iYouth Conference 2014: Digital Badges for Learning in Libraries

During this workshop, Sean Fullerton will give a short presentation on Open Badges, what they are, and how they can be used to recognize the skills and knowledge ofchildren and youth.  The rest of the session will be an interactive workshop to consider why school and public libraries might want to use badges and to begin planning how you could design a badging program for youth at your library.

Sean Fullerton is a Ph.D. Student at the University of Washington Information School. He researches ways to help students and their parents, coaches, teachers, and mentors document learning from outside formal school settings. He is currently working with Dr. Katie Davis to investigate the effectiveness of digital badges and badging systems to motivate, recognize, and assess learning in after school programs. He is a former public school teacher, school technology coordinator, and teacher-librarian.


Dr. Mike Eisenberg: Keynote Speaker for the 2014 iYouth Conference

For the next few weeks, we’ll be running some posts about the exciting speakers that we will have for the iYouth Conference on Saturday, February 8th, 2014.  For more information, see our page “iYouth Conference 2014.

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Dr. Mike Eisenberg is the founding dean of the Information School at the University of Washington, serving from 1998 to 2006. Known as an innovator and entrepreneur, Mike approached the iSchool as a startup—transforming the school into a broad-based information school with academic programs on all levels (bachelors through doctorate), increasing enrollment 400%, generating millions in funded research, and making a difference in industry, the public sector, and education on all levels.

Mike’s current work focuses on information & technology literacy, virtual worlds, and library information and technology programs, K-20. Mike is co-author of the “Big6 approach to information problem-solving” – the most widely used information literacy program in the world. Mike is a prolific author (9 books and dozens of articles and papers) and has worked with thousands of students—pre-K through higher education—as well as people in business, government, and communities to improve individual and organizational information and technology access and use. Mike particularly enjoys working with undergraduate students, introducing them to the opportunities and challenges of the information field.

Mike’s keynote will address the exciting opportunities that change within the field of youth librarianship bring about. He will stress the importance of embracing innovation and leadership within the field and excite us all about the future of our field!