Noah Geisel – Digital Badging

Hello, and welcome to Episode 106 of the Planning Period Podcast, your #EdBreakroom. I’m your host, Brad Shreffler.
This week on the show I am joined by Noah Geisel. Noah is a self-described “educator, speaker, connector and risk-taker.” He is currently a teacher at CU Denver, but spent the majority of his career as a high school Spanish teacher and was the 2013 ACTFL National Language TOY. He is also an expert in digital badges and micro-credentials and is a recurring guest on the OnEducation Podcast, so I knew he would make a great guest for the show.
Noah and I talk about digital badges and credentials, what they are and what they can mean in the future, why education needs to better focus on our users, how we can listen to our students better, why teachers, and people, should wake up excited to work in a school, and how powerful recognizing and vocalizing things going on under the surface can be.
I would like to take a second to thank our sponsor for this episode, TardEase. TardEase is a new tardy tracking platform that makes it quick and easy for schools to process consequences when students are late to class. TardEase runs as a Google Sheets Add-On, so anyone can set it up, and works by scanning the ID numbers of late students into a Google Form. Then, each night, TardEase sends a formatted PDF of the consequences, with your school letterhead, to be sent home with students for their parents to sign, or given as a detention notice. TardEase is also significantly cheaper than other options on the market, with no special hardware to buy, and no per-student licensing fee. TardEase costs only $600 a year. You can learn more, and start a 30-day free trial now by visiting
So, sit back and enjoy Episode 106 of the Planning Period Podcast, my interview with Noah Geisel
Noah, thank you so much for an awesome chat! I really enjoyed it. And I can’t wait for you to start releasing that Hot For Teacher Podcast!
To connect with Noah, find him on Twitter @SenorG. He’s also on Medium, at And definitely keep an eye out for the upcoming Hot For Teacher Podcast. You can find out more at
If you have comments or questions about the show, you can always connect with me on twitter, @BradShreffler, and now on Instagram @BradShreffler as well. I love to hear from you there. That’s also a great place to connect if you’d like to be a guest on the show. Or, the Feedback Page on my website gives you options for feedback as well, which you can find at
Until next week, give students genuine choice in your classroom!
Music provided by:
Vicious by Kevin MacLeod ( Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0