#96: DCSNC elementary teachers get excited about earning digital "badges" with Digital Learning Challenges
Thanks to Libby for this great post about digital badging. If you are interested in getting teachers more excited about integrating technology into instruction, then reach out to your ITF to learn more about the Digital Learning Challenges!
With the anticipated roll-out of the Digital Learning Competencies in our district, several schools have adopted a flipped professional development model through the use of a Digital Learning Challenge website. The idea behind this flipped model is that teachers have a choice of what and when they learn, with a variety of teacher-approved tools to choose from. When a teacher selects a challenge to view on the website they have access to video tutorials, step-by-step guides, and lesson ideas for using the tool. One of the main objectives of the Digital Learning Challenges relies on the implementation of the tool.
Robin Snider and Sue Tobin were the “pioneers” of the App Challenges in our district some years ago, and I am so glad other schools have taken notice of the power of gamification, or using a rewards system for teachers. The idea is that once teachers submit evidence that they have completed their challenge they then earn a badge that is displayed on a poster outside of their classroom. This badge represents a lot more than a completed challenge, as it also provides teachers with the opportunity to mentor others to help them earn their badges. This gives teachers a chance to be Digital Leaders in their school, and they have something to show for it!
Friedberg and Southmont Elementary have both adopted the Digital Learning Challenges to motivate teachers to “amp up” their digital teaching and learning for the 2017-18 school year, while giving teachers credit where it’s due! Teachers earn .1 CEU of technology (Digital Learning) credit for each challenge they complete. If your school is looking for ways to increase the amount of digital learning and teaching happening in your building, or if you’d like to find new ways to motivate teachers to try to new digital tools, I highly suggest adopting the Digital Learning Challenges for your school! Contact your school’s ITF to get started.
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