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Using Mozilla’s Open Badge project in secondary schools | dougwoods.net

Using Mozilla’s Open Badge project in secondary schools | dougwoods.net | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it

I’ve been working with our Digital Leaders project over the past year in collaboration with Kristian Still, the SSAT, Toshiba and others. More on that here. In a nutshell, students leading teachers and other students in the use of technology for learning. We have had Digital Leaders specialise in different areas such as reporting, VLEs, digital presentations etc.. On a number of occasions over the past year or so we’ve discussed briefly the idea of the DLs receiving official recognition of their efforts. Open Badges would seem to fit the bill perfectly here.

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digital digs: three learning assessment alternatives #dmlbadges

digital digs: three learning assessment alternatives #dmlbadges | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it

How do we design learning to inspire students' intrinsic motivation? Honestly I don't care about badges one way or the other. It's about what you do and why you do it. What I believe we must resist is mistaking real motivation and meaningful learning for increasing our value as a human commodity in the marketplace. I'm fairly sure that education doesn't make us "better" humans. I don't even think learning can make us "more" human (whatever that might be), though it could expand our experience in interesting ways. The one thing we have to prevent is schooling making us feel less human.

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Standardized tests for everyone? In the Internet age, that’s the wrong answer.

Standardized tests for everyone? In the Internet age, that’s the wrong answer. | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it

In a decade of researching digital education, I have never heard an educator, parent or student say that the tests work well as teaching tools. Beyond the flaws of these rigid exams — which do not measure complex, connected, interactive skills — there is little room in the current curriculum or even in the current division of disciplines (reading, writing, math, natural sciences and social studies) for lessons about key questions that affect students’ daily lives. Teaching kids about credibility, security, privacy, intellectual property and other bases of their online lives, after all, would take time away from the tested subjects that lead to merits or demerits, funding or reduced funding, depending on exam scores.

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Unpacking Badges for Lifelong Learning | HASTAC

Unpacking Badges for Lifelong Learning | HASTAC | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it

In the past week since Badges for Lifelong Learning launched, people have written critical, constructive, and positive things about badges, but I haven't come across anything that really unpacks what badges are. I've read that badges are like credentials, related in ways to diplomas and degrees. Grades are sort of like badges, but worse. Badges can function like currency. The word badge tends to elicit memories of Boy Scouts for guys. Badges are shorthand for skills achieved, and can convey rank and reputation. Badges can be completely silly and extremely serious. Gaming is having a good run with badges, and that bugs some people. People like to collect badges. Marketers are getting drunk on badges and should probably chill. Is there some core definition or badge-ness to explain what makes badges unique?

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Mozilla’s Open Badges Announcement, Storified

Mozilla’s Open Badges Announcement, Storified | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it

In the storify below, I've collected some of the resources about the project, as well as some of the reactions via Twitter to today's announcement -- Mozilla's announcement as well as the Digital Media & Learning's badges competition.

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Crowdsourcing Improved Convo About Badges | HASTAC

Crowdsourcing Improved Convo About Badges | HASTAC | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it

The Open Badges concept is meant to be bottom-up, peer-to-peer, and aimed at making assessment and recognition a lot more transparent, social and participatory.” Here’s another key: When a network or organization decides that current systems of recognizing contribution are not fulfilling the needs of the people who make up that network or organization, a badge system is open, unfixed, flexible, and modifiable and can be peer-constructed as an exercise to engage all an institution’s members in thinking about what it wants to credit and why. It’s a fantastic exercise, in other words, in institutional self-reflection, self-evaluation

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Mozilla's Open Badges Offer Ways for You to Showcase Your Skills

Mozilla's Open Badges Offer Ways for You to Showcase Your Skills | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it

If you're a tech-savvy person who has spent time around other tech-savvy people in a workplace or development environment, you're probably either familiar with "constant learners" who are always adding to their tech-focused accomplishments, or you are one yourself. Many techies complete coursework on the side, obtain certification after certification, and display an unwavering effort to keep learning. Mozilla has now opened up its Open Badges Infrastructure project, which allows constant tech learners to showcase their skills and achievements.

