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Developing a Learner's Culture: Badging in a Makerspace Class

Create a Stage to Feature Focus, Persistence, and Achievement

Changing Classroom Culture

As mentioned in many educational circles (and previous Shupester post) providing achievement badges is very meaningful and helpful in a personalized learning classroom. Some say the first badges were scrawled into cave walls by brave hunters millennia ago. Ace fighter pilots, Boy Scout and Girl Scout sashes, wrestler belts and olympic medallions; we have long celebrated achievement and excellence in human history with badges.

Digital badges have become a thing in online games and in many learning systems as a result. Unfortunately, digital badges are only visible when logged into that particular learning system and often require you to navigate to each individual's profile rather than having a learning community. For this reason, this initiative is taking a digital badging back into the physical world.
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    Decades ago, I heard a keynote addressing academic achievement in schools. The speaker noted how education institutions at all levels showcase athletics, and sometimes the arts (theater, band, chorus), but aside from an honor role – we did very little to showcase academic excellence.

    I committed that day to find ways to provide a stage for learning achievements. That became a focus of our school news program, Stone Students Rock Web Blog, Facebook page, and Badging program.

    the Shupester

Do Employers Seek Employees With Soft Skills?

I recently found myself commenting on an article making its way around the EdTech social media circles.
The blog article that got our attention was Google finds STEM skills aren't the most important skills… really?!!!

We all are guilty of making provocative, exaggerated statements to garner attention for our particular opinion or perspective. And this article does that by first of all naming the one of the most famous tech companies in the world, and then (in my humble opinion) misinterpreting or misapplying a study done by Google and finally pairing this with an extreme statement
aren't the most important…

I don't think anyone would question that soft skills are important to businesses that innovate and create. Whether you could say they are more important than technical knowledge is really questionable though! It isn't an either/or situation; the synergy is found in individuals that possess both soft and technical skills.

But let's look closer at this topic and maybe even read the original study! Read More...