It has become a sad fact that the majority of high school students are not getting enough time with their assigned school counselors. The American School Counselor Association recommends a student-to-school-counselor ratio of 250-to-1. Most states are significantly higher than this; only New Hampshire, Vermont and Wyoming fall below the recommended ration.
Most articles about school counselors attest to the fact that they are spread thin trying to serve too many students with too few resources and too little time. Yet with ever-increasing numbers of students wanting to attend college, the role of school counselor is more important than ever.
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Educational technology can never replace the human interaction between school counselors and their students. However, we need to look at the best ways to help students and counselors immediately, before more time passes. Counselors are overwhelmed with the number of students they are tasked with servicing, and students suffer from lack of face time with their assigned counselor. Too often, the time they do spend together is not as productive as it could be. This is where #edtech could really help. In particular, MyPath101.com is an online web app made up of three paths for students to complete. If students were to complete the Identity and Personal Branding path and bring their responses with them when they meet with their counselor, their time together would definitely not be unproductive.
MyPath101.com is unlike any other edtech I have come across. The self-reflective nature of the questions in the Identity and Personal Branding will help students gain insights into themselves that will make writing college essays easier. And because MyPath101 is available across devices, students will not be overwhelmed by this product. They can complete questions anywhere at anytime and can clearly track their progress as they go. They can complete all of the paths or just one. MyPath101 seems like it would solve some problems for school counselors across the country.