Thursday, February 19, 2015

The @BlackboardK12 BITS Learning Sessions #22 #BbK12Live

The @BlackboardK12 BITS Learning Sessions #22 #BbK12Live

I've partnered with BlackboardK12 to share out the awesome sessions they are having this Fall. Educators can sign up to attend and share with other great educators what they have learned. I'll feature the session and the description on my blog each week and on my Twitter account. If you have questions, feel free to shoot a tweet to @BlackboardK12. Have fun learning and sharing!

Enhance Middle School Student Experience & Accountability using Bb Achievements

Students are used to achieving goals in electronic games and are motivated to “get to the next level”. Using this premise, I set out to explore ways to entice my students in my blended classes to log in to Blackboard early and often. I found devising Achievement gradients and awarding Badges are an effective motivator. can do the trick. In this session I will share how I designed my course with a tiered system of badges to motivate my students and provide them with tangible goals and achievements and keep them coming back for more. For some students the learning process feels intangible -- earning a certificate or badge can change this feeling and the student can see their progress toward definite goals. I will teach you the “how” but also the “why” of using this reward system with middle school aged children.

Maria Clinger, Teacher – Spanish 6-8

Maria Clinger is a NBCT of Science and now teaches Spanish to Middle School students. After graduating from James Madison University, she began teaching in her hometown of Arlington, VA. She taught Biology for 10 years and taught one year abroad in Quito, Ecuador, before making the leap to teach Spanish. She is a native Spanish-speaker and first generation Ecuadorian. Her love of learning and teaching has been a constant throughout her life. She is a mother of three and spends her free time playing, cooking, and reading with her children.

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Monday, February 23, 2015 3:30 PM EST

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