BloomBoard and iLearn Collaborative Partner to Launch Engaged, Technology-Enabled Classroom Micro-credential Program
PALO ALTO, Calif., May 31, 2018 – BloomBoard, the leading platform for enabling competency-based professional learning, and iLearn Collaborative, a non-profit organization dedicated to building the capacity of educators to implement student-centered learning, have partnered to develop a new personalized learning program designed to help educators create an engaged, technology-enabled classroom. The program consists of five micro-credentials that will guide educators in using technology to create the time and space to get to know their students and create a classroom culture that fosters choice, agency and authentic learning.
The new micro-credential program captures what teacher leaders have learned about integrating technology into their instructional practices. It begins with an introduction to two basic blended learning techniques: the flipped classroom and the station rotation model. The learner then progresses to an explicit strategy for engaging students with gamification techniques and concludes with strategies for creating a healthy blended classroom culture, focusing on nurturing student voice and choice and applying project-based learning techniques. Engaging digital content will introduce learners to the concepts. Participants will then be asked to demonstrate competency in applying those concepts through authentic projects that integrate with their day-to-day teaching work. An experienced practitioner will provide virtual support to facilitate learning.
“We are excited to combine the collective knowledge of teacher leaders in our community with BloomBoard’s expertise in micro-credentialing to develop this new professional learning program that gives educators the practical experience and tools they need to develop core competencies around creating a technology-enabled classroom,” said Judy Perez, CEO, and Founder of iLearn Collaborative. “It is designed to inspire creativity, push educators’ thinking on what teaching can be, and bring like-minded educators together.”
For educators, schools, and districts interested in experiencing how micro-credentials work, iLearn Collaborative will be offering a 6-week program focused on earning the Gamification micro-credential. Launching this September, the program will be facilitated by an instructional leader who has specific training and expertise in leading groups of educators through collaborative, competency-based virtual professional learning experiences. The facilitator will help foster collaboration, provide guidance, and ensure individual progress as the group works towards earning their Gamification micro-credential.
“Technology enables educators to better support their students, and we are thrilled to support iLearn Collaborative in launching this new program designed to provide educators with new strategies for effectively using technology,” said Sanford Kenyon, CEO of BloomBoard.
To learn more about iLearn Collaborative’s new professional learning program, The Engaged, Technology-Enabled Classroom, visit bloomboard.com/program/ilearn-engaged-classroom/
Administrators interested in bringing this micro-credential-based program to their entire district can contact BloomBoard at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Founded in 2010, BloomBoard is leading the shift from professional development to educator advancement via micro-certification. The company partners with states and districts to enable a unique online learning experience where educators can improve their instructional practice and advance in their careers by earning micro-credentials. BloomBoard aims help all organizations transition to meaningful, purpose-driven educator development and advancement based on measurable certification. For more information, visit bloomboard.com.
About iLearn Collaborative
iLearn Collaborative is a member organization comprised of dozens of school districts, representing 370,000+ students. We use technology to enable our members to pool their resources, co-developing and delivering consulting services, professional development, digital curriculum, and evaluation services. All of our programs serve one purpose: creating equity in K-12 education by building the capacity of educators to implement student-centered learning. To learn more, visit ilearncollaborative.org.