Rewarding Learning with Badges

Digital Badges Forum for Pittsburgh Employers 2015 from Sprout on Vimeo. There's a great writeup today on the Remake Learning blog about Digital Badges and their potential to unlock opportunities for youth. As I've said elsewhere, I'm especially drawn to digital badges' potential to recognize and reward learning with something more nuanced than a letter … Continue reading Rewarding Learning with Badges

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Against the Anonymous Internet

When I joined Facebook in fall 2004 ("back in my day, when it was just at some colleges..."), one of the things that seemed most revolutionary about the site was that people were using their real names. To that point, the main online identity I'd had was the AOL Instant Messenger screen name I chose in … Continue reading Against the Anonymous Internet

Two great reads on the teaching profession

I've launched headlong into my 2015 Goodreads Challenge of reading 52 books in 2015. So far, I'm on a roll: I'm four days in and I've already finished two books! Of course, my highly developed sense of guilt won't let me feel too proud about that: I grabbed these books from the library on my way … Continue reading Two great reads on the teaching profession

Event Debrief: Pittsburgh Learning Pathways Summit

Last Friday, I attended Remake Learning's Pittsburgh Learning Pathways Summit. You can learn more about the event here. Writ large, it was an opportunity for all kinds of educational partners--from schools, nonprofits, and industry--to come together and talk about how to better engineer and support the learning experiences of kids in Pittsburgh. There was a … Continue reading Event Debrief: Pittsburgh Learning Pathways Summit

Design Thinking Debrief: More Who, Less How

I had a fabulous time at the Ellis School's design thinking unconference over the weekend. As I said when I introduced myself there, I can't get enough of design thinking. I think I fell hardest in love with it last year, when I read a book called Creative Confidence by Tom and David Kelly, the … Continue reading Design Thinking Debrief: More Who, Less How

Event Debrief: Open Forum for Pittsburgh Education Technology

https://twitter.com/PMKievlan/status/509128706192052224 Last Monday, I attended the main education-related event of the week-long Thrival Festival. This edtech meetup was hosted at Thrill Mill, a startup incubator in the East Liberty neighborhood that served as one of the festival's main sponsors. The idea was to bring together educator types and technology types to foster a conversation about … Continue reading Event Debrief: Open Forum for Pittsburgh Education Technology