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Benefits as an Educator

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* Students may use the Platform either as VISITORS, or join the Community within the Platform as MEMBERS.

Why join the Community?

The One Zoo Tree Platform is the most comprehensive career preparation tool available, focusing currently on careers in working with animals. The Platform aims to assist the students in choosing a career, as well as in planning and preparing for it.

Students can choose from over 500 careers, network with other students, communicate directly with expert role players, access a calendar of events, job board and list of bursaries, as well as learn about all the animals they will work with.

To ensure maximum exposure to and knowledge retention of careers and animal facts, the Platform incorporates various role players into the community software.

Educators are subject experts who want to join the Community as individuals, instead of representing a School, Institution of Higher Education or Animal Organization.

As a MENTOR you will be able to give students the opportunity to tap into your knowledge and experience on specific careers or species. Share your story and motivate the younger generation to go out and enjoy the journey!

As an educator, you decide on your own level of interaction.

  • Answer student questions
  • Give advice to make decision-making on specific careers easier
  • Contribute to careers, species or short course content
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What are the Benefits for EDUCATORS?

When you join as an Educator, you will be able to access specific tools to interact with others, contribute towards the information, as well as have a lot of fun.!

Create your own Profile

As a member of the community, you will be able to create your own personal profile with which you can interact with the students and OZT community

Share Media with Community

Group creators can share their own web-based links, photos or videos with their students, or of their students learning about careers and animals

Contribute as a Mentor

Make a difference in young lives beyond your school or district by guiding students as a career mentor

Network with Peers

Network with other educators, schools, tertiary institutions and animal organisations from around the world to share best- practices 

Access to Full Toolkit

Gain FULL access to the toolkit, which includes additional access to create entries on the Events Calendar, Job Board and List of Bursaries

FREE Path Material

Get free access to material used to help students decide and prepare for a career, such as path plans, study guides and ALL of our short courses

Reward System

Take part in the reward system and earn points and badges while climbing the ranks. Create your own badge for your students to earn

Register as a Member to JOIN us!

Registration as an Educator is FREE

Benefits for MEMBERS only

PERSONAL PROFILE

Register and create your own personalised Profile.

Member Profile

When you register as a member, you need to create your own Profile.

What does your Profile offer you?

  • Personalise your profile with an avatar and background image
  • Show or hide your information
  • Post daily updates on what you are doing
  • See your own daily activities within the Community, including steps completed towards rewards
  • Network with students or other roleplayers

IMPORTANT!

The community is protected by various levels of security.

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Don’t want to add or share a real photo as an avatar?

You can use any clear image, or follow this link to an online app where you can easily create your own cartoon avatar. When you are done, save it to your PC or phone, and then upload it on OZT to your new profile.

Link to AvatarMaker

INTERACTION

Join Groups to network and help students

Group Profile

Members may join Groups corresponding to the following:

  • Careers
  • Species
  • Tertiary Institutions
  • Animal Organizations

This means that you may belong to several Groups as an Educator, and mentor on all of them.

What do the Groups offer you?

  • The ability to meet the students and other educators
  • Chat by creating or replying to thousands of member-generated Topics in the Group Forums
  • Add important documents in the content area for students to download for free
  • Free links to online articles, videos and images on a career or species
  • A link to all the different Short Courses.

SHORT COURSES

Complete or add to the Short Courses

Lion Anatomy and Behaviour Course
Macaque Facts and Taxonomy Course

Short Courses help Students gain knowledge needed to bridge the gap between High School and further studies, or starting an animal related career/business. They also teach more on specific career skills, as well as facts about the animals that can be worked with.

There are a lot of special short courses where students may learn things such as surviving in the wilderness, basic controls of flying a helicopter.

Educators can assist by adding new Courses or information to existing Courses

Career Info
25%
Skills Development
35%
Animal Facts
40%

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Access or contribute to Resources

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Besides the hundreds of free short courses, OZT offers students access to additional career resources to help choose and prepare for a career.

The platform remains crowd-sourced. We would therefore like to encourage you to add any animal-related information that could benefit other young members.

These resources include:

500+ Career Plans

Free examples of a career path plan for each career profile, plus a detailed study guide

Career Events

A calendar of events with links to animal-related events, such as expos, fairs, camps and volunteering opportunities

Study Bursaries

A list of bursaries to assist children in accessing funds in order to complete important tertiary studies

Education Directory

A directory cf courses to assist children in deciding on what and where to study further after high school

Job Board

An updated Job Board containing entry level animal-related jobs (full or part time, volunteering, mentorship, apprenticeship and more)!

REWARDS

Earn rewards

Rank 11 OZT
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New Member Badge

Members can earn various kinds of rewards by joining and interacting within the Community. Rewards are divided into Ranks, Points, Badges.

For a full list, have a look at the Reward System.

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Rules and User Policy

The One Zoo Tree Platform makes use of community software to allow members to create their own Profile, join Groups and communicate with each other directly via an onboard messaging system. 

As various laws place restrictions on the minimum age of users without adult consent, the Platform has made the MEMBERSHIP part available for students aged 14 and up

Students 13 and younger still have free access to the open source information without having to register. However, they MAY register, only with adult permission and supervision. All participating students will be required to read and agree to a strict Terms and Conditions. The document regulates interaction to ensure maximum privacy and security. Students are NOT allowed to share personal information beyond what they add to their Profiles. Educators are requested to help monitor the Forums to ensure compliance.

If you want to join OZT as an Educator, you are required by law to read through and agree to the TERMS AND CONDITIONS when registering. Any violations of the T&Cs will lead to immediate account termination. This will NOT be negotiable, as we value the safety of our users more than the Platform itself!

We are in the process of compiling a comprehensive USER GUIDE under the MEMBER PORTAL in the top menu, which will help you navigate the Platform.

Steps to Join

If you want to join the Platform as an Educator, please keep the following in mind:

Register as a Member to JOIN us!

* Membership remains entirely FREE for as long as you remain a member.

If your subscription is not renewed, the media and content you added or supplied will still remain to ensure students get the most out of the Platform. Non-subscription will only delete your profile and ALL of your private details.

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Frequently Asked Questions

All membership levels tacitly or automatically renew after 12 months. Membership can be terminated or closed by following the prompts under the MANAGE tab in your profile. 

All Groups on the platform are automatically open to all members, but you can change the status of your School Group under the MANAGE tab to make it private or even secret. Members can then only join after you invite them or they ask for permission to do so.

We have a strict security policy, which includes locking accounts when we detect a possible breach attempt. Multiple wrong login attempts will cause an account lock, so if you have forgotten your password, rather ask for a new one under the LOGIN page.

Don’t try to log in with the wrong USERNAME, as it will lead to a 2 day lockout of your IP address.

If you do struggle and don’t know what to do, just send us a message through the normal contact form at the bottom of this page.

You can add links or documents directly too your Group, either through the activity page, or under the MEDIA tab. You may also contribute information to any of the careers, species pages or short courses by clicking on the red beetle on that page, or the CONTRIBUTE option in the top menu.

Please share this page with your students, colleagues, or friends to allow OZT to grow and assist the millions of children who need real guidance.

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