Too often, teacher professional development is presented as "one size fits all" with very little flexibility for learner choice. With BadgeList, I seek to change this. As a technology coach (Blended Learning Specialist, officially), I am responsible for providing training for the teachers at my school, and ensure they are using our 1:1 iPads effectively in their classrooms.
I believe that digital badges encourage teacher learners to try out new technology tools without feeling overwhelmed by the amount to learn. They select one tool, then try it out with their students, and submit the evidence to earn the badge.
In the future, I see this style of professional development gaining popularity, because it gives teachers choice as to what they want to learn, and when. Teachers who are able to have some say in their learning are more engaged professionally, and feel more ready to learn. I am excited about building my teacher and open PD groups!