Gamify Teacher Learning

Acknowledge teacher skill sets by creating a badging skill system that teachers can earn through submissions or performance.

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Gamification in and outside of education is a framework that has proven to be effective not only for children but also for adults. This idea can tie in with the concept of microcrentialing as well. Instead of waiting for official microcredential systems to come to the forefront, why not start an internal system within your district and add game elements to it?

Teachers who have a specific skill set can submit for a badge or microcredential to the district. The district acknowledges this teacher's skill sets with something; badge, certificate, etc. This can be viewed online by staff via a leaderboard. If a teacher collects a certain number, they receive something. Maybe extra classroom money, maybe a iTunes gift card, etc. It would depend on the district/site and what they may be willing/allowed to offer.

The bigger idea would it would help teachers see a certain teacher in the district has skills and can reach out them via a leaderboard. This could apply to any content area, but technology would be a great category as many people have so many different areas that could prove helpful.  It could also turn into something fun at by having an end of the year awards party. Teacher with most badges, a site with the most teachers that participated, etc.

Teachers could have various options on how to achieve their badges. 


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Neat idea. I'd be particularly mindful to move in the direction of gaining mastery in an area, instead of gaining external rewards. We don't realize how often we condition our kids (and ourselves!) to buy into the carrot/stick methodology of motivating. There are isolated instances in which it works, but we pay a price. LOVE the idea of microcredentialing!

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Christy Novack How awesome that you added me to your team! I would love to be a part of it, but I'm just not sure what I should be doing next. I love your profile pic: Go Dubs!

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Christy--love this idea. I would love to join your team if that's possible. Also, are you working on a Google doc or such to flesh out the idea?

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Jessica Lura Mark Carlucci Ashley Haskins Microcredentials for Educator Growth and Learning The Amazing Race  if you want to add to this idea, I have a google doc/folder established. Just let me know of an email and I can add you.

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Christy Novack my email is msjlura@gmail.com.

Thanks!

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I have been looking at developing some sort of badge system for my courses, and in search my search for ideas I have regularly encountered schools/boards using badges. I think they are a great way to inspire some excitement toward trying to grow. 

I think the idea of seeing who to reach out to is a great idea. I was going to suggest it before I read that last paragraph. Provide a way to connect with others is the best part of your idea.

Any thoughts about what kinds of skills might be achieved? Would they be preset or invented along the way?

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Mark Carlucci it could be both. It's always good to have preset ones. If a teacher approached with a category or skill set it could be decided to be included as well. I would also start with what existing skills sets I hear or know about in the district. To me, the badges may be specific (Example: this teacher is skilled in iMovie, this teacher is an 'expert' in Google Docs). I wonder if you had a bad more general like "Arts and Crafts.' Then you run into criteria challenges. Example of work would be the best. Nothing too intensive to turn off the teacher, but a way for them to show or talk about examples.

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I hope your not offended if I say, this is cute. 
I appreciate the idea! I have a NIKE RUNNING app that does the same thing. So, it's cutting edge. I think there is value in this system. I like your style.

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