Nevada's

Worlds of Learning

Digital Badges in Professional Learning

About

Welcome to Nevada’s World of Learning!  This site serves as a badging system for all teachers in the Nevada Community School District.  There are numerous badges you can earn that cover a wide array of topics and technologies related to integrating technology into the classroom.

Nevada’s World of Learning is a site you can use to learn about ways to integrate technology into your class – and earn badges and points in the process. Here you can learn specifics about new technologies and tools you could use in your classroom. In addition, this site serves as a way to promote your growth as an employee in the Nevada Community School District.There are three main parts to this site: Tasks, Quests, and Levels.Screen Shot 2015-10-07 at 11.00.43 AM
  1. TASKS are earned by completing specific criteria. Each badge will tell you what you need to do to earn it. Badges have points associated with them.
  2. QUESTS are completed by earning several badges related to a specific topic. For example, completing the quest on Google Ninja would require that you earn several badges related to Google. Completing quests also gives you points.
  3. LEVELS are your ranking. As you accumulate more points, your level will increase. You begin as a noob and work your way up to expert levels.

Earning Badges

The criteria for earning a badge can vary based on the task.  Some will require you to simply watch a video. Videos on more advanced topics may also ask you to write brief summary of what you viewed and learned. Others will require you to take a quiz, produce an original artifact, or provide a demonstration.

Share Your Badges

Nevada’s World of Learning also integrates with the Credly website. Complete the “Join Credly” badge to set up your Credly profile. From your Credly page, you can share your achievements on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Mozilla Backpack, your website, blog, Credly profile or other location.

Why Badges?

The badge system provides a more structured way to manage our professional development and allowing you freedom in what you what to learn.  Instead of “forcing” you to learn about something that is not of interest to you, we are giving you full choice of your next learning path. The topics will cover areas you are expected to learn and be able to do with incorporating technology into the classroom. In addition, this serves as an example of gamification (incorporating game elements into learning). This is an up and coming idea in education, and you may use it in your classroom as well. Learn more about badging, check this article out:

Getting Started:

To get started learning your way around badging, click on Quests at the top of this page.  Then, choose Badging: Getting Started.

 

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