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Micro-Credentials in Professional Learning

The Growing Potential of Micro-credentials

Note:  This post originally appeared on Eric Sheninger’s blog, A Principal’s Reflection.   There is a great deal of talk these days about micro-credentials and digital badging as a means to acknowledge professional learning of educators. While many organizations are trying to seize an opportunity to monetize this space for their own benefit, a pioneer in micro-credentials created a free…

Digital Learning Badges Attract Interest from City Leaders

Note:  This piece originally appeared on statescoop. Digital badges have gained the attention of everyone from teachers to mayors, who are taking the program citywide to offer students an electronic resume. By Corinne Lestch JANUARY 23, 2015 4:01 PM BIO Students earned badges for participating in the Dallas City of Learning Turn Up! event at Vickery Meadow in Dallas on…

Building a Better Badging System

Note: This post originally appeared on the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s, Impatient Optimists blog. Building a Better Badging System MARK TONER November 03, 2014  Digital “badges” can be a way to encourage students to master discrete skills they can take with them to college or careers. But at New Milford High School in New Jersey, it’s the teachers who…

Charting the PD Waters With Badges

NOTE: This article is an entry in EdSurge’s Fifty States Initiative and originally appeared here.   Although I love the freedom, flexibility and personalization of informal learning with my PLN on social media, I always felt that there should be a system for acknowledging that learning. Badging for professional learning, now, seems an obvious solution. Badging itself has a long, rich…

Digital Learning for All

This post is a part of the conversation around the ASCD Forum “Learning for All = Teaching for All.” To learn more about the forum, go to www.ascd.org/ascdforum. By Billy Krakower and Laura Fleming We are living in a time where content is ubiquitous. Learning today can happen anytime and anywhere—on the job, in the community, or online. The world is…

District Level Micro-Credentials

Future Ready Schools provide opportunities for teachers to experience professional learning within a digital environment. Since I first launched our digital badge-based professional learning platform back in 2013, using micro-credentials in the form of digital badges for teacher professional learning has gained significant traction. Initiatives such as this have helped us move professional learning beyond just receiving credit for ‘seat time’ to competency-based systems in which educators…

Capturing and Celebrating Professional Learning

This past weekend, I had the honor of attending the EdCamp Organizer’s Summit in Pennsylvania.  In one of the sessions that I attended, there was a discussion around whether or not teachers should be issued professional development hours for attending an EdCamp. Some felt that doing so would attract more teachers to the events, but most agreed that doing so is not the…

In New Jersey, Digital Badging Sparks Professional Learning- Gates Foundation

The following piece originally appeared on October 27 in Momentum, a publication of the Gates Foundation.   Last year, Laura Fleming, the media and technology integration specialist at New Milford High School, launched Worlds of Learning @ New Milford High School—a digital badging platform that’s ushering in a new era in teacher professional development at the New Jersey school. The…

Librarian Creates Site for Teachers to Earn Digital Badges for New Skills- Digital Shift, School Library Journal

The following post appeared in School Library Journal, December, 2013.  The original piece, written by Lauren Barack, can be found here. Even teachers need a little acknowledgment for learning new skills, according to Laura Fleming, a school library media specialist at New Milford High School in Bergen County, NJ. Through her site, Worlds of Learning, Fleming is offering teachers at…

Digital Badges: Get Your Virtual Machine Here!

The following is a cross-post from my own blog, www.worlds-of-learning.com.   I am so pleased, and very humbled, by the attention my digital badge platform has received since I set it up just a few short weeks ago.  Although I created it for the staff of New Milford High School, I decided to open it out to see if anyone else…