[Listen and learn : Panel]
Digital tote resources
Purpose & objective
As a result of attending in this panel discussion, participants will:
- Gain an understanding Aurora Public Schools’ district-wide implementation of an innovative Digital Badges System to be able to inform planning and processes in their own district’s efforts.
- Know all of the stakeholders included in a Digital Badge ecosystem to be able to make informed design decisions when considering a Digital Badge ecosystem in their own communities.
- Learn the benefits of our systemic badging initiative for various constituents, including students, teachers, administrators, and community partners to be able to plan for various stakeholders within a Digital Badges ecosystem.
- Be exposed to tools, models & training resources developed for various educational stakeholders to be able to utilize and adapt them to meet their own needs.
- Benefit from hearing about our initial successes & challenges to be able to begin their own Digital Badges planning closer to where APS is, not where APS was when we started.
Content: Introduction to Recognizing Assets & Opening Doors, Aurora Public Schools’ Digital Badges initiative offered by members of the Badge Leadership Team. These panelists will provide an overview of the initiative, including the district’s justification, goals and costs and the overarching ecosystem of Digital Badges themselves and the industry endorsements that enable Badge currency by creating opportunities for students.
Time: 20 minutes
Practice: Attendees will be provided with handouts, including graphics of the Digital Badge system, examples of teacher and student work, parent communications and teacher toolkit/PD resources. There will be a backchannel for attendees to engage with one another, pose questions for the panel as well as interact with Badge Leadership Team members who, though not on the panel, will be available on the backchannel to respond to all questions and comments.
Content: Moderator-led Q&A with the panel. Panelists will include a student, a teacher, an industry partner and district administrator who will respond to prepared questions about their experiences in implementing APS Digital Badges.
Time: 40 minutes.
Practice: Attendees will be encouraged to pose their own questions to the panelists. The backchannel will continue to be staffed by Badge Leadership Team members in order to ensure that all attendee questions receive appropriate responses and to provide real-time links to additional resources not included in the handouts but requested by attendees.
Chicago Art Department
Colorado Department of Education
International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE)
Clinton Global Initiative
National Academy of the Sciences, “Education for Life and Work”
Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
Easley, D. & Ghosh, A.