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Digital Badges: credentialing the things that make us fully human

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Two weeks ago, I attended the Digital Badge Summit in Denver, CO. I’ve been somewhat hesitant to jump into digital badges world (despite knowing the digital badge ninja, @senorg) because I feared that digital badges were just one more way to categorize and label kids, another carrot to dangle in the classroom. “Keep badges weird.

Digital badges find their niche

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A community effort is making badges practical in one city this summer. This summer, as schools let out, thousands of Pittsburgh students streamed into digital media programs, drop-in maker spaces, and paid internships across the city. Next page: Badges are a community effort. Digital Learning and Tools Featured on eSchool News Top News

Digital Badges: A Simple Way to Motivate

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Digital Badges have started to become a big deal in the everyday classroom. Why do students care about badges? In all of the video games and apps that your students are playing, they earn badges. Kids (and adults) love collecting those badges in the games they play. In turn, they can quickly love collecting badges in your classroom. Badge List Makewav.es

Integration of Digital Badges to Acknowledge Professional Learning

A Principal's Reflections

threw around many models in my head until I finally found one that seems right for us. ? I am proud to announce Worlds of Learning @ New Milford High School , a digital badge professional learning platform. For some time now, we have been hearing about digital badges and how they can be used to guide, motivate, document and validate formal and informal learning. ?In recent years, Digital Badges have evolved from what were originally static images, to a tool used for capturing and communicating knowledge. By putting them on Mozilla OpenBadge. ?

The school that connects STEM, badging, and life beyond the classroom

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With support from the Next Generation Learning Challenge and the Assessment for Learning Project , we developed a competency-based assessment approach called Competency X , which is personalized for our learners and results in digital badges that are validated by local industry and college partners to prepare them for internships and post-secondary work. So, how do we do it?

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Gamify Your Professional Learning at the CUE 2016 Fall Conference!

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We’ll be distributing physical stickers for each digital badge you earn throughout the conference. She loves to talk digital badges, personalized PD, web tools, and all things awesome. CUE Conference Personal Learning Network (PLN) Rock Star Teacher STEAMpunk badging digital badges Fall CUEProfessional learning can and should be fun! Note- omg ikr?

Students React to Digital Badges: Pros, Cons and Interesting

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Digital Badges – 52%        Paper Certificates – 48%. World Language: Can-Do Digital Badges. Digital Badges Pro-. – Shows all badges at once. – Uses badge to cover each individual proficiency or to cover categories of proficiencies. – Makes badge names short but meaningful (not I.A.2). – Determines level of proficiency for badge (80%, 90%, 100%). – Needs time to award badge. ISTE 2016. By Harry Grover Tuttle, Ed. D. College World Language Students’ Preferences.

The Growing Potential of Micro-Credentials

A Principal's Reflections

There is a great deal of talk these days about micro-credentials and digital badging as a means to acknowledge professional learning of educators. Check out what Mozilla has created with their Open Badges platform. She felt that a digital-badge-based system would allow participating educators to learn and earn badges anytime and anywhere.

Making Time vs Finding Time

A Principal's Reflections

While online consider making some time to learn and then apply a new skill while earning a digital badge to acknowledge your informal learning. Change digital badges Innovation Personal Learning Network professional growth period time management One of the most utilized excuses in education when it comes to change is lack of time. Or is there? Image credit: [link].

Agency: Important for Students and Educators

A Principal's Reflections

If digital leadership is your thing, set up a few tools ( Padlet , TodaysMeet, Tackk ) and allow anonymous comments to be posted. Accountability for learning is ensured through a vetting process and the badge represents the successful achievement of a learning goal. You can visit her site HERE and begin to earn your own badges through choice or work to implement your own system.

Goal: Design a Badge

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Goal: Design a badge for your students or another colleague. Accomplish this goal: For the past 4 years, I integrated badges into my courses and trainings to motivate, engage, add some fun to the curriculum, and build a community. Digital badges are having the same impact. Some learners liked their badges so much and strived to earn the badge. Peters.

Digital Badges: Naming the Badge

Education with Technology

Once teachers have selected what learning and what digital badges (individual or category badges; see previous blog ), the teachers encounter another decision. What will they name each badge? Teachers may enter the full badge name in a badge program but how long will the actual name be when displayed on the screen with other badge names?

Digital Badges: Better Than Grades?

Education with Technology

Badges allow teachers to focus specifically on student standards or proficiencies. writing teacher may want badges to represent the various phases in the writing process. For example, a teacher might award an “idea generation” badge that indicates that the students can use at least two different brainstorming techniques to generate ideas for their writing. These writing badges represent specific writing proficiencies. However, badges quickly identify the students’ writing proficiencies and to-be-developed proficiencies.

