Date

10/25/2011 - 4:30pm - 7:30pm

Location

Harlem Tavern

Badges for Learning: NYC-Based pilots re-think credentialing for learners of all ages

Join Us on Tuesday, October 25th, 2011 at Harlem Tavern, 2153 Frederick Douglass Bvld (at 116th St  B,C stop)

From 4:30-7:30 PM, join our weekly EdTech Blender: A forum for NYC-based education professionals rethinking and retooling education for the 21st century.

Join forces with other educational technology enthusiasts from across the city in a relaxed ‘open workshop’ format hosted in a social setting with food, refreshments, and WiFi. Boost your technology chops by taking on professional learning challenges, or bring along your own curriculum planning project, and get the benefit of peer and expert support. Enjoy a cold beer and inspiring colleagues with your WiFi connection. Get feedback on your curriculum from other talented teachers and technology experts.

The Blender Format (4:30-7:30pm): 

4:30pm - 5:30pm: Keynote Presentation and Q+A:  Badges for Learning

The NYC Connected Foundations program's DIG/IT (http://playdigit.org) platform engages students in a digital literacy curriculum in which they "level-up" through a range of interactive, challenge-based activities that guide them to become digitally savvy citizens who can "Live, Learn, Earn and Play" in our connected society.  New Visions for Public Schools' YouPD.org (http://www.youpd.org) is a networked professional learning community for K-12 educators in NYC where users share short screencasts and videos presenting creative solutions to "problems of practice" and engage in learning challenges.   Both platforms are pilots that experiment heavily with the use of points and badges as tied to learning behaviors and competencies.  Michael Preston of NYCDOE and Jonathan Finkelstein of Learning Times (the producers of DIG/IT), as well as New Visions' Andrew Stillman and Hsing Wei, Sr. Innovation Officer (co-producers of YouPD) will present their guiding design principles and hypotheses, as well as a tour of the badge infrastructure and framework that guides the user experience in their respective platforms.  

5:30pm - 6:30pm: Self-Selected Working Groups

Breakouts will focus on debating the merits and potential pitfalls of "gamification" of learning, exploring Mozilla Foundation's proposed "Open Badge Infrastructure," and  brainstorming further uses of badges in the classroom and within professional learning communities.

6:30pm - 7:30pm: Social Time!
Network, talk, eat, drink.

Bring: Please bring your laptop and a project!

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