a mozilla prizes for teaching ethics in technology

Mozilla announced $2.4 Million in Prizes for Schools Teaching Ethics Alongside Computer Science. The first round of winners were announced: the winners’ proposed curricula are novel – They include in-class role-playing games to explore the impact of technology on society. They embed philosophy experts and social scientists in computer science classes. They feature “red teams” that probe students’ projects for possible negative societal impacts. And they have computer science students partner with local nonprofits and government agencies.

The winners will receive awards of up to $150,000, and they span the following categories: public university, private university, liberal arts college, community college, and Jesuit university. Stage 1 winners are located across 13 states, with computer science programs ranging in size from 87 students to 3,650 students.

Read more here: https://blog.mozilla.org/blog/2019/04/30/2-4-million-in-prizes-for-schools-teaching-ethics-alongside-computer-science/

open digital badges systems

A fascinating new trend is taking shape and gaining momentum. Open Badges are verifiable, portable digital badges with embedded metadata about skills and achievements. They comply with the Open Badges Specification and are shareable across the web.

Each Open Badge is associated with an image and information about the badge, its recipient, the issuer, and any supporting evidence. All this information may be packaged within a badge image file that can be displayed via online CVs and social networks. Thousands of organizations across the world issue badges in accordance with the Open Badges Specification, from non-profits to major employers to educational institutions at all levels.

Anyone can receive and give open badges, depending on the topic and skill they provide or want to receive. Over 3,000 organizations already issue Open Badges to nurture talent, build capability and recognise achievement, providing direct connections between earners and issuers.

I just earned a basic badge. 🙂

Visit the Open Badges site at https://openbadges.org/get-started/

connected learning

This is a great resource for teachers and for nonprofits. The Connected Learning Alliance was launched by the Digital Media and Learning Research Hub of the University of California Humanities Research Institute with support from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation’s Digital Media and Learning initiative. The Connected Learning Lab at UC Irvine is its current steward.

Their vision is “a world where all young people have access to participatory, interest-driven learning that connects to educational, civic and career opportunities.”


They have some excellent resources and creative ideas on reaching millennials.