#edbadges #edtech For this spotlight, I would like to tell you about the Hand-drawn Animation badge. The student use the iPad app Do-Ink for their first animation project. For the tutorials they learn how to animate a bouncing ball, a lighthouse and finally "wiggle text."
Once they have completed their tutorials, students are then free to do their badge earning project. Here is what a student recently turned in...
#edtech #edbadges Today my students in the iBand did their concert "Singing for Kiva" where they raised $200 for Kiva.org They played 5 songs from the 80's on their iPads to earn their Music level 4 tech badges. The audience was made up of 3rd and 4th grade students from our school. In the upcoming weeks, they will perform in front of their classmates (5th graders) and adults.
#edbadges #edtech I am very pleased to announce that ISTE will be publishing my book on badges this summer and will release it at the ISTE conference in Denver. You can pre-order it here.
From the back cover:
As an elementary technology teacher, author Brad Flickinger observed that his students had little motivation to use the devices surrounding them for anything other than gameplay and entertainment. His solution was to rethink his teaching, adding elements of gamification, challenge-based learning, design thinking and other approaches to learning. With this, the badge system was born. By incorporating badges, students are motivated by using the familiar challenges of gameplay as they earn visual indicators of progress and complete challenges. At the same time, they are mastering skills and progressing academically.
In this book, teachers of all subjects and grade levels will learn why badges work and the secrets to designing challenges that enable students to fully engage with and take control of their own learning. Complete with step-by-step planning advice, tips on implementation and technology, and support from examples and success stories, this book will get you thinking differently about motivation and achievement and will prepare you to embark on your own badging initiative.
#edtech #edbadges Jonathan Bergmann and Aaron Sams certainly appealed to teachers with the promising subtitle to their 2012 book - Flip Your Classroom: Reach Every Student in Every Class, Every Day. What teacher doesn’t wish to reach every student in every class every day? With the recognition that information is easily accessible outside of the classroom, they proposed that the classroom should no longer be the place where knowledge is acquired. Instead, students could be introduced to concepts, lessons, and facts on their own, through video tutorials. Students could watch the videos at home-- as quickly or slowly as they wanted, with as many pauses and replays as necessary. They realized that the part of the learning process that the teacher was most needed for was the part where students began trying to use the knowledge in practice problems or experiments (the authors are high school chemistry teachers).
The classroom, then, could become the place where students analyzed, used, tested, played with, and reacted to the information they had learned. Instead of giving information in the classroom and asking students to practice it outside of class, students could come to class with the basic facts in place, and delve into higher order thinking and processing with their teachers. So, instead of functioning as fact dispensers, teachers and students get to share in the more dynamic aspects of learning, which is a win on both of their parts. Practitioners of this system report enjoying far more interaction with their students, less classroom management issues, more engaged students, and more success in individualizing education. The original authors later implemented a mastery approach to their flipped classroom model, in which students can navigate the flipped classroom model at their own pace. With the flipped model of instruction being so very untraditional, it is sometimes hard to then try and assign traditional letter grades to the learning that is occurring, which is why some have called my badges the perfect assessment tool for the flipped classroom model.
#badges #edbadges #badgechatk12 When Lee Crockett and Ian Jukes published their book Literacy is Not Enough in 2011, I had already embarked on the creation of my badge program. Nonetheless, their work had a major impact on my teaching. First, they seemed to be on the same page as I was about the way education needed to go. Second, they did an excellent job of articulating the exact ways and reasons that education needs to change. While technology is mentioned often, the authors focus heavily on the ways students need to think to be successful in the digital age. The ideas of flexibility, creativity, problem solving, and collaboration are touched on repeatedly, which gave me encouragement that I was on the right track. It also frequently put into words frustrations and the goals that I was grappling with that were sometimes difficult to articulate.
Brad Flickinger is the Technology Resource Facilitator for The Metropolitan School of Panama in Panama City, Panama.