Digital Badges Bust Out of School-Defined Learning

Published by — “A badge is a verified, data-rich product, better than a resume.” Damian Ewens sits in his snazzy office at BetaSpring, a Providence business incubator.  He’s mother hen to Achievery, a business that provides a platform for building “digital badge” systems. And they are?  Well, they’re basically a high-tech version of Boy ScoutContinue reading “Digital Badges Bust Out of School-Defined Learning”

Tech Teacher Wins New York City’s Startup Weekend Edu

Published by — The story of a social-studies teacher’s meteoric rise through the EdTech world. Dawn Casey-Rowe (far left) and her team won Startup Weekend Edu with their business BetaMatch. Social studies teacher Dawn Casey-Rowe has a power plant’s energy packed into a petite frame.  Her students at Davies vocational school come for the hands-on learningContinue reading “Tech Teacher Wins New York City’s Startup Weekend Edu”

Most Kids Way Ahead of Us as Digital Learners, for Better and Worse

Published by  —  Adults need to encourage kids to use the promise of technology to tackle tough problems — just like an adult would. An Associated Press piece about the 14 million Americans who’ve been searching vainly for jobs profiled Jon, a warehouse worker unemployed since 2008. Apparently employers even in that seemingly-low-tech fieldContinue reading “Most Kids Way Ahead of Us as Digital Learners, for Better and Worse”

Ed Tech Ignorance Wastes Millions Each Year

Published by — Education-technology leader Angela Maiers talks about the promise and future of ed tech — and how we integrate it into our classrooms. Self-described Ed Tech expert Angela Maiers just returned from a 3-day authorspeak Conferencein Indianapolis. In total, ninety-nine education-related authors gathered to hear innovation-expert Daniel Pink give the keynote. They brokeContinue reading “Ed Tech Ignorance Wastes Millions Each Year”