A Personalized Journey: Three lessons learned from school redesign

| March 21, 2019

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How might we redesign school to better meet the needs of each student?” We posed this question to educators in the Dallas Independent School District back in 2014 with the hope of bringing together like-minded educators who wanted to redefine what’s possible for students and teachers in a large, urban district. This question still continues to stump us every day, but five years later, I’m confident that we’re getting closer to finding a solution.

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Spear is one of the most respected companies in continuing education for dentists, leading the way with an exceptional curriculum, inspired faculty and on-demand learning.Every year thousands of dentists from all over the world come to Spear’s Scottsdale, Ariz. campus to attend workshops and seminars and master new skills. Spear Online makes our education available on any Internet-enabled device, with new content added every week. Our Patient Education platform helps patients understand conditions and procedures with non-intimidating, high-definition animations proven to boost case acceptance. On the exclusive-to-doctors Spear TALK online discussion forum, clinicians post questions, share best practices, tips and tactics for professional growth. Spear also offers turnkey-style Study Clubs for peer-to-peer learning in a dentist’s own community. Finally, our exclusive Faculty Club is a community of like-minded dentists dedicated to continued learning, professional growth and providing th

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How to Make the Education System More Beneficial with Blockchain and Digital Badges?

Article | January 18, 2021

Due to the increased exposures and positive COVID-19 cases, the educational industry is adapting to the fourth industrial revolution more swiftly than intended. Both students and educational institutions are realizing the requirement of technology to support the learning process. It has also led to the development of digital badges and the adoption of blockchain in this sector. But, why should we adopt blockchain? Blockchain which is originally known as being the support of digital currencies like bitcoin is not new to the academe. Blockchain can be used as a validation tool for learning. With blockchain as the backbone of the educational system, institutions will become able to list courses, manage training badges, and issue certificates to the students. It will in return reduce the chances of issuing fraudulent certificates. Moreover, having high-end encryption, even the most experienced hackers will not be able to tamper the credentials. And, what’s a digital badge? A digital badge validates the accomplishment, skills, and certifications of students. It can also be offered to the student after completing internships. In the educational sector, a digital badge can be acquired by a student after learning a skill or completing a course. It should be considered by every institution to help students in showcasing their skills in the job market as well. The digital badges are multipurpose. It can be used for certifications to show the acquired skills, transparency for other universities or schools to collect key details of the student, and validation to show that the individual has participated in a workshop or training program. Besides the basic reasons discussed, how these digital badges can help and why should institutions opt for digital badges? Why Should Educational Institutions Opt For Digital Badges? Among numerous reasons why an educational institution should go for digital badges, let’s check some of the most important reasons. Personalized Learning Micro-credentials help in dividing the part of the subjects into certain skills that enables students and educational institutions to design plans according to their needs. With the availability of personalized learning, a learner can complete the course anywhere regardless of the time and earn a badge. Skill-Based Learning A digital badge can enable students to showcase their skills while applying for an internship or part-time job. These badges must be connected with professional capabilities that confirm that it is worthy to the students. These skill badges either can be for technical skills like programming or soft skills like leadership, teamwork, and so on. Open Standards As we know that digital badges are verifiable, it offers a chance for students to learn something outside their typical classroom. It increases the achievement and abilities of the students creating a new opportunity for them at the time of recruitment. Some of the companies and institutions that are using digital certifications include Certif-ID, Stamford University, Georgetown University, and MIT. For those who want to implement blockchain and digital badges in their educational institutions, you can easily hire developers that will build a powerful system to glorify the entire education process. Wrapping it up! To maintain educational records, a digital badge is the most innovative solution. Moreover, the education industry is gradually moving towards record maintenance on blockchain to eliminate fake degrees due to which many deserving candidates lose their chance to attain better opportunities. It is also beneficial for the companies as they will not have to hire less staff for cross-checking the information which will increase their profitability and productivity as well. Despite the increasing acceptance of digital badges and blockchain in the education sector, many educators are unaware of their power. Plausibly, it is about to change soon.

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Spear Education

Spear is one of the most respected companies in continuing education for dentists, leading the way with an exceptional curriculum, inspired faculty and on-demand learning.Every year thousands of dentists from all over the world come to Spear’s Scottsdale, Ariz. campus to attend workshops and seminars and master new skills. Spear Online makes our education available on any Internet-enabled device, with new content added every week. Our Patient Education platform helps patients understand conditions and procedures with non-intimidating, high-definition animations proven to boost case acceptance. On the exclusive-to-doctors Spear TALK online discussion forum, clinicians post questions, share best practices, tips and tactics for professional growth. Spear also offers turnkey-style Study Clubs for peer-to-peer learning in a dentist’s own community. Finally, our exclusive Faculty Club is a community of like-minded dentists dedicated to continued learning, professional growth and providing th

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