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Housekeeping with Digital Badge Creation with LRNG.org

The artwork for the banners with the various XP has shown some weirdness, and I did a bit of question asking and now some tinkering.

The banner box, if set to 7.5 inches across and 2.7 inches tall will fit as designed.

The transparent background to the banners is grey, not white.

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Screen shot of the creation process.

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I do not recommend making a hard border, as above. But, it is nice to have a clue as to where to put the art so it displays well.

Now, back to the grindstone!

Proposed digital badges for technology that utilize LiveCode

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Tech_Literate_badge1
Tech_Fluent_badge1
TechBrilliant_badge1
Tech_Genius_badge1

It might take a year to do the associated tasks with each of these proposed digital badges. They progress, of course, from easy to more difficult.

The focus goes beyond the technology and the computer programming. This aim is to also blend in sports and personal development.

Each stage has other skills beyond LiveCode in the mix as well. Editing wiki pages, using teleconference tools and making changes to networked concept maps are part of the process.

Shifting Sands N@

This article reflects upon the LRNG.org’s Partner Handbook, a guide for creating XPs, playlists and badges.

The CEO of Collective Shift, Connie Yowell, the company formed to launch LRNG.org, wants to transform learning into a lifestyle.

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Being active, fit, and an athlete is a lifestyle. Many of the “lifestyle sports” are included within the Play.CLOH.org grant proposals of 2016. Swimming, water polo, golf, kayaking, running and ultimate are certainly lifestyle sports. These activities have a lot going on, plenty of “mojo,” much to emulate.

As we work together to make learning a lifestyle, let’s work within the lifestyle sports and insure that learning is included there, in obvious ways, so that plenty of others can join, follow-along, and embrace this lifestyle of learning. To create lifelong learning, use recreation.

Giving young people better tools in their preparation for life gets top billing at Play.CLOH.org. A robust suite of additional enrichment activities and experiences for better preparing youngsters is needed and welcomed.

Sadly, many of the opportunities provided for inter-city kids are frail. Often, the institutional hurdles are high and frequent. Our swim team can’t have practices on Saturdays and Sundays. Go figure. The older kids can’t be fooled. Perpetual defeat is a buzz kill.

Let’s support the drive and desire for being dedicated, determined and disciplined. Athletes have those passions, especially when they’re improving, having fun and a sense of fairness comes within their competitive landscapes. Our kids should feel the support – then, they rise to meet challenges. Here, we can compete with anyone, anywhere. Kids, you can receive the help to become the best you can be, and that means that some are sure to become the best in the world. For everyone on the team in the community, that makes life exciting. That’s the fun lifestyle that trains minds and bodies.

High school kids who come to understand and trust the vision of Creating Literate Olympians Here can make it so. The mind leads and the body follows. They go together. The mind never leaves the body. The learning never stops. Play.CLOH.org aims to better align-and-unify mind-and-body. Play.CLOH.org prevents the divorce between the two.

Learning, teaching and playing is for the young and not-so-young. The target market for LRNG.org is 13 to 24. Why stop at 24? The system of digital badges at Play.CLOH.org champions lifelong learning for those who want to live a long life. Play unifies the young and not-so-young and prevents the divorce among the age groups. It is important to engage the kids, and everyone else.

Coach and camper
Coach and camper.

Plenty of opportunities are within these plans that speak directly to the circle of life. In Pittsburgh, our co-ed masters’ water polo team generally beats the region’s best high school boys’ team. It was an epic moral victory, and lots of fun, when the North Allegheny high school boys squad tied the Pittsburgh Masters squad at a game in the 2016 CMU tournament.

Play.CLOH.org efforts make spaces and interesting challenges so that the seasoned 50-year-olds get to buck up with the youngsters in their prime in underwater hockey, speed golf, aquatic SKWIM, ultimate, pull-ups, goal-setting, sport-first-aid, computer animation and app development. Learning lifetime-and-lifestyle lessons goes beyond age 24. Health and wellness is not a guarantee for many in communities where violence, drug use and poverty are pervasive.

Some XPs, playlists, pathways and badges within Play.CLOH.org are tagged #Lifelong_LRNG_Lifestyle when suited for inter-generational settings.

Home quote
Home quote from their handbook.

The Introduction’s “home base” can’t be confused with “home plate” nor “base camp.”

Baseball has a different concept of being “home.” In baseball, one must summon sizable amounts of courage to step-up-to-the-plate at home. Getting to home as a base runner signals a long-trip around the diamond’s three other bases. Regardless of the illustration and baseball’s vocabulary, Play.CLOH.org makes loud calls for great teams of people to step out of their comfort zones, to be present elsewhere, to be prepared by thinking ahead and to reflect, log and digitize their insights along their ways.

Both LRNG and Play.CLOH.org aim to connect communities around shared goals. The design pillars of LRNG match well among the goals and quarters of Play.CLOH.org. The over-arching goal is playing well with others. LRNG and Play.CLOH.org play well together.

LRNG’s four design pillars: Craft Experiences, Gather Communities, Build the World, and Unlock Opportunities

Play.CLOH.org features four design pillars too within its playlist for the Tech Captains badge. Plenty of overlap and common ground exists. The Play.CLOH.org “pillars” are called “quarters.” Quarter One is Present. Quarter Two is Play. Quarter Three is Technology. Quarter Four is Development. Plenty of common ground exists.

The alignment of the LRNG.org pillars and Play.CLOH.org quarters are slightly different, but the sequence of the pillars as well as quarters are not paramount.

