Nine steps for getting involved with Digital Badges

1. Explore the options. Decide for yourself.

Not much in life is mandatory. You can rise up to the challenge and strive to get a grip on the Digital Badges, or you can ignore them. Some individuals are going to want to learn and grow by wrestling with these challenges and opportunities. Care to engage, show initiative and try hard.

Some of the Digital Badges are going to be easy for you to get. Others are going to be out of reach for you this summer.

2. Sign in.

The youth of Pittsburgh are getting their Digital Badges with the Pgh City of Learning and adults are able to log into http://Play.CLOH.org.

3. Learn the details of what to do.

All digital badges have criteria. Some are built for skills while others are for knowledge and dispositions. Badges are earned. Take the test, be it physical, mental or of one’s character.

    • Read, study, and ask questions when confused or stuck. Seek assistance.
    • Take it all in by surfing around at category:Digital Badges.
    • Work it. Have fun. Discover. Write. Be independent too.

4. Prove it.

    • You can do it. You did it. Make sure a camera is close.
    • Prove it to others. Show off your efforts. Be a positive social force.
    • Add to the collection. Put yourself into the outcomes.
    • Improve the ebooks, the exercise collections and teach others the routines.
    • Get into the details of the documentation and share with your witnesses on this wiki.

5. Ask for your badge by posting the code snip, “Please Bestow.”

      • When the time is right, ask for your badges.
    • See /Bestowing

6. Delivery of the Digital Badges

    • Expect an email from the badge platform that delivers the badge to you.
    • Do a dance of accomplishment.

7. After their arrival, do some housekeeping.

Bits of digital dust need to be scrubbed so that different staff members don’t re-send you the same badges. Wipe that badge off of the to-do list.

    • Remove the Category: Please Bestow from the wiki page.
    • Remove the Template: Please Bestow from the wiki page.

8. The network can fuel your growth.

Being socially responsible, connected, and friendly includes outreach.

    • Tell your friends.
    • Thanks those that helped you along the way.
    • Update your resume.
    • Ping social media sites.
    • Attack again on another accomplishment.
    • Plan the next steps and sharing with others.

9. Celebrate, rinse and repeat.

    • Be involved for the long-haul.
    • Don’t change. Grow. Be mighty.

Gear up for the first day and every day of Summer Dreamers

Summer Dreamers starts in about one week, on Monday, June 29, 2015. If your child is in Swim & Water Polo, this is a great time to insure that the swimwear is on hand and in good condition. Do you have a swim suit? Do you need to get another one? We’ll be swimming every day, and even on the first day. So, be prepared.

At the South Side Giant Eagle there are goggles for sale for less than $2. Good bargain. Googles, swim caps, towels, swim suits, shorts and running shoes are all important.

Running in the afternoon in long pants and in flip-flops is frowned upon.

Forgetting a swim suite is really a downer.

Summer Dreamers’ Swim & Water Polo Camp has squads

In the City, many of the leading athletes do many different sports and play various roles in the community.

Rohan, back left in the photo, played on the Obama Academy boys varsity volleyball team and competed in a final four match for Class AA PIAA semi-finals at Slippery Rock High School on June 2.

The boys varsity squad with Coach Pete Vitti won its WPIAL Section in the spring of 2015. That Section Win in the WPIAL was only the second time in city sports history that a “city league team” won a WPIAL section title. The boys varsity swim team at Obama Academy won the WPIAL section three years ago, also its FIRST YEAR in the WPIAL. So, first the swimmers and then the volleyball team enter the WPIAL and vault to first place in the maiden seasons.

With more year-round opportunities, more conditioning, challenges and overall support for the mass of the diverse kids and a diverse suite of programs to match — things look brighter.

A couple of the guys playing volleyball worked with the Bloomfield-Garfield Corporation at Pittsburgh Public Schools’ Summer Dreamers in Swim & Water Polo Camp. That’s synergy. Get the talent developed and supported. Then have those youngsters lead the wee ones in more fun in the weeks, months and summers to come.

A win today and the team plays for the state championships. Regardless of the outcome today, the city athletes who show up, are devoted to fitness and high-performance programs, and are responsible role-models are winners in everyone’s book. These teens are an inspiration for other, younger super-stars to come.