Game On! GEC Connect 2017

Game On! GEC Connect 2017

Looking for a (free) opportunity to engage with educators across the globe? Then join us online at the GEC Conference today through Wednesday! The conference is a "collaborative, world-wide community initiative involving students, educators, and organizations at all levels. It is designed to significantly increase opportunities for building education-related connections around the globe while supporting cultural awareness, recognition of diversity, and educational access for all."

ISTE & Badge Summit in San Antonio, TX

We're gearing up for our next big trip to San Antonio, TX, where we'll be participating in Badge Summit and the ISTE 2017 Conference.Badge Summit The Badge Summit is a pre-ISTE event that will take place on Saturday, June 24 at the ESC20 Training Center. We'll be presenting on gamification, badging and micro-credentialing, and proudly sponsoring the event's meals! 

"This one day event is bringing together some of the brightest and most inspiring Digital Badge thought leaders on the planet for highly interactive learning and sharing. The Badge Summit will offer participants electronic poster sessions, two keynotes, Fireside Chats with leaders, a Dream Maker’s Lounge and concurrent sessions and panels along five curated strands:

  • K-12 Implementation
  • Higher Ed and Teacher Professional Development Badging
  • Community and Cultural Organization Badging 
  • Workforce Readiness & Industry Badging and Micro-credentials 
  • Hot Topics in Badges and Micro-credentials"

For tickets, click here, or check out the event schedule

Want to stay up-to-date on digital badge news? Join the Badge News mailing list (curated by 2016 conference keynote speaker Doug Belshaw) for bi-weekly updates.

Global Ed Conference brunch Stop by and say hi to us at Sunday's Global Education Day brunch and meet-up event!

"This participatory event will feature:

  • Inspirational ignite talks by noted educators and organizations working to connect classrooms
  • Round-table discussions in which educators will showcase specific examples of global projects
  • A global resource cool tools duel in which attendees will share the best resources and tools for creating global experiences for students. 

The event is open to the first 300 people that register. Registration is free and required. You do not need to present your ticket at the door, but we will be checking in registrants this year. Anyone is allowed to attend; for profits must be a sponsor of our conference in order to speak, facilitate a roundtable or distribute materials."

ISTE ConferenceAfter the busy weekend, we'll be on-site at the ISTE 2017 Conference & Expo from Monday-Wednesday. There will be so many things to see and do--from attending a lecture to an interactive technology playground. 

"ISTE 2017 features an amazing array of professional learning and collaborative networking opportunities. Attendees can choose from more than 1,000 sessions in a variety of formats to support all learning styles. See the program guide for tips on how to navigate the program and session formats. Use the program search to find sessions that interest you and add them to My Favorites

What's new at ISTE 2017?

  • Provide your feedback for the refresh of the ISTE Standards for Administrators by attending a forum that will help shape the future standards which will be launched at the conference. 
  • Learn about exemplary practices for implementing the ISTE Standards in an entirely new session strand.
  • Participate in Leadership Central events to connect and share with other ed tech leaders.
  • Visit the bookstore in ISTE Central to browse new titles and meet ISTE writers who will share some of their best ideas in the session Technology Tips, Tricks and Hacks from ISTE Authors.

Check out the latest ISTE updates!

Lead Up at Lead 3

Join Chrome Warrior at the Lead 3.0 Symposium on April 20-22! In addition to hosting a session, we're working with conference organizers to bring participants a personalized PD experience, Lead Up at Lead 3. Participants will explore a variety of sessions, collaborate with peers, engage in social sharing and build lasting connections as they play the game. Lead Up offers three different badge pathways: Connector, Explorer and Learner. In addition to open digital badges, attendees can earn physical stickers completing the missions. Complete all three missions and become a Lead Up Warrior! Be sure and stop by, say hello, and claim your stickers. To join the game, visit We'll be hosting an informational session on Thursday, April 20, for anyone who wants to learn more about Chrome Warrior--and we'll show you how to get started with the Lead Up game.

Here are some ways you can become a Connector, Explorer or Learner:

Create a Voxer account, or show your existing profile Tweet using the #lead3 hashtag Join your colleagues on Voxer or Twitter IRL: Show us your selfie

Share what you learned at a keynote session Get to know the conference schedule Take a selfie with a conference partner Attend a networking session

What is your goal statement? Best practices for LCAP Make an Impact!

Be sure to check out all of the Lead 3.0 workshops, including:

Bring Your Own PD (BYO-PD)
In this session, participants learn the benefits of transforming traditional "Professional Development" to the emerging trend of "Personalized Professional Learning." They consider the research supporting personalized professional learning and explore both free and subscription-based tools to support implementation based on school need. Participants learn best practices in development and implementation, as well as how to avoid pitfalls based on one school's own experience and implementation. Ultimately, participants leave the session equipped with tools to take this practice back to their own sites.

