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. I will be part of the panel along with digital badging gurus Rich Dixon (@RichEdtech ), Noah Geisel ( @SenorG ), and Cate Tolnai ( @CateTolnai ). We welcome you to post your digital badging questions and also share with us your experiences and resources.

Integration of Digital Badges to Acknowledge Professional Learning

A Principal's Reflections

The following is cross-posted at Laura Fleming''s blog titled Worlds of Learning. Laura is the new media specialist at NMHS and has been challenged to develop innovative ways to create structures to recognize informal learning of both teachers and students. I am proud to announce Worlds of Learning @ New Milford High School , a digital badge professional learning platform. putting their learnings into practice in the classroom.

Insiders

Sign Up for our Newsletter

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

The Professional Learning Sweet Spot

A Principal's Reflections

For the better part of my educational career, I always referred to any type of learning to assist me as a teacher or administrator as professional development (PD). For the most part, this consisted of attending mandatory district “PD” days, professional learning communities (PLC)’s or approved off-site experiences such as conferences, workshops, or webinars. With a PLN, I was able to learn anytime, anywhere, from anyone I wanted for free.

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. Life Skills Acquisition: These “soft skills,” like adhering to a schedule and learning how to collaborate with others, are applicable to more than a student’s job.

Digital Badges in the Classroom (What, When, & How) – SULS096

Shake Up Learning

The post Digital Badges in the Classroom (What, When, & How) – SULS096 appeared first on Shake Up Learning. Let’s talk digital badges with the experts: Cate Tolnai and Jen Gibson! Digital badges can help us engage students (even remote learners).

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. CUESTEAMpunk — Jump into the STEAM-y side of learning by attending the CUE STEAM Punk Playground on Friday, October 28.

How digital badges are shaking up teacher PD

eSchool News

The topic of teacher professional development has dominated discussions about teacher quality and retention for years. 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 help teachers focus on relevant professional developments opportunities because they support personalized learning.

Building an Authentic Culture of Professional Learning

Digital Promise

Many sectors, including education, acknowledge that learning does not end when formal training does. In particular, key innovations of the last two decades have opened new possibilities for ongoing learning. As a result, where we learn and where we receive credit for that learning are not necessarily the same place. While this affords learners unprecedented freedom, it also can make it difficult to effectively recognize that learning.

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

Edsurge

We think this will be the first real opportunity to build out fully robust pathways for young people into college and career, where the pathways begin with badges [from LRNG] and end with college credit [from SNHU],” predicts Connie Yowell, CEO of LRNG. LRNG is a nonprofit that lets students earn badges through partnerships with businesses and community organizations. Birmingham will be ground zero for their learning and workforce model. Today, badges don’t count as credit.

MobileMind Launches the Industry’s First Crowd-Sourced Professional Learning Hub: MobileMind Community

eSchool News

ATLANTA— MobileMind , the modern professional learning hub for schools, has launched MobileMind Community, the industry’s first competency-based, crowd-sourced PD platform.

DIY Professional Learning

techlearning

Are you waiting for the perfect professional learning opportunity? Now you can stop waiting and design your own DIY (Do-It-Yourself) learning that leads to edtech, coding, and makerspace certificates. Picademy is the Raspberry Pi Foundation’s free face-to-face professional development program that supports educators throughout their digital making and computing journey. blog Professional Development TL Advisor Blog Leadership Coding

How Micro-Credentials Support Professional Learning

edWeb.net

Now, organizations like Digital Promise have developed micro-credential programs, which recognize educators for acquiring new skills. During her presentation “Measuring and Sustaining Professional Learning Through Micro-Credentials,” Odelia Younge, senior project director for educator micro-credentials at Digital Promise, explained the key elements of micro-credentials, how they work, and what differentiates them from other professional development.

In Support of Teachers: First State Micro-credential Initiative

More Verbs

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.

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. In Uncommon Learning I provide insight into Laura Fleming’s pioneering work in this area with the simple premise of acknowledging the informal learning that many educators now engage in on a daily basis. Micro-credentials can be used to guide, motivate, and validate informal learning.

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.

Digital Credentials Summit: Call for Participation

techlearning

The annual IMS Digital Credentials Summit brings together leaders from educational institutions, non-traditional learning organizations, government agencies, and technology suppliers to advance a digital credentials ecosystem that aims to transform the way students and lifelong learners present their knowledge and skills to future employers. [ Professional Development Digital Badges Ed Tech Ticker News

Making Time vs Finding Time

A Principal's Reflections

At one point or another, we have all used the time excuse when it comes to our professional work. 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.

There’s a Badge for That (EdTech Digest)

Edthena

A rundown on what you need to know about micro-credentials and three ways they boost professional learning for educators are outlined in this EdTech Digest article by Adam Geller, founder and CEO of Edthena. Curious about micro-credentials?

Edthena Adds Micro-Credentials to Help Districts Recognize Teacher Growth

eSchool News

SAN FRANCISCO (April 14, 2021) – Micro-credentials provide districts an innovative way to recognize teachers’ exemplar skills while allowing teachers to show their mastery of teaching skills via a digital badge.

