I have been following with interest discussions around Open Badges, however it was C.A Philbin and Martin Waller’s blog posts that inspired me to get going with trying out Badges with my students. So, for the past week I’ve been introducing Open Badges to my Year 7 classes and thought I’d share my experiences. I really wanted the students to get involved in deciding what badges should be awarded. The questions we used for discussion were:
What have you already got badges for?
Why do those organisations give you badges?
What badges could we have in ICT?
The discussions surrounding those 3 questions were quite enlightening, as shy students who had not said a word during the previous 2 week’s lessons, shared their achievements outside school and as the penny dropped that these were badges outside ICT competencies – teamwork, creativity, volunteering etc, the enthusiasm of the class noticeably increased.