Digital Badges: Better Than Grades?

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The final grade in a course or even a ten week grade probably does not reflect the actual academic learning.These grades may not reflect the academic standards (Common Core, standards or proficiencies) for that course. Badges allow teachers to focus specifically on student standards or proficiencies. A writing teacher may want badges to represent the various phases in the writing process. These writing badges represent specific writing proficiencies.

Integration of Digital Badges to Acknowledge Professional Learning

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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 In recent years, Digital Badges have evolved from what were originally static images, to a tool used for capturing and communicating knowledge.

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Digital Badges: Individual or Categorized Learning Badges?

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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.

Digital Badges: Naming the Badge

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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? Will they use the full name of the Common Core Standard or the national proficiency? 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?

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. Educators should be comfortable teaching, working, and learning in an increasingly connected global digital society.

Roadmap to a Job-Embedded Growth Model

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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.

Change is a Mindset

A Principal's Reflections

Even in the face of adversity in the form of education reform mandates, Common Core alignment, impending PARCC exams, new educator evaluation systems, loss of funding, and an aging infrastructure we have not only persevered, but proven that positive change can happen with the right mindset. Charging stations for the students were purchased this year and placed in all common areas. Change Digital Leadership educational leadership Innovation New Milford High School Opinion

Can Competency-Based Education Demonstrate Mastery Across a Lifetime? #DLNchat

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As Andersen said, “It would help everyone if we all subscribe to a common core of competencies and associated learning objectives.” Many #DLNchat -ters agreed that digital portfolios were one way to show skill mastery, but needed to go further. Keith Bevacqua shared this idea: “Perhaps by archiving full work sets after a course, not just providing a digital badge. The work completed in a CBE program could become part of a digital CV.”

Preparing Our Students for the New Collar Workforce

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College and career readiness was popularized in 2009 under the Obama administration's Race-to-the-Top initiative and it is what fuels the Common Core Standards. Maker educator Kevin Jarrett, gives them a more familiar name: Digital shop class. Knowing how to operate the machines commonly found in the digital shop class is key for success. She is developing a digital badge micro-certification program that provides new collar job training.

2016 Global Education Conference - 53 Live Sessions on Tuesday, Day Three!

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If you reach a total of 300 points, you will be eligible for a special digital badge and a personalized certificate of participation from the GEC! Tuesday, November 15th, is day three of the seventh annual Global Education Conference. We are ready for another great day of sessions and keynotes! IMPORTANT NOTES: Simple instructions on joining the conference for newcomers: [link].

2014 Global Education Conference - Day Three!

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Mancenido (Undergraduate, Bachelor of Elementary Education - Special Education) 2:00am Connecting Education to the Cloud for Digital Citizenship - Chryssanthe Sotiriou, High School EFL Coordinator 3:00am Democratization: Stuctural Change of Regimen and of the Living Experience at Schools - Olek Netzer, Ph.D. Wednesday, November 19th, is day three of the fifth annual Global Education Conference.

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The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Monday, April 14th in Nashville, TN Free Tools to Help Schools Harness Technology for Learning , Join Common Sense Media to learn about their suite of free resources to help schools harness the potential of technology for learning. Participants will first learn about teaching students digital citizenship using a free K-12 curriculum aligned to Common Core Standards, available online or on iPads. How does your library manage digital collections?

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The Learning Revolution Has Begun

World Wise Adventures creates an integrated experience that imparts the following to participants: Awareness of the commonalities between their lives and the lives of people from diverse communities and cultures. Monday, December 15th at 4pm edWeb Webinar: Top 5 Digital Tools of 2014 , What are the top apps, websites, and games for learning of 2014? Join Common Sense Graphite Certified Educator, Dr. Ruth Okoye, to learn about five of the top tools for 2014 by Graphite.

Hack Education Weekly News

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Digital badges aren’t replacing the bachelor’s degree any time soon,” Inside Higher Ed helpfully points out. “But a growing number of colleges are working with vendors to use badges as an add-on to degrees, to help students display skills and accomplishments that transcripts fail to capture.” ” Smart idea, schools, to outsource one of your core functions to a vendor. Education Politics.

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The 100 Worst Ed-Tech Debacles of the Decade

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The implication, according to one NYT article : “the digital gap between rich and poor kids is not what we expected.” The real digital divide, this article contends, is not that affluent children have access to better and faster technologies. (Um, Badges.