4 Ways to Show Off Your Digital Badges

The Innovative Educator

More and more entities are helping people show what they know with micro-credentials and digital badging. Micro-credentials and certifications teach specific job skills and provide evidence indicating if these skills have been attained via a certificate or badge. The International Society for Technology Education (ISTE) recommends using a badging system built on Mozilla’s Open Badge Infrastructure. Anyone clicking the image can link to verifiable information about who issued the badge, the evidence behind it, and its potential value.

Digital Badges: Individual or Categorized Learning Badges?

Education with Technology

The idea of digital badges sounds appealing for the digital children in classes. As teachers start thinking about digital badges, they have to figure out what badges will be awarded. The teachers can award social or academic badges. If teachers decide to use academic badges, then the teachers may base their badges on the Common Core Standards or other international proficiencies. How many badges will be awarded during the course? Will the badges represent each individual proficiency or categories of proficiency?

Four Signs It’s Time for Micro-credentials

Digital Promise

Enter micro-credentials : competency-based recognition for educator learning that is supported by digital badges. Experiencing competency-based learning themselves will help teachers facilitate it for their students. #2 – The rise of digital badging. Although competency-based learning and assessment has a long history, a workable technical solution to support this system — digital badges — is relatively new. Digital badges allow individuals to receive recognition for both their formal and informal learning experiences.

7 sneaky ways to get students reading using technology

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Use a digital timer. To keep attention from wandering and to build up stamina, use a highly visible digital timer. Create challenges and badges. Promoting reading with easy badges that students can earn is a powerful motivator. Free sites like Classflow and Edmodo offer easy-to-make digital badges that get linked to students’ accounts. 3.

Pindex

Technology Tidbits

However, there is a nice feature that awards digital badges for users who complete a "course" on a given topic. curating Digital video Search enginePindex is an interesting new site for educational videos/courses. It is very similar to Pinterest where a user can "pin" a image or video, w/ some nice sharing options. highly recommend checking out Pindex by clicking here !!!

Transforming Classrooms with Deeper Learning

Digital Promise

Jennifer is the director of the educator micro-credentials initiative at Digital Promise. To help support educators as they develop their skills around implementing Deeper Learning in their classrooms, Digital Promise has developed 40 micro-credentials that define concrete methods educators can use to implement Deeper Learning. You can reach her on Twitter at @JenCohKab. For Ms.

Partnership targets PD for educators of underserved students

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Course participants may earn digital badges/micro-credentials and optional university credit for demonstrating competency. “We are thrilled to be collaborating with CALSA to facilitate 21st century learning environments for underserved students,” stated PD Learning Network CEO Jennifer Gibson. News Professional Development

Pindex

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However, there is a nice feature that awards digital badges for users who complete a "course" on a given topic. curating Digital video Search enginePindex is an interesting new (private beta) that I just found out about from the amazing blog Free Technology 4 Teachers. It is very similar to Pinterest where a user can "pin" a image or video, w/ some nice sharing options.

3D GameLab

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They actually use something called "quest" based learning which has students completing "quests/lessons" and earning digital badges while leveling up. 3D GameLab is a new site that I just learned about that is ideal for introducing Game Based Learning to the classroom and reminds me a little bit of Answerables. Below is a brief demo. For a more detailed review check out Graphite.

31 Days of Digital Goodies

Teacher Reboot Camp

Included in the  Digital Ideas Advent Calendar. One way to engage students is to create interactive digital calendars. December is the month for advent calendars, so I’ve created the Digital Ideas 2014 Advent Calendar to give you a hands-on example of how this works. Keep reading to find out how to make your own interactive digital calendar. Check out the 2013 Digital Ideas Advent Calendar for more great ideas ! Create your own interactive digital calendar with Google Docs and Thinglink , a free tool and app to make clickable images. Ideas.

In Support of Teachers: First State Micro-credential Initiative

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They are working in partnership with Digital Promise , a national non-profit organization working to empower educators to use technology to engage, motivate, and personalize learning for all learners. iLearnMaine Micro-credentials will be a collection within the Digital Promise Educator Micro-credential Program.  This is also the first formal partnership between a state and Digital Promise. Micro-credentials Supporting Teachers & PD Digital Badges Digital Promise Professional Development proficiency-based Professional DevelopmentThe Announcement.

Uncommon Learning

A Principal's Reflections

They have embraced this digital world as it provides consistent relevance and meaning through an array of interactive experiences. also pull on leadership strategies presented in the best-selling book Digital Leadership: Changing Paradigms for Changing Times (2014). Effective digital learning environments focus on learning outcomes as opposed to the tools themselves.

