Interview with Noah Geisel, @SenorG: Motivate with Digital Badges!

Noah Geisel, @SenorG, is the first person who really taught me about the potential micro-credentials and digital badges have to motivate learners to achieve great things throughout their lives. Noah and I sat down at the Friendly Place in San Antonio a few years back and he began to passionately explain and sketch out his digital badging ideas for an entire district. I had used badges for my online learning conferences, but hadn’t quite used badges with students, yet. Noah got me to see the vision he and a team of amazing thought leaders at Aurora Public Schools had to “Recognize Assets & Open Doors” for students. Fast forward a few short years and now Aurora has one of the best examples of a K12 badging system in the country. Noah also co-founded and hosts #BadgechatK12 on Mondays at 6:30p.m ET. In my new book, Hacking Digital Learning Strategies: 10 Ways to Launch EdTech Missions, each mission is accompanied by a digital badge and also students complete a mission to design a badge to recognize their peers’ achievements or leadership. I recently caught up with Noah and asked him to share his passion and expertise about digital badging.

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​Noah Geisel is the Director of Education at and founder of Verses Education. Noah began his teaching career in 2001 and has worked as a Spanish Teacher, English Teacher, Technology Teacher, EdTech Coach, and Blended Learning Coach. In 2013, he was honored to represent the profession as the ACTFL National Language Teacher of the Year. He is the co-founder of #BadgechatK12 and was a member of the Clinton Global Initiative Meeting. You can read his blog at He is passionate about changing the world through the study of languages and culture, and recognizing student growth that actually matters. My newborn daughter, Savvy, was excited to interview him at the Badge Summit 2017.

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Shelly Terrell

Shelly Sanchez Terrell (@ShellTerrell) is an award winning digital innovator, an international speaker/consultant, and the author of Hacking Digital Learning with EdTech Missions, The 30 Goals Challenge for Teachers, and Learning to Go. She has trained teachers and taught English language learners in over 20 countries as an invited guest expert by organizations, like the US Embassy, UNESCO Bangkok, Cultura Inglesa of Brazil, the British Council in Tel Aviv, IATEFL Slovenia, HUPE Croatia, ISTEK Turkey, and Venezuela TESOL. She has been recognized by several organizations and publications as a leader in the movement of teacher driven professional development as the founder and organizer of various online conferences, Twitter chats, and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). Two of the projects she co-organized were shortlisted for ELTons, #ELTChat and the Virtual Round Table Language and Technology online conference. She was named Woman of the Year by the National Association of Professional Women, awarded a Bammy Award as a founder of #Edchat, and named as one of the 10 Most Influential People in EdTech by Tech & Learning. Her greatest joy is being the mother of baby Savannah and Rosco the pug. Shelly has an Honors BA in English with a Minor in Communication and a specialization in Electronic Media from UTSA, a Masters in Curriculum Instruction ESL from the University of Phoenix, and a CELTA from CELT Athens. She regularly shares her tips for effective technology integration via Twitter (@ShellTerrell),, and on her blog,, which has won several awards and recognitions as one of the top ESL, Edtech and Elearning blogs. Find over 400 of her slide presentations at

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  1. Very interesting and exciting. When I first heard about this I didn’t understand the possibilities.

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