The Able Trust High School High Tech

High School High Tech Round Table Call Notes

Ideas for providing High School High Tech programming to students remotely. From the Zoom conference call held on Friday, April 3, 2020.

  • Make sure you are communicating with students in a manner appropriate to them
  • Use phone/text/email/audio recording/regular mail to communicate
  • Google Classroom- try to tap into school's Google Classroom if a nonprofit provider
  • Use the Instagram and Facebook live feed features
  • Engage students multiple times during the day to make sure they are ok and not just sitting around their house in their pajamas
  • Use an incentive system to ensure student engagement
  • Zoom/video mock interviews. Students can also interview someone in their household. This can be recorded, videoed or another way that works best for the student.
  • Virtual field trips, site tours and tours of museums: science museum of Ft Lauderdale, science Frost museum
  • Ask business partners if willing/able to conduct virtual tours
  • through the Florida Department of Agriculture
  • Weekly activities sent to students: ex ABCs of jobs; find a job that coincides with every letter of the alphabet and then research the one they like the most.
  • Student Experts: have students present on something they are an "expert" in on zoom to the other students
  • Best way to send videos? YouTube (designate private), Flip Grid, Vimeo
  • G Suite for educators
  • Zoom meetings
  • Alternative Year End Celebrations/Events and how to recognize seniors
    • Send individualized letters/notes via mail- can also individualize a recorded message 
    • Certificates
    • Car parade
    • Banners for graduates: for parent/family yards and/or around town
    • Leave a package or gift basket at doorsteps
    • Social media shout outs- spotlight a student 
    • Virtual award nights
  • Employ Florida for web-based workshops and learning
  • Alison for career readiness workshops through Employ Florida
  • Fetch and Ibotta for earning money and learning
  • Google Meetup and Remind Ap
  • WebX and Canvas for web-based meetings
  • Enlist students for ideas

A PDF of this list can be downloaded here.

Ideas for providing High School High Tech programming to students remotely. From the Zoom conference call held on Friday, May 1, 2020.

Celebrating our seniors

  • Congratulation signs for their front yard
  • Banners on light posts throughout the town
  • Parade for seniors
  • Deliver gift packages
  • Certificates for HSHT
  • Senior drive thru for cap and gown pick up. DJ and balloons. HSHT students received honor cords and sign for their yard.
  • Recognize students via zoom along with photos from previous events
  • Videos recognizing seniors posted to social media pages
  • Drive thru graduations
  • Small group gathering for seniors if possible
  • Writing letters or filming videos for seniors when cords are delivered

Keeping the students engaged

  • Remote work experiences
  • Practicing Zoom/ video call etiquette
  • Connecting daily via email, text, phone call or Zoom
  • Keeping in touch with the parents as well
  • 3D printing mask holders for essential workers
  • Virtual tours- then writing an essay on what was learned
  • Breakout sessions on Zoom
  • Focusing on interview skills- also what to wear and what not to wear
  • Having a different topic for each day of the week- Tech talk Tuesdays, Friday night fitness, etc.
  • Guest Speakers
  • Pen Pals
  • Kindness Rocks Project for essential workers

Something positive to come from connecting remotely

Zoom has opened up the opportunity for students to meet more frequently. This has also resulted in more family being involved.

A PDF of this list can be downloaded here.

About the High School High Tech Program

The Able Trust High School High Tech (HSHT) is designed to provide high school students with all types of disabilities the opportunity to explore jobs or postsecondary education leading to technology- related careers. HSHT links youth to a broad range of academic, career development and experiential resources and experiences that will enable them to meet the demands of the 21st century workforce.

HSHT is a community-based partnership made up of students, parents and caregivers, businesses, educators and rehabilitation professionals. It has been shown to reduce the high school dropout rate and increase the overall self-esteem of participating students. If you are interested in participating, there is a role for you. Take a look around, and see where you fit into the HSHT community.