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. Join and get the exclusive digital badge to add to your ISTE badge.

Digital Badges Validate Skills for Special Needs Students

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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.

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.

How Micro-Credentials Support Professional Learning

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Now, organizations like Digital Promise have developed micro-credential programs, which recognize educators for acquiring new skills. Shareable—Educators should be able to share the micro-credential just like they would share other professional accomplishments.

Gamify Your Professional Learning at the CUE 2016 Fall Conference!

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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! FallCUE Social Media Mastery — Connecting and learning IRL (ed.

DIY Professional Learning

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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. blog Professional Development TL Advisor Blog Leadership Coding

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.

How digital badges are shaking up teacher PD

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The topic of teacher professional development has dominated discussions about teacher quality and retention for years. The Badging Benefit. Badges provide a unique opportunity to allow teachers to expand their professional knowledge in ways that are relevant, valuable and engaging.

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.

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.

Digital Credentials Summit: Call for Participation

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DIY Professional Learning ] K12 educators and other interested parties are invited to share exemplary work on innovative uses of digital badges and learner records leveraging open standards for formal, informal, and employer-based learning at the IMS Global Digital Credentials Summit.

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. You can now learn anywhere, with anyone, at anytime you want for free.

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.

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.

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

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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.

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. Best of all, at least in my mind, was the newfound ability to learn anytime, from anywhere, with anyone in the world for free.

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?

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. Learn more about our work.

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

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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?

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 26th for the ISTE Rally for Educators Party sponsored by Legends of Learning.

Join Maine’s Learning Through Technology Team!

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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. Increasing access with a focus on learning. We are partnering with Digital Promise.

Designing a System to Support Continuous Learning

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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. Can I learn from someone else?"

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#CUE17- The Game

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I’ve also had the opportunity to work on using digital badging as a way to document professional learning at CUE events. CUE17 Connector – This badge is all about connecting to the #CUE17 community.

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

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Across America, students are learning in new ways many of us could only imagine, tinkering, creating and experimenting in makerspaces and fab labs to solve real-world challenges.

Transforming Classrooms with Deeper Learning

Digital Promise

Jennifer is the director of the educator micro-credentials initiative at Digital Promise. 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.

How Microcredentials Help Educators Develop New Tech Skills

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In addition to their daily task of educating students, teachers must also continue to learn. In efforts to make time-mandated and compliance-based professional learning efficient, technology offers microcredentialing as a vehicle for educators to pursue personal growth. Also known as digital badges, these tools are increasingly used to improve student focus as well as provide a means to incentivize teachers to complete new disciplines.

Can Online Courses Help Fix Teacher Professional Development?

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If we have heard it said once, we have heard it said 1,000 times: Professional Development is Broken For every time we have heard that said, we have also heard suggestions on how to fix it. Online Education Professional Development TL Advisor Blog

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.

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

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Professional development can take many forms. The most powerful professional learning is relevant and actionable. She is a dedicated professional and the newly elected president of the ASCD affiliate for Emerging Leaders.

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. Through this design work, we’re learning a few lessons: We need to support anywhere, anytime learning.

Partnership targets PD for educators of underserved students

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PD Learning Network and California Association of Latino Superintendents and Administrators announce partnership. Course participants may earn digital badges/micro-credentials and optional university credit for demonstrating competency. “We News Professional Development

3 Ways Districts Can Rethink Teacher Professional Development

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According to a recent study conducted by the Gates Foundation, $18 billion is spent annually on teacher professional development. The average teacher spends anywhere from 68-89 hours in professional learning a year. Tip #2: Encourage professional learning through technology.

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. They learn these topics and then demonstrate competency via varied forms of assessment. .

Planning for the Total Cost of Edtech Initiatives

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Upgrading infrastructure, device maintenance, and ongoing professional development, in addition to program and device costs, mean tech initiatives need permanent budget lines that take into account the total cost. Randy was a Tech & Learning Magazine runner-up for 2017 digital leaders.