Pillars and Quarters
Similarities of LRNG & Play.CLOHLRNG PillarsPlay.CLOH.org Quarters
#4 Pillars4 Quarters
1Craft ExperiencesPlay Well with Others
Learners choose.Focus on passions of: sports, recreation, aquatics, outdoors, fitness.
2Gather CommunitiesBeing Present
Provide opportunities to learn through relationships, introductions, orientation. Calls to meaningful interactions with diverse community of mentors and experts. Not Just a Game (film). Challenge youth to engage with code of conduct.Build their own identity and wiki page.
3Build the WorldTechnology
Use modern Tech for self-expression. Publish. Solve real world problems. Revise and improve code.
4Unlock OpportunitiesHuman Development
Experiences move to new opportunities. Connect to future career and learning paths. Imagine bigger concept maps of achievements.Goal setting. Learn volition. College recruiting. On to lifeguards, instructors and Rookie Coaches Badges

 

Play.CLOH.org efforts consider “Why” first. “How” should be informed by “Why.” In other words, the method and activities should be informed by the purpose.

The why behind the digital badges called Tech Captains becomes clear as dozens of high school students are hired to serve as coaches, instructors, lifeguards and camp leaders for Swim & Water Polo Camp. All workers are not equal.

In 2015, 40+ employees coached more than 200 students at 10 different pools. The best employees have been high school swimmers on the Obama varsity swim team. Other athletes, but not full-time swimmers, have been great workers too. Of course the varsity swimmers know the routines, expectations and drills of the head coach. Having played the games and understanding the rules matters. They know the communication style of the boss, can read emails and be responsible to their duties. The more valuable employees have been the ones with a prior relationships with the program leader, their fellow workers and the activities. The greatness days at camp come when varsity swimmers perform and lead the younger students in grades 3 to 7.

Pittsburgh has a proven demand and available facilities to train more than 2,000 youngsters in a Swim & Water Polo Camp in the summers. Throughout the winter, Pittsburgh has the available facilities to train more than 6,000 swimmers.

Sticking points for growing the programs to reach thousands of kids are a shortage of coaches for staff positions and a lacking political will by certain individuals in high positions. The awarding of educational grants would help to sway the opinions among certain administration in the school district.

Throughout the school year, about 40 kids are involved in the varsity swim teams, boys and girls at Obama. In the district of 30,000 students, Pittsburgh has about 250 swimmers among all the schools and grades.

However, a staff of more than 100 would be needed to lead campers by the thousands. The pathway to to the Tech Captains badges can help to develop the individuals who can join the staff for future camps.

Hamstring Stretch in Homewood with Water Polo Players
Hamstring Stretch in Homewood with Water Polo Players

An All-City Sports Camp has been proposed. However, other posts are already being filled in the community. Citiparks, the YMCA, Sarah Heinz House, Hosanna House, Pittsburgh Ultimate, Venture Outdoors, Big Leagues, First Tee of Pittsburgh and our Swim & Water Polo Camp hire camp instructors. The Bloomfield-Garfield Corporation and the Eastside Neighborhood Employment Center hire about 150 kids, ages 14 to 21, for the city’s summer youth employment program.

In 2017 and beyond, it would be great if the individuals who have LRNG digital badges could take a merit-based bypass of the job lottery. Not all the kids get hired with the city’s youth job program called Learn & Earn. Those with digital badges should get hired first. That way, digital badges would unlock opportunities.

Every youngster in Pittsburgh could learn to swim and be a part of the sportsmanship and teamwork experiences of an All City Sports Camp after 400 participants have been trained in the process of playing well with others in the quest for Play.CLOH.org Tech Captain digital badges. But there is more. Existing camp experiences are already offered in the community by many of the supporting agencies and institutions within the Play.CLOH.org network. Those camps hire high school students. Every camp can benefit with more enhanced staff preparations with year-round XPs.

The Tech Captains digital badges help to tighten the circle of life. Consider the growth of a youngster who is a camper at age 10 and then becomes a motivated learner at age 13 and grows into a valued junior instructor in a camp at age 15 to then hooks up in a camp-coaching role at age 17.

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For the high school students, fitting in the time for training, playing, competing, studying, resting, planning, socializing, learning, and instructing other youngsters is demanding work that can be made somewhat less burdensome with the hope of a pathway charted to meaningful badges from Play.CLOH.org.

Many of the young adults at age 19 are doing college internships.

The connected learning approach prioritizes experience over knowledge transfer, formation over facts. It centralizes the importance of community connections, real-world relevancy and digital technologies. The approach bridges connections between communities, content, and practitioners. When successful, it brings together learner’s passions, people, and paths.

Pittsburgh’s shared passions: Sports, Technology, Our Children. Pittsburgh is a sports town. Pittsburgh is also a technology town. Our kids are a passion for many too. Play.CLOH.org connects these common passions of sports, fitness and wellness to technology for our kids. With this approach, the entire community can be responsible. Schools, nonprofits, companies, gamers, governments, caregivers, mentors, and peers are all involved in Play.CLOH.org.

DML Competition Proposal in one page

The DML Competition is a highly competitive, national grant for up to $125,000 to craft connected learning solutions. A proposal called, Play.CLOH.org, was completed and submitted on May 13, 2016. This page presents that proposal.


Links:

Wiki page of the proposal, (edits happened):  http://aforathlete.wikia.com/wiki/DML_Competition/Application#Overview

  1. Overview (scroll down)
  2. Rationale
  3. Audience
  4. Learning outcomes and validation
  5. Playlist Inventory
  6. Implementation and outreach
  7. Budget

Overview

Please provide a 250-word overview of the proposed playlist(s), including theme, learning objectives, and intended outcomes. This concise description will be publicly displayed. Applicants should add more detail about their proposed project in corresponding categories.
250 words max.