Diving Deeper into Personalized Professional Learning
It’s all about choice! Choice, Choice, Choice! It’s what we know works best for our students and is certainly what we want to promote with our teachers! Come learn how one district developed and successfully implemented a process that allowed every teacher to focus on a personal area of passion. Based on the feedback from all staff, topics were selected and teachers were able to sign up for the “Deep Dive” that they wanted to learn more about. Teachers took a “Dive” into the topic of interest and experienced a deeper level of learning.

Digital Badges to Support Teacher PD
"How can digital badges be used to support and encourage teacher professional development? This session provides answers along with examples of how digital badges are being used across the U.S. in K-12 sites, adult education agencies, and higher education. Learn how to make and manage badges as well as fun ways to create an active learning community."

...And hear more about Hueneme Elementary School District used Chrome Warrior to develop "self-paced, engaging, professional development for our teachers AND administrators" at COAST Like a Boss!

GEC Connect: The Game is still On!

A HUGE thank you to all who supported and participated in the Global Education Conference this past week!

Good news! Global Education Conference attendees participating in GEC Connect will have more time to become Connect Champions and earn digital badges! While the conference ended yesterday, more than 125 players worldwide are participating in the game, with more joining everyday.

GEC Connect will remain open until January 1--so keep collaborating, keep competing and keep connecting! You can continue to access all of the content from this year's conference (and previous conferences) on the GEC website and on YouTube.

Players who become Connect Champions will receive a certificate of participation from the conference chairs. Congratulations to all of our champions, and thanks again to the GEC for an incredible experience!

And thank you to GEC Connect Players who have given us some great feedback:

"I love that there were a number of the options that could be easily completed right away simply by taking a screen shot of the many ways I have been participating in the conference. That inspired me to keep going and to want to do more. I especially like that the range of options introduce participants to many features and opportunities within the conference that they might not discover on their own through the GEC Explorations. It has been a great way to make new connections with other conference presenters and participants and to learn and share with them via social media."

-Peggy George

Global Education Conference & November Events

Get Your Game On at the Global Education Conference!
We’re pleased to announce that Chrome Warrior will be supporting the 7th Annual Global Education Conference with a fun gamified experience for all! This free conference is held virtually worldwide from November 13-16. Stay tuned to find out more about what we’ll be bringing to the conference experience! In the meantime, learn more about the GEC’s event (and sign up--did we mention it’s free?) their PD resources, and other upcoming PD opportunities. #globaled16

November 13 - 16, 2016
Worldwide, online
7th Annual Global Education Conference

The conference “The Global Education Conference Network is a collaborative, inclusive, world-wide community initiative involving students, educators, and organizations at all levels. Our activities are designed to significantly increase opportunities for connecting classrooms while supporting cultural awareness and recognition of diversity and educational access for all. The event is free and takes place entirely online.”

Keynote speakers will include celebrated curriculum coordinators, teachers, technology specialists, administrators, education advisers, non-profit education directors, and changemakers from all over the world.

For more information, visit

While the event is free, participants must register to gain access to the conference, which will be hosted on the Blackboard Collaborate platform. #globaled16

GEC PD resources The GEC is also a vibrant resource for teachers looking to connect and collaborate with other educators. Their groups, forums, and blog posts are filled with inspiring ideas and conversations around technology, curriculum, global education, the arts, and much more.

November 10, 2016
San Francisco, CA
EdTech in Early Childhood Presentation

Free presentation and discussion focused on “How technology can help increase access and improve quality in early care and education [...] about the challenges, lessons, and opportunities for edtech in the early childhood space. Come ready to engage with our speakers about the work they do, the way their organizations are thinking about improving child outcomes through adult-facing technology, and the challenges and opportunities for delivering edtech in a typically under-funded space.”

Find out more here.

November 14 -15, 2016
Stanford, CA

Looking for an a really forward-thinking (even futuristic-thinking..), innovative PD opportunity? Then AWare’16 is for you. Combining wearable technology with education, the conference is “the first international wearables in learning and education conference. It will be held at Stanford University and provide researchers and attendees with an overview of how these tools are being developed, deployed, and researched. Attendees will have opportunities to engage with different wearable technologies, explore various data collection practices, and evaluate case studies where wearables have been deployed.” Sort of a sneak-peak into the future of educational technology resources. The first session on day one, Affective Computing and Measuring Learner Engagement, includes a presentation on “Utilizing Smartwatches to Understand Students' Academic Activities and Emotional States,” and the second session Wearables in Education: Theory & Practice Guidelines, includes a presentation on incorporating Fitbits into the elementary classroom.

Have you attended any professional development opportunities recently? Let us know in the comments below.