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 is a teacher trainer, instructional designer, adjunct professor, and the author of The 30 Goals Challenge for Teachers: Small Steps to Transform Your Teaching and Learning to Go: Lesson Ideas for Teaching with Mobile Devices, Cell Phones and BYOT. She has been recognized by the ELTon Awards, The New York Times, the Ministry of Education in Spain, and Microsoft’s Heroes for Education as an innovator in the movement of teacher-driven professional development and education technology. Recently, she was named Woman of the Year 2014 by Star Jone’s National Association of Professional Women and awarded a Bammy Award as a founder of #Edchat, the Twitter chat that spurred over 400 teacher chats. She has trained teachers and taught learners in over 25 countries and has consulted with organizations worldwide such as UNESCO Bangkok, The European Union aPLaNet Project, Cultura Iglesa of Brazil, the British Council in Tel Aviv, IATEFL Slovenia, HUPE Croatia, and VenTESOL. She shares regularly via, Twitter (@ShellTerrell), and Her greatest joy is being the mother of Rosco the pug.

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