Navigating College Readiness on Social Media Networks (2021): What Parents, Educators, & Students Need to Know

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Navigating College Readiness on Social Media Networks (2021): What Parents, Educators, & Students Need to Know

August 16, 2021

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A student's college application is more than just the online form and essay. Many college admissions officers will search social media for applicants to get a sense of their personality and potential "fit" at their school. Social media can tell admissions officers a lot about what the student is interested in and how they act.

What you'll learn in this course: 

  • Student, parent, & educator training video about navigating college readiness on social media networks
  • ~Finding a purpose for your time online
  • ~Overall social media tips and reminders to create your positive brand
  • ~How colleges search for you
  • LinkedIn: How to set up a profile for students
  • ~Who can have a LinkedIn profile
  • ~Benefits of having a LinkedIn profile
  • ~Tips for a positive LinkedIn account
  • Pinterest: How to Shine Online with your "pins"
  • ~Who can see your Pinterest "pins"
  • ~To pin or not to pin... how to create your online brand using Pinterest boards
  • YouTube: Tips for a positive channel
  • ~Tips for sharing positive videos
  • ~Settings when you are ready to make your videos Public
  • ~Good examples of student YouTube channels
  • Medium: Tips for positive results
  • ~Why Medium.com can be positive for your digital footprint
  • ~How colleges search for students (and what they want to find)
  • ~How to improve your search results with Medium.com
  • ~Branding in a positive way for your college and career
  • ~What to post on Medium.com (with examples)

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Parent & student training videos

Navigating college readiness on social media networks

What we're covering in this video:

  • Finding a purpose for your time online
  • Overall social media tips and reminders to create your positive brand
  • How colleges search for you

Student training videos

10 news stories about college readiness on social media

What we're covering in this video:

10 examples from news clips around the world with real-life examples of how colleges and employers are using social media as an extension of your application

LinkedIn: How to set up a profile

What we're covering in this video:

  • Who can have a LinkedIn profile
  • Benefits of having a LinkedIn profile
  • Tips for a positive LinkedIn account

Pinterest: How to Shine Online with your "pins"

What we're covering in this video:

  • Who can see your Pinterest "pins"
  • To pin or not to pin... how to create your online brand using Pinterest boards

YouTube: Tips for a positive channel

What we're covering in this video:

  • Tips for sharing positive videos
  • Settings when you are ready to make your videos Public
  • Good examples of student YouTube channels

Medium: Tips for positive results

What we're covering in this video:

  • Why Medium.com can be positive for your digital footprint
  • How colleges search for students (and what they want to find)
  • How to improve your search results with Medium.com
  • Branding in a positive way for your college and career
  • What to post on Medium.com (with examples)

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