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The Dialogic Learning Weekly #167

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The Dialogic Learning Weekly
The Dialogic Learning Weekly #167
By Tom Barrett • Issue #167 • View online
I hope you are safe and well - thanks for the feedback from the last newsletter. It is lovely to know you are out there and this weekly missive is having a positive impact. Stay in touch and drop me an email - just hit reply.
This week: attribution free content for your next project, a digital badge maker and some pondering on expectations and transition.

Open Content Toolkit
A great collection of resources here for you to use, aggregated and organised by Theo Kuechel. The Open Content Toolkit is a place to share examples of open media at all levels of education.
This toolkit is designed to provide a starting point for developing ideas and practices that will exploit the potential of open digital content for teaching and learning.
As a writer and blogger I developed an understanding of attribution and Creative Commons Licensing, many years ago. Creative Commons allows creatives the opportunity to independently license their content however they choose.
I learned the hard way when unscrupulous vendors copied my content and used it as their own in a paid event.
The Open Content Toolkit provides a growing set of example collections and links to media, that teachers and students can freely use without the fear of infringing on attribution or copyright.
An example of one of these links is Comic Book + which provides access to read and download Golden and Silver Age comic books. Or the Biodiversity Heritage Library which has organised illustrations from literature on biodiversity.
There is plenty to explore in the toolkit and the linked collections are treasure troves of media and content that you can use in your projects and presentations. I hope you find something useful.
The Open Content Toolkit
Digital Badges
I have been tracking the idea of microcredentials for many years now. Small achievements certified, recognised and issued in different ways than our terminal examination system.
The tweet below was a thought I had about the times our students are encountering now. It would be fascinating to see what credentials they would self-issue.
Tom Barrett
What if every student self-issued badges for all of the different things they are trying and achieving at home?

Imagine all of the unique credentials we would see when they return. 🤔

#ThinkingOutLoud #openbadges #microcredentials
Making a digital badge is pretty easy and we don’t need any system connected behind it. It could easily be an informal recognition of the variety of experiences we have had during isolation (or cocooning as one teacher put it.) They could also just be made on paper.
Have a go at making one.
Go to the badge builder website below. Make a badge for what you have achieved or improved, a skill or learned something new. Self issue it and display it somewhere. Send me an email with what you come up with.
Badge Designer - Create beautiful open badges
Expectation and Transition
Over these last four weeks my 13 year old son has been at home. There has been a few weeks of home learning and some holiday time. I have been reflecting on how the experience of learning at home is changing our expectations about school, learning and education.
I wonder if you are also thinking the same?
I have seen his frustrations, work ethic and boredom. All in close-up. I have noticed what he is capable of and we have talked about some of his reflections on his experience learning from home.
Perhaps our parental expectations of ‘school’ are changing as we sit and read this. Gradual, incremental shifts in what we think is valuable or what we think is possible. We might not be conscious of it. But it is likely to be there. A change in expectation might not even be applied or active. But it will likely rise in the future when we look back and make reference to what our family experienced.
I also have been thinking a lot about transition. Not the transition into this new way of working and learning. But the next transition. It is that transition that fascinates me most. As I was writing that previous sentence I wrote it is a transition 'back’. 'Back’ to the way we were. 'Back’ to normal. However I don’t think this is possible. Is it?
The next transition for families, educators and learners will be out of this crisis and these emergency learning measures. It has the potential to be a shift for the better. We are still at that crossroads of a million forking paths. Which way do you think we will head?
Thanks for reading the 167th issue of this newsletter. Stay safe this week - try and enjoy that thing we used to call the weekend. See you next time.
In dialogue we trust.
~ Tom Barrett
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