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Happy New Year! 2016 kicks off for Engage with a brand new Community Roadmap and a renewed focus on pushing teachers, students, and classrooms to improve, innovate, and grow. For January, our theme is Innovative Technology; with the new year we want to explore how emerging technologies create positive change for education.

 

All month you can follow the community tag Innovative Technology to read and participate in discussions, blogposts, and activities related to our theme. A good place to start is the January 2016 Classroom Challenge on emerging careers and a culture of innovation in education.

 

We also encourage you to check out everything new under the sun from Bett Show 2016 from January 20-23 in London.

 

As you head into 2016, we want to know:

  • What are you most excited about? What is stoking your educational passion right now?
  • What do you resolve to do to innovate in 2016?
  • How do you determine whether a new technology is working in your classroom or not? If it's not, what do you do?

 

JanBadge.jpgAs with each month, if you participate in our Roadmap theme-based activities, you can earn a badge. If you complete all the actions related to this month's content during the month of January you'll earn the Community Roadmap Innovative Technology badge and 200 community points. To do this, you need to:

  • Read this blog (hint, if you're reading this, you've already completed this step)
  • Comment below with responses to the bold-faced questions in the post above.
  • Bookmark and then leave a comment to participate in our Engage and Win giveaway discussion.

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Every December as the year winds down, things pick up in Engage. This December is no different. Two things drive this flurry of activity as the calendar year draws to a close: our Roadmap focus on coding and computer science education, and the Engage annual birthday celebration. The match is quite serendipitous - Engage launched in 2009 with the broad goal of pushing the limits of technology's impact in classrooms, and right now one of the strongest forces in this area  is the idea that computer science in some shape or form is for all students.

 

The three big events that stand out in December for Engage are:

 

This month, we want to know:

  • Are you participating in CS Ed Week or the Hour of Code? If so, what are you doing? If not, what would you do to participate?
  • What key skills do students pick up when they learn to code beyond just programming?
  • What did you learn in Engage this year? Pick one learning point that stands out to you and share it.

 

codebadge.pngAs with each month, if you participate in our Roadmap theme-based activities, you can earn a badge. If you complete all the actions related to this month's content during the month of December you'll earn the Community Roadmap Code for Impact badge and 200 community points. To do this, you need to:

  • Read this blog (hint, if you're reading this, you've already completed this step)
  • Comment below with responses to the bold-faced question in the post above.
  • Bookmark and then leave a comment to participate in our Engage and Win giveaway discussion.

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When November hits the calendar, Engage starts thinking about all things gaming. This November, that's particularly appropriate as it's our first year with the gamification system active on the community, and we're on the cusp of some exciting new game-infused professional learning opportunities (that's the teaser, you have to stay active with Engage to get more information over the next several months...). We've been working within the gamification system for seven full months now, and you've been completing Missions and earning points and badges along the way. What do you think of it at this point? How does this type of gamification relate (or not relate) to anything going on with learning games in your classrooms or the classrooms and teachers you work with? Are you celebrating International Games Day on November 21?

 

It's interesting that on our community roadmap we've also chosen to focus on assessment practices in November. Learning games, particularly those played online, offer up a huge stream of data for educators. I know that our Engage gamification system presents us with a mountain of data we're still learning how to use. What are the advantages to that? What are the risks? Could you imagine any unintended consequences, either positive or not so positive, of making the use of online learning games data a bigger part of the assessment picture in your classroom?

 

That's a key question. Many of us have seen the potential of games in the classroom in action - the excitement and engagement, and the real learning - that occurs. This month, we want to know your thoughts on the following: how would you use the data available via a learning games platform in your classroom or school, and how would you not use that data?

 

gameon.pngAs with each month, if you participate in our Roadmap theme-based activities, you can earn a badge. If you complete all the actions related to this month's content during the month of October you'll earn the Community Roadmap Digital Citizenship badge and 200 community points. To do this, you need to:

  • Read this blog (hint, if you're reading this, you've already completed this step)
  • Comment below with responses to the bold-faced question in the post above.
  • Bookmark and then leave a comment to participate in our Engage and Win giveaway discussion.

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Every October, Engage explores the theme of Digital Citizenship. Every year, there is something new in the mix, whether it's an emerging technology (like the Internet of Things, or Maker tools), a hot new app, or a new cyber-security threat. Keeping kids engaged in high quality, cutting edge learning experiences continues to present new challenges for schools and districts, ranging from resources and infrastructure to safety and security.

