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. First, for any career preparation program, schools need to concentrate on three essential areas.

Open Badges in Elementary School

The CoolCatTeacher

Some elementary classrooms are using self-directed badges for competency acquisition by students. In today’s show, Amy Cooper talks about how this is done, the advantages, and insights on student motivation. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher. Open Badging: [link].

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Catch the #FlipgridFever

Barrow Media Center: Expect the Miraculous

The Flipgrid team is constantly listening to the rapidly growing community of users and improving the tool to meet the needs of all users. As a company, they celebrate the passion of educators, the wisdom of students, and the curiosity of families.

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. Big data is coming to education, if it’s not here already. But the rules and norms for handling digital information generated by students are far from clear. Company Watch IT Social Networking Teaching

Preparing Our Students for the New Collar Workforce

The Innovative Educator

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. It doesn't need to be. Maker educator Kevin Jarrett, gives them a more familiar name: Digital shop class.

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

The CoolCatTeacher

Now having moved to 5th grade, Mrs. Yonker is continuing her tech encouragement with the #MakingGoogleMasters. She also shares her micro-credential badging approach that has her fifth graders excited to learn. To learn more about Wriq go to www.texthelp.com/wriq.

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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.

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

Edsurge

I still remember the day in 1999 when, as a Product Director at AOL, I was invited to brainstorm our approach to the hot new thing consumers wanted: Search. It’s early days, but I’m hoping not to forget the customer this time. The telephone was invented to help the deaf.

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

Edsurge

But with that comes greater risks to personal privacy and potential for misuse. 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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Planning for the Total Cost of Edtech Initiatives

edWeb.net

Upgrading infrastructure, device maintenance, and ongoing professional development, in addition to program and device costs, mean tech initiatives need permanent budget lines that take into account the total cost. Are they prepared to adapt to other systems?

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.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

*Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. Oh my god, it’s almost time to start working on that year-end project.). Now the office wants to hire an outside contractor to help figure out why.” A mail bomb campaign targeted opponents of President Trump this week, but remember: the biggest threat to democracy and free speech are liberal students’ protests on elite college campuses.

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Is the college degree outdated?

The Hechinger Report

SEATTLE — Last June, Martin Chibwe, a computer science major, graduated from Evergreen State College, in Olympia, Washington, a liberal arts campus with a hipster ethos that shuns letter grades and urges exploration (“We don’t tell you what to take,” its website promises).

The 100 Worst Ed-Tech Debacles of the Decade

Hack Education

I think it is worthwhile, as the decade draws to a close, to review those stories and to see how much (or how little) things have changed. But as the ed-tech sector is never willing to let a bad idea die, the report will live on. Badges.

WHAT’S NEW

techlearning

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. to streamline workflows for assessment and data analysis.

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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

One of the most important stories this past week was the Trump Administration’s announcement that it planned to end the DACA program, putting the immigration status and safety of some 800,000 people into question. Buzzfeed reported that – as of 9pm Thursday at least – “ Betsy DeVos Still Hasn’t Said Anything About Trump’s Decision To End DACA.” million to cover federal funds that went to the botched statewide school broadband contract.”

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

“ President Trump Earmarks $200 Million in Federal Grants for STEM , Computer Science Programs ,” says Edsurge , later swooning that “ Google , Facebook , Amazon Among Tech Titans Committing $300 Million to K–12 Computer Science.” ” “Amazon, Facebook and others in tech will commit $300 million to the White House's new computer science push,” says Recode. Department of Education Awards $253 Million in Grants to Expand Charter Schools.”

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

US Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos appeared in front of a Senate subcommittee this week to talk about Trump’s budget proposal. “But he said the initiative is different from the group he had been tapped to lead in late January.” Supreme Court on Monday declined without comment to hear an appeal of a ruling that bars a technical college from drug testing all students.” That seems to be Coursera ’s business model. Education Politics.

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

MindShift

Learning science says people learn best when they apply new information to their own contexts. But these elements are rarely applied to professional development. They also have to reflect on what they learned through those experiences. Digital Promise ).

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.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

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. From the Department of Education press release : “Secretary King Calls for Charter Schools to Lead on Rethinking Student Discipline.”

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