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Out With the Degree, In With the Badge: How Badges Motivate Learning

Out With the Degree, In With the Badge: How Badges Motivate Learning | Mindful Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it

"Catherine Lacey, a student at the University of Western Australia, is a Level 40 Hero in biology.

That’s her ranking on OpenStudy, where she spends up to 30 hours per week answering homework questions posed by students around the world.

Hero is the hardest badge to attain on the site, indicating considerable time spent helping other students. And Lacey doesn’t just help beginners—one of the many merit badges she’s earned from OpenStudy is for tutoring students in MIT open biology courses."


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Are you wondering what badges are? Do you ask yourself why there is so much hype around them? This post answers these questions and more. Sections include:

* Background on Badges looks at how badges have been used for hundreds of years (think Boy Scounts and Girl Scounts) up through the initiative started through the Mozilla Foundation work on badges through what is happening at a variety of colleges and universities.

* What do Badges have on Traditional Degrees? This section looks at how badges can transform the current resume with 15 points (each with short explanations). Three of the points are below.

     * Skills-based Learning

     * Designed by Education Reformers

     * Comparing skills, not students

* How to Spearhead your own Digital Badge Movement - Learn about issues that may come up if you choose to begin to use badges. There are seven points (again with explanations). Two are below.

     * Use different badges for different types of assessment

     * Use Mozilla's Open Badges Infrastructure

Yasemin Allsop's curator insight, August 16, 2013 2:35 AM

As someone who just started to elarn about badges, this is really intresting for me!

Yvonne Marie Webber's comment, August 26, 2013 11:35 PM
@Laura, I really think it can. the badges do not have to focus on product, but can focus on each student collaborating, sharing, contributing in the way that is best for that student. The badges do not have to be given in a hierarchal manner.

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Teen Conflicts Spill Over to Other Areas of Their Lives

Teen Conflicts Spill Over to Other Areas of Their Lives | Mindful Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
Home troubles affect school life, school issues affect home, researchers report
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Best To Not Sweat The Small Stuff, Because It Could Kill You

Best To Not Sweat The Small Stuff, Because It Could Kill You | Mindful Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
Chronic stress can lead to heart disease, cancer and other health problems. A study shows it doesn't matter if the stress comes from major life events or minor hassles. Time to take a deep breath?
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An adult woman was found to be missing her cerebellum

An adult woman was found to be missing her cerebellum | Mindful Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
She was born without an important piece of her brain, but the rest of it adapted to give her a normal life.
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Neuroplasticity!

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Perspective: A Game Changer in the Classroom and in Our Lives

Perspective: A Game Changer in the Classroom and in Our Lives | Mindful Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
Teachers must recognize (and teach) that our perspective shapes our expectations and outcomes. Lori Desautels shares three practices for tuning into and altering perspective.
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Teaching the Brain to Learn -- THE Journal

Teaching the Brain to Learn -- THE Journal | Mindful Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
Here’s how educators can use the latest neurological research to help improve math and science instruction.
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Does Bloom’s Taxonomy still have a role to play in e-learning?

Does Bloom’s Taxonomy still have a role to play in e-learning? | Mindful Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
Mayes and de Freitas (2004)  state that the use of technology can be used to achieve better learning outcomes, more effective assessments or a more cost effective way of bringing learning environments to students; and that  reforming practice...
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Out With the Degree, In With the Badge: How Badges Motivate Learning

Out With the Degree, In With the Badge: How Badges Motivate Learning | Mindful Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it

"Catherine Lacey, a student at the University of Western Australia, is a Level 40 Hero in biology.

That’s her ranking on OpenStudy, where she spends up to 30 hours per week answering homework questions posed by students around the world.

Hero is the hardest badge to attain on the site, indicating considerable time spent helping other students. And Lacey doesn’t just help beginners—one of the many merit badges she’s earned from OpenStudy is for tutoring students in MIT open biology courses."


Via Beth Dichter
Laura Graceffa's insight:

Can it work in an environment that discourages making differences in achievement obvious?

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, August 15, 2013 9:14 PM

Are you wondering what badges are? Do you ask yourself why there is so much hype around them? This post answers these questions and more. Sections include:

* Background on Badges looks at how badges have been used for hundreds of years (think Boy Scounts and Girl Scounts) up through the initiative started through the Mozilla Foundation work on badges through what is happening at a variety of colleges and universities.

* What do Badges have on Traditional Degrees? This section looks at how badges can transform the current resume with 15 points (each with short explanations). Three of the points are below.

     * Skills-based Learning

     * Designed by Education Reformers

     * Comparing skills, not students

* How to Spearhead your own Digital Badge Movement - Learn about issues that may come up if you choose to begin to use badges. There are seven points (again with explanations). Two are below.

