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.

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. .

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. You’ll earn a cool badge, new bragging rights on your resume, and you’ll be a part of an active community of Flipgrid users.

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

Edsurge

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. While I was an embedded academic with the company, I played amateur anthropologist to learn all I could about corporate practices. The most important characteristic of great companies, that higher education lacks the most, is agility.

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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Socrates

Technology Tidbits

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

Edsurge

They can prompt us to assess and measure student progress in new ways; both through digital badges that demonstrate mastery of specific skills and summative portfolios of work that indicate readiness for cutting-edge careers in manufacturing, STEM careers and the creative arts.

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. There were these bags that we had been given, and I thought, “Wouldn’t it be so cool for the kids to earn pins or badges?” “I have these great digital badges.

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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.

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

EdNews Daily

One idea that may not be that controversial, but which needs to be shored up and practiced more across North America, is integration with real world experience, particularly in the information technology sector. One example of this is the newest trend of “ digital badges.”

The Beginning of a New Era in the Online Degree Market

Edsurge

it’s an area that is likely to continue to grow and make up a larger piece of the overall pie, given growing interest from students, more offerings from colleges, and increasing acceptance by employers However, as the online degree market reaches a state of maturity, it is entering an entirely new era in its evolution – an era characterized by a changing competitive landscape, new technological developments and consumer preferences, and growing overlap with non-degree 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. 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.

Higher Education Joins the Blockchain Party

Edsurge

Blockchain, the technology that underpins cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin and Ethereum, is now a buzzword in nearly every industry ranging from financing to healthcare. 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.

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. As students enroll and complete courses, they earn digital badges in a “Skills Passport” that school counselors and recruiters can see. This digital tool signals that a student has attained the prerequisite skills for a specific career or vocational path. Some companies specifically aim to hire veterans).

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.

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.

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

Marketplace K-12

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. Badging and Beyond.

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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.

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.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

*Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. Via Inside Higher Ed : “Two sports apparel company executives and an aspiring sports agent were found guilty Wednesday of wire fraud charges in connection with the most significant sports scandal in recent National Collegiate Athletic Association history – a scheme to pay off the families of men’s basketball recruits and secure their commitment to teams at Adidas-sponsored universities.”

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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. Adam Braun started the company as “an alternative for those looking for more career focus.” And there is no count of badges.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. ” (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. ” Via Campus Technology : “ Southern New Hampshire U Issues Blockchain Credentials to College for America Grads.”

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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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

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.” “This Machine Learning-Powered Software Teaches Kids To Be Better Writers,” Fast Company claims. The company, which helps corporations run education programs for their employees, has raised $31.5

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Via the Northeastern press office : “ Northeastern University and IBM partnership first to turn digital badges into academic credentials for learners worldwide.” Edsurge profiles the latest from Degreed : “This Company Wants to Help You Hire for Skills, Not Credentials.” ” ( No disclosure that Edsurge shares investors with the company.). Via Edsurge : “As US Tech Companies Look to Mexico , Coding Bootcamps Follow.”

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Via Edsurge : “As LinkedIn ’s Video Library Grows, Company Says It Has No Plans to Compete With Colleges.” ” “The Massachusetts Institute of Technology announced Wednesday that it will receive a $140 million gift from an alumnus who seeks to remain anonymous,” Inside Higher Ed reports. “ Digital Badges Are Gaining Traction,” according to MIndwire Consulting’s Michael Feldstein. Education Politics.

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'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.

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

Elsewhere in MOOC research… From Campus Technology : “Grouping MOOC Students by Communication Mode Doesn’t Help Completion.” NPR’s Anya Kamenetz has an in-depth look at the technology and behavior management practices at the Rocketship chain of charter schools: “High Test Scores At A Nationally Lauded Charter Network, But At What Cost?” Conference of Mayors Resolves to Support Digital Badging ,” says Edsurge.

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

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

She also has worked at the University of Chicago’s Urban Education Institute and the Center for Elementary Mathematics and Science Education and currently serves as the director of educational technology at North Shore Country Day School.