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How can badges surface the expertise and mastery of teachers? An overview from Spotlight on DML

How can badges surface the expertise and mastery of teachers? An overview from Spotlight on DML


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 plans. The badge system would rely heavily on peer review and require teachers to asses the work of other educators. There are also proposed badge systems for training in historygame based-learning environmentscomputer science, and to help meet the on-the-job training needs of community educators who teach in after-school settings. Educators at Bank Street College of Education have proposed developing an online community of practice for early childhood and special education teachers. Participants can earn ‘Bank Street Badges,’ meant to inspire teachers to bring innovative teaching methods into their own classrooms and schools. Their proposed site would encourage educators to ‘acknowledge their own learning and/or their contributions to the learning of others.’ Teachers on the Bank Street site would be able to create and share documents, case studies and classroom scenarios. Bank Street staff would create rubrics and use existing standards to measure both participation in the online community as well as deep knowledge of early childhood education and teaching effectiveness.”

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Spread the word that Stage Two of the Teacher Mastery and Feedback Competition is accepting applications until February 3, 2012 at 5pm PST / 8pm EST. Click here for more information about Stage Two. Have questions? Mark your calendar and join us Thursday, January 26, 2012 at 10am PST / 1pm EST for a webinar about designing badge systems. A registration link to the webinar will be posted on the shortly.


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