How do we get students to see their actions have consequences without creating a system that discourages creativity and encourages students to do things for those immediate rewards instead of an intrinsic motivation? The resume might be a good starting place. On the surface, it sounds like a badge all over again. It sounds like a reward. I get that. I hear it. I'm skeptical about it too, but if you scratch that surface, you begin to think about what a resume really is. It is your presentation or sales pitch of yourself to others. It is a physical demonstration of what you have done, organized, and marketed towards what you want to do. It simply records what you have accomplished. It isn't something cute. It is also something you can manipulate, change, and revise. I like that process. That process is messy, constructive, and akin to life. That process is where learning takes place and isn't that the fundamental goal of assessment?- feedback and further growth?
Ok, so now you are buy in to the resume idea, but you are wondering how LinkedIn will help? LinkedIn is a social network for business connections. This social network has over 200 million participants. Many are from Fortune 500 companies, major players in virtually all fields and industries. For students looking for summer internships, recommendations for coursework or experience, and connections with major players in their interested areas of expertise, LinkedIn can be ideal. Of course parents will need to monitor the students "connections," but the possibilities for professional mentorship are endless. Students get to see how their resumes will connect with their possibilities in the real world. LinkedIn also enables the user to control the privacy features restricting access to the general public is a relatively easy step. Alumni of a high school can also use the group feature on LinkedIn as a way of connecting both professionally and visa via volunteering for the school. I'd like to experiment with this in class. I hope to get back to you more about it in the weeks to come.