How digital badges are shaking up teacher PD

eSchool News

Digital badging has arrived on the scene as a leading contender to close this gap and help provide teachers with a clear path to professional growth, and the micro-credentials to prove it. The Badging Benefit. Badges provide a unique opportunity to allow teachers to expand their professional knowledge in ways that are relevant, valuable and engaging. Badges are earned based on learning evidence rather than just seat time.

Beyond Badges: Why Personalized Learning Advocates Need to Care about Blockchain

Doug Levin

Tom Vander Ark of Getting Smart has argued that “ parent-managed learner profiles ” will by key to both enabling and scaling personalization in education. As Tom envisions, these profiles would include all of the elements of traditional school transcripts, supplemented with richer, more nuanced, and actionable information about student learning attainment, achievement, and needs.

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In Support of Teachers: First State Micro-credential Initiative

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15, by ACTEM and the Maine’s Learning Through Technology Team. What if schools and teachers had support for professional learning that met their needs and was on their own terms? ACTEM and the Maine Department of Education’s Learning Through Technology Team are collaborating on the creation of micro-credentials. iLearnMaine Micro-credentials will be a collection within the Digital Promise Educator Micro-credential Program.

Gamify Your Professional Learning at the CUE 2016 Fall Conference!

CUE

Covina-Valley Unified School District teachers having way too much fun learning about Quizizz at a CUE Launch event. Professional learning can and should be fun! Participants will be asked to capture the collaboration and connectivity of the #fallcue experience in the streamlined Chrome Warrior gamified learning environment. If you are still waiting for your personal invitation to join Twitter, consider this it!

Making Time vs Finding Time

A Principal's Reflections

First and foremost, make the time to learn, grown, and get better as opposed to finding the time. There is nothing more important to an educator, outside of working with kids, than professional learning. Through social media a Personal Learning Network (PLN) provides a great antidote to the age-old time excuse. You can now learn anywhere, with anyone, at anytime you want for free. To learn more about flipped leadership check out the latest book by Peter DeWitt.

Agency: Important for Students and Educators

A Principal's Reflections

Empowerment and ownership need and should be associated with learning to increase relevancy, value, meaning, and outcomes. Voice Educators, both teachers and administrators, should have a say in many elements that influence a school’s learning culture. Then during the actual meeting focus on one or two very important goals such as the following: How do we improve learning for our students? Just as we want students to own their learning the same should apply to adults.

3 ways gamification engages students

eSchool News

In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, hundreds of thousands of K-12 and college students have transitioned to online learning. In the context of education, gamification elements typically include digital badges, leaderboards, progress bars, and more.

3 ways to use gamification to engage students

eSchool News

In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, hundreds of thousands of K-12 and college students have transitioned to online learning. In the context of education, gamification elements typically include digital badges, leaderboards, progress bars, and more.

4 Digital learning trends for Higher Education

Neo LMS

Higher Education (HE) has significantly lagged behind other industries on the road to digitization. Despite the growing demand for edtech and online learning, face-to-face lectures and on-campus activities remained the core part of how students accessed their education.

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Socrates for Remote Learning

Technology Tidbits

Many schools are now realizing they do not have the tools in place so kids can continue to learn while schools are closed. Socrates personalized learning for the students so they are progressing automatically, and provides teachers with tools to monitor progress and assign topics.

Socrates

Technology Tidbits

Many schools are now realizing they do not have the tools in place so kids can continue to learn while schools are closed. Socrates personalized learning for the students so they are progressing automatically, and provides teachers with tools to monitor progress and assign topics.

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. 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. Reflective Learning with Student Digital Portfolios from Shelly Sanchez Terrell.

Socrates

Technology Tidbits

Many schools are now realizing they do not have the tools in place so kids can continue to learn while schools are closed. Socrates personalized learning for the students so they are progressing automatically, and provides teachers with tools to monitor progress and assign topics.

Socrates for Remote Learning

Technology Tidbits

Many schools are now realizing they do not have the tools in place so kids can continue to learn while schools are closed. Socrates personalized learning for the students so they are progressing automatically, and provides teachers with tools to monitor progress and assign topics.

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. The authenticity of transactions are protected by digital signatures that match up with the signatures of those sending information, giving users control over the sending of bitcoins. Badging and Beyond. Sony Global Education Inc.

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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. 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. Reflective Learning with Student Digital Portfolios from Shelly Sanchez Terrell.

Issuing Micro-Credentials to Your Teachers Can Reward Competency

Edthena

Micro-credentials are an emerging method for helping teachers document their professional learning. They offer districts an innovative way to document teachers’ skills while allowing the teachers to share their progress with others via a digital badge.

Using Micro-credentials for Personalized Professional Development

Digital Promise

Using available micro-credentials from Digital Promise, each educator can create a personalized professional development plan that builds on the expertise they feel they most need in the classroom and in our schools. The ACT Network schools share their solutions not only across the network, but nationally at two Forging Innovation in Rural Education (FIRE) Summits and on KVEC’s place-based learning platform, The Holler. Learn more about our work.

Want to be a stronger digital leader?

eSchool News

How can we best harness the positive aspects of technology to improve student learning and the schools we work in? When we apply principals of efficacy to the Pillars of Digital Leadership , we’re well on our way toward integrating technology with confidence that learning will be transformed. The 7 pillars of digital leadership. Pillar 1: Student engagement, learning, and achievement: Enhancing essential skill sets that society demands.

