Making After-School Cool Podcast

Ep 87: The Level Up Houston Initiative Providing Students the opportunity to earn Digital Badges

April 29, 2022

Today’s topic focuses on a project CASE for Kids is implementing. The Level Up Houston initiative provide students with the opportunity to earn digital badges for completion of an activity or task.  A digital badge gives learners a method to convey their abilities in a way that is simple, trusted and can be easily validated.  To discuss the Level Up Houston initiative is Mark Niles, CASE for Kids Manager of College and Career Readiness.

During this podcast you will learn the following:

  • What is the Level Up Houston initiative
  • What is digital badging
  • How will digital badging play a role with Level up Houston
  • What are the benefits for students earning a digital badge?
  • What other assistance will be needed to continue the initiative’s progress.

Guest

To discuss the Level Up Houston initiative is Mark Niles, CASE for Kids Manager of College and Career Readiness. Prior to working with CASE. Mark worked with Hooson ISD for 10 years and was the Director of the Houston Urban debate league for approximately 3 years. He lives in Houston with his wife and two kids.

Resources

Mark Niles

Mark.niles@hcde-texas.org

713-696-1346

Mike Wilson

mwilson@hcde-texas.org

Harris County Department of Education

https://hcde-texas.org

CASE for Kids

https://hcde-texas.org/afterschool-zone

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