App of the Week – Credly

Screen Shot 2014-08-22 at 3.48.12 PMThis week’s app of week is Credly. Credly is a free service for awarding and displaying digital badges and accomplishments, which the CETL is using to issue its new professional development badges. While you don’t need the Credly app to accept your badges earned (you can accept badges via email with the email address you have used to create your Credly account), this app allows you conveniently keep track of the badges you have earned, give credit, and share badges from your mobile device. If you don’t have a Credly account yet, go there and create a free account using your Texas Wesleyan email address. When you earn a badge with any professional development activity done with us (or any other Credly issuer) you may view your badges with this app. To download free for iOS devices click HERE. If you have used this app in your life or in your classroom please let us know by commenting on this post! We would love to learn about your personal experiences and we would love to share them with other Texas Wesleyan folks!

 

Introducing Badges 2.0

This semester, the CETL is revising it’s system of badges to better acknowledge, challenge, and reward faculty and staff who engage in professional development activities. We’ve developed some new badges, introduced badge levels, and tweaked the way badges are earned. We’ve also expanded the way participants can publicly display their badges.

A list of all the badges can be found here. Most of these badges now have three levels. The initial level (which we’re calling the “learn stuff” level) is earned simply by participating in professional development activies. These can be CETL workshops, individual consultations with CETL staff, or even opportunities from other sources, like a conference or webinar. Those who wish to progress to the second level of a badge (the “do stuff” level) will work with the CETL to construct an appropriate challenge card. These cards will simply be things the participant can do to apply why they learned at the “learn stuff” level. Participants can move on to the third level (“evaluate/share stuff”) by constructing and completing another challenge. This one will focus on evaluating the application of the new knowledge and sharing how it worked with others. Participants can share through the CETL blog and website, social media, or more formal research and publication avenues.

The graphic below illustrates the new system (click for larger image).

 

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The CETL Badge System explained.

Our goal here is to build a system that’s customizable by the participants, acknowledges professional development comes from many venues, and pushes participants to apply, reflect on, and share what they’ve learned.

The email notification send by us when you earn a badge.

The email notification sent when you earn a badge.

In addition to that, all of faculty’s previous efforts are not going to be forgotten! The CETL will publicly issue all of the previously earned badges via Credly, as well. When you earn a badge you will receive an email notification of your achievement (see illustration). If you want to save and share that badge you must click on “save & share” (if you don’t have a Credly account yet you will be prompted to create one after this step). When you accept the badge you may view your badges via Credly.com or via the Credly app. If you wish, you can opt out of receiving those notifications.

 

Pedagogy Map

To help folks get started, we’ve created the Pedagogy Map. This is a wonderful visual representation of the new badges and how they are related. Participants can earn any badge they want whenever they want, but they can also create their own Learning Path. Particpants can sit down with the CETL staff to determine which path best fits their professional development goals. Each Path will be individualized, including challenges developed by the participant and the CETL, and self-paced. The CETL developed Pedagogy Map and new badges can help faculty and staff determine which paths would be best for them, however the CETL will develop and issue badges that are personalized to other requests for professional development. The Pedagogy Map can be viewed below. If you want to see the new badges associated and featured in it you may click HERE.

 

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CETL’s Pedagogy Map

We invite all faculty and staff to take the professional development journey with us!

2014 Fall Book Club Schedule

Book Title: Mindstorms: Children, Computers & Powerful Ideas

AboutMindstorms has two central themes: that children can learn to use computers in a masterful way and that learning to use computers can change the way they learn everything else. Even outside the classroom, Papert had a vision that the computer could be used just as casually and as personally for a diversity of purposes throughout a person’s entire life. Seymour Papert makes the point that in classrooms saturated with technology there is actually more socialization and that the technology often contributes to greater interaction among students and among students and instructors.

