It’s odd to think that the session that struck me most deeply at ISTE12 is the one I haven’t blogged about yet. I suppose that’s the thing about new learning. Everything else I saw at ISTE can probably be categorized into my zone of proximal development. I saw some new things, but nothing I hadn’t run into in some form or another, and a number of things I thought I could probably present on with as much expertise as the session host. Then late on the second last day of the conference, at a time slot where most had decided to move toward a dinner venue, rather than a final session, I attended a Birds of a Feather session held by Dr. Kyle Peck entitledBadges: The Killer App for Technology in Education.
Dr. Peck started by quantifying this “Killer app for Technology in Education” statement. The killer app is really individualized learning, and badging is an important part of that. He spoke about the badging movement, and a grant from the MacArthur Foundation, won by Mozilla, that resulted in the Open Badges Project. He spoke about badges being digital, clickable representations of lifelong learning. How they link out to the organization that provided the learning, administered the badge, and provide background and information about the type and depth of skill sets achieved.