     * Use different badges for different types of assessment

     * Use Mozilla's Open Badges Infrastructure

Yasemin Allsop's curator insight, August 16, 2013 2:35 AM

As someone who just started to elarn about badges, this is really intresting for me!

Yvonne Marie Webber's comment, August 26, 2013 11:35 PM
@Laura, I really think it can. the badges do not have to focus on product, but can focus on each student collaborating, sharing, contributing in the way that is best for that student. The badges do not have to be given in a hierarchal manner.
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What can Sweden and America teach us about social and emotional learning?

What can Sweden and America teach us about social and emotional learning? | Mindful Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
In a bid to find out how important happiness is to learning, free school head Zoe Dunn set off on a research trip to some leading Swedish and American schools (RT @GuardianTeach: What can Swedish and American schools teach us about social and...
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From a London teacher.

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Why 20% Time is Good for Schools

Why 20% Time is Good for Schools | Mindful Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
Have you ever met an adult who doesn't really love what they do, but just goes through the motions in their job and everyday life? Have you spoken with men and women who constantly complain, showing
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For 2013-14 school year.

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Genius Hour - LiveBinder

Ideas on why, how to, and who does Genius Hour & 20% Time...!
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To try in 2013-14 year.

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Co-Curating Our School

Co-Curating Our School | Mindful Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
Most classrooms have bulletin boards. It’s where teachers put up exemplary work - often ten or twenty versions of the same project. And many teachers hang up projects in the hallways. We do that to...
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For MSLC walls next year.

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Students Can Learn by Explaining, Studies Say

Students Can Learn by Explaining, Studies Say | Mindful Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
Researchers at a national conference discuss how asking students for explanations can deepen their understanding.
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Not quite sure why this is news.  But, actually, it does point to how the exact question leads to what the student focuses on.

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Teenagers Are Wired for Peer Approval, Study Says

Teenagers Are Wired for Peer Approval, Study Says | Mindful Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
Researchers now have biological evidence that adolescents really do want to jump off a bridge if their friends are doing it.
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Positive peer pressure!

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Today's Teens Can Be Adept Multitaskers, Study Suggests

Today's Teens Can Be Adept Multitaskers, Study Suggests | Mindful Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
Some kids do just fine juggling multiple forms of media throughout the day, research shows
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Some can and some can't.

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What the Marshmallow Test Really Teaches About Self-Control

What the Marshmallow Test Really Teaches About Self-Control | Mindful Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
One of the most influential modern psychologists, Walter Mischel, addresses misconceptions about his study, and discusses how both adults and kids can master willpower.
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Can Students ‘Go Deep’ With Digital Reading?

Can Students ‘Go Deep’ With Digital Reading? | Mindful Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
Textbooks and other student reading material are increasingly going digital, but can students still interact with the text in ways that promote deep reading?
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Digital readting

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What Kids Should Know About Their Own Brains

What Kids Should Know About Their Own Brains | Mindful Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
Getty Neuroscience may seem like an advanced subject of study, perhaps best reserved for college or even graduate school. Two researchers from Temple

Via Dr. Susan Bainbridge
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Anne Murphy Paul.  Yeah!

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The Woman Who Changed Her Brain: Barbara Arrowsmith-Young at TEDxToronto

Barbara Arrowsmith-Young is the Director of Arrowsmith School and Arrowsmith Program. She holds a B.A.Sc. in Child Studies from the University of Guelph, and... (Just watched this.
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Pretty amazing.

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Brain's flexible hub network helps humans adapt: Switching stations route ... - Medical Xpress

Brain's flexible hub network helps humans adapt: Switching stations route ... - Medical Xpress | Mindful Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
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Background diagram shows 264 brain regions in the human brain color coded by network affiliation.
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Tweeted on August 12, 2013

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Starting with the End in Mind | CTQ

Starting with the End in Mind | CTQ | Mindful Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
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Making backward design transparent to students.

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TheGlobalGeniusHourProject - home

TheGlobalGeniusHourProject - home | Mindful Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
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Global Genius Project, 20%

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Mindfulness in Schools | dailyRx

Mindfulness in Schools | dailyRx | Mindful Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
dailyRx is the leading provider of medically reviewed health news and medical information with tips that are actionable and easy.
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To cope with stress.

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The Differences Between Projects And Project-Based Learning - Edudemic

The Differences Between Projects And Project-Based Learning - Edudemic | Mindful Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
There's a big difference between using projects in the classroom versus project-based learning in the classroom. What are those differences, you ask?
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7 Amazingly Easy Video Ideas for Capturing and Keeping Students' Attention -- THE Journal

7 Amazingly Easy Video Ideas for Capturing and Keeping Students' Attention -- THE Journal | Mindful Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
Keeping students attentive in the 21st century classroom is no easy feat. Here are 7 video ideas sure to resonate with students.
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Video works because it makes students translate information from one form to the next, because encapsulation is hard work, and because it ties in the visual and the language.  It's also engaging and fun.

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