Category Archives: Digital Badges

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

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.


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.

  • 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 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:

    Recap: Special SKWIM event at the Oliver Bath House and post-game open house was a blast

    Our event and visit to the historic, Citiparks’ Oliver Bath House on South Side was a big success.

    Citiparks Lifeguards and VIPs from The Pittsburgh Project and Mel from PPS / State Rep Gainey’s office, along with hosts, Coach Mark of Pittsburgh Obama and Kevin, SKWIM’s inventor from Washington.

    Extended Game Video

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    Opportunities and improvements to Pittsburgh’s scholastic sports amounts to a wicked design challenge.


    Pittsburgh, a sports town, needs to support its citizens, families and athletes in efficient, economical ways so programs and individuals thrive. Improving the city’s recreational landscape, especially for the often neglected sectors of the city, requires the building of the appropriate  political will in these human endeavors. Furthermore, the building and changes must include a suite of collective beliefs in technical aspects.

    All in all, the quagmire becomes a design problem with complicated, multi-dimensional aspects that spans age groups, abilities, interests, facilities, institutions, and budgets.

    Pittsburgh’s sports overhaul is a wicked design challenge.

    A report on design thinking defines wicked design challenges as a “class of social system problems which are ill-formulated, where the information is confusing, where there are many clients and decision makers with conflicting values, and where the ramifications in the whole system are thoroughly confusing” (Churchman, 1967 , p. 141).

    One positive outcome is the building of a collective belief, especially among consequential stakeholders. Municipal government, county services, school districts, coaches, volunteers, college admissions officers, employers, educators, families and learners are needed for engagement and eventual prosperity.

    The challenge of building a collective belief is a far more complicated design challenge than making a new slogan with team t-shirts.

    The courses, interactions, pathways, playlists and experiences at offer visual designs with digital badges, yet the movement is surprisingly complex. Badge system design demands more effort than a series of web activities and services. As efforts are designed to function across institutional and other types of boundaries, the meta mission with an entire open badge infrastructure makes the complexity of the struggle and its design task exponentially confusing.

    OPTIONAL Swim & Water Polo Activities: Downtown Parade

    These events are optional and extra and are NOT a part of the normal Pittsburgh Public Schools’ Summer Dreamers events. Families are invited to participate in the following community events on your own. No transportation is provided by PPS. Questions should be sent to Coach Mark Rauterkus, 412-298-3432, (cell) or

    Downtown Parade for Pittsburgh’s Bicentennial down Liberty Avenue, Saturday, July 9, 2016. Arrive after 10 am. Parade begins at 11 am. After the parade, play aquatic games at Northside, Citiparks’ Sue Murray Swim Pool, Cedar Avenue, across from the Giant Eagle / Sunoco gas station.

    Tip: Our parade position and meet-up is going to be at Liberty Ave and 11th Street. We will meet behind a school bus that is to be decorated for PPS and the Pittsburgh Promise.

    Tip 2: Park your car, if you drive, near CAPA or else on the Northside by the swim pool. then walk to Liberty Avenue and 11th, near the Strip District.

    Swim pool
    Northside’s Sue Murray Swim Pool has plenty of space for various aquatic games in deep, middle and shallow water.

    Swimmers from Summer Dreamers with Athletes United for Clean Air are going to march with Pittsburgh Public Schools and the Pittsburgh Promise to celebrate the city’s history. 

    Update: Due to parade protocol, the message for the parade is about Pittsburgh Public Schools and Summer Dreamers — and not about, “Go USA! Go Leah!”

    Olympic schedule insights:

    Cheer for Leah Smith and Katie Ledecki as they race together in Rio on:

    • Sunday, August 7th – women’s 400m freestyle prelims/final
    • Wednesday, August 10th – women’s 800m freestyle relay prelims/final
    • Thursday, August 11th – women’s 800m freestyle prelims
    • Friday, August 12th – women’s 800m freestyle finals
    • Prelims begin at 10 am EASTERN time while Semis & Finals begin at 7 pm EASTERN.

    More Swimming, Water Polo and SKWIM opportunities in Pittsburgh this summer:

    • Tuesdays, 6 to 7:30 pm, Citiparks Ammon Rec Pool, Bedford & Memory Lane, Hill District
    • Wednesdays, 6 to 7:30 pm, Citiparks Ammon Rec Pool, Bedford & Memory Lane, Hill District
    • Thursdays, 6 to 7:30 pm, Citiparks Sue Murray Pool, Cedar Ave. Northside

    * Additional events always published at the open google calendar at

    Warm Up Arm Swing Routine

    See the 47 exercises in the warm-up routine. This is the first post that blends the  wiki and the blog. Photos and videos for all exercises are expected in the days and weeks to come.


