We talked about digital badges and connected learning programs and how that relates to the work that happens in technology centers all over the city.
First, members from the Hive Chicago’s Community STEM Badging Ecosystem Equity Group talked about their work around finding ways to make digital badging more accessible to all learners.
- Amaris Alanis-Ribeiro, Manager, Secondary Education and Career Programs at Chicago Botanic Garden
- Jennifer Bundy, Program Manager at Adler Planetarium
- Michael Garrity, Communications Coordinator at The Anti-Cruelty Society
- Syda Taylor, Director of Programs and Community Relations at Project Exploration
The Community STEM digital badge ecosystem (CSTEMBE) is continuing the Hive-supported work of the C-STEMM digital badge working group, which developed and pilot tested a STEM digital badge ecosystem to recognize youth and communicate out-of-school learning across institutions.
There are 14 organizations, across Chicago and nationally, that are developing the badging ecosystem, expanding the scope nationally, and addressing the critical challenges of equity/access, how badges are valued and integrated across institutions, and the creation of a seamless badging technology that supports student learning.
Tené Gray, Director of Operations & Professional Development at Digital Youth Network (DYN), will also talk about DYN’s role in the Chicago City of Learning.
Digital Youth Network (DYN) is a project that supports organizations, educators and researchers in learning best practices to help develop our youths’ technical, creative, and analytical skills. They also helped to develop and implement the Chicago City of Learning (CCOL).
CCOL is an initiative that joins together learning opportunities for youth and allows them to earn digital badges that provide permanent recognition of the achievements made through their activities.
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