Tips to Stay Connected in an Online Learning Space

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With so many schools switching to virtual or hybrid learning environments within the past year, students and teachers alike are looking for ways to stay connected in an online learning space—and in this new normal. We’ve rounded up some of the best tips that you can start implementing now:

Join or start a club

One of the best ways to stay connected with your peers is to join a school club based on your interests. Many established online schools, including ASU Prep Digital, offer a variety of extracurricular activities for students, including a school newspaper, book club, and student government. Does your school offer online clubs? Start your own! You can even work with your teacher or counselor to offer it schoolwide.

Host virtual events

If you’re looking for a way to include many students at once, hosting a virtual event is a great place to start. From trivia and movie nights, to live speakers and talent shows, there is no shortage of things you can do to bring the student body together and have some fun. You can even send out a poll asking students what events they’d be interested in to make them part of the process.

Create a Facebook group for your class

Want to stay connected after class hours? Set up a Facebook group! This will allow you to plan virtual study sessions, virtual lunches, and get to know your classmates better. And if you’re a teacher, this can be another way to communicate any important information with your students or even plan fun activities, such as virtual field trips or in-class celebrations.

Set up a weekly video chat with friends

Not being able to hang out with your friends in person doesn’t mean you can’t see them! Set up video chat dates with your friends to check in, catch up on life, and share some laughs. There are plenty of apps you can use, such as Zoom and Google Meet, and some even have games you can play together, like House Party. Whether you have a 1-on-1 call with your best friend or host a virtual game night with your group, it’ll be a nice break from texting all the time!

 

Check out these other posts for tips on how to socialize and stay connected in an online learning space:

 

What Makes the Best Online High School Experience?

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As more students and school districts transition to online learning, it raises an important question: What makes the best online high school experience?

While the answer may vary depending on who you ask, there are a few components that enable students to be successful in their online high school journey. Let’s take a look:

Flexibility

Many students turn to online learning because they desire more flexibility, and the best online high school experience allows students to create a schedule that accommodates their needs both in and out of the classroom. At ASU Prep Digital, students can work anytime, from anywhere, which means more time to learn new skills, discover new hobbies, or get a head start on a future career. Curious about how flexibility helps the community of learners at ASU Prep Digital? Check out this story of Caleb, a senior who is working toward his dream of becoming a drone pilot.

Support

While online high school requires students to be independent and self-motivated, it doesn’t mean they won’t get help along the way. Academic and emotional support are essential to a student having the best online high school experience. Students normally receive support from their families and teachers, but at ASU Prep Digital there’s an additional source of guidance. Each student is paired with a Learning Success Coach who will help them make the most of their high school experience and prepare them for college and future careers. Want to learn more about the role of a Learning Success Coach? Check out this blog.

Socialization 

We’ve already debunked several socialization myths in online learning because it’s no secret socialization is an integral part of having the best online high school experience possible. From virtual clubs and study groups to in-person meet ups, online high schools like ASU Prep Digital provide students with plenty of opportunities to make friends and create long lasting bonds. Interested in what socialization looks like for an online student? Check out this story of Hannah, a senior who has immersed herself in the ASU Prep Digital community.

The best online high school experience gives students the tools they need to succeed in every area of their life—and it’s what ASU Prep Digital has been doing for its students since it opened its digital doors in 2017. Learn more about Arizona’s best online high school here and begin the enrollment process today.

ASU Prep Digital: The Best Online High School in Arizona

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It’s no secret that ASU Prep Digital empowers students to take charge of their education and propels them toward university admission by introducing college courses in high school. But is it the best online high school in Arizona?

Let’s take a closer look and find out.

Concurrent Enrollment

Not only does ASU Prep Digital offer over 40 online high school courses, it also gives students access to over 200 university courses through Arizona State University—and they’re all available for concurrent high school/college credit. Each student works with his or her Learning Success Coach to design a personalized pathway to guide them through high school, into college, and on to a career. This accelerated track makes it possible for students to take college courses and earn credits that will count toward their major while still in high school, which saves them time and money when they enroll in college.

Curious about what concurrent enrollment is like? Check out these two student stories: Alexis and Caleb

Personalized Instruction

The best online high school in Arizona doesn’t just teach its students—it personalizes the instruction so that every student can succeed, recognizing that everyone learns differently. ASU Prep Digital also applies adaptive learning technologies, making it easy for students to move at their own pace and work at any time, from anywhere in the world. 

Interested in how courses work at ASU Prep Digital? Check out one of these course tours from the perspective of a student, teacher, or parent!

Layers of Support

ASU Prep Digital students are motivated, independent learners, but it doesn’t mean they won’t be supported on their journey. From their online teachers and university professors, to their Learning Success Coaches and families, students receive guidance whenever they need it. 

You can meet the staff here.

Student Performance

On top of being successful both in and out of the classroom, the community of learners at ASU Prep Digital outperform students at the other major online high schools in Arizona:

ASU Prep Digital proves that its commitment to providing an immersive, adaptive, and supportive learning experience pays off and helps students accelerate their education. 

But there are so many other components that make ASU Prep Digital the best online high school in Arizona, including: 

  • AdvancedEd accredited and NCAA approved.
  • Implementation of virtual reality and augmented reality lessons.
  • Collaboration with teachers and classmates using live lessons, video, audio, and text.
  • Plenty of opportunities for socialization, including virtual clubs and in-person meet ups.

 

Convinced yet? Begin the enrollment process here or schedule a call with an admissions advisor who will be more than happy to answer any questions.