“Playing well with others” is our playlist theme. Buttressing the theme, students acquire life-skill-development opportunities in:

1) Leadership and team-building,

2) Self management (taking personal responsibility for one’s own behavior) through follow-through skills, and

3) Social/emotional skills enhancement through structured inter/intrapersonal skill identification, practice and self-monitoring activities.

To accomplish desired objectives within Play.CLOH.org’s XPs and along the self-selected pathways, participants:

set goals,

make reasonable/feasible plans to accomplish their goals,

make the goals happen, and

evaluate the results.

The quest for our featured badges, Tech Captains, is for students who want to grow as leaders and become better people through the application of best practices of both athletics and technology.

All high school students can join and engage in learning activities that combine both sports and technology — regardless of athletic abilities. Coding, app development and animation centers on their teams’ skills, routines, playbooks and goals.

Connected learning happens across playlists and within XPs. Kids make decisions, plan, compromise, ask questions and balance their lives with sports and technology. Play.CLOH.org’s orientation introduces a 4-quarter gadget that helps kids focus the holistic challenges of the playlists while combining sports, technology and development.

Individuals grow in sports and tech from enthusiastic children to mature, self-managed, responsible players, junior instructors, captain leaders, certified lifeguards, and accredited, rookie coaches. Enthusiasm is still present, but participants are equipped with carefully structured goal-setting and self-monitoring evaluation procedures. Participants learn how one works to make things happen through fun experiences.


Rationale

Provide a rationale for the importance of the proposed playlist(s) that takes into consideration the Playlists for Learning criteria, including how your playlist(s) will design engaging connected learning experiences for youth learners, build supportive learning communities, and unlock meaningful opportunities. Explain clearly how the playlist will scale and enhance existing connected learning opportunities. See the detailed criteria for additional information.
500 words max.


Love of sports gives motivation to opportunities in technology about sports. Appreciation for computer science soars when digital activities relate to sports passions and interests.

Skills used in striving for sports achievement support technology learning achievement. Examples are goal setting, measurement details, positive coaching, mentoring.

Aerobic activities support cognitive performance. Physical activities support tech learning.

Mindfulness used for peak athletic performance applies equally to peak academic and/or tech performance.

Sports teamwork and camaraderie supports technology learning.

Our playlists educate. More knowledge reduces frustrations and builds motivation. Motivated, smart participants are better equipped goal setters. Success breeds individual and team growth. More teams leads to better leagues (pleasing PPS, Pgh Ultimate, SKWIM, CWPA) with more customers (pleasing TeamUnify, eLifeguard, AD Starr, Pro Bike + Run, Milestone Sports, Pair.com) and, increased services (pleasing LiveCode). Open-source operations thrive with greater numbers of users. Additional sponsors willingly promoting this cause/movement fuels additional sharing. Solutions evolve. Future generations benefit when open-source and LiveCode expands in sports to penetrate the mind share and market share in school districts.

Similar amounts of energy and hard work that gets devoted to playing sports, improving fitness, sharpening techniques and challenging opponents can be applied to academic pursuits and learning to master technology. Tackling complicated computer science projects can occur with the same intensity as displayed in sports.

Athletes already connecting with scholastic sports hosted by their schools (7.8M in US) can opt into leadership roles with our meaningful playlists.

Secondary outcomes of sportsmanship and teamwork are reinforced at deliberate team talks at our Swim & Water Polo activities. In 2015, participants huddled, discussed and bestowed Teamwork and Sportsmanship digital badges to deserving people. Playing well with others is a valued theme in discussions. LRNG’s 2016 badges do not align well with spur-of-moment recognition. A different digital honor and positive acknowledgement is desired. Patches from USA Swimming’s DeckPass app (35M delivered) is a suitable alternative, especially if bridged among TeamUnify and wikipage user profiles with links to LRNG.

Open source software’s sharing philosophy teaches many lessons regarding how to play with others and sustainability of projects.

Convergence of Raspberry Pi 3 and LiveCode presents a disruptive innovation worthy of investments.

Diverse activities fuel sports’ popularity. Diversity of Play.CLOH.org’s network of 35 partners and XP/Wildcard_Play_Dates insures variety and scale.

Repeating the process of doing Tech Captain badges matches how athletes generally earn multiple varsity letters in the same sport. Some students do different sports in fall, winter and spring seasons. Different sports illuminate fresh challenges for tech animation, concept maps, etc.


Audience

Provide a description of the local and/or global audiences that your existing connected learning programming and/or content currently serves. Explain clearly how a playlist will broaden that reach. Indicate what new audiences will be engaged, and, if applicable, what opportunities will be unlocked for youth learners.
300 words max.


Leagues, coaches, students, customers, members, developers and patrons (200K+) are served currently with Play.CLOH.org’s network (35 orgs). Pittsburgh Public Schools has 40,000 (students, staff). TeamUnify.com has 40,000 users with records (4,000 teams x 100 per team). PA Athletic Directors Association is training 40,000 coaches in two years. LiveCode gets 40,000 downloads per month. Everyone seeks to grow market share and mind share.

Students, 13-to-24, who want to grow as leaders and become better people through the application of best practices of both athletics and technology can engage. World-wide groups can engage in our learning activities that combine sports and technology.

Locally, 100 recruits coalesce into a regional Varsity Club. Expansion comes with Athletic Directors Association(s) and coaching-education mandates being implemented in 30 other states. The playlist provides teachers/coaches effective tools and knowledge for enhancing sportsmanship, teamwork and goal-setting. More meaningful and safer learning experiences unfold.

This audience is challenged to grow as leaders and individuals along a pathway in tech and play to become responsible players, junior instructors, captain leaders, certified lifeguards, and accredited coaches – all unlocked opportunities.

Through other initiatives, Tech Captains position themselves to unlock jobs. Mastering technology unlocks interviews, mentoring relationships, tours and services from high-tech businesses.

Tech Captains unlock over-night camps/clinics where additional badges with accreditation are taught. Student reach extends collegiate aspirations with wider academic plans and NCAA recruiting.

Perks come from completing XPs: Races, internships, trips.

New audiences are predicted in every direction. Most exciting: Putting LiveCode in US schools, open-source into sports, SKWIM games into community aquatics, concept mapping into sports justice issues, and deliberate goal setting skills with accountability into the hearts and minds of 9th and 10th grade youngsters.


Learning outcomes and validation

Discuss playlist learning outcomes. Define the knowledge, skills, or attributes that are to be gained through completion of proposed playlist(s). Address how learning will be validated and assessed, including how digital badges will be used.
300 words max.

* 1. Goal Setting.
* 2. Technology Mastering.
* 3. Foundation building to a career pathways of coaching.

Coaches influence students with hopes that players will want to coach their children in the future. Let’s begin to establish skills, knowledge and dispositions along a career pathway that may lead to successful coaching.

Tech Captains unlock courses at overnight camps taught by instructor-trainers. Certifications within badges (Rookie Coach, Sports First Aid, Jedi-like Lifeguards) are mandatory and thousands of jobs exist for young people. Validated by numbers certified.

Students gain top summer jobs because of badges. Positive employees, camp leaders, lifeguards, swim instructors, mentors, coaches, college club players, and NCAA recruited athletes are in high demand.

Students gain new layers of support as they engage in their schools’ sports squads as a result of these connected learning pathways. Records of attendance, a function of TeamUnify.com’s OnDeck app, validate devotion and the need to show up. Many goals hinge upon being present. Attend every meet. Never miss a practice.

We count improvements. The number of competitions, badge earners, and user profiles on various sites are scored. Many of XPs have online tests.

Students able to make open-source-software contributors can control their piece in the world.

The number, size and collaboration of concept maps is scored.

Students progress in technology within levels – competent, literate, fluent, brilliant (2018) genius (2019). LiveCode’s easy nature helps speed the process.

Records are created as URLs with uploaded photos within wiki pages. Wiki edit count automatically with every username.

Milestone Pod’s leader board shows running distances, statistics.

Students learn that great support comes within. Deal with devices, analytics, motivation, guidance, distant perspectives, and planning.

Sportsmanship and teamwork are secondary outcomes with fitness, school spirit improvements, and service to others.


Inventory

* Provide a detailed description of all proposed playlist content and experiences. Include an indication of whether content and experiences are existing or to be developed with grant funds. Please note that limited funds will be awarded for new content creation. New content will only be funded in those instances where it is proposed in conjunction with a pre-existing connected learning program and is intended to augment existing learning resources or experiences. * 300 words max. Students get a badge system for best-in-class participation sports, technology and human development. Play.CLOH.org proposes 9 badges and 96 XPs. Educational assets exist and are 90% complete.

Leadership badges:

Tech Captains,

Literate Olympians,

Rookie Coaches,

Sports First Aid,

Jedi-like Lifeguards.

Specialist badges:

Aquatics,

Tech Competent,

Tech Literate,

Tech Fluent,

Digital Sports Communicators, and

Striving Volition.

Total: 96 XPs (XPs with local and virtual flavors count once.)

Q1:Present XPs (9)

HQ Orientation,
Treasure Within,
Sports Readers,
Feet Wet,
00,
Not Just A Game,
Race, Power & American Sports,
Keystones,
Hex

Q2:Play XPs (21)

Geocaching Aerobics,
Pull Your Own Weight Lifestyle,
West Penn PYOW Lift-off,
Water Polo,
Deep Water,
SKWIM/Level 1, 2, 3, 4,
Routines/Level_1,
High Ropes Course,
Kayak_Nadadores,
Kayak_Pittsburgh,
Booster,
Corporate Deck Hockey,
HH Deck Hockey Confab,
Speed Golf Tournament,
Mile_Swim,
25x25y@:25,
Open_Water_Swimmer,
Perfect 50

Q2:Wild Card Play_Dates (15)

XP/* Play_Dates are branded for network’s entities.
XP/Varsity Practices,
XP/Varsity Competitions, (support scholastic sports teams)

Example of two others:

XP/Citiparks Play_Dates,
XP/Underwater Hockey Play_Dates

Q3:Technology XPs (17)

Cmaps Concept Maps,
Geocaching Aerobics,
Github,
LiveCode Animation,
LiveCode Cloud_Computing,
LiveCode Explorer,
LiveCode Hello_World,
LiveCode HTML5,
LiveCode Playbooks,
LiveCode Widgets,
Mascot Hearder,
Open Source Sports,
Partner Coding,
Passwords,
PayPal,
Raspberry_Pi_3_Rookie,
Time_Out! I_Didn’t_Hear_You
Q3:More (9) Edit
Apps for Andoid,
Apps for iOS,
Chat Bots,
eCommerce,
Encription,
LiveCode Big Data,
LiveCode Video Games,
LiveCode/Server,
Pair.com/Virtual Servers

Q4:Development XPs (26)

Coaching Boys Into Men Huddle,
Coaching Boys Into Men Training
Collegiate Recruiting,
First Tee Nine Core Values/1-to-9,
Goals Levels 1-to-6,
JCC Special Olympics,
Op-Ed,
Open Mic,
Routines/Level 2, Scorers,
Service Leadership in School Yard Baseball,
Sport In Society,
Umpires

Q4:More (8)

Yoga,
Mindfulness/Savoring & more.


