Don Presant leads #BadgeChatK12 on ePortfolios and Badging

August 10, 2015

BadgeChatK12 logo Don Presant, President of Learning Agents, led the popular #BadgeChatK12 on Twitter today on the topic of ePortfolios and Badging. He was supported by chat co-founders Noah Geisel (@SenorG) and Shelly Sanchez (@ShellTerrell).

A Twitter chat is where a group of Twitter users meet at a pre-determined time to discuss a certain topic, using a designated hashtag (#) for each tweet contributed. A host or moderator will pose questions (designated with Q1, Q2…) to prompt responses from participants (using A1, A2…) and encourage interaction among the group. Chats typically last an hour. Source: Nicole Miller

#BadgeChatK12 takes place on Twitter every Monday at 6pm Eastern Time in North America. It was founded in December 2014 by a group of educators passionate about credentialing learning and achievement. While there are thousands of teachers around the globe issuing badges to learners, there was not yet a regular twitter chat for those in the K-12 space to gather for learning and sharing about badging. After reaching out to leaders in the field (such as Mozilla and The Badge Alliance) for their thoughts, #BadgeChatK12 was born.

This one hour chat explored the following questions:

  1. What is an ePortfolio? Do you use it in your teaching?
  2. What should be the role of an ePortfolio in K12? How does it change from K to 12?
  3. Is a collection of Badges an ePortfolio?
  4. What benefits do Badges bring to ePortfolios?
  5. What benefits do ePortfolios bring to Badges?
  6. What are some disadvantages of Badges in ePortfolios?
  7. Is there a niche to fill between a collection of Badges and a full-fledged ePortfolio?

The archive for this lively chat can be found at storify.com/SenorG/badgechatk12-eportfolios-badging.