The Canadian Career Development Foundation evaluated the impact of ChatterHigh (2017 EdTech of the Year in Canada), a classroom-based career exploration tool that harnesses technology and gamification to engage students in career development. With data from both student and educator perspectives, the results highlight best practice in career education, but also a method of education that successfully gets students to interact with 'real-world' websites.
Conference themes around the world highlight the need for innovation and fresh new approaches in order to support youth to explore widely, broaden their horizons and ensure equitable opportunities, despite the 'information gap' that exists for many. ChatterHigh is one such innovative approach, providing youth with access to quality exploration of critical information, both in the classroom and at home. Unlike most other online education programs, ChatterHigh focuses on real-world exploration so that youth begin to see wider possibilities, begin to believe in a future for themselves, gather critical information and build the skills and strategies they need to achieve success.
As a result of COVID-19 and self-isolation, ChatterHigh expanded their platform to include high quality learning modules for mental health & wellness, COVID-19 Awareness & Prevention, WorkSafeBC: COVID-19 in the Workplace, and JABC's Economics For Success. Districts are adding modules of their own, such as Trades & Transitions and Dual Credit Programs. These modules are easily deployed and assessed by any teacher, without requiring subject matter expertise, whether students are at home or in-class.
This session will be useful for educators (e.g. CLE/CLC/PhysEd) or counsellors working with middle or secondary school students, and in addition to sharing the research findings, will focus on how to create student engagement with all of these topics.
Lee Taal: A TEDx, keynote and school presenter, Lee Taal is the Founder of 2017 Canadian EdTech of the Year, ChatterHigh. With a diverse career background in science, military, transportation, technology and business, he uses his unique story in schools to help inspire students to get actively exploring opportunities for life after high school. He has presented to over 50,000 students in career exploration classes across Canada for the past 11 years, with a mission of helping spark the conversation. Lee is on the Board of C21: Canadians for 21st Century Learning & Innovation.
Kathleen MacDonald (Cert. ConRes., B.A., B.Ed., M.A.) specializes in training both adolescents and adults in conflict and anger management, communication skills, Real Restitution, mediation, negotiation, and community (team) building. In partnership with the Justice Institute of BC, she authored a comprehensive educator’s resource and corresponding student manual entitled Fundamentals of Conflict Resolution (2001), which targets grades 8 to 12. She has been teaching for 27 years and currently teaches conflict resolution, psychology and career-life courses at New Westminster Secondary School. Additional roles she has held include District Social Responsibility Facilitator, conference and workshop presenter for teachers, parents and child-care workers, as well as teacher and student mediator. In addition to conflict resolution training, she has focused her professional development in the areas of adolescent brain development, mental health for youth, mindfulness and stress management, career development and goal setting. She completed a personal development program with Jack Canfield focused on “The Success Principles.”