    1) Gentle Neck Rolls (exercise)

    Start with the chin on the chest. Slowly, easily, calm-like, move the head around the shoulders.
    Do some to the one direction and then reverse. Okay to look far to the right, then far to the left.
    Okay to look far up, and then far down. Heads need to be attached to the bodies. When the neck is hurt or injured, comfort is absent. The mind leads, the body follows.

    2) Reverse Gentle Neck Rolls

    Could do variation with 1 roll to right and then 1 roll to left. Body is complicated in holding one’s head in place. We need our heads to be in the game. Water polo players have head on a swivel!

    3) Trunk twists (exercise)

    Put both arms on one side of body. Kick opposite leg to the arm side while swinging the arms in front to the side of the kicking leg while standing on the other leg. Kick higher. Twist farther. Kick and hold for 3 seconds. Kick and re-kick higher. Point toes on kick. Flex foot on kick.
    The spine and back are precious, often a place for injury, especially if conditioning isn’t done. Have a backbone!

    4)Reverse Trunk Twists

    Other direction with other leg and motion.

    5) Leg swing forward and back (exercise)Edit

    Stand on one leg. Swing the other forward and then backwards in toe to heel directions.

    6) Other leg swings forward and back

    7) Leg swings lateral with abductor and adductor motions (exercise)

    8) Switch legs and swing laterally.

    9) Foot Spins (exercise)

    While seated hold two hands on one foot with one hand on toes and other hand on the heel. Spin to loosen foot, ankle and other soft tissue for increase flexibility and warm-up. Often done while sitting. Could be done while standing. Kicking speed is about flexible flippers. The tail fin of a fish or shark moves the water for propulsion.

    10) Foot Spins with same foot in the other direction.

    Spin the toes in the other direction. Change to or from counter-clockwise to the other direction.
    Could micro-manage what foot to grasp and what direction to spin.

    11) Foot Spins on other foot

    12) Foot Spins on other foot other direction

    13) Kneeling position (exercise)

    Place tops of feet and toe nails onto ground with knees bent and body weight on the feet. Works on toe point and quad flexibility. Can have a soft surface or towel, with or without shoes. Can ask swimmers to lay back with head then shoulders to the ground with legs bent fully at the knees.
    Legs! Feet! Whatever is tight gets attention with this position. Do it at night and in the morning in a soft bed or with a pillow and improve your comfort in a week’s time.

    14) Right Arm forward Arm Swing (exercise)

    Full range of motion with shoulder swinging so it touches the ear. Hand goes past hip at bottom of circle. Do some slow, some medium and some fast. With or without milk jugs as weights.
    ROM = Range Of Motion. Shoulders and backs are points of power when attached to the base of the body and core.

    15) Left Arm Forward Arm Swing

    16) Right Arm Backwards Arm Swing (exercise)

    17) Left Arm Backwards

    18) Right arm swing in a Sideways Figure 8 Motion (exercise)

    The sideways 8 is also a math symbol for infinity.

    19) Right Arm Figure 8 in the Reverse Direction

    20) Left Arm Figure 8

    21) Left Arm Figure 8 Reverse

    22) Up the Sides with both arms (exercise)

    Begin with hand down with hands near pockets. Swing arms up the sides and touch overhead with the back of the hands together. Shrug the shoulders and pinch the ears with every movement.

    23) Up the Front Arm Swings (exercise)

    Hold one thumb in the other hand and keep the arms straight. Lift the arms from the shoulder and back. At the bottom, let go of the thumb and allow the arm to swing past the hips to the back before stopping.

    24) Horizontal Arm Swings (exercise)

    Start in a T position with hands outstretched. Bring the hands together, always keeping them as high as the shoulders. Hug yourself. Swing them apart and try to clap and touch the hands together at shoulder height.

    25) Opposites Arm Swings (exercise)

    One arm swings forward while the other swings backwards, in the opposite direction.

    26) Opposite-Opposites Arm Swings (exercise)

    The one arm that was moving forward goes in reverse and the opposite arm goes the opposite direction too.

    27) Wrist, door-knob open (exercise)

    The rotator cuff gets attention with arm forward and slightly down. Twist.

    28) Wrist door-knob closeEdit

    Close the door knob.

    29) Wrist range of motion (exercise)

    Handshake up motion. Quickly lift the hand. Shake.
    Handshake down.
    With wrist range of motion, spin or twist wrist, both directions. Stretch fingers to back of forearms of both tops and bottoms. Do one hand. Or, do both hands together.
    Palm up motion with hands. Sculling and pulling on the water takes strong forearm coordination to get the hands pitched in the proper positions throughout the underwater pulling stroke.
    Palm down shake. Passing the ball and even a disk ends with the finger tips and wrist flick.

    30) Other wrist range of motion

    Hands control our pencils, keyboards, water polo balls and even give a grip on the water — one of the hardest elements to grab and control.

    31) Sit ups (exercise)

    Do sit ups all different ways. Bent leg, straight leg, crunches, legs apart, twisting at top. twisting at bottom, pike, and elevated flutter kicks, and rower style are a few.

    32) Yoga Cobra (Exercise)

    Lay on floor with face down. Interlock fingers under the chin. Keep hips down but lift upper body and shoulders so the elbows get straight and hands are stationary. Look to the sky. Look to the sides. Stretch the abs and move the back with smooth and slower motions.

    33) Rattle Snakes (exercise)

    Prone, with head and upper body down along the floor, lift your thighs and feet up. Do both legs. Then single leg lifts.

    34) Hamstring Stretch with Legs in Figure 4 (exercise)

    Sit with one leg straight. The other leg bends at the knee and the foot of the bent leg crosses onto or else over the straight leg. Bend your head lower to the straight knee. Hold the stretch for time, even up to 2 minutes.

    35) Other Side, 4 for Legs

    Switch legs so the other leg gets straight and move to stetch that hamstring.

    36) Yoga Butterfly Stretch (exercise)

    In a sitting position, bend both knees and put the soles of the feet against each other. Pull your feet close to your bottom. Gently stretch by pressing the bent knees closer to the floor. Easy on the groin muscles.

    37) Knee to ear (exercise)Edit

    Sitting, bring a bent knee to touch the ear.
    Hold knee to ear. Then twist and touch the knee to the other ear.
    Could be done standing if advanced for balance.

    38) Other knee to each ear

    Do the same with the other leg to one ear, then the other ear. Inserts a twist to the back and neck.

    39) Butterfly arm motion (exercise)

    Standing, swing arms in the butterfly stroke. Be powerful like Michael Phelps or Ryan Lochte.

    40) Backstroke arm motion (exercise)

    Standing, move arms in a backstroke form like Missy Franklin. The recover with fast handspped so quickly that the fingers are a blur. Then do some double-arm backstroke to cool down. Make a bent elbow pull.

    41) Breastroke arm motion (exercise)

    Standing, do the motions for a breastroke underwater pull out that follows a dive: Dive, glide, pull, glide, kick-arm-head, come to the top, start to swim. Then do 15 strokes of breastroke making a small pulling pattern and breath with every pull. Glide with hands forward in a “V.”

    42) Freestyle arm motion (exercise)

    Standing, make the arms swim like freestyle as fast as Cullen Jones. Take 10 strokes without a breath and the head looking forward and still. Then breath on one side. Other side. Then both sides, ever 5th arm recover. Then 3rd. Finish the race with out a breath, touching the wall on your side and then give a fist pump and sign of emotion.

    43) Toe raises (exercise)

    Stand on one leg and lift the toes of that standing leg off of the ground to balance on the heel.

    44) Other leg toe raises

    45) Heel raises (exercise)

    Stand on one leg and lift the heel of that standing leg off of the floor. Balance on the toes.

    46) Heel raises with other leg

    47) Squat stoop (exercise)

    Feet flat on the floor, bend down into a deep squat like the Pirates starting catcher, #55, Russell Martin. Stay there for extended time. Put knees apart then together. Keep feet flat.

    Lifeguard gear and name of badge

    Nice prices from our friends at eLifeguard.

    Making the decision to use Jedi-Like Lifeguards, or else, Well-Rounded Lifeguards as the name for the digital badges at

    Hearing that Disney is protective of the Jedi name. Hence, this image below is going to be retired. Perhaps the Jedi-Like Lifeguards name can be used in the future after a dozen lifeguards from Pittsburgh go to work at Disney Water Parks.


    Proposed digital badges for technology that utilize LiveCode


    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.