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Create a badging system to reward students for completing steps in the college application and preparation process.

Create a badging system to reward students for completing steps in the college application and preparation process.

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Jennifer commented on Let them fail!

Thought I would share this great piece from Lory Hough in Ed. Magazine. http://www.gse.harvard.edu/news/ed/16/01/mistakes-were-made

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Jennifer commented on FAFSA Workshop Subs

Very intriguing.  I like the idea.  I think it would be important to monitor which students received the instruction.  I worry that there may be some students who may not often have subs and therefore miss hearing the information.  Counter to that I wouldn't want for a student to hear the same 10 -15 minute spiel over and over.  If we then have multiple scaffolding 10-15 presentations how could we ensure equity in the distribution of the information.

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Jennifer commented on Can I Like or Comment on that?

I love the idea of using social media to engage our students in the college exploration and application process.  In fact as a college counselor I started a Twitter account for our college counseling office to use this year.  I hoped this would be a convient way to connect students and parents with resources, not to mention network with college admissions offices.  I have loved the experiment so far, but have been a bit discouraged by the small number of students who follow the Twitter account.  I have asked my students what holds them back from following our account and across the board they say that they do not want us (the school) to follow them back.  They want to keep their "social" social media accounts separate from their "professional" social media accounts.  To me this sounds like an opportunity to create a professional student social media platform vis a vis LinkedIn.