Personalize Professional Learning with Digital Badges and Micro-credentials

Teacher Reboot Camp

You are invited to attend the ISTE panel discussion, Personalize Professional Learning with Digital Badges and Micro-credentials , which takes place today from 11:45am–12:45pm, in Room 301BC. The fun part is all participants walk away with their own physical sticker badges.

Digital Badges Validate Skills for Special Needs Students

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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.

Easy to Use Tool For Digital Badges

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Credly Great how-to content, flexible features boost digital badge tool Pros: Super-simple features and excellent how-to info make it easy to get started. Bottom Line: A useful tool for issuing digital badges.

New Merger Wants to Create ‘WeWork for Education’ Via Digital Badges and Mini-Campuses

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Southern New Hampshire University ( SNHU ) and nonprofit LRNG have agreed to merge into one behemoth education organization with an ambitious goal: to streamline the disjointed pathways between K-12, higher education and the workforce and create something altogether more cohesive. “We LRNG is a nonprofit that lets students earn badges through partnerships with businesses and community organizations. Today, badges don’t count as credit.

5 Reasons to Use Digital Badges in Your Classroom

Fractus Learning

Students want to do well in class, and they want to be recognized when they accomplish something. Digital badges do just that: they show when students have learned a skill or met a goal. For teachers, badges make classroom goals visible to students.

The New Librarian: I started a digital badging movement for my students

eSchool News

How could something I felt so passionate about be boring to my students? But still, my students labored through the inquiry process, looking forward to getting it over with. to find gems; becoming global citizens; making informed actions; and exploring digital tools.

Creating Environments Where Students Can Thrive! Highlights of the #BadgeSummit Keynote by @MeenoRami

Teacher Reboot Camp

This year I am attending the amazing ISTE conference virtually thanks to #PasstheScopeEDU and the #NOTatISTE19 team! Below I have embedded Valerie Lewis’ recording of Meeno Rami’s keynote from the Badge Summit pre-ISTE conference event.

How to Create a Click and Learn Digital Calendar

Teacher Reboot Camp

You might be familiar with advent calendars, which have treats or gifts to count down the days to Christmas. Well you can take the same concept and create your own digital version of an advent calendar. Award a digital badge for each task as an added bonus!

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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].

9 Reasons You Should Join the Free Goal Minded Teacher Online Course!

Teacher Reboot Camp

Although education prepares us to teach, it is the love of learning that sustains us.”- Any teacher is invited to join and walk through the steps of learning how to regularly set instructional goals and transform the teaching and learning in their classes.

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The Growing Potential of Micro-Credentials

A Principal's Reflections

There is a great deal of talk these days about micro-credentials and digital badging as a means to acknowledge professional learning of educators. Micro-credentials can be used to guide, motivate, and validate informal learning.

Agency: Important for Students and Educators

A Principal's Reflections

There is a great deal of talk and focus on the need to improve student agency in our schools and rightfully so (see my post on this topic HERE ). Empowerment and ownership need and should be associated with learning to increase relevancy, value, meaning, and outcomes.

The school that connects STEM, badging, and life beyond the classroom

eSchool News

As educators, we know that science is not just a body of knowledge, but it is a process that enables people to answer questions through scientific inquiry. These are important skills for students to master, not least because of the growing demand for science and STEM professionals.

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How To Make Learning Visible: A Spectrum

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How To Make Learning Visible: A Spectrum. It comes in many forms, from essays, quizzes, and exams, to the lifeless “ What’d you learn in school today? Badges and trophies are usually seen as a reward for an accomplishment, but they’re not very good at it.

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7 sneaky ways to get students reading using technology

eSchool News

You can spot them easily during their silent reading time: staring at the wall, using the bathroom, or attempting to sharpen pencils that clearly do not need sharpening. Sadly, the number seems to jump year after year. Use a digital timer. Create challenges and badges.

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. They are what connect you to communities of conversation and amplify the voices of the people on your topic. .

Class Tech Tips: How-To Find Success in Your Co-Teaching Partnership

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I’m so excited to share a new online course from a former colleague and fellow Participate author. Finding Success in Your Co-Teaching Partnership is now open for enrollment, and you’ll want to check this out! With online courses, you can pick and choose what content you want to learn.

Balancing Act: Cybersecurity in the Connected Classroom

EdTech Magazine

With K–12 schools leveraging connected technologies to help improve student outcomes and boost classroom collaboration, effective cybersecurity is not optional. It’s essential to meet student expectations and to satisfy state regulations. Who has access to this technology?

