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Supported by the MacArthur Foundation Digital Media and Learning Initiative
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Friday badges wrap-up

Two weeks ago (Jan 24-25) the Open Badges team attended the final face to face meeting for the Digital Media and Learning (DML) competition’s funded winners. What a fantastic event: thanks to UCHRI for hosting and all of HASTAC for helping to make it happen. The funded winners presented to one of three expert panels, and if they chose to, each other. The panels were comprised of a learning content expert, a design expert and a marketing and communications expert. We coordinated this combination so that the grantees would have an opportunity to think through their badge systems in new ways since the last face to face meeting at Duke. Charles Perry from MentorMob (a DML funded winner working with the Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago) has written up a terrific recap of the event. And our own Jess Klein, who acted as a design expert on one of the panels wrote up a list of her top 5 feedback points for badge design. They are both definitely worth reading.

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Open Badges & Webmaker Badges in 2013: an ongoing conversation

Open Badges & Webmaker Badges in 2013: an ongoing conversation | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it
2013: the conversation continues Happy New Year, triskaidekaphiles! I'm starting off the year with a series of blog posts about where 2012 took us and where we will be headed in 2013. This year wil...
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Heading to Mozfest, what's in store for Open Badges

Heading to Mozfest, what's in store for Open Badges | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it

We’ve been talking about Open Badges at a higher introductory level for quite some time now and we felt it was time to take the conversation further during this year’s event. There is tremendous work around Badges happening in the UK and Europe, with Doug Belshaw, our Skills and Badges lead, guiding and advancing the conversation.  

 

Leaning on the partner relations cultivated through Doug and fellow colleague of ours, John Bevan, we thought we should take advantage of the locality of the event in London and really highlight the work taking place in and around the UK. We invited several of these partners to join us in the conversation, showcase their work around badges and share lessons learned. But we wanted to stay true to the Mozilla maker motto by allowing a forum for active making. 

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Mozilla launches Webmaker Badges, linked to Persona, so you can brag about your mad coding skillz

Mozilla launches Webmaker Badges, linked to Persona, so you can brag about your mad coding skillz | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it

As a primer, Mozilla recently debuted its Webmaker program in hopes of making it “easy for anyone to make something amazing on the web, learning skills as they go.” Webmaker Badges fit seamlessly with that purpose, throwing gamification and bragging rights into the mix.

Admittedly, at first look these badges feel like a novelty more than anything else, but Mozilla has an interesting plan: to integrate them into Persona identities (which we covered here). With it, Mozilla hopes that these badges will provide a “lasting record” of a user’s capabilities and achievements, so they can show off “their new skills to teachers, classmates, peers or future colleges and employers.” That’s an ambitious goal.

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Friday badges wrap up

A quick post to keep folks up to date on what's been going on with Webmaker Badges + a few other things—starting with a quick catch-up post from the previous week. (And yes, I know it's not Friday....
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World’s first, and therefore largest, smallest, and best, digital badge bingo game! Badge Bingo

World’s first, and therefore largest, smallest, and best, digital badge bingo game! Badge Bingo | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it

This November we flew to London for the Mozilla Festival, a gathering of over1,000 passionate people that came together “to push the frontiers of the open web, learn together, and make things that can change the world.” Sounds about right.

 

For Mozilla Festival, Codery built the world’s first, and therefore largest, smallest, and best, digital badge bingo game. Badge Bingo is an interactive game where Festival attendees used digital badges they earned to connect 5 in a row! Digital badges recognize and connect skills and achievements that happen anytime and anywhere. Digital badges are the foundation of a growing global phenomenon that supports individuals to get recognition for skills and achievements online and out of school. You can learn more and earn your first badge at www.openbadges.org.

 

256 badges were played including Mozilla’s very first Webmaker badges and a “You Rock! Badge” we built that uses Moo’s NFC (Near Field Communications) cards and can be earned by making a positive impact on someone. In two days, 99 unique badges were played many of which were built as the game was played.

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Webmaker badges are GO! | Doug Belshaw's blog

Webmaker badges are GO! | Doug Belshaw's blog | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it

I’m absolutely delighted that this weekend that we at Mozilla have launched the first iteration of Webmaker badges. You can get started earning them right now by going to thimble.webmaker.org. More here: https://blog.mozilla.org/blog/2012/11/10/webmaker-badges/

Webmaker badges, in part, are based upon the work I’m doing around Web Literacies...

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Thomas Salmon's curator insight, October 15, 2013 7:23 AM

The original webmaker badges and early version of web-literacy standard