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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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How to Incubate Creativity in School Through Making and Discovery - Mind/Shift #makered

How to Incubate Creativity in School Through Making and Discovery - Mind/Shift #makered | Technology in Education | Scoop.it
Math teacher Laura Kretschmar gave students a rubric with specific goals around collaboration, communication and instructions to use various functions in the program, but not a lot else. She’s intentionally giving them a lot of freedom to play with the program, create cool designs and figure out what the functions do.

“I think “y” means, like, going up,” says Juritzy Maldonado. “So to pull it up, I’m going to try to change the number.” She punches in 200 for “y” and watches the image she’s creating shift upward. Another group discovers that if they hit “repeat” multiple times, they can create a parachute-like design that they’ve figured out how to color in various ways. That wasn’t their original plan, but they’re running with it now.

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Great article on how to incubate creativity at School through making and discovery #edchat #education

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The trouble with Levels (ICT & Computing in Education)

The trouble with Levels (ICT & Computing in Education) | Technology in Education | Scoop.it

The trouble with Levels, an education post from the blog ICT & Computing in Education, written by Terry Freedman on Bloglovin’

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Why your child’s digital footprints in school matter

Why your child’s digital footprints in school matter | Technology in Education | Scoop.it

Schools are collecting more and more data on children. They must make sure they comply with the law.

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How to get more women on the journey to technology leadership: two female IT leaders speak up | Information Age

How to get more women on the journey to technology leadership: two female IT leaders speak up | Information Age | Technology in Education | Scoop.it

Ahead of the Women in IT Awards' return on 28 January, female IT leaders and award judges Eileen O'Mara and Ursula Morgenstern tell Information Age how more women can be inspired to follow in their footsteps...

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Cool Tool | Newseum Digital Classroom

Cool Tool | Newseum Digital Classroom | Technology in Education | Scoop.it

The Newseum Digital Classroom serves to extend and enrich the museum experience. Free for students and teachers, it provides access to those who can’t visit the physical space.


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We can do this at our school!

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STEM Teacher Tool: Free Videos on 'Super Small Science'

STEM Teacher Tool: Free Videos on 'Super Small Science' | Technology in Education | Scoop.it

NBC Learn and the National Science Foundation have released a series of short videos about nanotechnology, or the study of objects that are measured in billionths of meters.


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5 Ways To Use Video For Class

5 Ways To Use Video For Class | Technology in Education | Scoop.it

In this post, you will learn about five ways to use video as part of your class activities and assignments. 

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B.C. to add computer coding to school curriculum

B.C. to add computer coding to school curriculum | Technology in Education | Scoop.it

The move is part of a broader strategy to deliver more support to the province’s tech sector, addressing a chronic skills shortage in one of few areas of recent strength in the Canadian economy

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The Present and the Future of Big Data and Mobile Technology

The Present and the Future of Big Data and Mobile Technology | Technology in Education | Scoop.it

As we move to a more technologically advanced workflow, the need for bigger data storage in a convenient platform became the demand of many big companies. T…

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The Tension Between Technology and Inequality | MIT Technology Review

The Tension Between Technology and Inequality | MIT Technology Review | Technology in Education | Scoop.it

The global elite meet to talk big-picture economics, while the gap between the rich and the rest of the world continues to grow.

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Minecraft Education Edition: why it's important for every fan of the game

Minecraft Education Edition: why it's important for every fan of the game | Technology in Education | Scoop.it

Microsoft has been demonstrating its new schools version of the blockbuster, but crucially this spin-off could break off from the original Minecraft modding community

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Learning Mathematics through Maths Games - ICT in Practice

Learning Mathematics through Maths Games - ICT in Practice | Technology in Education | Scoop.it
by Brent Hughes, Primary school teacher, Matific Teacher Educator, Full time Maths Nerd   I love teaching, I love everything about it.
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Vizwik - A Visual Coding Tool for Making Mobile Apps

Vizwik  - A Visual Coding Tool for Making Mobile Apps | Technology in Education | Scoop.it

"It was very rewarding to see my App working on my phone in less than an hour." Gordie Klien, Teacher/Mentor Sign up now, it's free!


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Vizwik is a visual coding tool for making Mobile Apps within an on-line social platform that supports the development of advanced thinking skills. Our unique AppKITs provide step-by-step instructions to make and publish. Teachers manage and follow student progress within private classrooms.
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Vizwik: #visual #coding tool for #mobile apps, very practical and efficient, too;)

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Minecraft in the Classroom: Connecting Creepers to the Curriculum

TeachOntario's Professional Learning Series webinar event with Diana Maliszewski and Denise Colby. Minecraft is a “sandbox’ video game that can be used in a ...

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AI Is Transforming Google Search. The Rest of the Web Is Next

AI Is Transforming Google Search. The Rest of the Web Is Next | Technology in Education | Scoop.it

As Google's head of artificial intelligence takes charge of search, deep learning is already changing the way Googling works.

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The World Has Become a Slave to Technology & These Illustrations Prove It

The World Has Become a Slave to Technology & These Illustrations Prove It | Technology in Education | Scoop.it

It is said that today the world has become a slave to technology. Be it the internet or your very own car, the world has forgotten how to survive without technology.

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Roehampton Festival of Computing – Create, share and inspire!

Roehampton Festival of Computing – Create, share and inspire! | Technology in Education | Scoop.it

Come and join us for a day of inspirational talks, workshops and research presentations. The conference will be a place for educators to meet, create, share and inspire one another.

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Wordwall | Make interactive activities for the classroom

Wordwall | Make interactive activities for the classroom | Technology in Education | Scoop.it
Wordwall makes educational activities for use on classroom screens and interactive whiteboards.

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Toontastic is Now Free! An Amazing Storytelling Tool for Students - Class Tech Tips

Toontastic is Now Free! An Amazing Storytelling Tool for Students - Class Tech Tips | Technology in Education | Scoop.it
The past few weeks I’ve been traveling around the c ountry sharing my favorite digital storytelling tools with teachers.  There are many that I love to talk about and one on my list is Toontastic.  As a classroom teacher I used this with students to retell stories and short passages we explored in class.  In family programming at LitWorld we’ve used this app to help families tell their own imaginative... Read Article →
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Game Based Learning: Google Slides Coordinate Plane Battleship

Game Based Learning: Google Slides Coordinate Plane Battleship | Technology in Education | Scoop.it

Google Slides is an awesome tool for creating activity spaces.

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Game Mechanics in the Classroom to Engage Learners

Game Mechanics in the Classroom to Engage Learners | Technology in Education | Scoop.it

Game mechanics are elements of gaming that you can design into her lesson plans to engage learners. Teacher Michael Matera shows us how to use them.

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Technology could kill 5 million jobs by 2020

Technology could kill 5 million jobs by 2020 | Technology in Education | Scoop.it

Advances in technology will disrupt the business world in a similar way to previous industrial revolutions, the World Economic Forum said Monday.

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Women in Science and Technology Conference

Women in Science and Technology Conference | Technology in Education | Scoop.it

Join us on Saturday 6 February for the first Women in Technology Conference.

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Minecraft to launch education edition - BBC News

Minecraft to launch education edition - BBC News | Technology in Education | Scoop.it

Microsoft is to launch an "education edition" of Minecraft after buying a developer that made classroom content for the title.

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