 

October features two key events related to these topics and questions:

 

This month, consider these key questions:

  • How has digital citizenship changes in the last five years? What about in the last year alone?
  • How do you balance protecting students in online environments with allowing them to fully experience everything our global, connected world has to offer?
  • What are you going to do for Connected Educator Month?


digital_cit.pngAs with each month, if you participate in our Roadmap theme-based activities, you can earn a badge. If you complete all the actions related to this month's content during the month of October you'll earn the Community Roadmap Digital Citizenship badge and 200 community points. To do this, you need to:

  • Read this blog (hint, if you're reading this, you've already completed this step)
  • Comment below with responses to any two of the three bulleted questions in the post above.
  • Bookmark and then leave a comment to participate in our Engage and Win giveaway discussion.

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School supplies, meeting a new teacher or colleague, rebooting the morning routine after a relaxed couple of months, these are all part of the annual tradition U.S. students and teachers greet every August. As we think about our ever flattening-earth and the technology that enables it, more and more we can include virtual PD across a district, state, or country, or Skyping with a classroom across the world to start a new relationship that will grow over the coming months to that list. August means a lot of things in a lot of contexts, but in education it often means first and foremost, back to school!

 

What is your outlook for the coming school year? Are you taking on a new role? In a new job? You may have a new outlook on instruction after your state's first year with the new PARCC or Smarter Balanced assessments.

  • Tell us - what's at the top of your mind this August for back to school?

 

In Engage, on top of the U.S. back to school festivities, we're celebrating Global Education. We're keen on opening windows to showcase educational contexts across the globe. To that end:

  • What country's education system do you know the most about? What system do  you know the least about?
  • If you're not in the U.S., when is "back to school" for you? What is it like?

 

As with each month, if you participate in our Roadmap theme-based activities, you can earn a badge. If you complete all the actions related to this month's content during the month of August you'll earn the Community Roadmap Global Back to School badge and 200 community points. To do this, you need to:

  • Read this blog (hint, if you're reading this, you've already completed this step)
  • Comment below with responses to any two of the three bulleted questions in the post above.
  • Bookmark and then leave a comment to participate in our Engage and Win giveaway discussion.

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It's July! How is that possible already?  If you're in the US, hopefully you're taking some much needed time off and enjoying the summer. For those of you in other parts of the world, what are you up to in July? We hope part of your plan is to join and Engage with the new Learning Studio group here in the community .

 

This month's theme is Literacy in a Digital World. As we were putting together the activities for this theme, and the image you see above, our team really struggled to come up with a simple representation or definition for it. I think that says something. Digital information is so big, and so dynamic, that the skills kids need to navigate it and the tools kids use to interact with it change constantly. What do you even do about that? What kinds of literacy skills are essential, and what are the new and exciting ways kids need to think about information as they emerge as global citizens?

 

As with each month, if you participate in our Roadmap theme-based activities, you can earn a badge. If you complete all the actions related to this month's content during the month of July, you'll earn the Community Roadmap Literacy in a Digital World badge and 200 community points. To do this, you need to:

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In the U.S. summer is here! School is out in some places and winding down in others. Whether school for you is ending, beginning, or continuously occurring, you know that the professional learning never stops. Similarly, we give our kids a "summer reading list" to try to prevent that "summer slide" and prep for the next year. To that end, this month's Engage Roadmap theme is Summer PD Launch, and our content area focus is reading, literacy, and language arts.

 

In addition to these focus areas, we'll celebrate the ISTE Conference at the end of the month. It kicks off June 28, so stay tuned for some cool activities and special Missions in the Nitro Gamification platform.

 

This month, we'd like to know:

  • If you're in the U.S., how do you keep engaged with your professional growth during the summer? How do you keep balance and recharge?
  • If you're outside the U.S., what do you do when school is out?
  • What's on your PD reading list? Have you been "assigned" any professional reading?
  • If you assign summer reading for your students, what are your favorite texts to assign?

 

As with last month, if you participate in our Roadmap theme-based activities, you can earn a badge. If you complete all the actions related to this month's content during the month of June, you'll earn the Community Roadmap Summer PD badge and 200 community points. To do this, you need to:

  • Read this blog (hint, if you're reading this, you've already completed this step)
  • Comment below with responses to the four questions in the post above.
  • Book mark and then leave a comment to participate in our Essential Summer PD Tools post.

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It's May, and in the U.S. that means the school year is winding down. Teachers and students are starting to finish final assignments and review grades. Summer reading lists, activities, and enrichment are being planned. Technology can play a huge role in all of this. Families can get real-time updates on progress and grades. Teachers can push summer reading selections to their students' connected devices.Younger students can keep skills sharp via online enrichment modules, and high school students can take blended and online "summer school" courses to catch up or get ahead. And we all know teacher professional learning and growth almost never stops, enabled year-round by tools like Twitter and online communities like Engage.

 

Of course, summer is a time to unplug, wind down, and recharge for students and teachers too. Ubiquitous connected devices can make taking time off just as challenging as planning next year's curriculum or an online Algebra class. Balance is a must. We also know that in many places, ample devices and bandwidth are a luxury and not an assumption. It's important to consider this issue and strive for equity of experience. Particularly if you're educating a socioeconomically diverse group, it's key to remember that not everyone goes home to the same tools and resources.

