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Welcome to Extension Quick Bytes, online technology enrichment for Extension!

The main barrier to learning new technologies is having the TIME. Quick Bytes makes it easy to keep up with technology. 

"Quick Bytes" are bite-sized introductions to a wide variety of today's educational technology. You will finish each quick and fun unit having seen each technology with your own eyes, learned some potential uses for it, and knowing where to get more information. 

The goals of Quick Bytes are to:

    1. increase Extension's familiarity with today's readily-available educational technologies
    2. model a learner-centered online learning environment
    3. create a community of lifelong tech learners among a geographically distributed audience

Who is Quick Bytes for?

Quick Bytes' primary audience is Extension faculty and staff at the University of Minnesota. However, anyone interested in learning technologies is welcome to join in

Quick Bytes is geared for an audience of educators who are interested in free and low-cost technologies to use to increase the quality of and access to their educational materials.

Earn Badges!

What could be more fun than learning about technology? Earning badges for it! Just like scouting, only--dare I say it--better.

Digital badges are a learning technology tool used to both motivate and recognize learners for completing education online. Quick Bytes utilizes Mozilla Open Badges, an open standard for creating and collecting badges from all over the internet.

Keep reading to see how to start earning your badges!

Extension Quick Bytes: 1-STAR PUPIL

Quick Bytes Badge one star
To earn your 1-Star Pupil Badge, you will need to complete the following tasks:

  • Join the forum (Google Group)
  • Go through three modules. Leave a substantive comment on the module OR in the forum for each of the three topics.
  • Follow Quick Bytes content updates using your preferred method: sign up for email alerts (see below), follow us on Twitter, Google+, Facebook, etc...

Extension Quick Bytes: 2-STAR PUPIL

Quick Bytes Badge two star
To earn your 2-Star Pupil Badge, you will need to complete the following tasks:

  • Prerequisite: 1-Star Pupil Badge
  • Using the forum, suggest three new topics for Quick Bytes modules that you would find useful.
  • Go through three (additional) modules. Leave a substantive comment on the module OR in the forum for each of the three topics.
  • Using the forum, submit a project or teaching enhancement (with a link if possible!) you have done as a result of your Quick Bytes learning.
Extension Quick Bytes: 3-STAR PUPIL

Quick Bytes Badge three star
To earn your 3-Star Pupil Badge, you will need to complete the following tasks:

  • Prerequisite: 2-Star Pupil Badge
  • Go through three (additional) modules. Leave a substantive comment on the module OR in the forum for each of the three topics.
  • Contribute a well-written, practical Quick Bytes module on a unique or emerging educational technology with which you are proficient (you do not need to be an expert on it, however!). Please contact us with your topic idea and time frame in advance!
Receiving your badges

When you think you have completed the required tasks for a badge, just drop us a line and let us know. We will double-check your work and send you a link to claim your new badge!

Thanks for being part of this learning adventure!


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