BloomBoard Blog

April 18, 2018   |   By Lucia Giacomantonio

Success Story: A Phased Approach to Implementing Micro-credentials


"If we are asking educators to provide differentiated and personalized learning experiences for students, it only makes sense that we help districts provide teachers with that same level of personalization in their professional learning.”

- Machel Mills,  Director of Professional Learning Systems,
Tennessee Department of Education

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March 6, 2018   |   By Lucia Giacomantonio

Is College Still Worth It? A TEDx Talk by Jason Lange, Co-founder of BloomBoard

Last month, BloomBoard Co-founder and President, Jason Lange, had the opportunity to speak at the TEDX Wilmington conference. The conference theme was Education Possible and brought together educators, students, parents, and other community members to explore the positive impact that education has on young minds as well as some areas in need of vast improvements.

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February 13, 2018   |   By Jason Lange

The Shift Towards Competency-based Professional Learning

One of the biggest challenges faced in education today is understanding how instructors can best communicate information to their students while ensuring it has been absorbed and can be applied in practice. Over the years it has become more and more evident that the status quo just isn’t working. As a result, we’re seeing a very exciting shift from the traditional learning models of the past, towards a competency-based learning model that allows for better learning, retention, and application.

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June 5, 2017   |   By Janet Larsen Roberts

Changing Mindsets: Dormancy May Lead to a Super Bloom

This post was written by Janet Larsen Roberts, a senior education consultant for the Knowledge Group and a cooperative learning teacher trainer and coach for Kagan Arabian Region. It was originally published on LinkedIn and the Knowledge Group blog at http://bit.ly/2qWV7ck.

A principal at an educational seminar made this comment, “Our teachers are lazy. They don’t want more training.” I think he’s dead wrong. Teachers may feel like they are stuck in a rut, but I believe that what appears to be a barren desert may actually be a super bloom waiting to happen.

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May 17, 2017   |   By Lucia Giacomantonio

Earn Micro-credentials Throughout the Summer

Summer is just around the corner, and it's a great time for educators to develop new skills through micro-credentials. While many micro-credentials require educators to provide evidence of their learning through work with students, there are several other micro-credentials that can be earned without students in the classroom. We've put together a list of these micro-credentials that are perfect for earning throughout the summer. Some are even eligible for graduate-level credit! Choose the one that's right for you and get started by visiting bloomboard.com/digitalpromise.

Download the full list or check out some of the most popular micro-credentials below.  

Essential Spreadsheet Skills
Issued by: Relay Graduate School of Education

Quantitative data often come in forms that require work to make them meaningful to an educator. Spreadsheets (for instance, Google Sheets or Microsoft Excel) are a critical tool for working with quantitative data as a classroom educator. Learn more about earning this micro-credential and download the submission requirements and scoring guide.

Tip: Check out this collection of learning resources to help you along the way. 

Establishing a Virtual Community
Issued by: Center for Teaching Quality

To earn this micro-credential, an educator must guide a group through a process that builds relationships through engaging in common meaningful work, sharing stories, identifying individual team member strengths, and establishing the shared expectations of the community. Download the submission requirements and scoring guide to get started

Why Use Tech in the Classroom?
Issued by: Digital Promise Journey

Technology can have a strong impact on student learning. The use of digital devices has been shown to improve student achievement, engagement, and motivation. To learn how to prepare for and earn this micro-credential, download the submission requirements and scoring guide. (Note: This micro-credential is eligible for graduate-level credit!)

Developing Educator Digital Portfolios
Issued by: Jacobs Institute for Innovation in Learning at USD

To earn this micro-credential, an educator must document their growth, and reflect on how their role as an educator has changed over time, by examining their work. To learn more about earning this micro-credential, download the submission requirements and scoring guide. (Note: This micro-credential is eligible for graduate-level credit! )

Tip: Check out this collection of learning resources to help you along the way. 
 

See All Micro-credentials

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