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

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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

Laura Graceffa's curator insight, August 16, 2013 6:15 PM

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

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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Are video games good for you? New research may suggest yes - Bend Bulletin

Are video games good for you? New research may suggest yes - Bend Bulletin | Technology in Education | Scoop.it
CHICAGO — Imagine a hardcore video game fanatic, and the picture you summon probably won’t resemble Roman Rivera.
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Technology in the Classroom: Using Digital Tablets

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Plickers: collect real-time formative assessment data with just your phone or tablet

Plickers: collect real-time formative assessment data with just your phone or tablet | Technology in Education | Scoop.it

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"But what if you have no computers, no cell phones, no nothing? Do you have a smartphone or tablet? If so, you've got two simple answers.

For verbal questions: Log into Plickers and create a page for each student. This tool will code in the student's name and answers. Hand each student their plicker card and ask a question. The student will hold the card up in the direction of their answer. Looking at the class through the camera on your smartphone inside the Plicker app, you’ll see the name of each student and whether he or she got the answer right to the question you just asked! BAM! (Hat tip to Richard Byrne for teaching me about Plickers in a recent interview.)"


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Student Learning And Engagement Enhanced By Tablet Technology

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A study finds a significant increase in student engagement and learning when tablets were introduced into a college program.

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​Will Digital Accessible Books Improve Reading for Students with Dyslexia? (EdSurge News)

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In second grade, Jose Alvarez struggled to read. He had fallen behind early in school. His older brothers and mother are dyslexic, and the family feared that Jose might have a learning disability too.

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The Digital Divide: Resource Roundup

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Learn more about the changing landscape of the "digital divide" in education and beyond, and explore resources that discuss how to help all students develop digital and media literacy.
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Coder creates smallest chess game

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A computer programmer creates a computer chess program that takes up only 487 bytes of data, breaking a 33-year-old record.
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Research by Steinhardt Faculty Member Shows How Technology Supports Teachers in Curriculum Design | At a Glance

Research by Steinhardt Faculty Member Shows How Technology Supports Teachers in Curriculum Design | At a Glance | Technology in Education | Scoop.it
#SteinhardtStudy: Teachers’ involvement in curriculum design is essential for sustaining tech-enhanced learning. http://t.co/k6PnEwmKxe
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Blogs and Wikis in the Classroom

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A blog is a communication and collaboration tool that provides a way for teacher and student to set and communicate goals and objectives (Pitler, p.35). They can also be used to differentiate stude...
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PROBLEM SOLVING USING SCRATCH - ICT in Practice...

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Young minds, bright future: Robotics revolution hits Ugandan classrooms - CNN International

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Building a robot from scratch may seem like an impossible task to any school student, but one man is changing that mind-set for a generation of Ugandans.
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Awesome Visual Featuring The 6 Types of Technology Integrators ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

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Here is an interesting visual that has been making rounds online.The Pencil Metaphor outlines 6 types of how people react to technology. 


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Funny summary of the types of excuses people use not to adopt technology, along with those that do take the plunge.

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8 classroom uses for holographic technology

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Holographic technology is moving quickly toward classroom application, with implications for video conferencing, science simulations, design and more.

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Stanford Launches Free Course on Developing Apps with iOS 8

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Quick note: Whenever Apple releases a new version of iOS, Stanford eventually releases a course telling you how to develop apps in that environment. iOS 8 came out last fall, and now the iOS 8 app development course is getting rolled out this...

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5 Movement Strategies That Get Students Thinking

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Too Much Sitting? 5 Movement Strategies That Get Students Thinking

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What would happen if you incorporated more movement in your classroom, providing students opportunities to get up from their seat and physically move their body? Based on current brain research you may find your students more engaged in their learning. This post provides five suggestions on activities you can incorporate into lessons to allow students opportunities to move. What are they?

1. Gallery Walks/Chalk Talks

2. White Board Meetings

3. North Pole-South Pole/Continuum

4. Musical Mingle

5.  Stations

Each is explained in detail in the post. Do you have ideas on how movement can be incorporated into lessons? If so, share them in the comment section.

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Five steps for embedding technology use in colleges

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In an earlier blog I considered how educators can overcome some of the challenges in adopting new technologies for teaching.

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The Difference Between Gamification And Game-Based Learning

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This Is Why Students Need to Learn Coding ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

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Kahoot! is a classroom response system which creates an engaging learning space, through a game-based digital pedagogy. Kahoot! Have you tried Socrative and Moodle Real Time quizzes for whole class quiz activities and/or revision sessions?
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How to Enhance Your Students' Communication Skills? Does Technology Help? - EdTechReview™ (ETR)

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Students can enhance both their written and oral communication skill using technology under the sound guidance of their teachers.
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Learning Theory - What are the established learning theories?

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