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Planet OpenBadges | Erin Knight

Planet OpenBadges | Erin Knight | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it

Now. I realize that I am coming from a different vantage point in this than most. I have been thinking about badges, talking about badges, designing badges, critiquing badge systems, building the badge infrastructure, etc. So I’m a little close to all of this. Some may argue that makes me blind to some of the concerns raised in the blogosphere and twit-o-sphere (?) after the event, but I would actually say it makes me more tuned into them. And appreciate them even more.

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This is great feedback.

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Digital Media & Learning Competition Aims to Recognize and Reward Learning Outside the Classroom | Spotlight on Digital Media and Learning

The thinking behind badges is that learning happens not only in school settings but in an array of other environments, including afterschool programs, interacting with peers in person and in social networks, game playing, at sports camps, and during military training—just to name a few. But there remains the question of how to demonstrate—and recognize—skills and knowldege gained outside of school. That’s where badges come in.

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Open Badges launch: rocket fuel, reaction and resources

Open Badges launch: rocket fuel, reaction and resources | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it

This post summarizes some of the key assets and early conversation from the launch, as we push toward the next major competition milestone: the deadline for Badge Content and Program proposals on October 14.

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Mozilla Tackles Online Education with Badges, Open Badges - Softpedia

Mozilla Tackles Online Education with Badges, Open Badges - Softpedia | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it

While badges are more commonly associated with games and similar things, in this case, they'll provide a visual cue to someone's accreditation, skills and learning.

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Learners earn Open Badges from Mozilla

Learners earn Open Badges from Mozilla | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it

Mozilla has announced its Open Badges Infrastructure project, which allows constant tech learners to showcase their skills and achievements.

As a developer, there is always something new to be learned, so having some recognition, something to show that you've passed another milestone or mastered a new skill is an attractive idea. Mozilla Open Badge Infrastructure, Beta 1 of which has just been published, has been conceived as an alternative accreditation system to support learners everywhere and that will support badges issued from multiple issuers across the Web.

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Rethinking Skill Certifications: Mozilla’s Open Badges Project | SiliconANGLE

Rethinking Skill Certifications: Mozilla’s Open Badges Project | SiliconANGLE | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it

Technical implementation aside, there are other challenges a project like this will face. Since it will be possible for any organization or individual to issue badges it will take some time to establish which issuers will be considered legitimate and which are simply “badge mills.” There will also need to be controls to prevent individuals from gaming the system and displaying badges that they have not earned.

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#openbadges – Learner Stories | Doug Belshaw

#openbadges – Learner Stories | Doug Belshaw | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it

Over at P2PU.org I’m co-ordinating a ‘semester of learning’ on Mozilla’s upcoming Open Badges framework. This past week we’ve been looking at ‘learner stories’, scenarios for using badges to credentialise learning. Here’s my (fictional) attempt to explain how badges could work in the contexts with which I’m familiar.

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The Coalition for Science After School: Badges for Lifelong Learning: What Could They Mean for Afterschool?

The Coalition for Science After School: Badges for Lifelong Learning: What Could They Mean for Afterschool? | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it

There is a lot of potential for badges to tie into afterschool programs. Large organizations--like 4H, the Boys & Girls Clubs, and Girl Scouts--could use badges to show tangible results of experiences from their youth participants. Smaller programs could use badges to showcase unique and individual projects, and help their students create portfolios of their afterschool work. Afterschool professionals could use badges to show completion of professional development workshops, mentorship, or curriculum development or activity enhancement ideas.

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#Badges and the Evolution of Democracy #DMLbadges

#Badges and the Evolution of Democracy #DMLbadges | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it

The power of informal educational badges lies not in their ability to measure individuals, but in their ability to reflect them. When digital elections and referendums eventually become a reality, a reflection of how distinct groups within society – based on experience, skills and the areas with which individuals have deeply concerned themselves – a reflection of how these distinct groups vote will be a tremendous aid to elected representatives.

