Electronic Badges Demonstrate Skills and Competencies…
Why this is a big deal and how to use badges, while earning a badge…
The scouts began using merit badges at the turn of the twentieth century to demonstrate exploration and meeting criteria in specific interests. Nearly 100 years later, educators and organizations are using digital badging to recognize and verify skills and competencies in learners. When thoroughly implemented, these competencies carry currency, showcase experience and impact an individual’s standing in the job market, community and future education. Badges are an incentive, an assessment tool and a cool methodology for promoting competencies. With guidance and investment, you’ll be ready to start badging in a short window.
In this 60 minute webinar, faculty from Aurora Public Schools showcase real and effective badging programs. The session describes a badging system, elements of successful badging, necessary stakeholders, lessons learned and pitfalls. The session will provide resources to participants for starting and sustaining and evaluating badging.
At conclusion of the webinar, participants should be able to
- Define badging and digital badging
- Describe frameworks of badging programs
- List benefits to stakeholders (community, learners, organizations)
- Access resources for building a badge program in your institution
- Identify curriculum or skills sets appropriate for badges
For the last 10 years Amanda Rose Fuller has been working in the field of education – starting in Tennessee, with a pit stop in Europe and finally landing in the Aurora Public Schools. Last school year she made the move out of the classroom to join the exciting and innovative Digital Badge team. From planning professional development to coaching teachers to recognize the 21st Century Skill development in their instruction, Amanda is dedicated to helping her district successfully implement the Digital Badge program to ensure all students are given access to credentials which open doors of opportunity.
Ben Wilkoff is the Program Director for Personalized Learning in Aurora Public Schools. He led the Personalized Professional Learning efforts in Denver Public Schools. He has taught middle schoolers English. He has managed online communities for Edmodo and been an Online Learning and Technology Resources Specialist for Douglas County Schools. He was named the Totally Wired Teacher of the year in 2007 by Edutopia and has blogged at Learning is Change since 2004. He is married to his favorite person, and loves his three children quite a little bit. He is passionate about personalized learning, technology with purpose, and creating at least one new thing every day. In short, he teaches, and learns. A lot.