Digital Badges Validate Skills for Special Needs Students

edWeb.net

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.

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.

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?

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. .

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.

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

EdNews Daily

Famous billionaire college dropouts like Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, and the late Steve Jobs are prominent examples of successes who never completed undergraduate degrees. One example of this is the newest trend of “ digital badges.” Article Written By: Hossein Rahnama.

The Beginning of a New Era in the Online Degree Market

Edsurge

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. Additionally, in another example of blending of online and in-person education, Coursera has begun a pilot offering its online MOOC courses to students at its campus partners.

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Planning for the Total Cost of Edtech Initiatives

edWeb.net

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. The district was one of three schools recognized nationally by ISTE for its digital badge program.

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.

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

Edsurge

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. Google’s model involves a consortium of more than 20 companies—including Walmart, Bank of America, and Sprint—dedicated to considering hiring learners who complete the IT Support Professional Certificate.

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. A person’s records are at hand whenever he or she is, for example, looking for a new job.

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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Is the college degree outdated?

The Hechinger Report

The credentials come from many sources: traditional universities, online platforms like edX, trade organizations like the American Hotel and Lodging Institute and companies like Jiffy Lube and IBM. Adam Braun started the company as “an alternative for those looking for more career focus.”

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Salesforce has filed a patent for “ Digital badging for facilitating virtual recognition of an achievement.” ” Google announces it is “Funding 75,000 Udacity scholarships to bridge the digital skills gap.” ” It’s full of examples of lecturing, but now that they’re recorded as videos somehow it’s innovation. “This Machine Learning-Powered Software Teaches Kids To Be Better Writers,” Fast Company claims.

'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. Demanding that schools teach “the right skills” is also one of many examples of an ongoing “innovation” fixation , of how industry is pressing the education system to bend to its needs. For a complete look at who funded learn-to-code companies this year, visit funding.hackeducation.com.).

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

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. Lots of press releases were issued this week to coincide with the ISTE conference in Denver – Amazon’s new OER platform, for example. Education Politics.

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