It can be difficult to keep up to date with all the innovative technology coming out in the education field. Badging – also known as digital credentials – is a new way for educators and employers to acknowledge an achievement that’s smaller than a degree, but still significant. As learning becomes increasingly integrated with technology, understanding new ways to assess and reward students is vital to keeping up with the times. Badging is being used in a variety of fields – from K-12 education, higher education, and even by the training departments of corporations.
When it comes to staying on top of what’s new in Digital Badging, follow these thought-leaders on Twitter. From teachers sharing their experience to companies that issue badges, there will definitely be something that interests you below!
1. For the Latest Developer News on Badging: @credly
— Credly (@credly) May 23, 2017
A digital credential issuer, Credly shares the latest in the badging world with stories of success, to tech collaborations with other companies, and other sources of information for those looking to learn more about the technology.
2. To Follow an Elementary Teacher’s Experience in the Classroom Using Badging: @tcmart_3
— Tracy Martinez (@tcmart_3) May 16, 2017
While studying to become a librarian, Tracy Martinez took on the role of a kindergarten teacher at Dr. Rodriguez Elementary School for the Spring 2017 semester to better understand how technology can be incorporated into education. If you want to find out her findings and how she used badges, she’s definitely one to follow.
3. For the Digital Credential Corporation Leading the Way to the Global Job Economy: @YourAcclaim
— Your Acclaim (@YourAcclaim) May 18, 2017
Acclaim’s Twitter feed is filled with stories of success with using badges to find employment and all the advancements made in the badging field with its multiple applications. Follow if you’re looking for sources of inspiration to start using digital credentials yourself.
4. For an Advocate of Open Education: @ottonomy
#BadgeChatK12 A4: As often is true, my main takeaway is 30 minutes isn’t a big enough dose of you fine tweeters.
— Nate Otto (@ottonomy) May 1, 2017
Nate Otto develops badge awareness software and supports open education with the advancement of the useful Arts and Sciences. Follow to learn more about what he has to say about badging.
5. To Learn More About Badging from a Founder and Educator of Badging on Twitter: @SenorG
— Noah Geisel (@SenorG) May 23, 2017
Awarded the 2013 ACTFL National Language Teacher of the Year, Noah Geisel focuses on educating Twitter on all the possibilities of Digital Credentials and has founded the #BadgeChat K12 community on Twitter to mass discuss the possibilities. Follow and join in on the conversation to learn more about Badging.
6. To Drive Educational Innovation in the Nation: @DigitalPromise
Learn about the system of micro-credentials built to recognize educators for the skills learned during their career: https://t.co/TZTAYV5546
— Digital Promise (@DigitalPromise) May 19, 2017
Digital Promise is a national nonprofit organization approved by congress to advance innovation in education to improve the learning opportunities for all Americans. Follow to learn about the headway being made today!
7. For a Collegiate Perspective on Badging: @jonmott
— Jon Mott (@jonmott) May 18, 2017
To find a higher ed approach to badging and the latest developments in digital credential applications, follow Jon Mott.
8. For an Overview of Technological Developments and Leadership in Education: @WorkforceVan
— Van Ton-Quinlivan (@WorkforceVan) May 18, 2017
Van Ton-Quinlivan is the Vice-Chancellor for California Community Colleges and shares her thoughts on educational technology, leadership, strong workforce trends. Follow to learn more about the impact technology such as badging is having on education.
9. For the Latest in All Education Technology: @JenWilliamsEdu
— Jennifer Williams (@JenWilliamsEdu) May 19, 2017
A professor at the Saint Leo University in Florida, Jennifer Williams is an enthusiastic advocate for improving the education and the learning environment for students. Follow to find insightful comments and stories of success in changing the educational environment for the better.
10. For the International Perspective: @mediendidaktik
— Ilona Buchem (@mediendidaktik) May 18, 2017
A professor at Beuth University of Applied Sciences in Berlin, Germany, Ilona Buchem likes to tweet and explore all the possibilities that badging and other innovative educational technology holds for the education field. Follow and read for yourself all of her discoveries and thoughts on the potential of badging.
11. For the Employers’ Perspective on Badging: @IBMTraining
— David Leaser (@David_Leaser) May 22, 2017
IBM, a world renowned tech company, uses digital credentials to assess their employees and award skills when they have been achieved or to mark an accomplishment. Follow them and take a look at some of their employees that are sharing their accomplishments with the world.
12. To Read the Standards Being Set: @LearningImpact
— Paul Mastrangelo (@paul_nj) May 19, 2017
With a focus on advancing technology to affordably improve technology and increase participation and attainment of education around the world, IMS Global is striving to develop achievable standards that will highlight effective practices to adopt for bettering education globally.
Use the following tags to find out even more on Twitter! #openbadges #MicroCredentials #BadgeChatK12 #love2learn #digitalcredentials
Photo Courtesy of: Tom Woodward