Inspire Learning Beyond Your Classroom Walls by Setting Up a Virtual Learning Community

Teacher Reboot Camp

Part of the December 2019 STEM Resources Digital Calendar ! Seesaw is the student engagement platform and digital portfolio tool I use with my elementary students. Moodle offers several free features, such as the ability to create discussions, quizzes, assignments, surveys, and more!

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Online PD Courses Help Educators Understand Ed-Tech, Classroom Management, Study Finds

Marketplace K-12

The three biggest reasons pre-K-12 educators took online professional development courses in the past year were to learn how to use digital devices, how to use the educational software that goes on them, or to find out more about classroom behavior or management, according to a new study.

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5 Key Areas of Technology Professional Development for Teachers

EdTech Magazine

To assist the professional development process for both teachers and IT professionals, Digital Promise, in conjunction with Google , has established a new program called the Dynamic Learning Project to help introduce new education technology into the classroom. .

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.

How micro-credentials could have a chance

eSchool News

New survey delves into how teachers would use micro-credentials and examines how widely-known the concept is. Micro-credentials could have a hugely beneficial impact on teacher professional development, according to a new study — provided some big ifs swing in their favor.

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To Better Serve Adult Learners, Eliminate the Barriers Between Work and Learning


In a national survey , we found that providing academic credit for experience and on-the-job learning was among employers’ top priorities for colleges and universities, alongside other work-integrated learning themes such industry validation and including real-world projects in the curriculum.

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


In 2016, Credential Engine set out to tally all the badges , degrees, certificates, licenses and diplomas available to denote educational attainment. Credential Engine is surveying the landscape first, trying to develop a comprehensive dataset before coming to any particular conclusions. “We

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. One of the leaders in this field is Digital Promise. Who is Digital Promise?

Collaborative & Creative Online Learning

Teacher Reboot Camp

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. Find the Google Doc handout with digital icebreakers, like Digital Bingo, here. Does your VLE have forums, offer badges, or allow you to embed? Get a foundation in pedagogy and instructional practices that support digital collaboration and literacy.

What Problems Has Edtech Solved, and What New Ones Did It Create?


We’ve largely succeeded—according to a recent Common Sense Media survey , eight out of 10 K-12 teachers have computing devices in their classrooms. Open digital badges. Technology can collect and harness more data than ever before.

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A Process for Implementing Student Digital Projects

Teacher Reboot Camp

Lately, I’ve been busy grading my students’ digital products. These digital projects, or what I often call, “ learning missions ,” are adaptable and can be used to teach different age groups (children to adults) and subjects and achieve various learning objectives.

The Beginning of a New Era in the Online Degree Market


More than 75 percent of online students enroll at an institution within 100 miles of their homes, according to recent research from The Learning House (and consistent across past surveys over time). The online degree market has been one of the fastest-growing and most resilient segments of American higher education over the last two decades. Today, more than three million students pursue higher education fully online, representing a $20-billion market.

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Employer Credentials and Community Colleges: A Look Behind Google’s IT Support Certificate Program


Unfortunately, most employers have difficulty filling middle-skill jobs, and they are more likely to leave vacancies unfilled or hire temporary workers than to collaborate with community colleges or other training providers, according to an Accenture survey That seems to be changing though, with industry waking up to the need to invest in middle-skills development.

Why I Had to Develop a Unique Learner Profile to Meet the Needs of My Students


I’ve learned that I need to know my students academically and personally so I can modify instruction to be as effective, engaging and rigorous as possible, so every year I craft personal learner profiles for my students that go beyond their IEP goals and basic personality surveys. As far as motivation, students might initially be drawn in by scoreboards and badges, but their attention is maintained through the challenging, fun and social aspects of the game.

What Education Technology Could Look Like Over the Next Five Years


Access to mobile technology especially has helped students feel comfortable in the role of digital creator. Exposure during teacher training would help seed good practices early and ingrain digital literacy as an important skill for students to learn.

Is the college degree outdated?

The Hechinger Report

Within the credential universe, you find badges and certificates (earned for completing a course) as well as licenses and certifications (which require an exam and must be renewed). And there is no count of badges.

Hack Education Weekly News

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” From the press release : “ Concentric Sky Announces BadgeRank – a New Search Engine for Digital Badges.” ISTE amping up/normalizing surveillance in education at this year's conference: "Smart badges at ISTE 2018" [link] Note: EventBit doesn't post a privacy policy, but parent company's policy is hardly comforting: [link] #edtech #ISTE2018 #ISTE18 — ???????? ?????????? 3 Findings From a New Survey Offer Some Clues.”


Can Micro-credentials Create More Meaningful Professional Development For Teachers?


Digital Promise , a nonprofit with a mission of “accelerating innovation in education,” has been a strong proponent of micro-credentials , describing them as competency-based, on-demand, personalized and shareable. Digital Promise ).

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Via Tony Bates : “Responses to the Canadian survey of online and distance learning.” Salesforce has filed a patent for “ Digital badging for facilitating virtual recognition of an achievement.” ” Google announces it is “Funding 75,000 Udacity scholarships to bridge the digital skills gap.” (National) Education Politics. “Americans Have Given Up on Public Schools.

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Via the Northeastern press office : “ Northeastern University and IBM partnership first to turn digital badges into academic credentials for learners worldwide.” ” A new report from Data & Society : “ Privacy, Security, and Digital Inequality – How Technology Experiences and Resources Vary by Socioeconomic Status, Race, and Ethnicity.” Resources , But Grasp Is Surface-Level, Survey Finds.” (National) Education Politics.

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Digital Badges Are Gaining Traction,” according to MIndwire Consulting’s Michael Feldstein. Related, via Doug Belshaw : “Some thoughts on the future of the Open Badges backpack.” Google has launched a curriculum called “ Be Internet Awesome ” to encourage digital safety and citizenship. Education Politics.

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Digital badges aren’t replacing the bachelor’s degree any time soon,” Inside Higher Ed helpfully points out. “But a growing number of colleges are working with vendors to use badges as an add-on to degrees, to help students display skills and accomplishments that transcripts fail to capture.” Via Inside Higher Ed : “A new national survey finds that student debt has an impact on how people view relationship potential.”


The 100 Worst Ed-Tech Debacles of the Decade

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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, Badges.

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Conference of Mayors Resolves to Support Digital Badging ,” says Edsurge. There’s some more research on badges and alternative credentials in the research section below. “ XO Infinity Modular Laptop Goes Up For Pre-Order Minus Its Modular Design,” The Digital Reader’s Nate Hoffelder reports. Millennials prefer badging and certificates to traditional degrees, according to researchers from UPCEA, Penn State and Pearson.”