Oregon Educator Network Blog

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I am nothing else if not a learner. There are few things more exciting to me than understanding a completely new idea and seeing where it fits into my current schema. In that light, I’ve learned two such concepts that have refined the way I think about digital learning.

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If you’ve been a member of the Oregon Educator Network for a while, you may have noticed some changes to the site recently. These changes are intended to make the experience of using the OEN easier and more useful.

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You can’t have a conversation about the future of public education these days without some mention of digital learning. And when you talk about digital learning, the discussion often turns to badging.

The concept is simple: individuals earn badges for demonstrating the acquisition of key knowledge and skills. Think Girl Scouts. When you marry the concept of badging with technology, you get digital badges that allow a person’s portfolio of badges to be stored in one place and provide a record of subject or skill mastery.