Michale E. Lopez, writing on Joanne Jacobs’s blog:
The value of diplomas lives and dies based on the reputation of the grantor. I’ve had a few conversations over the last year or so with people about digital badges, and most of the people with whom I’ve spoken seem to have forgotten that. But it’s not at all clear that digital badges really will have “less name brand.”
I’m experimenting with badging right now for my student tech team. They’ve decided to call themselves the iTechs.
I was glad I got to explain this:
There’s a video on the Edcamp blog entitled, “Dan Callahan is Ruining Professional Development. Want to help?” It’s obviously a bit tongue in cheek, but what’s the story behind that message?
After the very first Edcamp, one of the participants had to go to an in-district professional development the following Monday. He tweeted out that Edcamp had ruined professional development for him, as he now felt trapped in an undifferentiated lecture that had little to do with his classroom.
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Assessment for Learning is not well-implemented at Hogwarts school. In fact, students seemed only rarely to be given assessments of any kind, and homework tasks are often over-long and irrelevant (usually essay-based).
I’m glad to announce that starting today, I’m working part time as a Community Facilitator for Edutopia.
I’ll be spending a few hours a week on the site commenting on blogposts and doing my best to answer people’s questions. As a part of this work, I may sometimes reach out to people in my network with links to Edutopia articles and discussion threads.
I’ve updated my disclosure policy to reflect this.