yes patricia

we want it all and we want it soon

my thinking has been very much all of the things you describe
and also the system has to be

flexible enough for individual learning styles and paths to the learning goals and outcomes
customizable for student centered learning such as project-based learning, design-based learning and challenge-based real world solution learning
broad enough in scope to include the 21st century skills - like creativity, innovation, problem-solving, analytical thinking, digital citizenship, collaboration
and to include qualitative measures like student engagement, cooperative learning, helping others, leadership, etc

an open flexible badge system can work well to define and measure these - including allowing students to work with teachers to design new badges

and the real-time analytics should run seamlessly behind the scenes with minimal additional input to capture how the learning is happening, what progress is being made and inform students, teachers and parents when students need help or additional instruction, etc

this complete system may not be quite ready for this coming plan, but we do need the foundations, infrastructure, pedagogical changes, technology and shifts in responsibility for learning to begin now

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On Tue, Feb 7, 2012 at 2:15 PM, Patricia Aigner <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
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George et al,

I love the idea of open badges where people get credit for formal and informal work that takes place outside school, that other kind of learning….


I believe that analytics works well with the concept of proficiency based expectations from Dan French and Elaine P— Design for Learning (transferable skills, core-disciplinary, application of learning, depth of understanding). 

Driven by analytics, a system of learning/assessment like this could be differentiated, learner centered, personalized, equitable, rigorous, and potentially relevant/meaningful.  And let kids co-monitor their progress and perhaps co-create their learning with teachers.


Proficiency based expectations could be aligned to personalized assignments and assessments—individualized education.


George, is that what you are thinking? 


Perhaps this goes in the plan, it is surely coming—and I think we are planning for the future, not today, n’est-ce-pas?


Patricia Aigner

Director of Technology

Rutland City Public Schools

6 Church Street

Rutland, VT 05701


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george raynak
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franklin nw supervisory union
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