UA-5429213-2 accountablity | thoughts | Ed Tech Thoughts from the Space Coast

Ed Tech Thoughts on the Space Coast


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.
Stacks Image 15
Stacks Image 23
Stacks Image 21
Stacks Image 17
Stacks Image 40
Stacks Image 38
Stacks Image 36
Stacks Image 46
Stacks Image 44
Stacks Image 42
Stacks Image 19
  • account_circle
    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

Norwegian School Places Parents Under the Tutelage of Educators

photo credit: Jim Forest,
A former student and friend shared a Norwegian news article with me and asked me what I thought… a Facebook question and response turned into a blog post. You may want to start with the new article:

The school has a new task, namely to educate parents

Even though this article reports on education in Norway, we have seen similar policies in the good old U.S. of A. We have often said that student success has a high correlation with stable, healthy home environments and supportive, educated parents. So the big question is can (or should) teachers be held responsible or accountable for parent learning or educational involvement?

The Denmark regulation states: The school and now will: facilitate cooperation with the home and ensure that parents / guardians share responsibility in schools. Good teachers should already be doing that. The concern is when it becomes law and must be documented, assessed and enforced.