Digital Badges Validate Skills for Special Needs Students

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During the edWebinar “ Digital Badge Credentials: Preparing Students with Special Needs for Employment,” the presenters discussed how and why digital badges can help students validate their training and verify their credentials with prospective employers. If the badges are going to have meaning, the curriculum must have the same characteristics as other subjects. Adding a curriculum with digital badges isn’t an automatic fix, though, cautioned the presenters.

As students flock to credentials other than degrees, quality-control concerns grow

The Hechinger Report

The university offers digital badges rather than degrees or certificates for the completion of some courses. He was also curious about the credential being offered for successfully completing the course: not a conventional degree or a certificate, but a “badge.”. “I So Degro took the course and earned the badge that turned out to be a way to list his new skill in an online resume with a digital graphic that looks like an emoji. A “navigator badge” earned online.

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Open Badges in Elementary School

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Some elementary classrooms are using self-directed badges for competency acquisition by students. Open Badges in Elementary School. And Amy, you’re working with digital badges or open badges in elementary school. What are open badges, and how does this work with elementary kids? What is a digital badge and how do students earn one? Vicki: So how do they earn these badges? What are you finding out about using badges?

How Well Do Soft-skill Badges Work for Job Seekers? New Study Aims to Find Out.

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That’s the kind of deeply human attribute employers say they’re looking for in job candidates as companies try to adapt to modern changes in technology and business strategy. To help colleges teach the character traits and interpersonal skills that companies crave, nonprofit Education Design Lab has worked since 2013 to create curriculum and assessments that culminate in students earning digital badges intended to attract hiring managers.

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AWS Power Hour: Cloud Practitioner

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You’ll also be able to access recorded episodes anytime, immediately after they stream. In addition, you’ll receive a digital badge for your resume and social profiles to help you showcase your ability to contribute to a company’s cloud adoption from any role.

Google Masters For Kids of All Ages: Badges, Skills and More

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She also shares her micro-credential badging approach that has her fifth graders excited to learn. There were these bags that we had been given, and I thought, “Wouldn’t it be so cool for the kids to earn pins or badges?” How cool would it be for kids to have digital badges, the same way that we have (some) that are attached to our e-mails and things like that, for when we achieve our Google Certified Educators and things like that.

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BloomBoard Appoints New CEO, Restructures Focus Around Micro-Credentials

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To tackle this major problem, Digital Promise , a nonprofit founded in 2008 with authorization from Congress, has been steadfastly working on a framework for “ micro-credentials.” These digital badges aim to signal that teachers can perform or demonstrate the skill for which they were awarded. Classroom videos, student work samples and lesson plans are among the materials—which are accessible via the badge—serve as evidence.

The Beginning of a New Era in the Online Degree Market

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A majority of online students visit campus to access services and support, or to attend events and in-person courses, in a true blending of online and in-person. At Northeastern University, many of our 17,000 online and hybrid students access our campus network with locations in Boston, Charlotte, Seattle, Silicon Valley and Toronto. The online degree market has been one of the fastest-growing and most resilient segments of American higher education over the last two decades.

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What Problems Has Edtech Solved, and What New Ones Did It Create?

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These devices accelerated the unbundling of content so that students can directly access leveled news articles on Newsela, or their favorite book on Epic. That doesn’t mean every student has access to a device all the time. Open digital badges. Technology can collect and harness more data than ever before. But with that comes greater risks to personal privacy and potential for misuse.

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3D Virtual Learning a New Reality

A Principal's Reflections

This year alone Laura Fleming , our stellar media specialist, has successfully created a Makerspace for our students as well as a digital badge platform to acknowledge the informal learning of teachers. Using her connections, she formed a partnership with a company called Proton Media that provides essentially an enterprise solution called Protosphere intended for corporations to explore the possibilities of 3D virtual learning and collaboration in the cloud.