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.

Learning Transformed Course

A Principal's Reflections

The reaction to Learning Transformed has been truly humbling. All of these experiences empowered us to think about and then create a deep learning experience that could be easily accessible to all educators across the globe. The key to change is not telling, but showing how ideas can transform teaching, learning, and leadership. Course Description The Learning Transformed course is designed to support your classroom, district or school's transformation efforts!

Course 158

Micro-credentials: A Promising Way to Put Educators’ Skills Front and Center

Digital Promise

Brent Maddin is the Provost at the Relay Graduate School of Education, Director of TeacherSquared, and a member of the Digital Promise Micro-credential Advisory Board. Or consider an academic dean observing two teachers at his school with markedly different performance, and consequently very different professional development needs. How can this dean more effectively personalize professional development to meet each teacher where they are and help them get to where they need to be?

Tips for Teacher Motivation, Goal-Setting, and PLNs!

techlearning

Today, the first live event of The Goal-Minded Teacher: Challenges to Transform Student Learning ( #EduGoalsMOOC ) free open online course took place. You can still join the free course and receive badges backed by the Ministry of Education in Spain and INTEF for activities you complete. The second week our focus is on student motivation and we will be designing learning missions and digital badges. Professional Learning Network News TL Advisor Blog

Four Signs It’s Time for Micro-credentials

Digital Promise

Studies suggest American schools invest $18 billion in teachers’ professional learning annually. But considerable evidence indicates that formal professional development often misses the mark. And while teachers are also learning in informal ways, existing systems don’t track or make the most of that growth. . In short, the current approach to American teachers’ professional development is falling short. 2 – The rise of digital badging.

Roadmap to a Job-Embedded Growth Model

A Principal's Reflections

I remember a few years back during a meeting with teacher leaders, a tipping point that would ultimately change the direction of professional growth at my school. 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. It become all about the learning.

Get Inspired Whether You’re at #ISTE2017 or #NotAtISTE

Teacher Reboot Camp

The last week of June I am attending the Badge Summit and ISTE convention in my hometown, San Antonio. June 24th, catch us at the Badge Summit. June 27th, from 11:45 am–12:45 pm, in Room 301BC, I will be part of the ISTE panel, Personalize Professional Learning with Digital Badges and Micro-credentials , along with digital badging gurus Rich Dixon, Noah Geisel, and Cate Tolnai.

MobileMind and ClassLink Partner to Provide Districts with Seamless Professional Development

eSchool News

June 21, 2021) MobileMind , the modern professional learning hub for schools, is now a certified ClassLink partner, a leader in cloud-based education products, including single sign-on and streamlined class rostering. Atlanta, Ga.

Join Maine’s Learning Through Technology Team!

More Verbs

The Learning Through Technology Team at the Maine Department of Education is looking for a high energy, entrepreneurial-thinking, collaborative educator who would like to work with us. We currently have one opening for a Regional Education Representative: Digital Learning Specialist (and anticipate two more in the coming months). Our strategic efforts include: Maine Learning Technology Initiative – The first, and only, statewide 1to1.

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.

New Micro-credentials Provide Path to PBS Media Literacy Educator Certification

Digital Promise

Read on to learn more, or get started here. It is a series of small steps that takes the students on a journey of empowerment to become active citizens in the digital world. Want to learn more about certification and micro-credentials? Micro-credentials are a form of competency-based recognition that validate an educator’s professional learning. Micro-credentials can be earned as stand-alone badges of recognition or added together to achieve certification.

#CUE17- The Game

CUE

I’ve also had the opportunity to work on using digital badging as a way to document professional learning at CUE events. I’m excited to say that I will physically (rather than digitally) be in attendance at this year’s CUE 2017 National Conference and will be helping out wherever needed. CUE17 Connector – This badge is all about connecting to the #CUE17 community. CUE17 Learner – Show what you know in order to get this badge.

Designing a System to Support Continuous Learning

Digital Promise

In the previous post, we discussed building authentic cultures of professional learning. Today, we explore one of the design principles at the heart of micro-credentials – embracing learning as continuous process. The learning journey unfolds across a lifetime, career, or set of careers. Micro-credentials – which recognize educators for their learning throughout their careers – aim to support this freedom. Can I learn from someone else?"

System 170

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.

Transforming Classrooms with Deeper Learning

Digital Promise

Richards stumbles upon the concept of Deeper Learning — the idea that through hands-on, real-world learning, students can master academic content, improve their communication, problem-solving, and collaboration skills, and ultimately become more engaged, self-directed, and confident learners. Deeper Learning requires a new way of teaching, changing her classroom from orderly rows of desks to a dynamic world of project-based group work and student-driven exploration.

Transforming Classrooms with Deeper Learning

Digital Promise

Jennifer is the director of the educator micro-credentials initiative at Digital Promise. Richards stumbles upon the concept of Deeper Learning — the idea that through hands-on, real-world learning, students can master academic content, improve their communication, problem-solving, and collaboration skills, and ultimately become more engaged, self-directed, and confident learners. Richards, Deeper Learning holds great promise for engaging her students.