So I got interviewed on BadgeChatK12 broadcast about our use of badges in our preservice technology integration classes.
You can see it here:
We did it a little on the fly – I asked if any of my students in the morning class wanted to participate and I got 1 yes – From Brody Smith.. We were far from rehearsed but it is an interesting conversation. We will practice more in the future so we share the time better!
Noah Geisel – is a badge pioneer who organizes BadgeSummit right before ISTE (day before). It was the highlight of my conference last year so I definitely encourage you to consider going in Chicago. http://badgesummit.weebly.com/ (here is last year’s link)
Noah interviewed us about using badging in preservice teacher education and the who what when where and why of it.. I am proud of what we are working on and how using badges allows busy working students to create flexible learning experiences. the chat really helped me see where we need to go.
Participating in this chat was a very reflective process for me. First, It got me to think about how we can bolster the project by involving administrators from local schools in the process as endorsers. Second, it helped me to think about how I should be teaching more about badging in general – ie.. I have not been getting students to consider if they will use badging themselves and more about the equity side of badging. Third, I see that we need to provide even more choice – so students pick 16 badges from a list of 22 or so.. versus having to do all 16. After the interviewing, I will look for outside endorsers of the badges and increase readings.
it was a little scary to talk about what we are doing – because I know that we are newbies in the badge process. People like Rick West have been doing badging for a long time. However it is important for all levels of implementation to have a voice.. Hopefully people who heard us talk about badging which is about a year old -will be willing to investigate it and consider trying it themselves.
Please comment on this post with your ideas after you watch it.. How could we better use badging in Preservice teacher education.