Education Innovation Report III
I. Current News to Know
Supported by the Gates and MacArthur Foundations, the Badges for Lifelong Learning competition announced its winners and demonstrated the wide range of approaches to digital badges. They illustrate the potential of new technologies to improve academic achievement, economic opportunity, and civic engagement. But, more importantly, the badges have potential to reimagine learning - learners will be empowered to take charge of their identity/reputation, gathering badges from any site on the Internet, and combining them all into a single story about what they know and have achieved.
II. Insights from Others
“Together, we can ensure that each child in each classroom is healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged.” - Gene Carter, Executive Director and CEO of ASCD (ACSD experts will be writing monthly columns for GOOD moving forward.)
LeVar Burton at SXSWEdu
“Stop teaching to the test…Engage kids to channel their imaginations to build narratives that tap into the higher aspect of what it means to be human, which is to be creative.” Oh, and there’s a Reading Rainbow app coming out soon.
Audrey Watters, ed tech/innovation blogger, goes all teacher on us and creates a test for techies in education. Questions include: “Do you work closely with your potential users about product development?” and “What is the Common Core?” and “Is technology the answer?” She wants us to remember the history of technology in the classroom and to test whether we’re part of the problem or the solution.