Building Career Readiness Skills Through Virtual Exchange

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Mohamed Abdel-Kader  
Learn about virtual exchange program models and how they can be used to drive career-readiness skills like communication across cultural barriers, understanding technology use, collaboration and teamwork, and global competence — all essential for the 21st-century workforce. Learn about opportunities for educators to get involved.

Audience: Curriculum/district specialists, Principals/head teachers, Teachers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Android, iOS, Windows
Laptop: PC, Chromebook, Mac
Tablet: iOS, Windows, Android
Participant accounts, software and other materials: Does ISTE have access to a platform to actively survey attendees and see results on the screen in real time?
Would be helpful for presentation interactivity.
Topic: Global collaboration
Grade level: 9-12
Subject area: Social studies, STEM/STEAM
ISTE Standards: For Students:
Digital Citizen
  • Students engage in positive, safe, legal and ethical behavior when using technology, including social interactions online or when using networked devices.
For Education Leaders:
Empowering Leader
  • Inspire a culture of innovation and collaboration that allows the time and space to explore and experiment with digital tools.
Connected Learner
  • Use technology to regularly engage in reflective practices that support personal and professional growth.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Attendees will leave with a foundational knowledge of what virtual exchange is, how it can impact career readiness, and different ways they can get their classrooms involved.

Attendees will be familiar with some program models (cases) and their positives and negatives with regards to their own classroom needs.

Attendees will understand the basic technology involved in facilitating a virtual exchange.

Attendees will understand how we measure impact on student learning on various metrics of career readiness skills.


-Introduction to virtual exchange (what is it, why is it important, what is an experience like, how does it happen). (8 min)
- Basics of career readiness skills (2 min)
- Highlighting 3 different programs and how they drive those skills home. (10 min)
- Evaluating virtual exchange impact (4 min)
- How to navigate virtual exchange challenges (4 min)
- Getting involved/launching a program (4 min)
- Resources to help (2 min)
- Discussion/Q&A (26 min)

If the technology exists - I would like to actively survey attendees to gauge their grasp of certain concepts or to understand where their schools are in terms of virtual exchange adoption. This is not a requirement of the presentation, but would be a nice way to keep it interactive.

Supporting research

Stevens Initiative Resources Page:
Impact and Learning Report:
Webinar: Using VE for Career Success:

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Mohamed Abdel-Kader, The Aspen Institute

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