Making Learning Meaningful with Badges and Missions

Teacher Reboot Camp

Below is the archive of the Twitter chat with our participants and experts sharing tips and resources about student motivation with digital badges and missions. Get your copy of Hacking Digital Learning , The 30 Goals Challenge , or Learning to Go. 30 Goals Events Holidays #EdugoalsMOOC Badges digital badges elearning free online courses MOOC moocs student motivation teacher professional development Twitter chat

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

Teacher Reboot Camp

Get your copy of Hacking Digital Learning , The 30 Goals Challenge , or Learning to Go. The educators you meet will share resources, experience, and offer support! Earn a badge for your efforts, which is backed by INTEF and the Ministry of Education in Spain! Keep a digital portfolio of your accomplishments and digital badges for current and future employment opportunities. “The whole being of any teacher is within our hearts.

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MIT Starts University Group to Build New Digital Credential System

Edsurge

That scenario is one reason that a group of nine universities, led by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, today announced a collaboration to build a system that would let institutions issue digital diplomas and credentials in a way that can be verified without needing to check with a human registrar. For instance, it is unclear whether the group will be adopting one of the standards already being developed for credentials and badges, or building a new one from scratch. “We

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The Winners and Filmstrips of An (Almost) Decade in Education Technology

Edsurge

I define education technology as any tool that supports learning, digital or not. But today, edtech is commonly understood to mean digital technology. MOOCs. Digital badges. Three types of edtech joined the “filmstrip” category in this decade: Learning Management Systems , MOOC s, and digital badges. The real power of digital technology to increase learning remains untapped. Employers don’t know what to do with digital badges.

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It’s Time to Digitally Transform Community College

Edsurge

As a group, we called for a reimagining of community college, including moving toward more alignment with industry and more digital options. But are community colleges ready for this digital transformation?

Educators Make, Play, and Connect This Summer

Educator Innovator

To help close that gap, cities throughout the country are turning to their homegrown resources to create a citywide “campus” where kids can follow their interests, create, and discover. With their rich arts, science, history resources, parks, and beaches, cities are a wealth of potential—if kids can just tap into it. In Dallas, it might mean exploring community action with digital storytelling. Connecting all these activities are digital badges. We know.

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

EdNews Daily

To match the changing, unpredictable nature of today’s economy and digital landscape, these programs should aim for flexibility and innovative paradigms. One example of this is the newest trend of “ digital badges.” Another is the rise of the MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) or online instructional platforms like edX, Coursera, or Udacity. Because of this, six years ago, Ryerson commissioned a new program, the Digital Media Zone , located in downtown Toronto.

Using Transactional Distance Theory to inform instructional design

IT Bill

However, with emerging deliver models such as Competency-based Educational (CBE) and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) gaining traction in higher education, it may make sense to consider student autonomy in the design of online learning. Assessment feedback could include contextual links to additional resources / material for students to review. For the past several years, online learning in higher education has focused on delivering a highly structured learning environment.

20 New Ways to Use Google Classroom [infographic]

Shake Up Learning

Students and teachers are involved in many after school programs that could utilize Google Classroom to share resources and improve communication and collaboration. Think of how awesome it would be to use Google Classroom to share resources, flashcards, tips, practice tests, and feedback through the Google Classroom platform. We can also use Google Classroom to help connect and share resources within our school clubs and organizations. Badging Systems.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). There’s more MOOC news down in the “labor and management” section below. “ The Digital Gap Between Rich and Poor Kids Is Not What We Expected ,” writes Nellie Bowles in The New York Times. The folks at Getting Smart promote CS and SEL resources on Facebook for Education. *Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles.

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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

” Online Education (The Once and Future “MOOC”). Education Dive makes claims about “ MOOCs as tools for equity in under-resourced high schools.” ” Elsewhere, more claims about “the global poor” and MOOCs (and other ed-tech companies) in Edsurge. Remember when the World Economic Forum was super-into MOOCs? Education Politics.

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

Edsurge

Internally, higher education is beset by cultural and organizational issues that are familiar to anyone who’s worked in higher ed: siloed departments that don’t talk to each other, political fiefdoms that arise over squabbles for resources, faculty who engage in unethical behavior and cutthroat competition, a refocusing away from students and teaching and on to winning research grant dollars—to name just a few.

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.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

As Stephen Downes comments , “I find it interesting that they refer throughout to ‘ openly licensed educational materials ’ rather than ‘open educational resources’ – I wonder what the reasoning was behind that.” Online Education (The Once and Future “MOOC”). Elsewhere in MOOC research… From Campus Technology : “Grouping MOOC Students by Communication Mode Doesn’t Help Completion.”

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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” Responses to last week’s news about Western Governors University and the audit of its competency-based offerings: Via NPR : “Who Is A College Teacher, Anyway? Via the Northeastern press office : “ Northeastern University and IBM partnership first to turn digital badges into academic credentials for learners worldwide.” Resources , But Grasp Is Surface-Level, Survey Finds.”

The 100 Worst Ed-Tech Debacles of the Decade

Hack Education

The implication, according to one NYT article : “the digital gap between rich and poor kids is not what we expected.” The real digital divide, this article contends, is not that affluent children have access to better and faster technologies. (Um, Affluent students get to digital tools for creative exploration; poor students get to use theirs for test prep. The key word in that headline isn’t “digital”; it’s “force.” Badges.