What is PL²?
PL² is a project addressing the opportunity gap for marginalized students through personal mentoring and tutoring with artificial intelligence learning software.
What kinds of resources does PL² provide for students and for mentors?
PL² provides resources in the following categories:
- Building relationships
- Supporting effort
- Managing emotions
- Maintaining effort
- Building student understanding
- Building mentor understanding
- Supporting literacy
- Navigating technology
- Regulating learning
How does PL² help track my student's progress over time? Where can I see this data?
On the student pages, the student's data from the Ed Tech is available on the Student Progress tab. Data is available in a list or graph form. For the latter, data from all students can be displayed simultaneously.
How can I find resources for a specific topic?
Users can click on the Resource tab at the top of their page. Here the resources are organized by strategy and then by resource category. There is also an advanced search option on this page to find resources quicker. Users can also use the Resource Assistant (located on the student pages). Here you answer specific questions (as many as you want) that lead to associated resources.
How can I use these resources to help my students?
The resources can be assigned to students. Mentors can share the resources through email or work through them together on a shared device. Most resources provide a link but also guidance for mentors about how to implement the resources, follow-up questions, etc.
How do I use the "reflection" feature and when should I use it? When should I use the resources?
On each student page, there is a reflection tab. Simply hit the New Reflection button and answer questions. All but the first are optional. Once you create a reflection, you will see a log of all reflections over time and an option to export the reflections to a csv file. We recommend using the reflection feature after each session with a student. This is a great way to track non-Ed Tech data (e.g., motivation, emotions, engagement) during each session.
How does PL² fit into my routine when preparing for my students?
We recommend that mentors use PL² when preparing for upcoming sessions and to reflect after meeting with students (for the latter see the previous question). For preparing, it is important for mentors to consider their status, Ed Tech data related to effort and progress, and assign resources to address any issues students may have.
How do I assign students to mentors in PL²?
Administrators can click on the Admin link at the top of the page to add one or more students (or mentors). You will have the option to assign students to mentors when you enter in their information, or to assign later (or reassign) by clicking on the student name and choosing a mentor. Mentors cannot add students directly.