Open Badges – they're good :)

Have you heard of Open Badges yet?

Well if not, I came across this presentation from Doug Belshaw (given 25th June 2013) which sheds light on what many people including me see as a very worthy movement and undertaking lead by Mozilla to free up how achievements in learning are recognised and celebrated. It’s a big deal in the USA as you’ll see for yourself on the The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy Blog and it’s growing in the UK too.

Why share this on Blippit? Well my hope is that Blippit will be adding to this opportunity ecology later in the year all being well 🙂 and hopefully with a bit of help from our friends at Makewav.es. I really want to ask some schools for thoughts on this but any comments now would be appreciated if you have them.

The slides are probably most useful to a remote viewer from number 25 on.

Does having a customised app icon matter?

Well I think so but you can judge for yourself on the screenshot below.

To me it makes a colossal difference to my inclination to look at something if it has a ‘nice’ icon or logo.  Now that schools have their own app share areas on Planet Blippit we’re hoping people will being to exploit the new platform by customising their app icons.

Simon Widdowson at Porchester Junior School decided to re-publish a range of apps on a historical theme and ambitious scale with new icons.  You can see his work below and arguably it’s a feast for the eyes.  What’s also unusual about these apps, even unique to my knowledge, is that the apps actually interlink across each other in a way as to give the children who published them a collaborative project experience.

 

Customised App Icons

York MfL Workshop

TodayI was lucky enough recently (1/6/13) to be invited to say hello at an MfL event at the University of York. A better view of it is given by Claire Hampson at Thirsk School in North Yorkshire.

This is the second secondary event I’ve been at in the last few weeks and what’s always striking is the outrageous level of commitment delegates have with the only motivation being to share what they know – and in this case on a Saturday too!

By the way, congrats also to Rushcliffe School who won a free 12 months Blippit subscription on the day! 

So, because everyone was clearly stacked with new stuff from the day, and Chrome had something switched off causing Blippit to look ‘orrible, I bailed and left the good people to digest their day.  Some of the things I had planned to go into are flagged as memory pointers here.