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Send Them on Learning Missions Posted by Shelly Terrell on Wednesday, December 4th 2013 Included in the Digital Tips Advent Calendar and part of the Effective Technology Integration category “If you think of learning as a path, you can picture yourself walking beside her rather than either pushing or dragging or carrying her along.” ~ Polly Berrien Berends We are born curious. Observe toddlers playing and you will notice their eyes questioning the objects around them. Paul Ford: What is Code? A computer is a clock with benefits. They all work the same, doing second-grade math, one step at a time: Tick, take a number and put it in box one. Tick, take another number, put it in box two. Tick, operate (an operation might be addition or subtraction) on those two numbers and put the resulting number in box one.

10 Badges What is a Badge? badge [baj]: a special or distinctive mark, token, or device worn as a sign of allegiance, membership, authority, achievement, etc. (Source: Dictionary.com) A badge is a symbol or indicator of an accomplishment, skill, quality or interest. Classroom Timers - Fun Timers We've decided to put our new fun timers, and timers for classrooms into a nice sub-section. These are great timers for children, or maybe meetings, or anything really. They just add some extra fun to the usual countdown timers :-) Badges/Issuers This page includes information about some organizations that are currently issuing badges. Badge issuing organizations are groups or individuals who have content to share and/or contributions and skills that they want to recognize. They determine the criteria and system design behind their badges, and they align those badges with the Open Badges Infrastructure.

Rewards and Gaming #3dgamelab The idea of badges and achievements in gaming is a problem for teachers who have abolished extrinsic motivators in their classrooms. In 3DGL there is a Badges section, an Achievements section and an Awards section. I’m really conflicted by the awards section because it’s more like rewards than badges and achievements in my eyes. I wrote a blog post years ago that led me to raise the discussion of awards ceremonies at my school. We used to have monthly awards ceremonies where we’d give out awards to some kids and choose a few students of the month. It never felt good and the many kids who sat with no award were not being motivated to try harder.

Control Alt Achieve: 66 Question Checklist for Rolling Out Google Apps Every day more and more schools move to Google Apps for Education. It is a powerful solution to meet many needs for students and staff. Some benefits include:Programs - A wide variety of online tools including Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slides, Forms, Gmail, Calendar, Sites, Classroom, Hangouts, and much more.Third Party Tools - Thousands of useful Add-ons, Web Apps, and Extensions to provide more features.Modularity - Choose just the tools you want to use, and who has access to them.Updates - Frequent automatic updates to all the tools so you always have the latest versions with the newest features.Central Management - Simple online management of all users, programs, and devices,21st Century Skills - Support for the skills our students needs for their future including collaboration, communication, creativity, and critical thinking.Price - It’s free! So it is easy to see why so many schools are adopting Google Apps for Education. Google Apps Deployment Checklist

16 Videos showcasing Open Badges for Moodle (development by @TotaraLMS)  Welcome to Moodlenews.com A resource site for all Moodle-related news, tutorials, video, course content information and original resources. If you're new here, you may want to subscribe: RSS feed| Weekly Email Newsletter | Moodle News Twitter Thanks for visiting! There are 6 videos created by Gideon Williams that highlight the open badges development lead by Totara. The videos showcase open badge creation, publishing and earning by students within Moodle. You can give it a go at a Totara development site and can learn more from their docs page: Teacher? – appear.in – one click video conversations Learning how to communicate is one of the core things we learn in school. Whether it's reading words written by others, writing our own opinions, presenting our work or collaborating in a group, students develop their communication skills every day. With new technology, the way we communicate also changes. appear.in lets you communicate in the most natural way; seeing the person you're talking to, hearing their voice and taking in all their body language. Why use appear.in in the classroom? When we launched appear.in in 2013, one of the first communities we saw started using it was teachers.

Elearning design: Making training fun We hear it all the time: “Learning should be fun!” Here’s how it’s often interpreted: “Let’s use a Jeopardy-style game for the quiz.”“Let’s have them explore a haunted museum, clicking on silly things to learn about data privacy.”“We should have a funny-looking wizard explain how the inventory control system works, and he could use his wand to make the data appear on the screen.”“How about a talking frog to explain the supply chain?” Badges, Do We Need Them? #3dgamelab Not sure, jury’s still out on that one for me. In my brief, 22 year career, I’ve tried incentives such as grades, stickers, beans in a jar, lotto tickets, class money, awards all the way to abolishing all of those, even the grades. The change to no rewards and punishments worked, but not as well as I imagined. I still wasn’t reaching all my students. So I tried gamification.

Teacher Resources: 15 Ways to Use Verso App - Verso Learning Guest post by Kevin Zahner My first impression of Verso was that it would be a great way to introduce a lesson cycle. But as my students and I worked with the app, I realized that it can do so much more. Here’s a list of activities that support building authentic literacy skills. But first, a quick note on establishing expectations for responses and comments. 21-Badge Europe! More European countries are emphasising the importance of making visible and valuing learning that takes place outside formal education and training institutions. Yet, despite a number of initiatives and recommendations on the recognition of informal learning (c.f. European guidelines for validating non‑formal and informal learning, CEDEFOP) there is a wide gap between the recognition of formal and informal or non-formal learning. Access to the recognition of informal learning is patchy and the outcome of recognition process is too often treated with suspicion. Expected Outcomes To address those issues, BEU! will work towards the promotion of Open Badges as Open Credentials and of the Open Badges Infrastructure (OBI) as a trust infrastructure.

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