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EdJewcon 5773.1 – Badge-Empowered Learning Resources

Session:  Badge-Empowered Learning

Monday, New April 29, 2013



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EdJewcon 5773.1 – Day 1 Reflections

We kicked off our day with a keynote from Andrea Hernandez, inviting us to learn, reflect and share. It is clear that this is no ordinary conference for educators. We are here to step outside our comfort zones, take risks, open our minds, share, share and share some more.

What resonated with me the most from Andrea’s presentation (slide deck below) was the idea that as educators we are artisans with no ceiling to our craft. We continue to hone, learn, reflect and hone. This recursive process is so exciting because there is no ceiling — we as lifelong learners continue to grow and hone the art of teaching and learning. And we Let’s cannot do this in isolation. We need each other to evolve.

Speed Geeking:

I attended a “speed geeking” session where 4th and 5th graders led 5-minute sessions where they shared a tool they use for their own learning, in a “speed dating” style, where we as participants rotated around the room. Here is what I learned from these astute modern learners:

  • Metalearning happens organically from kids Terrarium TV having opportunities to think through how to use the tools effectively, as well as the netiquette and digital social expectations surrounding tools, and then being able to teach others about that experience
  • Kids love talking about what they have learned and teaching others
  • Students value collaboration: A student named Samantha said, “Collaborating is hard, but it’s worth it.” When pressed why it is worth it, she said, “Because you create something really amazing.”
  • These digital natives understand the value of reflective learning, transparent sharing and being generous with what they have learned through sharing and blogging. (Boy can we learn from these young professionals.) It is a natural part of these students’ learning processes and it is powerful.
  • The teachers don’t know how to use all the tools and the kids enjoy teaching them AND the teachers are OK with that. Our role as digital age teachers has shifted– we are not the keepers of the knowledge, but we are expert lifelong learners, facilitators AND CO-LEARNERS. We have to get used to not having all the answers. How could we have all the answers anyways?
  • Blogfolios are cool — check out Gottlieb Academy’s Student Blogfolios and you will see what I mean! Authentic learning, transparent, constant reflection, sharing, collaborating–and an authentic audience. It doesn’t get better than that. And it creates a synergy and pride in the process. It’s not just about the final product, it is about the process.


I look forward to thinking more about how to develop the Tamritz Badge Learning network through connected, transparent sharing spaces. Reasons How can we break down the silos and collaborate? Share generously? Learn from one another?

Stay tuned… #edjewcon…I will be blogging the next few days from the modern learning landscape at EdJewcon 5773.1! It’s all about the reflective learning!

Badging is “Sticky” Learning

What are your top two or three “velcro” learning experiences? You Gold know, the ones that really stuck to you? Acts: The ones that made an impact on you? cheap mlb jerseys The good ones–not the negative ones.

Now, reflect on each of these learning gems–these moments that stuck with you to this day. What was it about the learning experience that made an impact? Was is the subject matter? Was is the mentor? Was it the process you experienced? What made the learning stick to you? Why do you have such fond memories of that moment or time in your life?

For me, in almost every scenario, my “velcro” learning experiences were meaningful for a variety of factors:

  • I had choices.
  • I had an inspirational mentor.
  • It was fun–the process, the experience, and it was hands-on.
  • It was relevant and connected to New my interests, my passions. It also helped me discover new interests and passions.
  • It was social–my peers were involved in some way.
  • I was allowed to experiment and take risks.
  • It was challenging, and at the same time, just on the edge of something that would be too challenging and difficult.

Our challenge as educators is to make learning “stick” for our 6:30 students. We are fortunate enough to live cheap nfl jerseys in a digital age–nothing short of a revolution, where learning can happen anytime, anywhere. The Internet has changed how we access information, how we do business, how we think about ourselves and the world, how we connect with people and how we solve problems. It is indeed an wholesale mlb jerseys exciting time and a disruptive time in education. We can no longer keep “doing school,” the same old way.

DigitalCitizen-MainDigital badge learning is one innovative approach that makes learning “sticky.” It naturally integrates all the elements that make learning Blonde memorable, inspirational, relevant, adaptable and 21st Century.

When designed with intention and purpose, badge learning is an innovative learning approach that invites Red2 kids to pursue their interests, dig deeper in the learning, seek out experts and “coaches,” collaborate, take risks, explore, develop prototypes and even help create the learning pathways and review peer work.

Please share your “velcro” learning experiences and any adventures with badge learning that you have explored within your classroom or school. What can we learn from those Brew experiences?