. There is quite a range of lessons to support the development of essential skills.

    Tips to Use Google Applied Digital Skills for Remote Learning

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    Steve Wick
    Instructional Technology Coordinator
    Neuqua Valley High School
    wickededtech.org
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  • 4.  RE: Fostering College Readiness During Covid19

    Posted 14 days ago
    Students who are college ready obviously require a particular set of skills.  One area students could focus on during this time may include sharpening their soft skills.  These include: Self Management, Communication, Collaboration, Personal Goal Setting, and Problem Solving.  Staying connected with students is crucial during this unprecedented school closure.  I have really enjoyed using Google Meet to connect with others.  Teachers can use this platform to check in with their students or even record lessons to share with their students.

    Also, students will leave college to eventually beginning a career.  I would also recommend students really having a strong understanding of Digital Citizenship.  ISTE offers some great resources on Digital Citizenship. Also, Common Sense Media also has a curriculum on line the addresses digital citizenship.

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    Marcy Brugger
    Dist. Technology Integration Specialist
    Elmwood 322
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  • 5.  RE: Fostering College Readiness During Covid19

    PLN Leader
    Posted 14 days ago
    Good morning Theresa!

    I have a college freshman who is completing eLearning both in an Asynchronous and Synchronous environment at home for his college courses.  He's been home now for a week and these are the skills I see that he needs:
    1. How to handle time management.  In a distance learning environment the professor puts in the assignments, but does not tell the students when to do it.  While this happens in a face to face environment as well, professors are fairly good about sending out reminders and stating them in class.  This does not appear to be happening as much in the remote learning environment.
    2. How to ask for help.  Students are often hesitant to ask for help and wait for the professor to discuss it.  Without a face to face environment the professor may not know what the students need.  An important skill is using email and communication channels appropriately and timely to ask for help.
    3. How to collaborate in digital environments.  Zoom and Adobe Connect are popular tools for professors to use for students.
    4. How to present yourself in a digital environment.  Students forget that the cameras are one and the mics are on.  You can check our Facebook and Instrgram for Zoom Fails and see more about what happens when student's (and adults!) forget!

    I echo the digital tools my colleagues are sharing but these are some skills we don't always think about.

    Good luck!
    Anne Pasco
    Director of Innovation and Digital Learning
    CUSD 300

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    Anne Pasco
    Dir. of Digital Literacy & Innovation
    School District 300
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