OPINION: The new lifelong learner — an education to match America’s economic needs

The Hechinger Report

That’s why employers and prospective employees will need to get more comfortable with alternative credentialing like specialized certifications, micro degrees and digital badges. For a lot of companies, the safest way to venture into this new world of lifelong learning and micro credentialing has been to modernize their own internal training programs and to invest in learning opportunities that expand the skills of existing employees.

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Higher Education Joins the Blockchain Party

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And lately, the topic has made its way into discussions around digital credentials in higher education. Komarny, formerly the Chief Digital Office at the University of Texas, kicked off the event explaining why some higher-ed leaders are thinking of applying blockchain technology to credentialing. Santana said in Venezuela, where he grew up, the main obstacle people face when trying to complete school is not availability or accessibility, but affordability.

Planning for the Total Cost of Edtech Initiatives

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It’s also looking at the potential changes, said Dr. Gabe Soumakian, CEO and Founder, Sup Du Jour Consulting Group, like what happens when a software or hardware company goes out of business. For example, while Linson’s district avoided grants for most of their initiative, they knew that many teachers would need assistance using the new digital tools. The district was one of three schools recognized nationally by ISTE for its digital badge program.

3 Big Issues We Heard About at SXSWedu

Wired Campus

Student privacy, easier-to-use digital tools for instructors, and efforts to offer alternative credentials were some of the most-talked-about topics this week at the South by Southwest Edu conference, an offshoot of the popular South by Southwest music festival. But the rules and norms for handling digital information generated by students are far from clear. Few were predicting, however, that new certifications or badges would eliminate the value of a college degree.

Marketplace trend update: 6 ed-tech developments

eSchool News

For instance, tools enabling digital credentialing help students display their learning accomplishments in ways that colleges and prospective employers appreciate, while online learning platforms and online resources make it easier for teachers to organize materials, find digital teaching tools, and keep track of student learning. In addition to portfolios, MyMantl will offer digital badging tools, competency-based education program designers and job tools.

TONS of #ISTE17 Pro Tips, Resources, & Events (including #NOTATISTE)!

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Take a photo or use a Scanner app to collect those business cards digitally! After Parties, Happy Hours, & Meetups If you're looking for things to do before and after the ISTE conference each day, check out this list of after parties, happy hours, and meetups sponsored by a variety of companies. Not only are these great opportunities for networking and F2F time with your favorite edtech companies, but it also means FREE FOOD and DRINKS!

WHAT’S NEW

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Software & Online ACCELERATE LEARNING STEMSCOPES SCIENCE ( www.stemscopes.com ) Accelerate Learning announced a new platform using the best of CNN’s digital content to create a new science education product. BENCHMARK EDUCATION COMPANY ADVANCEALL ( benchmarkeducation.com ) Benchmark Education Company (BEC) released Advance ALL, a new series motivating students to read with literary and informational reading text sets.

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Hack Education Weekly News

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’” Via Education Week : “ FCC Seeks Comment on Access to WiFi for Schools and Libraries.” Via the Future of Privacy Forum : “ Law Enforcement Access to Student Records : What Is the Law?” Via the Northeastern press office : “ Northeastern University and IBM partnership first to turn digital badges into academic credentials for learners worldwide.” ” ( No disclosure that Edsurge shares investors with the company.).

Hack Education Weekly News

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Conference of Mayors Resolves to Support Digital Badging ,” says Edsurge. There’s some more research on badges and alternative credentials in the research section below. Steve Dembo recently announced that he’s leaving the company after 10+ years. ” Spoiler alert: loan companies like Sallie Mae , companies that do loan collection for the Department of Education, the Department of Education, private equity funds, for-profit universities.

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The 100 Worst Ed-Tech Debacles of the Decade

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Without revenue the company will go away. Or the company will have to start charging for the software. Or it will raise a bunch of venture capital to support its “free” offering for a while, and then the company will get acquired and the product will go away. (It’s The implication, according to one NYT article : “the digital gap between rich and poor kids is not what we expected.” Boundless’s materials have been archived by David Wiley’s company Lumen Learning.