Showing posts with label Parents Readiness College Planning. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Parents Readiness College Planning. Show all posts

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

College Confidential Has Great Info for Students

My school's post-secondary transitions counselor recently told me about College Confidential because she is very impressed by it. College Confidential provides students with a wealth of information and tools for choosing a college, applying to college, and paying for college.

After being accepted and figuring out how to pay for college, students can come back to College Confidential to learn about what to expect in their first year and how to thrive as a new college student. College Confidential has a section called "Ask The Dean" where students can find answers to frequently asked questions like "will my writing be a problem in college?"

College Confidential doesn't leave parents out of the mix. Parents and students can join discussion boards on College Confidential to share experiences and advice with each other.

Applications for Education
College Confidential is a good site for parents, student, and guidance counselors looking for college planning advice. A quick look at the discussion boards reveals that College Confidential has an active community of parents, students, and educators.

Here are some related resources that may be of interest to you:
College Crunch - Resources for College and Career Planning
College Grazing - Help Students Focus College Search
Links You Might Have Missed - College Planning

Monday, November 24, 2008

My College Calendar Helps Students Organize Applications

My College Calendar is a website that I discovered when they started following me on Twitter. My College Calendar helps students organize their college applications. Students select the names of the colleges to which they are applying then My College Calendar generates a color-coded calendar with important due dates for the application procedure at each college. See the screen images below for an example of this.

Also on My College Calendar students will find advice regarding the logistics of going away to college and living on campus. My College Calendar provides advice about finding a part-time job, establishing a bank account, managing phone bills, planning travel, and other important non-academic tasks that are fundamental to going away to college.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Three Blogging Tutorials

Today, I spent some time exploring the various capabilities of three popular blogging platforms; Blogger, Word Press, and Edu Blogs. I had intended to write a blog post about some of the ways that teachers can accessorize their blogs to keep students and parents frequently checking it for updates. I still do plan to write that blog post, but before I do that I think it might be important to share some video tutorials about setting up a blog for the first time. Below are three videos explaining how to set up a blog for the first time using Blogger, Word Press, and Edu Blogs.

Here is the Blogger basics tutorial.

Here is a Word Press step-by-step tutorial.

Here is an Edu Blogs tutorial. You may also want to view the screencasts on the Edu Blogs homepage.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Funding Mount Education

This video from the CBS Fast Draw team illustrates and explains the costs of higher education in the United States. The video shares some ideas about finding the funds necessary for paying tuition and other college expenses.

Applications for Education
This video could be of interest to anyone that is involved in helping students and parents plan for college. My school hosts a "FAFSA Help Night" every year. This short video might be used as a short introduction to encourage parents and students to apply for every aid program for which they might be eligible.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Ask About College Provides Advice for Applicants

Ask About College is a service designed to answer the questions that students might have when applying to a particular college or university. Ask About College provides not only "canned" responses to general questions, it also provides unique responses to a student's unique question. Ask About College offers answers from students for students. For example if a high school student is considering attending The Ohio State University that student can find basic information about the university, but if he or she can't find an answer to a unique question they can Ask About College and get a response.

Ask About College could become a popular resource for high school students because it does offer integration with Facebook. Between the Ask About College service and the use of Facebook, students should be able to find the answer to just about any question about a particular college or university.

Here are a couple of other college advice services that I've reviewed in the past.
The U
My College Quick Start
Monkey See

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Free Technology For Teachers: Information for Parents is a new website (still in beta) designed to help parents find information related to raising their child. The website has information regarding children of all ages. The bulk of the website is dedicated to issues regarding school. The referrence desk has links to useful articles on a range of topics including readiness for kindergarten, identifying your child's needs and interests in school, how to contact and communicate with teachers, and finally preparing for college and beyond. Every time I hold conferences at least one parent asks if I know of a good place to find information about parenting, now I'll tell them