 

Think about these ideas, and let us know how you approach summer.

  • What's one way you stay connected, either as an educator or a parent/guardian, when school's out for summer?
  • How do you help kids who are less connected outside of school keep pace with those for whom access isn't an issue?
  • How do you ensure that you and/or your students/children take time to recharge during the summer months?

 

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  1. Read this blog (hint, if you're reading this, you've already completed this step)
  2. Comment below with responses to the three questions in the post above.
  3. Book mark and then leave a comment to participate in our Teacher Appreciation week thread.

 


Have a great month!

mdconley57

Gamification and Engage

Posted by mdconley57 Apr 8, 2015

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Today we launched an exciting new feature in the Engage community. This morning the Nitro Gamification Module was released in the community. So what does this mean and why are we so excited about it? Well, it represents a brand new, innovative way for you to interact with the community's content and your fellow members. From here forward, every time you do something in Engage you'll be working toward a Mission, and each Mission carries points and a badge. Also, as you work through the new Missions and earn points and badges, you'll advance through new set of bands and levels in the community that represent your professional learning path and the different ways take action.You'll start as an Explorer and work your way through the Intern, Apprentice, Artisan, and Master levels of the Explorer Band. After Explorer, you'll continue to climb the band ladder as a Citizen, Mentor, and eventually Master, completing each of the four aforementioned levels at each step along the way. Due to the technical requirements of the module, your points have reset to zero and for now you're starting at the base level (Explorer Intern); also note, the system only began tracking your activity this morning, so actions completed before that will not retroactively be applied to Missions. In the coming weeks we'll award Legacy Member Badges (and associated points) that recognize your prior contributions and points and levels achieved.LegacyPlat.png






You can learn all about the Missions, badges, and bands and levels via the Reputation section of your profile; you access this by clicking the "More" tab and selecting "Reputation" or by clicking the "Points Detail" link below your profile picture. The short video below walks you through those steps. We have currently released all the standard Missions and badges for the Explorer and Citizen bands. In the coming weeks we'll release the Missions and badges for Mentor and Leader, as well as unique badges tied to specific events, activities, and themes in Engage. We will provide information and updates each time new Missions are released, and you can follow all the action by joining the Gamification Hub group. Click the "Join this group" button in the upper right banner to join and receive updates and notifications.

 

We are jazzed about this, and we hope you are too! Start interacting, and reach out with questions by responding to this post or using the Help and Feedback tab at the right of the page...by Liking this post, bookmarking, or leaving a comment you'll also earn points and badges, so check the Reputation section on your profile to see.

 

Thanks - Marshal and the Intel Engage Leadership Team


Engaging with Nitro Gamification and Badges (click the full screen button to expand)


Click here for a text version of the instructions covered in this video.

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Engage is a unique community. I type this blog post from a small town in the Midwest United States. Last night's Intel Teach Live webinar broadcast from Texas, and it was attended by community members from several different countries. If you look at the Engage homepage, you can see a map of all the other Intel Engage communities around the globe and professional learning content feeds from each of them, and you see those members in this space and in their local spaces each day via this platform. Outside Engage, teachers Skype with their peers across the world and connect with global colleagues over Twitter every day.

 

This may be a new concept for many educators, but this is the reality our current students (especially the youngest among them) are growing up with. Not only will they become accustomed to this as part of their education, but they will grow up to be citizens in a world of countries intertwined by technology and economy. Preparation for this starts now, and the new world opened up with innovative and emerging tech makes this learning engaging, inspiring, and fun!

 

What do you think are the most important skills for our students to possess in order to become global citizens?

 

As you engage this month, please pay special attention to activity related to global citizenship. As part of this focus, we'll also look at sustainability, and what is required to ensure that the world our students inherit is safe, healthy, and prosperous. The content area focus for April is Social Studies, and how project-based approaches and critical thinking are perfect matches for instruction in that domain. Finally, we encourage you to help us celebrate National Library Week on April 12-18, and Earth Day on April 22. See you online!

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It's March, and (in the U.S. at least) we're starting to think about the arrival of spring and getting outdoors. For learners seeking a little sun and fresh air, going mobile is essential. Intel Engage has explored mobile learning, both for K-12 students and as a means of professional learning for educators, for a few years. This month, we pick up that thread again.

 

There are a tremendous amount of resources on Engage about a variety of mobile learning topics, such as:

 

We'd also encourage you to explore the Mobile Learning space in our K-12 Professional Development Resources community. Here you can find background information and resources related to mobile learning, links to recordings from Mobile Learning webinars, and access to Intel Education mobile apps.

