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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.

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.

5 Key Areas of Technology Professional Development for Teachers

EdTech Magazine

5 Key Areas of Technology Professional Development for Teachers. K–12 teachers are interested in adopting technology, but low confidence in their abilities to use it well enough to make the integration worth the investment is a significant barrier. .

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

Edsurge

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.”

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?

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

Edsurge

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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MIT Starts University Group to Build New Digital Credential System

Edsurge

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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Hack Education Weekly News

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

Edsurge

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

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.

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.

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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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.

Hack Education Weekly News

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(National) Education Politics. ” Another huge (and awful) deal: Betsy DeVos announced this week that the Department of Education would replace Obama-era guidance on how colleges must protect students from sexual violence and respond to sexual assault claims on campus. The Department of Education offers “Highlights from Secretary DeVos’ Remarks on Title IX Enforcement.” Via Inside Higher Ed : “ Education Dept. Education in the Courts.

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Education Politics. US Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos appeared in front of a Senate subcommittee this week to talk about Trump’s budget proposal. said Thursday that he is still part of a higher education initiative for President Donald Trump,” Politico reports. ” Via The Chronicle of Higher Education : “Trump Will Push Apprenticeships , Using Accreditation and Student Aid.” ” More via The Chronicle of Higher Education.

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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.

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

This is especially true when it comes to the growing share of jobs that are technology related and hinge on rapidly-evolving skillsets—which today make up more than a quarter of all job openings, according to data from Burning Glass Technologies. 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.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Education Politics. You’ll remember Gove, of course, from his role as the former education secretary and as special friend of News Corp's Joel Klein. Also speaking volumes, the publications that framed the educational fallout from last week’s referendum on EU membership in terms of how it might possibly hurt the business of British ed-tech. The US Department of Education released its “ #GoOpenDistrict Launch Packet ,” encouraging schools to use OER.

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Hack Education Weekly News

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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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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.

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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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.

Planning for the Total Cost of Edtech Initiatives

edWeb.net

In the edWebinar, “ Strategic Technology Planning and Investment,” which is part of CoSN’s Empowered Superintendent series for edWeb, three superintendents who’ve been in the trenches for all aspects of district edtech plans discussed effective financial planning for technology.

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.

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.

Is the college degree outdated?

The Hechinger Report

In January, he was hired to develop apps at the National Center for Telehealth and Technology near Tacoma, Washington. And that prompts a provocative thought: Could credentials replace traditional education? And there is no count of badges. Read more about Higher Education.

Marketplace trend update: 6 ed-tech developments

eSchool News

Remaining a tech-savvy educator means keeping on top of the myriad changes and trends in education, how technology can support those trends, and how teaching and learning can best benefit from near-constant change.

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. KANO EDUCATION PACKAGES ( kano.me/educators/packages

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

MindShift

School districts spend a lot of money on trainings for educators, but the returns on that investment are not always clear. If the reviewers feel the educator did not submit strong enough evidence of learning, they can provide feedback and ask the educators to try again.

'Robots Are Coming For Your Jobs'

Hack Education

This is part eight of my annual look at the year’s “ top ed-tech stories ” In previous years, I’ve looked at how education technology is intertwined with narratives about “ skills ,” “ competencies ,” and “ credentialing.” ” 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.

Join Us in Chicago for the Fourth Annual Global Leadership Summit - March 15, 2019

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

The Global Leadership Summit will provide participants with the unique opportunity to: Develop the capacity to lead classrooms and educational systems that foster in students the will and the skill to tackle problems of real-world significance locally and globally. Department of Education.