Category Archives: Digital Badges

Nine digital badges have been proposed for educational efforts at Play.CLOH.org in 2016. They may be published and hosted at LRNG.org. Other types of badges are published by a range of other institutions.

Badges are not “official certificates” — but can be recognized for their value by participants, parents, coaches, organizers and others

Digital badges are not “official” in that the digital badges are NOT the same as diplomas nor certificates.

In short, issuing certificates required governmental approval from the state where the program resides, such as Pennsylvania or Colorado.

For example, it is The Colorado Department of Higher Education that has been granted the authority in a system with its board for granting any official certificate awards including the program approvals. Most secondary and post-secondary programs have an approval process which asks what industry certifications can be conferred in the program.

Digital badges are not included as industry certifications.

Colorado Department of Higher Education and the Colorado Department of Education collects data on industry certifications, but not on badges awarded. This is because the badging framework and governance of digital badges has been established to document employment skill sets, and not for educational transfer credit as is documented with courses, certificates and degrees. Rather, digital badges have a workforce relevance enhancement to traditional, educational offerings and are more of a motivational tool to help establish a pathway to the more formal certifications and educational transcripts and eventual diplomas.

At present, there are no policies with any educational system that allows for the evaluation of digital badges for college credit nor for high-school credit. Requests for evaluation of prior learning for college credit and school-based credit is possible as a future discussion point. Perhaps in the future, some educational system, especially in a rapidly changing enviroment, would desire this capacity so that student profiles of digital badges from multiple sources could be documented and verified to represent merit within the system.

The process for reviewing and approving new digital badges is taken seriously. This work is done by the CLOH.org Digital Badge Taskforce. To apply as a member on the panel, leave a message in the comments below.

An idea for a new badge can be proposed by members of the CLOH.org Digital Badge Taskforce.

The process for bestowing digital badges within the CLOH.org framework happens to those who apply and pass a training course.

Prescription Drug Safety (course)

A course from Everfi is available elsewhere, Prescription Drug Safety.

Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention is an innovative digital course that arms high school students with the knowledge and tools to make healthy, informed decisions when it comes to prescription medications. Through interactive scenarios and self-guided activities, students learn the facts about drugs, how to properly use and dispose of them, and how to step step in when faced with a situation involving misuse.

Prescription Drug Safety Resources

  • Course Outline
  • Curriculum Guide
  • Prescription Drug Abuse Safety Standards Alignment
  • Prescription Drug Safety Discussion Guide
  • Introduction to the Opioid Crisis
  • Understanding Opioids
  • Resisting Opioids

Video

Educator Perspectives: Prescription Drug Safety from EVERFI on Vimeo.

Rotary

Landing page for Rotary Club presentation(s)

Mark Rauterkus was an invited speaker to the Kittanning Rotary Club on  February 28, 2018. These resources assist with interactions with members and other Rotary groups in the future.

Handout

Introduction:

Coach Mark Rauterkus joins us from Pittsburgh’s historic South Side. Mark has been a swim coach since 1976 when he started a swim team as a high-school-aged lifeguard.

He has coached nine (9) years at the college level. Mark has worked for more than 52 athletic directors and 34 principals. In his career, more than 10,000 kids have called him “Coach Mark.”

His swimmers have set state records in: Pennsylvania, Ohio, Illinois and Massachusetts.

Mark’s newest role: executive director of SKWIM USA, a nonprofit to grow the aquatic game of SKWIM.

Mark’s passion as an advocate in the city is expressed at CLOH dot org. Creating Literate Olympians Here.

Resources and Easy Courses:

Feel free to team up with a youngster for meaningful online adventures.

Advance insights with Coach Mark as your guest speaker

I’ll speak about my personal history as a coach in swimming and water polo in the city — and throughout my career. But, it isn’t much about me, however. The focus is on how we can leverage sports, fitness, wellness and efforts in our communities around the realm of playing well with others. Some of the basic understandings of the purpose and meaning of sports need to be put into better focus.

Sports are games of time, space and relationships. That’s from a book I helped publish years ago, Sport, Spirit & Soul.

With a philosophy and a few concept maps, we can make improvements and reform — as many elements in sports are in trouble and messed up.

So, I’ll talk quickly about some problems and how they can be fixed. And, how the wisdom of the group of those in attendance can make an impact with the community, teams, coaches, and participants — as well as with their own families — in terms of sports.