Provide a preliminary implementation and communication strategy, including a plan for engaging organizational stakeholders and audiences who will use the proposed playlist(s).
300 words max.


Schools, districts and coaches announce to potential Tech Captains.

Student craft playlists with our four-quarter playlist-wizard that streamlines and simplifies logic within our efforts. Students are presented XPs and optionally: skip, reading more, flag for later and choose to begin. The LiveCode, open-source wizard is shared at XP/HQ_Orientation. It prompts student choices and minds sequences.

Tech Captains earn 20 XPs among 96. The depth and range of XPs has years of quality challenges. Students are encouraged to begin again every scholastic season, 3x per year.

Tech Captains unlock eligibility for attending overnight camps, certification opportunities and badges Rookie Coach; Sports First Aid; and Jedi-like Lifeguards.

Internal communication among students and leaders with our open-source community trumpets tech-rich, wiki-driven, github-enriched communication. Alerts arrive with TeamUnify’s powerful tools and multiple email lists. Personal interactions and teleconferences within XPs, especially XP/Sport In Society, address house-keeping matters.

Outreach

Contacting people in sports is easier than most other interests. External outreach occurs at competitions, coaches clinics, sports-page coverage, media interviews, podcasts, and to schools, teams and leagues.

Play.CLOH.org’s 35 partners do extensive outreach. Our success within LRNG get promoted and amplified to the national offices (YMCA, JCC, Boys & Girls Clubs, Faith-based Organizations).

* Budgeted and in-kind PR occurs in catalogs and clinics. (A.D.Starr, Human Kinetics, TeamUnify and eLifeguard.com. Pittsburgh hosts 2017’s National Drowning Prevention Alliance convention.)

* PA High School Athletic Directors, collaborator, reaches scholastic athletes.

* TeamUnify.com has one of the largest web sites in youth sports.

* Media partners include Urban Media Today (local), Dave Zirin (national).

* Pair.com, IHMC.us, LiveCode.org, have extensive presence and communication capacity in global tech sectors.

* Water Polo Association, SKWIM connect to aquatics. AutoCoach.au.com has customers around the world.


Budget

Play.CLOH.org Budget Spreadsheet

dml6-budget

Accepted File Types: xls, xlsx, csv

Budget Narrative

Provide a 300 word budget narrative explaining each budget item proposed.
300 words max.

  • $19,350, Design & Art costs are for graphics of the 96 XPs ($150) and 9 badges ($350) plus the handbook and playlist wizard app ($1800) coding in LiveCode for the XP/HQ Orientation. Appealing designs help at first blush and within the LRNG site.
  • $21,700.00 for Tech Tools
    • Q300 Milestone Pods, digital pedometers
    • Q100 Raspberry Pi 3 to 100 opening phase students, gratis, $35 + $10 case + $20 64gb MicroSD. Some cables, monitors, keyboards, cameras and gadgets for mobile lab.
    • Presenter tech of $4,200 + $600 for internet + $660 for eCommerce fees.
  • $20,000 to coaching for costs of books, clinics, scholarships, plus marketing and support specific to the American Coaching Education Program operated by Human Kinetics. Impacts XP/Sports Reader, XP/HQ Orientation and badges Rookie Coach and Sports First Aid.
  • $6,540, infrastructure, insurance includes 230 memberships to American Water Polo and BGC financial oversight: checks, payroll, 501(c)(3) office.
  • $23,660, PR & Marketing launches 4.3 campaigns at $4K each with partners with extensive catalogs / marketing presence: eLifeguard, AD Starr (baseball), Pro Bikes, AutoCoach.au.com, TeamUnify.com, Pair.com, LiveCode.com for EDU outreach.
    • Streaming and public viewing rights for sports/culture films by Dave Zirin, $350 each to Media Education Foundation. Impacts XP/Not Just a Game, XP/Race Power & American Sports, XP/Sports In Society.
    • Print/Postage, $1,800. Press releases, monthly, 12 x $180 = $2160.
  • $33,000 covers staff and payroll
    • Exec Coach = Mark Rauterkus at 50% FTE = $25,200.
    • Goals Coach, Kay Atman, Ph.D., creator of Goal Inventory Index. Impacts six Goals XPs, Level 1 to Masters, $3,000.
    • CEO of SpiderLearning.com, Bill Taylor, $4,800 as Interface Coach that bridges network partners to LRNG.org for bestowing badges.
  • $750 for Sports equipment, 25 polo balls/SKWIM disks, $30.

Links:

Wiki page of the proposal, (edits happened):  http://aforathlete.wikia.com/wiki/DML_Competition/Application#Overview

  1. Overview
  2. Rationale
  3. Audience
  4. Learning outcomes and validation
  5. Playlist Inventory
  6. Implementation and outreach
  7. Budget

Play.CLOH.org and USA Swimming’s Deck Pass can make LRNG float.

One of the avenues for obtaining funding with the DML Competition is to “augment existing connected learning programming with new connected learning resources and/or experiences that must be conceived of and sequenced as playlists that span and scale across organizations or institutions.”