 

As you engage with these activities and materials, do you see yourself and your classroom? How are you using mobile devices in your classroom? Are they phones, tablets, or both? How does it compare to just a few years ago?

 

 

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In February, Engage peers into the future....The theme for February is 21st Century careers, specifically those in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). Think about how the workforce has changed since you were a K-12 student. Think about how it's changed since you started your first job. If you're a veteran teacher, think about how education and career prep has changed since your first day. Pretty wild?

 

When I started teaching, way back in 2001, I had a single desktop machine in my classroom running Windows 98 (and many of the machines in the two computer labs in our small building ran Windows 95!). We had an "online" gradebook that wasn't visible beyond our classroom machine, and it was still unique to email my students' parents. The network drive to which we stored lesson plans and units was "innovative", and I had to teach a number of my colleagues how to add an attachment to an email. And that was just my workforce experience; I had no concept of the world of work my students would someday enter beyond the fact that it would be much different, and it was likely that the job they would choose would look very different than it did early last decade, or, as their careers progressed, not exist at all.

 

As you interact in Engage this month and engage in your professional exploration and growth, think about a few things. What can you do to prepare a student for a career that doesn't yet exist? As technology continues to seep into every facet of life, are there any careers that aren't, in some shape or form, STEM careers?

 

While you're thinking about that, check out all of Engage's resources and activities related to STEM education or discussing 21st Century Careers and skills. Be sure to tag anything you do this month with the tag "STEM" and/or "21st Century Careers" or "21st Century Skills".

 

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jan15_themebanner.pngHappy New Year! Engage is thrilled to kick off year two of our Community Roadmap, the calendar of themes, topics, content areas, and major education events we'll learn about and explore throughout the year.

 

Our themes (attached below) remain relatively unchanged in 2015. We will, however, approach the themes differently, offer new perspectives and innovative learning activities to support each topic, and provide you with more ways to engage and win great tech prizes!

 

To start January, we'll look at the freshest, most innovative technology developments hitting the education market in 2015. What does that mean? Well, for the last several years we've seen a huge focus on "things" - devices, apps, and web tools for both students and teachers. This year, we want to push this topic farther: how do we get beyond the overwhelming mass of stuff available to teachers to optimize use to make real impact for students? This means going deeper with personalized learning, hitting the sweet spot in the middle of the TPACK framework, and making smart choices about the devices and learning tools/apps you employ.

 

2015 is shaping up to be a big year in Engage! We'll continue to offer the community engagement you've come to enjoy, the webinars you anticipate, and the activities that allow you to flex your creative muscles and earn great prizes. We're also rolling out a brand new badging interface via which you can earn digital credentials and complete professional learning missions. You can also expect new formats for content - more video, blended live and asynchronous events using tools such as Hangouts on Air, and a more cohesive, connected approach to content. The community leadership team is excited and you should be too.

 

As we kick off the year, we'll follow two of the biggest events in tech:

 

What has you excited for 2015? What are your plans? What are your professional learning goals? Comment and share with us, and stay tuned for big things!

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2014 may be winding down, but December is an exciting month for Engage. December marks the fifth birthday of the community. As always, we'll celebrate with an epic Birthday Bash on December 9. We will take a look back at 2014, review each month's theme and highlights, and give away great prizes. Lots of great prizes. 11 great prizes! Click here to register so you don't miss it.

 

At the Bash, we will also take some time to explore December's theme, which is coding and computer science education (CSE). Engage will feature content related to CSE and coding for students of all levels. We'll also participate in Computer Science Education Week and the Hour of Code, and we encourage all of you to do the same.

 

So as we wind down, reflect on  the professional learning and collaboration that you participated in this year. Tell us - what were the highlights of the year in Engage for you? What do you want to see more of in 2014?

This November, Engage explores the world of game-infused learning. Activities and events will look at how gamification can push the boundaries of learning for both education professionals and students alike. In this context, we'll explore how the data stream available via online games can help inform assessment and provide new avenues for educators to demonstrate professional growth. The content area focus for November is STEAM, that sweet spot where the arts intersects with science, technology, engineering, and math.  Sound exciting? Check out all the great content related to education gaming and gamification. Want to dig into the world of STEAM-infused learning? Click here.

 

In honor of our theme, Engage also celebrates International Game Day on November 15. Are you celebrating? If so, leave a comment and tell us what you're doing.

 

When I think of gaming in the classroom, I recall my days in elementary school in the early years of personal computing. We had early Apple 2Es and 2gs in the our classrooms, and I spent a good bit of free time running my sidewalk corporate empire in Lemonade Stand, and later the navigating the wide open west in the original Oregon Trail. Did you have computer and/or online games in your classroom as a student? What were they? Tell us in the comments below.

 

 

 

For old times sake...

 

 

To see see the themes and content areas of focus from prior months, click here.

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