Meeting Times: Mondays, noon- 1:00pm (every other week)

Location: CETL Lab or via Google Hangout

Requirements: All participants will receive a copy of the book. Every other week, the group will meet face-to-face or via Google Hangout to discuss assigned chapters. One person will serve as a discussion leader by bringing discussion points/topics as well as supplemental materials such as links, videos, articles or anything else that is relevant to discussion. All participants are invited to blog about the current reading.

Book Club Blog

Schedule:

FALL 2014 BOOK CLUB SCHEDULE
Day Chapters Title
September 8 Chapter 1 Computers & Computer Cultures
September 22 Chapter 2 Mathophobia: The Fear of Learning
October 6 Chapter 3 Turtle Geometry: A Mathematics Made for Learning
October 20 Chapter 4 Languages for Computers and for People
November 3 Chapter 5 Microworlds: Incubators for Knowledge
November 17 Chapter 6 Powerful Ideas in Mid-Size Bites
December 1 Chapter 7 LOGO’s Roots: Piaget & AI
December 15 Chapter 8 Images of the Learning Society
Meetings held from 12:00- 1:00pm in the CETL Lab EJW, 114

 

THINKLINK

Welcome to the resources page of the TXWES-TCC ThinkLink event of Monday, August 18th 2014.

Ben Miller’s Critical Thinking through Writing

Chris Parker and Jacqueline Gaffner’s Using Smartphones in the Classroom

Engaging Students and Collaborating with Mobile Devices

Welcome to the resources page for Addy Meira’s presentation at LCU on August 5th, 2014. To learn more about Addy and for contact info click here. Below you will find more details about the apps discussed and links to their websites and videos.

scanlifeScanLife is a free app that allows users to read QR and bar codes. To create a QR code go to http://qrcode.kaywa.com/, paste your URL on the bar, click “generate,” then right click to save the image and add to any document you want it on (and any presentation).  To download this app for iOS click HERE. To download it for Android click HERE.

 

remindRemind (formerly known as Remind 101) is a free app for iPhone and iPad that allows instructors to send text messages to students. You don’t need the mobile app to use the Remind services, you can just go to Remind.com. Students subscribe to your class by texting an unique code and later you have the ability to contact them via text message without sharing your personal number nor getting their personal number. The app also allows you to schedule future text messages to be released, which could be a great tool to notify students of important tests or projects. To download this app for iOS click HERE. To download it for Android click HERE.

socrative

Socrative is a free student response system app for teachers and students. It allows teachers to create educational exercises, games, and quizzes to engage with students and providing real-time response updates. Socrative runs on smartphones, tablets, as well as laptops and students are not required to create accounts, they just join a classroom with a code. This application also provides online reports for teachers in Google Sheets or Excel formats. For a database of activities that you can use with Socrative click HERE. To download this app for iOS click HERE. To download it for Android click HERE.

showme

Show Me app allows you to create lessons in an interactive whiteboard through your iPad. Also, it allows you to share your creations with the Show Me community as well as with social networks, email, or embed them into other websites. To download this app for iOS click HERE. For a more robust paid app with similar capabilities and more look at the Explain Everything app.

http://vimeo.com/38003641

google_driveGoogle Drive is a an app from Google that allows users to store, access, create, and collaborate on files stored in the cloud. Google Drive users have up to 15GB of free storage space. To login just use your Google account information (gmail email address and password) and from there you can create, edit, or access files on the go. You can also access these files and collaborate from a desktop browser by going to drive.google.com. Click HERE for iOS download | click HERE for android download.

aurasmaAurasma is a free and simple augmented reality app that allows you to virtually add multimedia files to real world images and later access them via the app/camera on your mobile device. Creating an aura is easy and simple and when students access them you will blow them away. Click HERE for iOS download | click HERE for android download. If you would like to create more elaborate auras you may request HERE an account to use the Aurasma Studio at studio.aurasma.com.

About the CETL

The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at Texas Wesleyan University (CETL) promotes a student-centered university by providing resources and professional growth opportunities to faculty on enhancing instructional practice, integrating technology, and promoting essential student skills.

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