Meet an ASU Prep Digital Student with Super Powers

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Check out this article about Neva Lee Recla, one of our amazing students, previously published in “Podcast Magazine”:

Witty, wise, and eloquent. Author, entrepreneur, mentor, and podcaster.

Meet Neva Lee Recla, an 11-year-old student in Arizona.

Like many girls her age, she attends school virtually, is active in her church, and dreams of going to college. Then, there are the many ways she shines brilliantly, like a supernova traveling through the universe.

For the Recla family, podcasting is a family affair. They created the SuperPower Network in January 2016, and Neva’s mother, Tonya Dawn, was the first to host a show. Then, at the age of seven, Neva decided she wanted to follow her podcasting mother’s example and host her own show. She asked her mother if she could, and remembers her mom “looking at me like I was crazy. Like, ‘How is my seven-year-old daughter going to do a podcast?’” She was actually a little reluctant at first.

“My mom said, ‘I don’t want to coach kids.’ I explained to her that I was going to be the one who coaches them. We talked about it more, and she agreed. When I first started Super Power Kids, I had no clue what I was doing. I copied everything my mom said and memorized her exact intro.”

To see the complete article from “Podcast Magazine”, visit their web site.

Students Make Up for COVID Learning Loss with Summer School

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Students all around the country are experiencing a significant amount of learning loss due to COVID-19. According to a report published by McKinsey & Company, the average amount of learning loss will be approximately five to nine months by June 2021. As the landscape of education continues to change, it’s important we take steps to address gaps in student knowledge. ASU Prep Digital is partnering with the state of Arizona to address those gaps with a series of summer school programs.

Reading Refresh

This online summer school program for grades K–12 is perfect for students who want to keep their reading skills sharp or make up for lost learning. The experience is personalized for each student, using prescriptive assessment to meet students where they are and adapting the coursework to provide the right level of intervention or enrichment. Students will work 2-4 hours per day in both live lessons with a teacher and asynchronous digital activities. 

Math Momentum

Back by popular demand, this summer math program for grades K–12 is a great way for students to accelerate their math skills or fill any gaps in preparation for next year. Expert online teachers leverage prescriptive and adaptive software to provide both intervention and enrichment. Math Momentum requires students to work 2-4 hours per day and includes live lessons with a teacher and digital lessons that can be completed any time. High school students can choose from Algebra 1, Algebra 2 or Geometry.

STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math)

Grades K-5

This program combines STEM skills with the Arts to provide an engaging, hands-on experience for students. Students will be actively learning 2-4 hours per day and working with expert online teachers on projects and activities that build skills and curiosity.

Online Courses

ASU Prep Digital will also be offering their entire catalog of core and elective courses for grades 6-12 summer enrollment. Students will be actively learning 3-4 hours per day. Explore the full catalog to learn more.

Concurrent University Courses

Summer offers a great chance to take university courses and earn concurrent credit for both high school and college. This is the perfect way to explore the college experience, while earning valuable credits. Explore the full catalog to learn more.

To learn more about any of these summer programs, please join an online info session or contact an admissions advisor

Why Do Students Prefer Online Learning?

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Even before COVID-19 disrupted the way we educate, more and more students were seeking an alternative to the brick-and-mortar learning environment. Whether they wanted to take charge of their education or carve out more time for themselves and their hobbies, students discovered a different style of learning could be the key to their success both in and out of the classroom.

Let’s take a look at some of the reasons why students prefer online learning:

Personalized learning paths.

Education is not ‘one size fits all.’ One major reason why students prefer online learning is because it takes a personalized learning approach, ensuring that every student can be successful. Many online high schools, including ASU Prep Digital, leverage individualized teaching models and technologies to assess student needs, strengths, weaknesses, and learning styles. This allows students to work at a pace that’s comfortable for them without feeling like they’re behind or  they’re moving too far ahead.

Flexible schedule.

In a traditional school setting, students are busy from morning until night. Between attending classes at set times, participating in extracurricular activities, and completing homework assignments, their schedules are jam packed and the same day after day. Another reason why students prefer online learning is because it gives them the flexibility to create their own schedule, allowing them to make more time for themselves and the things they love to do. Students at ASU Prep Digital enjoy working at their own pace and scheduling time to complete assignments while pursuing their passions, whether it’s music, dance, or athletics

Diverse learning environment.

Now more than ever, it’s important to make diversity and inclusion a priority in our classrooms. One of the unique advantages to online learning is the opportunity to connect with, and learn from, peers all around the world. At ASU Prep Digital, students are exposed to different cultures on a daily basis, allowing them to expand their horizons and make new friends that may be states or even oceans away! In fact, ASU Prep Digital offers a Global Leadership Exchange elective course where students collaborate with peers at Lydex High School in Morocco, developing important skills and establishing deeper understandings of different perspectives and cultures.

For students who are looking to learn at their own pace, set their own schedule, and have time to pursue their passions outside of school, online learning is a great option. Be sure to check out these additional posts to learn more about why students prefer online learning:

8K Local Educators Attend ASU Prep Digital Teacher Institute

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*This story was originally published on Daily Independent | Your Valley*

As the nation approaches the 1-year mark of the global COVID-19 pandemic few groups have been more affected by the pandemic than public school teachers.