The Play.CLOH.org’s proposal includes a bridge from an existing program that has been operational for the past five years. USA Swimming of Colorado Springs started its Deck Pass program in 2011. Developed and maintained in-house, Deck Pass has awarded 35 million patches since it opened.

The USA Swimming patches are similar to XPs and Digital Badges in that they are bestowed to individuals based upon merit and achievements. The graphic patches form collections for individuals who have set-up free accounts with usernames and passwords.

In 2016, of USA Swimming’s 400,000 athletes, about 300,000 have Deck Pass accounts. Non-members can play along too.

Individuals can issue friend requests for messaging and revealing their collections to others to witness. A majority of the patches are granted on Mondays following the weekend swim meets and come automatically based upon a rules-based system that interacts with the national swims database.

Some patches have come based upon holidays, geography, meet standards and coaches creations. USA Swimming Coaches (30,000) can design and issue custom patches to connect with the swimmers: Practice Beast, Performer of the Day, Kicking Winner, etc. Some patches are geared for swimmers in certain ages and provide appropriate insights on the Safe Sports, Anti-Doping, Nutrition, Anti-Bulling.

Rewards can be tied to patches. One cool feature of Deck Pass is its ability to integrate with a phone’s camera and provide QR Code Reader interactions. A kid could get a patch through the application by attending the USA Olympic Trials and seeing the QR Code in the meet program or on a sign at the facility.

The Deck Pass program is growing by 20% a year and is especially valued by Moms OnDeck. Its purpose was to keep kids motivated, striving, and involved in the sport of swimming. The “cartooning” of the patches are not as well received with older kids so different tools are being deployed that address the more mature kids with a detailed focus on how to swim faster. The patches for older swimmers are less abstract in offering a cool reward, but the patches are getting more technical. The trend in the patches is to show specific interests in how to better perform. Data analysis happens and the patches can unlock a video series to keep one motivated.

Play.CLOH.org can build a bridge of connected learning assets that spans between the USA Swimming Deck Pass and LRNG.

Support for Play.CLOH.org comes from USA Swimming Coach, David Scraven, Head Coach of Upper St. Clair Swim Club and High School in suburban Pittsburgh. Scraven, a former Standford swimmer, coaches one of the best teams in the region. Getting some of the swimmers at USC into the coalesce of a city-wide Varsity Club for working on technology can provide a way for city and suburban kids to reach and interact with connected learning, while playing well with others.

Other partners in the Play.CLOH.org network have swim pools and teams, including the JCC Sailfish (USA Swimming Club), Thelma Lovette YMCA, Sarah Heinz House, Pittsburgh Public Schools (14 pools, 8 varsity teams, 20+ teams in elementary and middle school grades) and Hosanna House.

The Teamwork and Sportsmanship patches or badges offer some ways for early adopters to integrate and connect various systems and populations.

TeamUnify, another within the sport of swimming that support the Play.CLOH.org proposal, can fill a tremendous role in capitalizing the opportunities for connected learning among the LRNG efforts and the patches of USA Swimming. TeamUnify has a times database too. TeamUnify’s app, OnDeck, fills other needs for parents/guardians, swim coaches and teams.

The short-term plans being discussed, should the funds from the DML Competition arrive, is to deploy the aquatic-related playlists by advancing Play.CLOH.org network internationally. Those in swimming in Canada, UK, AUS, NZ, and RSA do not have nor wish to contract with the services of USA Swimming. With the robust tools and help of TeamUnify and LRNG, the international markets can be opened.

 

AutoCoach of Australia is another partner in the aquatics field that has exceptional, high-tech timing equipment especially geared to swimming. AutoCoach XPs are expected in the months to come. AutoCoach has customers around the world, especially in Australia and the Pacific rim nations. AutoCoach sales efforts involve the attending of many coaching clinics and seminars around the world, including the World Clinic held in the USA.

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Deploying aquatic related playlists can be successful with the USA college-club markets. Building relationships with those sizable populations would avoid duplication of efforts and needless competitive wranglings with USA Swimming.

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College swimming happens with varsity teams at the NCAA levels as well as with non-varsity, club settings. The club settings present a challenge, but also the best opportunity for wide-spread adoption of playlists and pathways with Play.CLOH.org and LRNG hosted utilities. College Tri Teams would be potential advocates for playlists.

All the water polo players in the college ranks follow the lead of the Collegiate Water Polo Association and its sibling organization also hosted in the Philadelphia area, American Water Polo. American Water Polo is a long-term partner with our aquatic efforts in Pittsburgh and has provided a letter of support for Play.ClOH.org.

Spoken as a recent coach of the Carnegie Mellon University Womens Water Polo Team, I am confident that the college club water polo scene can benefit from certain XPs that have already been designed and are about to launch at LRNG. — Mark Rauterkus

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Another strategy for advancing connected learning opportunities in aquatics with Play.CLOH.org is to develop content for older individuals, ages 16 to 24, and then re-position these XPs and pathways within the USA Swimming Deck Pass framework. What goes into LRNG can also be tweaked and plugged into Deck Pass. Rather than beat em, join them. Let’s provide Play.CLOH.org’s XPs to USA Swimming. The older kids who seem to out-grow the cartoon-like patches of USA Swimming’s Deck Pass might appreciate the career, technology, personal development and cross-training within Play.CLOH.org. The user-base at USA Swimming could migrate to LRNG with the help of the playlists and pathways of Play.CLOH.org. Furthermore, older swimmers with tech skills can begin to craft their own patches for each other and the younger swimmers on their teams.