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Badges for Learning: NYC-Based pilots re-think credentialing for learners of all ages | youpd

The NYC Connected Foundations program's DIG/IT (http://playdigit.org) platform engages students in a digital literacy curriculum in which they "level-up" through a range of interactive, challenge-based activities that guide them to become digitally savvy citizens who can "Live, Learn, Earn and Play" in our connected society. New Visions for Public Schools' YouPD.org (http://www.youpd.org) is a networked professional learning community for K-12 educators in NYC where users share short screencasts and videos presenting creative solutions to "problems of practice" and engage in learning challenges.

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Exploring Technology in Many Dimensions | Alliance for Excellent Education

Both high schools and community college are offering students the opportunity to earn industry credential and certificates that are valuable in the marketplace. Here at the Alliance, we’re interested in anything that improves the life chances for students, especially low-income students, who are so often less likely to go to college and have a chance at good jobs that allow financial growth. The more access students have to tools that give them a personalized educational experience, relevant learning that leads to employment, and rigorous content, the more likely we will be to improve graduation and college-going rates and improve the economic and social well-being of our nation. We’ll be following the Competition carefully and will be excited to see the results!

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Peer-To-Peer Recognition of Learning in Open Education | Schmidt | The International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning

Recognition in education is the acknowledgment of learning achievements. Accreditation is certification of such recognition by an institution, an organization, a government, a community, etc. There are a number of assessment methods by which learning can be evaluated (exam, practicum, etc.) for the purpose of recognition and accreditation, and there are a number of different purposes for the accreditation itself (i.e., job, social recognition, membership in a group, etc). As our world moves from an industrial to a knowledge society, new skills are needed. Social web technologies offer opportunities for learning, which build these skills and allow new ways to assess them.

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Badges, XO & Sugar

As best I can tell, Sugar is not set up for badges, but maybe we and the Sugar / OLPC community can figure out how to program something along these lines. We have an “Activities” page where people can upload their new activities; can we set up Sugar site for work (online portfolios?) in which items can be awarded badges?

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Think Different? Not on College Campuses

Think Different? Not on College Campuses | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it

What if higher ed lost its grip on the credential business? Perhaps then administrators and professors would be forced to think that there is more than one way to provide a college education.

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Student Awards: Digital Badges Make a Debut | Edutopia

Student Awards: Digital Badges Make a Debut | Edutopia | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it

Out of school learning opportunities are becoming more and more prevalent -- and less and less formal. Organizations like Girl Scouts still exist. So do new learning opportunities. Consider an outstanding high school student who is very interested in architecture, and who is working her way through some of the courses available on MITOpenCourseWare. Or a student who struggles in traditional classes but is interested in video game development, has taken Peer to Peer University courses in programming and game development, and has successfully created his own game.

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Open Badges Infrastructure: Beta1 - World of E's

Open Badges Infrastructure: Beta1 - World of E's | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it

The OBI is an open infrastructure to support an alternative credentialing (badging) ecosystem where there can be lots of different badge issuers and any given learner/user can collect badges across those issuers, pull them into one collection that they control and manage, and then share them out as needed with various audiences, websites, etc. We are building the specifications/standards and core reference repository software to sit in the middle and make this ecosystem a reality.

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Digital Badges For Lifelong Learning Competition Announced | Tom's Two Cents

I’m not surprised to hear about objections to badges. Established models of education and credentialing are being challenged. To anyone satisfied with the existing paradigm this is not a happy thing. Meanwhile my 10-year-old nephew is watching lots of Khan Academy videos on his own time, trying hard to earn the Moon Badge. Bring it on.

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Mozilla's plan to support lifelong and professional learning

Mozilla's plan to support lifelong and professional learning | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it

Have you read about Mozilla's Open Badges project? It's the most inspirational open source project I've read about in some time.

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