Likewise, I’ll leave with a few challenges and tools for others to do, online, for free, for fun, if interested. Q&A of course.

My message is a help us think again about sports and recreation from school age kids to seniors, spectators to league managers.

Projector if possible but not necessary

I love to present off of my iPad. Photos help to put more sizzle into the story. I have the various types of adapters, VGA, HDMI, and Apple’s Lightening.

Pop Quiz

As a way to be more interactive, especially among friends and with a smaller group, we can share our own remarks and move through the talk, guided by the questions on this quiz. Door prize expected for top answer giver, but I’m biased as to what answers I’m seeking. Most questions have no right or wrong answers, much like life.

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Replies:

  • Authentic Pittsburgh: steel, incline, 3 rivers, sports, ethnic
  • Favorite sports: soccer, hockey, football
  • Other favorable sports: hockey, football, basketball, soccer, golf, boating
  • Favorite team: Penguins (mid 2000s), Penguins, Steelers
  • Game as youngster: soccer, hockey, basketball, softball

More

Protect Your Head and links to other mandated courses for coaches in PA

Take this course and learn about head injuries and concussions. The course comes from the CDC and is without charge. Great for parents, coaches, officials and even athletes.

Launch the Heads Up Course and give it your attention. It is short. Get the app as well.

Volunteer coaches need to take this course too. The course is one that meets the requirements for scholastic coaches concerning the mandates of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania pertaining to concussion. Another course is required for cardiac education.

Every coach, Every year

These courses cannot be taken before July 1st of each year. Coaches don’t have to renew these for each season or sport they coach, but must complete one concussion course and the cardiac course before their first season of coaching. If you took the course last year you still have to take it this year.

Turn those certificates in.

CONCUSSION courses:

Sport Safety International has partnered with the Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers’ Society to offer the ConcussionWise series of educational programs. These programs have been peer-reviewed and are consistent with the latest science and practical applications regarding the prevention and management of concussion. ConcussionWise™ AT for Athletic Trainers This version of ConcussionWise™ AT is at this link.

  • http://www.nfhslearn.com/electiveDetail.aspx?courseID=38000
  • NFHS Learn

    The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Learning Center is an education tool that offers courses to high school coaches, administrators, officials, students, and parents. It provides a variety of program initiatives that reach the 18,500 high schools and over 11 million students involved in athletic and activity programs.

    CARDIAC COURSES: (Only need to take one of the cardiac courses.)

    CardiacWise Online Education, Sport Safety International

    Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Training from NFHSLearn: Sudden Cardiac Arrest is the number one cause of death in the United States for student athletes during exercise. Caused by a structural or electrical problem.

    Learning more about prescription drugs and getting a grip on the pain-killer epidemic

    It is vital for kids, guardians, teachers and all citizens to grow in their understanding of how to prevent perscription drug abuse. This topic is covered in this course from Everfi.

    Prescription Drugs: Misuse & Abuse Prevention for High School

     This online, health course takes less than two hours. It empowers students with the skills and knowledge they need to make safe and healthy decisions about prescription drugs.

    Getting students started is easy.

    • Go to everfi.com/register to register to get started.
    • Once already registered,  just enter this code: b40085b4 to their dashboard.

    Curriculum guide is seven pages.

    Tip: Just take the course and experience it for yourself rather than reading about its educational insights and curriculum.

    Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention.CurriculumGuide

    Prevention Matters

    One in three teens believe it is okay to use prescription drugs once in a while.

    Presciption Drug Abuse Prevention.OnePager

    Click the arrow in the box to turn the pages within the PDFs

    PDAP_Choosing an Evidence-Informed Curriculum

    Registration Guide

    Student Reg Guide

    Quiz Pre-flight for SKWIM Level 1 to Level 4

    Test your knowledge, and the delivery of these questions and answers concerning aquatic’s safety and surf knowledge by taking these four multiple choice quizzes for a whirl. They are new and may need to be edited. Your suggestions and feedback is desired.

    Every question has an opportunity to comment. You do need to register with a username and password. You need to take the tests in order.

    Level 1 Quiz for SKWIM’s surf safety:


    Level 2 Quiz for SKWIM’s surf safety:


    Level 3 Quiz for SKWIM’s surf safety:

    Level 4 Quiz for SKWIM’s surf safety: