ASHP Wins Digital Media and Learning Competition

2012 March 19
by Leah Yale Potter

We’re pleased to announce that ASHP/CML is one of the winners of the 4th Digital Media and Learning Competition, held in collaboration with Mozilla, supported by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and administered by HASTAC (Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Advanced Collaboratory). This year’s competition focused on Badges for Lifelong Learning, and it awarded grants of up to $175,000 to projects designed to build digital badge systems that can help people learn new skills and demonstrate them to unlock job, educational, and civic opportunities.

Our project, Who Built America? Badges for Teaching Disciplinary Literacy in History, beat out 14 other finalists to be the only winner in the competition’s Teacher Mastery & Feedback division, which was supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Working with Electric Funstuff (developer of the Mission: US online game) and Education Development Center/Center for Children and Technology (our longtime evaluation partners), the project takes ASHP/CML’s proven professional development methods and uses an online badge-earning system to build professional learning communities and promote social history and inquiry-based teaching methods. It also helps history teachers design instructional materials that will help their students meet the demands of the Common Core Standards.

We expect the project to launch this fall, so drop us a line at enoonan at gc dot cuny dot edu if you’re a U.S. history teacher interested in participating.

Last 5 posts by Leah Yale Potter

2012 April 2

Great initiative! It has been observed that many of the students do not get interest in History and thus get poor marks. I feel this project is going to bring some changes in this part. Many students and even parents will get attracted towards History.
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2012 May 3

As someone who writes work based in American history, I think “history literacy” is a lot easier to say than “disciplinary literacy in history”–too much of a mouthful!

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