Socrates for Back to School

Technology Tidbits

Many schools are now realizing they do not have the tools in place so kids can continue to learn while schools are closed. Socrates personalized learning for the students so they are progressing automatically, and provides teachers with tools to monitor progress and assign topics.

Socrates for Remote Learning

Technology Tidbits

Many schools are now realizing they do not have the tools in place so kids can continue to learn while schools are closed. Socrates personalized learning for the students so they are progressing automatically, and provides teachers with tools to monitor progress and assign topics.

Socrates for Remote Learning

Technology Tidbits

Many schools are now realizing they do not have the tools in place so kids can continue to learn while schools are closed. Socrates personalized learning for the students so they are progressing automatically, and provides teachers with tools to monitor progress and assign topics.

Socrates Free for Rest of the Year

Technology Tidbits

Many schools are now realizing they do not have the tools in place so kids can continue to learn while schools are closed. Socrates personalized learning for the students so they are progressing automatically, and provides teachers with tools to monitor progress and assign topics.

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

Neo LMS

Fortunately internet technology has stepped in to bridge the gap between racking up hours in a workshop and being actively engaged on a “personalized learning pathway” or your “skills wayfinding journey” — please excuse the jargon, but I have found that additional to some of the drawbacks mentioned above there is a serious resistance in PD circles to plain speaking! The outcome is usually a PD learning portfolio that excites and empowers.

Support English Learners with Micro-credentials from Digital Promise

Ask a Tech Teacher

Digital devices, be they iPads, laptops, Chromebooks, Macs, or PCs, give students access to endless amounts of web-based resources for research, inquiry, collaboration, sharing, and more. It has become increasingly possible to personalize learning–adapt resources and assessments to student skills and needs and differentiate lessons that are pushed out to individual students or small groups ( read: Shifting my Teacher Mindset with Micro-credentials ). personalized.

Roadmap to a Job-Embedded Growth Model

A Principal's Reflections

Undeterred, I continued to talk about the concept of a Personal Learning Network (PLN) and what it had done for my professional growth. Best of all, at least in my mind, was the newfound ability to learn anytime, from anywhere, with anyone in the world for free. Little did I know that this conversation set the stage for one of the most significant learning shifts we ever experienced at my school. It become all about the learning.

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

Edsurge

In 2016, Credential Engine set out to tally all the badges , degrees, certificates, licenses and diplomas available to denote educational attainment. Credential Engine hopes its database will eventually help people discern which credentials offer the most value for personal learning and employment opportunities. They’re still counting. So far, the Washington, D.C.-based based nonprofit has found 738,428 unique credentials in the U.S.,

The Power of Positive Climate and Culture

EdTechTeam

As a coach assisting teachers with technology integration and personalized learning, I notice patterns arising from teacher to teacher. The importance of climate and culture in a classroom and across a school are imperative to successful technology integration, personalized learning, and empowered learning. How a person feels is paramount to achievement. The answer is by personalizing learning and allowing students to set goals for themselves.

Sketch 50: Join the movement!

EdTechTeam

From digital doodles in apps like Procreate and Paper53 to sticky notes and notebook paper -- sketchers young and old are finding their #sketch50 entrypoint. The themes covered across the 50 days of sketching include: Communication , Personalized Learning , Design Thinking , Sketching Basics , Celebrating Success , Social Justice , Creativity , and Growth Mindset. EDUsketchers and Doodlers Join the #Sketch50 Movement !

Digital Leadership – LIVE Blog of Eric Sheninger Keynote at Leading Future Learning 2015

EdTechTeacher

Eric Sheninger, Senior Fellow and Thought Leader on Digital Leadership with the International Center for Leadership in Education (ICLE) and Scholastic Achievement Partners (SAP) , kicked off the 2015 Leading Future Learning conference with his keynote on Digital Leadership. It’s not so much that our students learn differently, it’s that the environment in which they learn has changed. Digital leadership is not new construct of leadership.

OPINION: The new lifelong learner — an education to match America’s economic needs

The Hechinger Report

And lifelong learning is the education that never ends: An ever-evolving mastery and proof of abilities. The good news about lifelong learning for employers is that it means more workers will tailor their skills directly to their job functions. That’s why employers and prospective employees will need to get more comfortable with alternative credentialing like specialized certifications, micro degrees and digital badges. Future of Learning. Mississippi Learning.

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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. Below, we’ve gathered some of the latest and most relevant marketplace news to keep you up-to-date on product developments, teaching and learning initiatives, and new trends in education.

Address Learning Differences with These Micro-credentials from @DigitalPromise

The Innovative Educator

Innovative educators know the importance of understanding how a student learns best and then designing an approach tailored that student’s needs. This comes in the form of learning that is student centered , differentiated, and takes into account the learner’s differences and preferences. However, while educators who have these skills will be more effective at supporting student learning, a teacher’s preservice program may not have fully addressed this.

Can Online Courses Help Fix Teacher Professional Development?

techlearning

Back in 2014, I made such an attempt , and although it was successful not only for our district, but for other districts as well, disruption in the professional learning space, has been limited. Schools want their educators to learn and grow, but in practice, professional development is innately broken, or even in some situations, nonexistent. Online professional development courses, allow for anytime, anywhere, self-paced, personalized learning. [