REMINDER: Stage Two Applications for the Teacher Mastery & Feedback Badge Competition Due February 3, 2012 @ 5pm PST

February 1, 2012

In conjunction with the Badges for Lifelong Learning Competition, applicants are invited to propose badging systems not only for learning content, but also for teacher learning and feedback. Competitive submissions proposing badge systems that track and promote feedback regarding the competencies and skills as well as the programs and subjects over which teachers acquire expertise are a central part of the Stage 1 and Stage 2 processes of the Competition. The winning proposal(s) will be awarded funding to develop the proposed badging system. For Stage 2, Teacher Mastery and Feedback applicants are encouraged to submit proposals that map out what a teacher mastery and feedback badging system would look like, how it would operate, what benefits and challenges it would present, and the design and implementation process it would incorporate. The proposed badging systems


Webinar video: Designing badge systems for teachers

January 30, 2012

Last week we held a webinar on “Badge System Models and Design” for the DML Badges for Teachers competition featuring a presentation by Carla Cassili on designing an effective digital badge system, and Q &A with David Theo Goldberg. You can watch the video below,  view it at http://youtu.be/fhDWfeGgrR4, or download the slides directly as a PDF right here.


Designing Badge Systems | Informational Webinar for Stage Two Prep: Thursday, January 26 @ 1pm EST

January 25, 2012

Informational Webinar: Designing Badge Systems for the Teacher Mastery & Feedback Badge Competition What: Stage Two Prep: Badge Systems Models & Design Who Should Attend: Potential Stage Two applicants Date: Thursday, January 26, 2012 When: 1pm EST / 10am PST Duration: 60 minutes Register here: https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/181225918 The HASTAC/MacArthur Foundation’s Badges for Lifelong Learning Competition, launched in collaboration with the Mozilla Foundation, focuses on badges as a means to inspire learning, confirm accomplishment, or validate the acquisition of knowledge or skills. During this live webinar for prospective Stage Two badge design applicants, Carla Casilli of Mozilla Foundation’s Open Badges project and David Theo Goldberg, Executive Director of the Digital Media and Learning Research Hub, will discuss badge system design and development, and take general questions about the Stage Two application


How can badges surface the expertise and mastery of our teachers and provide recognition for learning?

January 23, 2012

How can badges surface the expertise and mastery of our teachers, while giving them recognition for their own professional learning and development? Sarah Jackson of Spotlight on DML recently browsed through the first stage of winning proposals for the Teacher Mastery and Feedback Competition, and shared her thoughts about the “concrete and exciting examples of badge systems designed to recognize educators who learn from experts and from each other.” Jackson writes: “A partnership between KQED and PBS LearningMedia proposes creating a badge system to encourage teachers of students in grades 4-12 to develop media-rich science inquiry projects to help them integrate new media technologies and literacies into their own teaching.Working as part of a cohort, participants would complete a series of activities to help learn to create media and media-centered science lessons


Working on K-12 Badges in Atlanta: A Report from Global Kids

January 22, 2012

By Daria Ng This week, Global Kids spent a productive day visiting The Epstein Middle School School in Atlanta, where the school has implemented a badging system beginning with their sixth grade. Global Kids, along with staff at Epstein, custom designed a badging system to support the development of independent learning skills amongst the student body, funded by the Covenant Foundation. The system is based on the recognition that learning in the 21st Century takes place not just in classrooms, but after school and through informal uses of digital media. To develop life-long learning skills, youth need to recognize how they are learning valuable skills across these venues and how to strategically navigate these sites of learning. Badge systems are designed to provide scaffolding, motivation, and recognition. (Youth


Teacher Mastery & Feedback Badge Competition: Stage Two Submissions Due February 3, 2012

January 18, 2012

Please note: Applicants who applied to Stage Two of the Badges for Lifelong Learning may submit proposals for Stage Two of the Teacher Mastery & Feedback Badge Competition.  Stage Two applicants for the Teacher Mastery and Feedback Badge Competition are invited to propose badging systems for the teacher learning and feedback content of Stage One winners. Competitive submissions proposing badge systems that track and promote feedback regarding the competencies and skills as well as the programs and subjects over which teachers acquire expertise are a central part of the Stage One and Stage Two processes of the Competition. Stage Two Badge Design and Tech applications may be submitted to the Teacher Mastery and Feedback Badge Competition (deadline Feb. 3) through DMLCompetition.net. Click here to view the 16 Stage


Today is the deadline for Stage Two submissions | Badges for Lifelong Learning Competition

January 17, 2012

Today at 5pm PST / 8pm EST, submissions for Stage Two of the Badges for Lifelong Learning Competition are due (not to be confused with the deadline for Stage Two of the Teacher Mastery and Feedback Badge Competition on February 3, 2012). Those of you who have followed Badges for Lifelong Learning Competition from the day we announced this year’s theme in Washington, DC  know how lively the conversation about badges has been, which — thanks to our Badges for Lifelong Learning topic on Scoop.it — we were able to easily capture and curate. Maybe it’s a sign that the most recent blog post about badges is Jon Buckley’s Validating Open Badges article exploring the technology of implementing badges. Since the launch, people have talked about badges upsetting college


TEACHER MASTERY AND FEEDBACK BADGE COMPETITION STAGE ONE WINNERS ANNOUNCED

January 12, 2012

January 12, 2012—The 4th HASTAC/MacArthur Foundation Digital Media and Learning Competition today announced the 16 winners of Stage One of the Teacher Mastery and Feedback Badge Competition, held in conjunction with the Badges for Lifelong Learning Competition and in collaboration with the Mozilla Foundation. For a list of Stage One winners of the Teacher Mastery and Feedback Competition, see below. Stage One of the Teacher Mastery and Feedback Competition requested proposals describing subject and content matter for a teacher badge system that would recognize, reward, and offer peer feedback to teachers regarding mastery of capacities and skills. Submissions were to include systems for recognizing and rewarding some of the capacities, skills and content needed to effectively teach math, literacy, or digital literacy skills and/or to effectively teach to


Fourth webinar on models and design considerations for badge systems

January 9, 2012

Last week we held our fourth webinar for Stage Two “Badge System Models and Design” featuring another great presentation by David Theo Goldberg, who answered questions about the Stage One and Two application process, and Erin Knight of Mozilla, who discussed  the many considerations of designing an effective digital badge system. You can watch the video below,  view it at http://youtu.be/Km6RerAYYLc, or download the slides directly as a PDF right here.


Mozilla seeks designers to supercharge learning in digital badges competition

January 5, 2012

By Matt Thompson Mozilla is seeking designers and developers to participate in the $2 million “Badges for Learning” competition. Participants will have the chance to design digital badges for more than 60 different leading organizations, all aimed at providing recognition for learning that happens on the web or outside of school. Winners will receive funding from the MacArthur Foundation to make their designs a reality, plus the opportunity to collaborate with Mozilla and other leading organizations in education, industry and government. The goal: supercharge 21st century learning by building a free, open source badge system that helps people around the world use the web to gain new skills and level up in their life and work. Why digital badges for learning? The web provides revolutionary new ways for people