Archive for Badge Learning

BadgeFest 2014

BadgeFest 2014 is the first annual sharing of digital badge learning journeys from within the TAMRITZ Badge Learning Network.  This version of the webinar is edited down from the original one hour session.  This post will be followed by a series of reflections from the “badge learning trenches.”  Stay tuned!

TAMRITZ BadgeFest 2014–Edited (24:41)

Badges: Connectors in Connected Learning

badges-connectorsDigital badges are the “connectors” in a connected learning environment, helping to create opportunities for youth to follow their passions through academic learning within a peer community. (Image inspired from a slide from the Reconnect Learning 2014 Open Badges Summit.)

From tuning into the livestream from the Summit, I had the opportunity to hear MacArthur Foundation’s Connie Yowell speak about the power of badge learning.  She reminded us that digital badge learning is grounded in current research that portrays how youth interact with digital media.  Principles of Connected Learning support youth in”hanging out,” “messing around,” and “geeking out” or (HOMAGO).    Badges serve as feedback in the learning journey, mark milestones and provide multiple pathways.  Powerful learner/mentor relationships are a cornerstone of the badge learning experience, where adults coach learners in their quests to learn.  Badge learning supports multiple purposes, but the connected learning framework is at the heart of the design, which provides highly engaging, purposeful and accessible learning opportunities for youth.  To explore some of the livestream sessions from the Summit , go to the Moziliarian Blog. Read more

Badge-Based Professional Development: Purposes & Possibiliites

Digital Age Teaching Course

Uber-MainThis past summer TAMRITZ welcomed six schools to the Digital Age Teaching, badge-based online professional development course, including the Epstein SchoolKehillah Schechter Academy, Krieger Schechter Day School, Moriah School, Portland Jewish Academy and Seattle Hebrew Academy.  The course provided educators an opportunity to take on the role of learner within a supportive, connected learning community.  Teachers and administrators were encouraged to embrace the modern learning ethos for the course, which is based on principles of game-like learning, principles of connected learning and project-based learning.

Ethos of Course:

  • Hard fun Challenge yourself, solve problems and embrace interests.
  • Play: Learn through tinkering and welcome a messy process.
  • Flow:  Engage joyously and take satisfaction in creative accomplishments
  • Fail fast, fail forward:  Fail for fun and learn through multiple iterations.
  • Collective wisdom:  Stand on the shoulders of your colleagues.
  • Naches: Take pride and joy in helping others succeed.
  • Curiosity:  Create a “need to know” in learners.
  • Generosity: Share, participate, comment and engage.  Read more