Digital Badges Validate Skills for Special Needs Students

edWeb.net

Individuals with special needs struggle to graduate from high school and earn a diploma, much less pursue higher education or gain meaningful employment. If the badges are going to have meaning, the curriculum must have the same characteristics as other subjects.

Who Owns Digital Badges? A Company's Patent on Credential System Raises Questions

Edsurge

Patent and Trademark Office granted two patents last year for creating, managing and tracking digital credentials, it raised new questions and concerns among a community of innovators who are trying to create an open platform for rethinking credentials. How, they wondered, could a company claim to have just invented something that is so well known? It’s worth noting that both Pearson and Credly had long been working with the Open Badges community. When the U.S.

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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.

Catch the #FlipgridFever

Barrow Media Center: Expect the Miraculous

As a company, they celebrate the passion of educators, the wisdom of students, and the curiosity of families. Flipgrid is continuously celebrating the innovative uses of their tool by further amplifying student and educator voices on social media and presentations.

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

EdNews Daily

The conversation regarding higher education has never been more heated. Today’s Millennials have different educational needs from those of previous generations. Given this mix of factors, what new models of education should the conversation converge on?

Open Badges in Elementary School

The CoolCatTeacher

Some elementary classrooms are using self-directed badges for competency acquisition by students. On April 26, celebrate PowerofEcon on Twitter with Discovery Education, CME Group, and their Econ Essentials Program. Open Badges in Elementary School. Open Badging: [link].

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

To Better Serve Adult Learners, Eliminate the Barriers Between Work and Learning

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Department of Education forecasts that by 2027, postsecondary enrollment among adults will grow by just 1 percent, compared to a 5 percent growth rate for more traditionally-aged students. Education Technology Future of Work Digital Credentials Higher Education

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

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Last fall I started my first day on the job as an embedded faculty member with a corporation—as a scholar-in-residence at Steelcase Education. In this public sabbatical, I have learned a ton of new things, mostly about education research methods and what we know from those methods about how learning spaces interact with pedagogy and technology to affect student learning. Let me be clear that this is not about “running higher education like a business.”

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. The event brings together a mix of participants from different parts of education — teachers, administrators, and publishers in elementary, secondary, and higher education. Company Watch IT Social Networking Teachin

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. Companies want skilled employees, and talented students want jobs.

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

The Hechinger Report

These new roles could become the “blue-collar” jobs of the future — the positions that can promise middle-class security without necessarily requiring a traditional higher-education degree. But to train this workforce effectively, we’ll need to change the way we approach education.

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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. .

Socrates

Technology Tidbits

*Be sure to stop by booth #1734 at ISTE 2019 to find out more about this amazing company!!! Socrates is an innovate new site where educators can seamlessly differentiate instruction for each student through a unique game based learning system.

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. I had a special education classroom, and I was the Gen Ed teacher. I went on the hunt, and I created – just using Google Drawings and Canva – these #MakingGoogleMaster 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. Education Technology MOOCs Higher Education

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With the Internet of Things, Smart Dishwashers Can Give Kids Chores

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In the latest twist on parenting in the digital age, smart dishwashers, coffeemakers, washers and dryers made by BSH—sold under brand names including Bosch, Thermador and Gaggenau—can now assign chores to children. The company claims to have 225,000 users, most of them in the U.S.

It’s Time to Remake the Makerspace, But Schools Shouldn’t Go It Alone

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We hear claims that makerspaces are too difficult to manage and maintain, often falling on the shoulders of one committed educator or program leader. Education Technology Maker and DIY Movement

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

Marketplace K-12

Sony Global Education Inc. says it has developed a system to bring “blockchain” technology–meant to serve as a decentralized-yet-secure system for transmitting data–to education, as the concept slowly begins to attract attention in the K-12 space.

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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. 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

As the Microcredential Market Booms, Don’t Forget the Learner

Edsurge

At least 20 percent of American colleges now offer badges—non-credit and for-credit credentials that capture specific competencies, from coding to oral communication. Labor market data company EMSI just made its skills database open source for us all to create better skills maps.

How Do You Patent an Edtech Idea, Anyway?

Edsurge

So when she developed Read Ahead , a tool to transform any digital text into a guided reading activity in seconds, her thoughts went to patenting it. “I Who Owns Digital Badges? A Company's Patent on Credential System Raises Questions.

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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.

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

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In education, does technology create just as many problems as it solves? Jessie Woolley-Wilson, CEO of DreamBox Learning Jessie Woolley-Wilson (CEO, DreamBox Learning): In the past, educators were focused on how to get more devices in the classroom. Open digital badges.

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The Beginning of a New Era in the Online Degree Market

Edsurge

The online degree market has been one of the fastest-growing and most resilient segments of American higher education over the last two decades. Today, more than three million students pursue higher education fully online, representing a $20-billion market. While online students are still only about 15 percent of all higher education enrollment in the U.S., Education Technology Higher Education Postsecondary Learning

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Employer Credentials and Community Colleges: A Look Behind Google’s IT Support Certificate Program

Edsurge

These tech jobs cut across industry sectors and many of them can be characterized as “ middle-skill ”—those that require more education and training than a high school diploma, but less than a four-year college degree. Many tech firms are even going directly to professionals with their own certificates and credentials—such as IBM’s digital badge program , Hubspot’s certifications , and long-running programs like Microsoft’s IT certifications.

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. There’s a need to better serve the students by formulating an education pathway that matches them with the jobs they want,” says Randy Morales, a grant project manager at Cerritos College in southern California. As students enroll and complete courses, they earn digital badges in a “Skills Passport” that school counselors and recruiters can see.

BloomBoard Appoints New CEO, Restructures Focus Around Micro-Credentials

Edsurge

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.

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.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

*Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. All this feeds the review I write each December on the stories we are told about the future of education. (Oh National) Education Politics. Via Politico : “Employee satisfaction in the department [of Education] ’s main K–12 office dropped markedly this year. State and Local) Education Politics. Immigration and Education.

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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. All this feeds the review I write each December on the stories we are told about the future of education. National) Education Politics. At the G7 Summit , the countries pledged $3 billion for girls’ education. Via Inside Higher Ed : “Under DeVos, a Smaller Department of Education.” ” (State and Local) Education Politics.

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Planning for the Total Cost of Edtech Initiatives

edWeb.net

Most educators look at the cost of their device and software, but what they need to understand is that the total cost includes PD, tech support, sustainability. Department of Education Secretary in October 2016.

Preparing Our Students for the New Collar Workforce

The Innovative Educator

A report issued by the Pew Research Center found that only 46 percent of employed Millennials believe their education was very useful in preparing them for a job or career. Maker educator Kevin Jarrett, gives them a more familiar name: Digital shop class.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Education Politics. “ Ugandan parliament orders Bridge Academy schools closed,” according to Education International. “In a sweeping move, the for-profit school chain has been told to lock its doors after parliament demanded it halt operations in response to its failure to meet educational and infrastructure standards.” Via Education Week : “ Donald Trump Proposes Making Parents’ Child-Care Costs Fully Tax-Deductible.”

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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

(National) Education Politics. Not so fast , says Doug Levin : “Scant Details, Fuzzy Math in $500 Million Public-Private Computer Science Education Push.” ” Trump has, of course, proposed some $9 billion in funding cuts to the Department of Education, so this is hardly “new money.” ” Via The Chronicle of Higher Education : “What You Need to Know About the New Guidance on Title IX.” State and Local) Education Politics.