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YALSA » Why Badges in School?

An example of a school-based badge program is the New York City Department of Education’s course called DIG/IT. This course prepares students for life after high school. “The DIG/IT course provides a context that empowers and encourages learners to develop new real-world skills and knowledge that advance life goals, while engaging with others in a social give-and-take that builds community credibility and connections. Fun, motivating badges demonstrate to the world what the learners know and can do, and how others value their contributions.”

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Badges to help tell our stories...

Badges to help tell our stories... | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it

I maintain that students need to be engaged in writing their own learning stories. What if badges were used to highlight interesting and engaging elements of each of our learning stories? Further to this, what if badges could be awarded by any member of the school family who notices something interesting and engaging about another's learning story? Administrators, teachers, para-professionals, parents, community members and the students themselves... all of these people could be badge givers- all they would have to do is notice something about another; a specific talent (realized or not by the person possessing it,) a exemplary act; a feat of kindness... anything that allows us to say "good on ya!" to members of the school family that we notice and want to engage by complementing them with a badge.

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What makes up a badge? | A Thaumaturgical Compendium

What makes up a badge? | A Thaumaturgical Compendium | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it

As part of my courses in the coming semester, I am abandoning standard grades and instead using badge-level assessments. As part of each course, students can earn any number of badges for demonstrated abilities. These are generally badges that require you to show that you can do something. That ability must be assessed–often by peers.

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Working on Badges in Atlanta | Global Kids' Online Leadership Program

Working on Badges in Atlanta | Global Kids' Online Leadership Program | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it

Badges were a motivating factor for students in the school who were not generally the 'honors' students.

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Instructional Media @ Wilkes: Badges -- reward or recognition

Instructional Media @ Wilkes: Badges -- reward or recognition | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it

Badges seem to be the new hot ticket in many classrooms today, but I have to say I'm not really comfortable with implementing what is essentially a points-based reward system. I'm not convinced that these kinds of extrinsic rewards pay-off with long term behaviour change, and I think the novelty wears off for children at a certain point.

 

I envision an 'Explorer badge' for people who go on safari and bring back interesting files, links, and resources to the group. If I'm a bit cagey in the way I put this together they should have to cross topics to complete their badge. I hope this will accommodate those who want to create a new file, experiment with different features of their boards, become more expert at something, explore other resources and add to our collection, and so forth.

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