Last spring, when classes suddenly went remote and playgrounds across the nation went quiet, ASU Prep Digital gathered a group of education leaders together to understand how best to support teachers navigating this uncertain future, according to a press release.

From this meeting, the Arizona Virtual Teacher Institute was born, officials there say.

The free training offered through AZVTI was designed to help Arizona teachers not only survive but thrive in adopting new digital, blended, hybrid, and tech-rich instructional practices. The training is provided at no cost to schools or teachers through the generous investment of the Arizona Department of Education, the Governor’s Office, Helios Education Foundation, and Arizona State University.

During the two weeks of Arizona’s spring break, March 9-11 and March 16-18, AZVTI will be conducting two professional development boot camps for educators focused on blended learning models and educational technology.

Additional boot camps will be available during Summer 2021 and training continue to be available to all interested teachers at the times that work best for them.

Over the last year nearly 8,000 Arizona teachers have participated in the institute, representing 367 districts and more than 1,000 schools across the state. AZVTI offers 400 separate pieces of training aimed at not only bridging the divide created by remote learning but empowering teachers with tools that will have application long beyond the pandemic.
“Arizona is home to over 47,000 public school teachers and AZVTI has already touched 8,000 of them,” said Julie Young, managing director of ASU Prep and ASU Prep Digital. “We’ve interfaced with nearly half of the state’s public schools and our mission is to ensure that every single teacher in need of resources has free access to them.”
Visit our training homepage for more information and to register for sessions.

ASU Prep Digital Helped High Schooler Zero in on Film

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*This story was originally posted on ASU News*

Chelsea Seletewa is a senior attending ASU Prep Digital. While living on the Hopi reservation in northern Arizona, she has become a member of the Sun Devil community.

Seletewa decided she wanted more from school. She transitioned to online high school about a year ago so that she could take courses that aligned with her future career goals, including a course about filmmaking.

“The high school in my area didn’t have a good reputation,” Seletewa said. “They weren’t preparing students for life beyond high school. My mom’s friend mentioned prep digital at ASU, and I went for it,” she said.

Seletewa’s decision to get involved with ASU Prep Digital and take their filmmaking course came after she worked on making a short film with a professional filmmaker. The short film was a documentary about three different generations of her family: herself, her father, and her grandmother. She learned a lot about her family’s history and about how life was different for each generation. She also realized the importance of spending time with family, and she was able to deepen connections with her family members.

“I asked them questions about how their lives were different. I compared it to how my life is now with them in it,” Seletewa said. “I learned a lot from my grandma. I guess I should sit down with them more often to learn about our family.”

The storytelling experience gave Seletewa a glimpse of what it would be like to make films professionally, and she’s now planning to pursue a career in film or animation.

Completing her high school education from home has been challenging but rewarding for Seletewa. After about a month of taking online courses, she found a routine that works for her. Finding a source of motivation and focusing on it has helped her stay committed to completing her coursework.

“Motivation is a big factor, and you hear it a lot in online school,” Seletewa said. “Learn that your teachers aren’t going to sit there and teach you. It is a self-learning process that you have to get used to.”

Persistence has been key for Seletewa, and she said her Learning Success Coach has been extremely helpful. She has had the same Learning Success Coach for her entire online schooling experience. These coaches help students with goal-setting and planning, and they are available to help any ASU Prep Digital student.

Seletewa shared that it’s important for her to be independent and responsible, but it’s just as important to ask for help when she needs it.

She is currently taking six classes, and she attends the live lectures for each class whenever she can. Her advice to anyone transitioning to online schooling is to be patient with themselves.

“One of the big things is to not get discouraged when you’re starting out because, of course, it will take a while to adapt,” Seletewa said. “It took me almost a month to adapt to actual online school.”

As the world enters the new year, many are still stuck behind a computer screen. Seletewa was used to the online format. However, she felt for those who were thrown into it without any preparation.

“I heard when schools shut down it was hard for them to get back in the flow of things because they don’t know what online schooling is like,” she said. “I was already used to it, so I think I had an advantage. It was interesting to see people around me struggling.”

She offers some advice for those her age who are struggling to maintain their grades during this unprecedented time. She also recommends going to live lectures in order to connect with other classmates and make friends.

“It was hard for me. I was going through a lot when I started online. I think for everyone if your grades drop it becomes really hard to keep them up, but it is really important to keep going at it and to watch out for your mental health.”

Written by Claire Muranaka and Annika Tourlas, ASU Student Life. Reporting by Hannah Moulton Belec.

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:

 

Top Five Tips for Teaching Online in 2021

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We know that 2020 was a challenging year for educators as they juggled pivoting to virtual instruction while ensuring their students had a smooth transition as well. As we look to the spring semester and beyond, we’re excited to share our Top Five New Year’s Resolutions for Teaching Online in 2021.

This ten-minute video training will share best practices from teachers all over the US, from building a strong, inclusive community for your online classroom, to creating better video content that will keep students and families engaged. You’ll learn ways to strengthen your skills while picking up a few new tricks to ensure a successful school year.

Want an in-depth look at our top five tips for teaching online? Check out our video to learn how you can start the new year with a collection of useful tools under your belt.