Monthly Archives: June 2016

A Preview of Our Hats & Ladders Career App Demo

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Next week is a big week for ThinkZone games as we head to the White House to demo the first version of Hats & Ladders, an app we’ve recently developed for middle and high schoolers to help them explore careers. The sample slide below is one we developed to showcase how our app differs from some of the existing career education tools for students. Most of the tools start with psychological or aptitude tests being administered, a couple of “matches” being made, then a daunting set of hurdles and benchmarks being assigned to “guide” students to reach those few matches.

Hats & Ladders differs from these programs. By using the app, students quickly move from virtual exploration to real world experimentation.As they try on different hats and develop their interests, the app content evolves with them, keeping track of their portfolio of experiments and areas of interest. As students progress from grade to grade, the app supports students as they deepen their exploration of certain core areas of interest and start to add resume-building activities, providing them with a range of options for next steps to climb. The app will also continue to be updated with fresh content, which allows all students to expose themselves to more careers and areas of interest. In Hats & Ladders, the path is not straight, but instead is a recursive cycle of exploration and learning.

Want to learn more about getting Hats & Ladders for your school? Reach out to us here.

Hats & Ladders Demo Screenshot

Hats & Ladders Demo Screenshot

Hats & Ladders Development Update / Pilot Schools Needed

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Development of Hats & Ladders (H&L) career app is well under way, and we have plans to complete our first working demo in early July 2016. As we get closer to finishing the first iteration, we’ll be sure to post details here. In the mean time, we are looking for pilot schools to try out H&L during the upcoming 2016-2017 school year. Contact us if you are interested and let us know more about you and your school and how you see H&L benefiting your students.

Hats & Ladders Screen Shot

Hats & Ladders Screen Shot

Teacher Survey on Careers

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Teachers, we need your help completing a survey on how you talk to your students about careers. Anyone can complete the survey, but we especially want to hear from middle school, high school teachers, and counselors. Note that the survey is very short (about 5 questions). Fill out the survey if you can and spread the word to your peers! Access The Hats & Ladders Career Survey

Thinkzone Reach Higher Career App Teacher Survey

Thinkzone Reach Higher Career App Teacher Survey