What I Learned On My ‘Secret Sabbatical’ As a Scholar-in-Residence at a Private Company

Edsurge

The secret sabbatical (so-called because I didn’t really disclose it to Steelcase, also because I want it to sound cooler than it really is) was about using my position as an embedded academic in a corporation to gather all the intel that I can about how private companies work and to see if there’s anything that’s particularly good that could be adapted and brought back into higher education, to make higher education better. The best companies seem to be defined by their agility.

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

Marketplace K-12

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.

5 Key Areas of Technology Professional Development for Teachers

EdTech Magazine

To assist the professional development process for both teachers and IT professionals, Digital Promise, in conjunction with Google , has established a new program called the Dynamic Learning Project to help introduce new education technology into the classroom. .

Open Badges in Elementary School

The CoolCatTeacher

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 is a digital badge and how do students earn one?

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.

Preparing Our Students for the New Collar Workforce

The Innovative Educator

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.

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

The CoolCatTeacher

She also shares her micro-credential badging approach that has her fifth graders excited to learn. You can’t do anything that we can’t go back and fix for you using our magic Undo button and our versioning histories of course.” “I have these great digital badges.

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MIT Starts University Group to Build New Digital Credential System

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The idea is to encourage widespread use of digital credentials across all kinds of academic institutions, and even at more informal places of learning, so that students end up taking ownership of how to communicate their learning to employers.

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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. When graduate student Atis Degro got an email about a George Mason University course in resilience last year, he had to look up what that meant.

The Beginning of a New Era in the Online Degree Market

Edsurge

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. Earlier this year, online education services company 2U–which powers many leading universities’ online programs– announced a partnership with shared workspace firm WeWork , creating an opportunity to embed its online programs in WeWork locations in cities around the world.

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

EdNews Daily

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.” Article Written By: Hossein Rahnama.

Strengthening the Workforce Bridge Between Community Colleges and Employers

Edsurge

Yet a sometimes overlooked part of that community are local companies and businesses that hope—and need—to find skilled workers. This “pathway” data is available to students via an online portal, where they can research nearby job opportunities and learn what courses they need to improve their prospects. As students enroll and complete courses, they earn digital badges in a “Skills Passport” that school counselors and recruiters can see.

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. Traditional higher-education institutions and technology companies have a significant role to play as well.

Higher Education Joins the Blockchain Party

Edsurge

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. He pointed out that anyone may put false information—like a degree or digital badge—on their LinkedIn profile.

Sony Vows to Bring “Blockchain” Tech to Education. Will It Take Hold in K-12?

Marketplace K-12

Blockchain is known today primarily for its use in the world of finance, most notably for Bitcoin , a digital payment system or type of “crypto-currency,” meant to be powered by users, rather than a central authority. company, then graduated from a Japanese university, he said.

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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.

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Is the college degree outdated?

The Hechinger Report

His computer science courses covered topics like programming, machine learning and artificial intelligence; Chibwe even did a project on recommendation algorithms for an online library. Adam Braun started the company as “an alternative for those looking for more career focus.”

Can Micro-credentials Create More Meaningful Professional Development For Teachers?

MindShift

Digital Promise , a nonprofit with a mission of “accelerating innovation in education,” has been a strong proponent of micro-credentials , describing them as competency-based, on-demand, personalized and shareable. Digital Promise ).

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

” (Related: “Theranos investor Tim Draper blames the company’s downfall on an investigative journalist,” Business Insider reports.). ” ECOT is the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow, an online charter school company. a Florida-based breakfast chain, has joined a growing number of companies offering employee education benefits.” ” Via Education Week : “How (and Why) Ed-Tech Companies Are Tracking Students’ Feelings.”

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Salesforce has filed a patent for “ Digital badging for facilitating virtual recognition of an achievement.” ” Also via IHE : “ ACT scores are up this year, but the scores of black and Latino students and those who did not complete recommended college preparatory courses remain far behind those of other students.” ” Google announces it is “Funding 75,000 Udacity scholarships to bridge the digital skills gap.”

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

” Trump has, of course, proposed some $9 billion in funding cuts to the Department of Education, so this is hardly “new money.” Via Open Culture : “ Martin Scorsese to Teach His First Online Course on Filmmaking.” Via The Pacific Standard : “For the First Time, a Female Officer Completed the Marines’ Grueling Infantry Officer Training Course.” ” ( No disclosure that Edsurge shares investors with the company.).

'Robots Are Coming For Your Jobs'

Hack Education

” I’ve looked at how for-profit colleges , MOOCs , and learn-to-code companies have tapped into these narratives in order to justify their products and services. Robots are much more ideal as workers, because of course they cannot unionize. Code.org is backed by a long list of technology companies – from AT&T to Amazon to Facebook to Google to Verizon. (I’ll On average , a bootcamp runs about $11,000 for a 12-week course.)

Hack Education Weekly News

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University joins growing number of institutions opting to outsource online course development on fee-for-service basis.” Via Edsurge : “As LinkedIn ’s Video Library Grows, Company Says It Has No Plans to Compete With Colleges.” “ Digital Badges Are Gaining Traction,” according to MIndwire Consulting’s Michael Feldstein. Related, via Doug Belshaw : “Some thoughts on the future of the Open Badges backpack.”

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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

” The company – funded by Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, Pearson, Learn Capital, and others – says it will remain open. ” “The Indiana Department of Education is seeking $4 million in damages from the company that created last year’s problem-plagued ISTEP test. The state blames the California-based CTB company for the scoring problems and technical glitches that led to delays in releasing last year’s test results,” says Chalkbeat.

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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

You’ll remember Gove, of course, from his role as the former education secretary and as special friend of News Corp's Joel Klein. ” She promises that every kid will learn to code (of course) by having the private sector train CS teachers. 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. Education Politics.

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The Learning Revolution Has Begun

In her consulting life, she has led CoSN’s Leadership for Mobile Learning initiative, developed strategic plans and content for companies, provided professional Gray is the recipient of ISTE’s Making It Happen award and the Apple Distinguished Educator and Google Certified Innovator distinctions.