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Sally Lee of Australia, visiting with a swim coach at CalU, to show off the merits of AutoCoach Timing Systems.

Aquatics, deep water swimming, pre-lifeguard tests, water safety, lifeguard training, SKWIM, water polo, open-water swimming, one-mile swims, sports first aid, swim instructor volunteering, wellness exercises and the Olympic sports are central to the CLOH.org network and experiences. Many of the competitive swimmers in the age group ranks might appreciate on-going structure and badges after ending their competitive swim team seasons. This makes a sequence to playlists at Play.CLOH.org from an existing connected learning program. The span goes from USA Swimming (National Governing Body) to TeamUnify (swim business that manages big data for teams in the cloud) Deep_Water_Badge-0to LRNG with playlists, pathways, XPs and badges from Play.CLOH.org.

 

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Hard sell overview for Play.CLOH.org

Getting a DMLCompetition.net grant for $125K to Play.CLOH.org makes sense because the assembled team is huge (35 partners), prolific in past and present (hundreds of publications and tutorials exist), builds success from fertile, grass-roots participants in Pittsburgh to state-wide and national scope organizations (YMCA, JCC, Boys & Girls Clubs, First Tee, USA Swimming, Water Polo, SKWIM USA, PA Athletic Directors), and engages participants within and around the most popular activities – scholastic sports. Play.CLOH.org unlocks meaningful opportunities for youth employment that are reinforced by a state mandates. Instructor, umpire and lifeguarding opportunities address world-wide shortages.

Play.CLOH.org’s stellar connections and combinations inter-twine with both sports and technology, enriching each other. Athletes are motivated to learn computer science, geeks to physical activity. Desires for lifelong learning delivers lifelong fitness, less obesity, goal-setting and volition.

Our killer-app quality assets are built on free-and-open-source software, with optional, value-packed ($35 + $10 for its case), Raspberry Pi 3 Linux computers the size of a deck of cards. LiveCode 8 is ready for prime time. Teachers and existing tutorials are ready to help students to master animation, playbooks, cross-platform software coding, app creation, big data and chat bots.

Social implications are life-changing, life-transforming and of life-and-death. Last month 500 young men died by drowning from one region of eastern Senegal. Dave Zirin’s films (Not Just A Game; Race Power & American Sports), articles and podcasts guide discussions and compel use of teleconference skills.

Athletes, especially in urban schools, are under-served with enrichment options. Play.CLOH.org connects passions and popularity of sports to job paths and digital competent, literate, fluent, brilliant and genius levels.

Play.CLOH.org content can be wrapped with the LRNG elements and soar higher than the others.

This mission and LRNG play well together

Both LRNG and Play.CLOH.org aim to connect communities around shared goals. The over-arching goal is playing well with others. LRNG and Play.CLOH.org play well together.

The design pillars of LRNG match well among the goals and quarters of Play.CLOH.org.

LRNG’s four design pillars: Craft Experiences, Gather Communities, Build the World, and Unlock Opportunities

Play.CLOH.org features four design pillars too within its playlist for the Tech Captains badge. The Play.CLOH.org “pillars” are called “quarters.” Quarter One is Present. Quarter Two is Play. Quarter Three is Technology. Quarter Four is Development. Plenty of common ground exists.

The alignment of the LRNG.org pillars and Play.CLOH.org quarters are slightly different, but the sequence of the pillars as well as quarters are not paramount.

LRNG Pillar #

LRNG
Pillar Name

Play.CLOH
Quarter #

Play.CLOH

Quarter Name

Similarities for both LRNG & Play.CLOH

1

Craft Experiences

2

Play &
Get out,  Do things. Make experiences. Have fun.

Focus on passions of: sports, recreation, aquatics, outdoors, fitness.
Learners choose. Teamwork. Sportsmanship.

2

Gather Communities

1

Present

Call to orientations.

Watch party, Not Just A Game (movie)

Provide opportunities to learn through relationships, introductions, orientation. Calls to meaningful interactions with diverse community of mentors and experts. Not Just a Game (film). Challenge youth to engage with code of conduct.
Build their own identity and wiki page.

3

Build the World

3

Technology

Use modern Tech for self-expression. Publish. Solve real world problems. Revise and improve code.

4

Unlock Opportunities

4

Development

Experiences move to new opportunities. Connect to future career and learning paths. Imagine bigger concept maps of achievements.
Goal setting. Learn volition. College recruiting. On to lifeguards, instructors and Rookie Coaches Badges

Play.CLOH.org efforts consider “Why” first. “How” is informed by “Why.” The method and activities should be informed by the purpose.

The “Why” of the Tech Captains badges is obvious as dozens of high school students are hired and tossed into service as coaches, instructors, lifeguards and camp leaders for Swim & Water Polo Camps. In 2015, 40+ employees coached more than 200 students at 10 different pools. All workers are not equal contributors.

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The best employees have been high school swimmers on the Obama varsity swim team. Other athletes, but not full-time swimmers, have been great workers too. Of course the varsity swimmers know the routines, expectations and drills of the head coach. Having played the games and understanding the rules matters. They know the communication style of the boss, can read emails and be responsible to their duties. The most valuable employees have been the ones with a prior relationships with the program leader, their fellow workers and the activities. The great days at camp come when varsity swimmers get in situations to perform and lead the younger students who are often in grades 3 to 7.

The worst employees can sometimes present more trouble than the worst campers. Setting bad examples from older kids and adults is the worst. This is more of a fear than reality, but no responsible program leader wants to be in charge of an squad of youngsters without a few capable hands with a positive influence.