Millennials: The Straw That Will Stir Higher Education’s Next Disruption

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To match the changing, unpredictable nature of today’s economy and digital landscape, these programs should aim for flexibility and innovative paradigms. One example of this is the newest trend of “ digital badges.” Because of this, six years ago, Ryerson commissioned a new program, the Digital Media Zone , located in downtown Toronto. And students are changing.

A Strong Case for Uncommon Learning

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Digital Learning Across the Curriculum. Sheninger begins with the most important aspect of uncommon learning – strong instruction infused with digital tools. He defines digital learning, then details a few frameworks that can assist in its successful implementation, such as the SAMR, TPACK, Technology Integration Matrix, and the Trudacot. Tweet. Makerspaces. Sheninger, p.

Digital Activities & Icebreakers for Gen Y

Teacher Reboot Camp

Our students’ digital behavior influences our learning, language, rituals, values, routines, customs, and communication. This example illustrates the power of our digital acts and choices. Below are slides, resources, and bookmarks to help you get your students to reflect effectively on their digital acts. GET YOUR COPY OF  THE 30 GOALS FOR TEACHERS  OR  LEARNING TO GO , WHICH HAS DIGITAL AND MOBILE ACTIVITIES AND HANDOUTS. Get Them Learning with Digital Icebreakers from Shelly Sanchez Terrell. Give them learning missions you grade with digital badges.

6 Reasons to Incorporate “Smithsonian Quests” Into Your Classroom

The Innovative Educator

Badges in Education Innovation in Learning and Educating By Ashley Naranjo, Education Technician for the Smithsonian Center for Education and Museum Studies For some time now, the education community has discussed and explored how to get out of the  standardized-testing rut and make learning enjoyable again. See if the program corresponds to your own checklist: I want more ».

I Teach Above The Line

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Maybe I will try to make a digital badge with it too At an Apple ShowCase Event in Chicago yesterday I had the pleasure of listening to the advice of many talented educators who have successfully launched and implemented 1-1 Mac learning environments. As I listened to their stories I found myself writing down many quotes for use as I begin this journey.

How micro-credentials could have a chance

eSchool News

The study, from nonprofit ed-tech advocacy group Digital Promise and consulting firm Grunwald Associates, takes a detailed look at how teachers say they feel about professional development and competency-based micro-credentials. New survey delves into how teachers would use micro-credentials and examines how widely-known the concept is. Next page: Will teachers try them?

Online PD Courses Help Educators Understand Ed-Tech, Classroom Management, Study Finds

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The three biggest reasons pre-K-12 educators took online professional development courses in the past year were to learn how to use digital devices, how to use the educational software that goes on them, or to find out more about classroom behavior or management, according to a new study. Training for electronic/digital devices: 33 percent. To receive a digital badge: 10 percent.

31 Days of Digital Goodies

Teacher Reboot Camp

Included in the  Digital Ideas Advent Calendar. One way to engage students is to create interactive digital calendars. December is the month for advent calendars, so I’ve created the Digital Ideas 2014 Advent Calendar to give you a hands-on example of how this works. Keep reading to find out how to make your own interactive digital calendar. Check out the 2013 Digital Ideas Advent Calendar for more great ideas ! Create your own interactive digital calendar with Google Docs and Thinglink , a free tool and app to make clickable images. Ideas.

Roadmap to a Job-Embedded Growth Model

A Principal's Reflections

Sample activities include: becoming a connected educator by developing and engaging in a Personal Learning Network (PLN) researching best practices developing innovative learning activities creating interdisciplinary lessons engaging in face-to-face professional development learning to use new technologies earning a digital badge collaborating on projects with colleagues.

Class Badges to Promote Digital Literacy

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Badge - I Teach Above the Line Class Badges is a free online tool designed to help teachers use digital badges as rewards for accomplishing learning goals. The badges can be a useful tool for teachers to keep track of individual student accomplishments as they help learners focus on making progress. Just add your students and design your badges.

The ThingLink Teacher Challenge In Box

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

simple Google Forms works beautifully for collecting ThingLink images or any digital work that come with a link. I've been helping teachers learn to collect digital assignments with an I n Box since 2011, when I read about the idea on the blog of John Miller. This allows teachers to view assignments by title, date or student, making it easy to access and evaluate digital work.

Make Learning Transparent with Badges

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Digital badging is a new practice worth examining that can make students' discrete learning goals and accomplishments more transparent and concrete. Badges can be a helpful way to motivate and assess students. Instead of focusing solely on the final product or assessment, badging encourages kids to find value and motivation in mastering the steps toward a goal.