31 Days of Digital Goodies

Teacher Reboot Camp

Included in the Digital Ideas Advent Calendar. One way to engage students is to create interactive digital calendars. December is the month for advent calendars, so I’ve created the Digital Ideas 2014 Advent Calendar to give you a hands-on example of how this works. You will also be given a challenge so that you are motivated to try out these ideas. Keep reading to find out how to make your own interactive digital calendar.

Give Your Traditional Syllabus a Needed Makeover!

Teacher Reboot Camp

“In an effective classroom students should not only know what they are doing, they should also know why and how.” Time to do away with the traditional syllabus and make it more engaging for your digital learners. Want to get your learners to read the syllabus?

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.

31 Days of Digital Goodies

Teacher Reboot Camp

Included in the Digital Ideas Advent Calendar. One way to engage students is to create interactive digital calendars. December is the month for advent calendars, so I’ve created the Digital Ideas 2014 Advent Calendar to give you a hands-on example of how this works. You will also be given a challenge so that you are motivated to try out these ideas. Keep reading to find out how to make your own interactive digital calendar.

The World Championship of Booktalks (Video)

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Jenn LaGarde and I will let the final four entries speak for themselves, but here’s how YOU and your students can decide who will be named this year’s “World Champion.” Step 2: Use this link to vote for your favorite booktalk. The wait is over!

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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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There Are 700K+ Credentials — and Counting. Which Ones Are ‘Quality’?

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In 2016, Credential Engine set out to tally all the badges , degrees, certificates, licenses and diplomas available to denote educational attainment. according to a new report published Wednesday. But the studies differ in their approaches to analyzing the myriad options.

New Ways to Gamify Learning

Ask a Tech Teacher

Maybe Vocabulary.com and its spelling games come to mind next. Their approach is good but way down the SAMR pyramid to what can be done today, easily, in classrooms. Let me step back a moment to explain the SAMR Model as it applies to the use of technology in education.

Student Reflection with Digital Portfolios

Teacher Reboot Camp

Included in the Digital Ideas Advent Calendar with a new idea each day! The teachers are very new to web tools, developing Personal Learning Networks (PLNs) and are currently teaching full time. The course is task based and I’m fortunate to be one of the instructors. I look forward to grading their reflective eportfolios, because this is when my students begin to look back at their learning journey and see how much they’ve grown.

6 Reasons to Incorporate “Smithsonian Quests” Into Your Classroom

The Innovative Educator

By Ashley Naranjo, Education Technician for the Smithsonian Center for Education and Museum Studies For some time now, the education community has discussed and explored how to get out of the standardized-testing rut and make learning enjoyable again.

Collaborative & Creative Online Learning

Teacher Reboot Camp

Recently added to the Survival Tips for Teachers ! “The number one benefit of educational technology is that it empowers people to do what they want to do. Our students’ digital behavior influences our learning, language, rituals, values, routines, customs, and communication. This example illustrates the power of our digital acts and choices. This way you can facilitate and guide your students to make positive choices when they interact online.

Micro-credentials for teacher PD: Why? What? How?

Neo LMS

Professional development is an essential part of the teaching profession — teachers are expected to remain lifelong learners. In addition, the courses do not provide ongoing teacher-communities were many teachers feel a peer-to-peer approach would be more or additionally effective.

How Microcredentials Help Educators Develop New Tech Skills

EdTech Magazine

How Microcredentials Help Educators Develop New Tech Skills. In addition to their daily task of educating students, teachers must also continue to learn. Traditionally, that requires educators to take courses, whether in the classroom or online. . In efforts to make time-mandated and compliance-based professional learning efficient, technology offers microcredentialing as a vehicle for educators to pursue personal growth.

Uncommon Learning

A Principal's Reflections

The engaging aspects of technology today and ubiquitous access to information provide constant engagement to learners of all ages. They have embraced this digital world as it provides consistent relevance and meaning through an array of interactive experiences.

Education Design Lab announces #TeeUpTheSkills cohort of employers and college partners to test effectiveness of digital credentials

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The Lab will work closely with the employer partners, ranging from Fortune 500s to start-up collaboratives. We are very excited that these employers see enough promise to jumpstart this translation process.” Sign up to join here.

Student Reflection with Digital Portfolios

Teacher Reboot Camp

Included in the Digital Ideas Advent Calendar with a new idea each day! The teachers are very new to web tools, developing Personal Learning Networks (PLNs) and are currently teaching full time. The course is task based and I’m fortunate to be one of the instructors. I look forward to grading their reflective eportfolios, because this is when my students begin to look back at their learning journey and see how much they’ve grown.

MIT Starts University Group to Build New Digital Credential System

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When a college goes out of business , all of its alumni can suddenly find themselves in an unexpected dilemma: How can graduates prove they actually earned their degrees when no one is left at the institution to send academic transcripts to prospective employers or graduate schools?

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