Pittsburgh has a proven demand and the available facilities to train more than 2,000 youngsters in the summers. This All-City Sports Camp is an expansion of Swim & Water Polo Camp that includes other settings, sports and activities as assembled in the network of Play.CLOH.org. The city kids need more summer-time enrichment that isn’t in the classrooms and includes kids who might have proficient standardized test scores. Those Summer Dreamers invites only goes to disadvantaged kids with below basic test scores. Furthermore, Summer Dreamers occupies only three school sites, down from 12 in its earlier years.

The sticking points for growing sustainable programs capable of reaching thousands of kids are staff limitations and a lack of political will by certain individuals in high positions. The awarding of educational grants can help to sway the political will among some who prefer vacation days.

Swim & Water Polo staffers with Heather, super-star athlete, on a field-trip to compete in a road race Downtown.
Swim & Water Polo staffers with Heather, super-star athlete, on a field-trip to compete in a road race Downtown.

These staff limitations are skill limitations. With the Learn & Earn program, Pittsburgh has the employees. The youth job program employs 2,000 kids ages 14 to 21. The Eastside Neighborhood Employment Center manages more the 125 summer workers. The people are present. But, their on-the-job performances as capable staffers and sports coaches for youngsters gives doubt. Most of the kids at age 16 can’t swim themselves. So, it is not fair to expect them to teach swimming to 10 year old campers.

Our swimmers can swim and they do a great job teaching swimming. But, they are in the minority. Throughout the school year, about 40 kids are involved in the varsity swim teams, boys and girls. However, a staff of 100+ would be needed to lead campers by the thousands.

The pathway to to the Tech Captains badges can develop the skills, disposition and attitudes among the high school athletes so that they can later be productive members of a camp staff and help guide younger students. 

Play.CLOH.org and the Tech Captains badge helps to gear up a large, robust, staff of youngsters that can one day be a positive influence for the proposed All-City Sports Camp. Getting this credential can unlock the opportunities of teaching, coaching and leading others. This isn’t the only game in town. Other staff positions are already being recruited for, filled and experienced throughout the community. Citiparks, the YMCA, Sarah Heinz House, Hosanna House, Pittsburgh Ultimate, Venture Outdoors, Big Leagues, First Tee of Pittsburgh and our Swim & Water Polo Camp hire camp instructors. The Bloomfield-Garfield Corporation and the NLA hires Reading Warriors.

Recruiting deks

In 2017 and beyond, it would be great if the individuals who have LRNG digital badges could take a merit-based bypass of the job lottery. Not all the kids get hired with the city’s youth job program called Learn & Earn. Those with digital badges should get hired first. That way, digital badges would unlock opportunities.

Every youngster in Pittsburgh could learn to swim and be a part of the sportsmanship and teamwork experiences of an All City Sports Camp after 400 participants have been trained in the process of playing well with others in the quest for Play.CLOH.org Tech Captain digital badges. But there is more. Existing camp experiences are already offered in the community by many of the supporting agencies and institutions within the Play.CLOH.org network. Those camps hire high school students. Every camp can benefit with more enhanced staff preparations with year-round XPs.

The Tech Captains digital badges help to tighten the circle of life. Consider the growth of a youngster who is a camper at age 10 and then becomes a motivated learner at age 13 and grows into a valued junior instructor in a camp at age 15 to then hooks up in a camp-coaching role at age 17.

For the high school students, fitting in the time for training, playing, competing,

Coach and camper
Coach and camper.

studying, resting, planning, socializing, learning, and instructing other youngsters is demanding work that can be made somewhat less burdensome with the hope of a pathway charted to meaningful badges from Play.CLOH.org.

Many of the young adults at age 19 are doing college internships.

The connected learning approach prioritizes experience over knowledge transfer, formation over facts. It centralizes the importance of community connections, real-world relevancy and digital technologies. The approach bridges connections between communities, content, and practitioners. When successful, it brings together learner’s passions, people, and paths.

Summary: Letters of Support for Play.CLOH.org

Update: Scroll down to see the changes inserted at the bottom of this post. Additional letters of support arrived in May 2016 to boost efforts for the international grant, the DML Competition.

Links to 26 letters of support sent to The Sprout Fund for the Pathways and Playlist Grant in April, 2016.

Update: In May and June, 2016, with the national version of the grant, support grew to 35. 

* Pittsburgh Public Schools
* Citiparks Big Leagues & Rec Center Director at West Penn

* Venture Outdoors
* First Tee of Pittsburgh
* City of Play
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 Pittsburgh Ultimate

* JCC Pittsburgh
* Pittsburgh Project
* Sarah Heinz House
* South Side Presbyterian Church
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 Thelma Lovette YMCA
*
 Hosanna House

* Bloomfield-Garfield Corporation
* Eastside Neighborhood Employment Center

* AutoCoach
* American Water Polo
* SKWIM USA
* TeamUnify
* Spider Learning
* Kay Atman, educator
* Urban Media Today
*
 Pittsburgh Action Against Rape with its Coaching Boys Into Men program.

* LiveCode
* LiveCode Education Outreach
* Claire & Marc Siskin, educators and LiveCode programmers in Pittsburgh (EdVista)
* PT-Helper App Author, Fred Gohh

Team, as of April 2016

Team for PLAY.CLOH.org

 

Playlist for Play.CLOH.org and Tech Captains badges


Play.cloh in quarters

 

Local Grant proposal in PDF format

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National Grant – DML Competition proposal – submitted on May 13, 2016

Updates of support from May 2016