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SXSWEdu PanelPicker: Badges in the Classroom and K-12 Learning

What can K-12 educators learn from those who have built badge systems about designing and implementing for classroom or blended learning environments?

 

This panel discussion looks at real badge systems and their implementation. Educators who have been through the badge design process will discuss their experience with content creation, badge design, technical integration, adoption, and the assessment thinking behind building a sustainable badge system. Panelists will share lessons learned and provide recommendations for those interested in piloting or implementing a badge system of their own.

 

Panelists include grantee projects from the Badges for Lifelong Learning Competition, funded by the MacArthur Foundation and administered by HASTAC, in partnership with the Mozilla Foundation. Badges for Lifelong Learning grantees received their awards at the DML Conference and will be in advanced stages of deployment by March 2013.

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Makewaves Blog | Be more than a Badger – Be a Displayer!

Makewaves Blog | Be more than a Badger – Be a Displayer! | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it

Whilst the world has been getting Olympic fever over summer we have been busy creating our own medals for young champions using the Mozilla Open Badge Infrastructure. In the process we have come to realise the value not just of the medal but also of the podium.


The Badge is the thing
When we started thinking about badges and how they could be integrated on our safe social platform for schools we really only focused on one element - making and issuing badges. This makes good sense, we are making and giving out badges for work students do so we needed to have that bit solid otherwise they wouldn’t  have anything to shout about. However, in making our first badge issuer we soon realised the wider potential of being a badge displayer - and some of the complexities that go with it!

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DML: Are Badges the Answer? Perspectives on Motivation for Lifelong Learning | DML2012

DML: Are Badges the Answer? Perspectives on Motivation for Lifelong Learning | DML2012 | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it

The field of digital media and learning is focusing attention on badges as motivators and credentials for lifelong learning. Are badges and related reward systems crowding out other important sources of motivation? Join this session for a provocative yet practical discussion of approaches for engaging youth in sustained pursuit of learning.

 

Panelists will share ideas from research and practice on creating conditions that foster motivation for learning. Session participants will engage in discussion of examples of youth engaged in learning online and offline, with each scenario highlighting a different source of motivation and alternative pathways for gaining recognition. Panelists and participants will discuss how to apply these concepts and approaches to the design of digital environments and initiatives.

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Global Kids' Online Leadership Program

Global Kids' Online Leadership Program | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it

During the Spring and Summer of 2010, Global Kids, Inc. supported the Urban Biodiversity Program (UBN) (a new program launched by the American Museum of Natural History and the Bronx Zoo, with funding from the New Youth City Learning Network) to use a game-like badge system to motivate student learning. Within UBN, young people at both sites used smart-phones to interact with the natural environments around both institutions, collecting data that was later
processed online through a proprietary social network. Designed to be as youth-driven as possible, the hope was to use a badge system to scaffold or guide youth’s learning through the system, by both rewarding and motivating desired behavior, and tracking the learning outcomes. The use of badges was limited, even for a demonstration project, but important lessons were learned throughout the process, suggesting next directions and potential areas for success.

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Rabbi Wex's Blog: Badges and Game Based Learning

I believe there is nothing wrong with a student feeling good for something he/she has earned. If that is through the medium of a badge or sticker than so be it. Reward systems in schools have been in place for decades. Just because they are 'Rewards 2.0' doesn't make them bad. You can see some of the badges I created for my Edmodo classes here.

Besides think of the powerful culture you could create through badges. I recently created a 'Champion of No-Bullying' badge, awarded to students who promote anti-bullying in their school. We always talk about no-bullying campaigns but imagine if a student starts receiving badges for his/her actions and really begins to internalize their actions and words and feel good about what they are doing through the badges they earn- now that is powerful stuff!

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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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#DMLBadges and Shifting the Overton Window on Learning

#DMLBadges and Shifting the Overton Window on Learning | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it

What I see in the conversation about badges, regardless of how that particular line of work will play out, is a shift in the Overton Window on learning, a shift in the boundaries of the debate, especially in terms of people in positions of power now talking in new ways. In ways that acknowledge all those spaces that kids spend time in out of school as a valid learning environments. In ways that validate practices and processes that school rarely is incentivized to foster – practices that are collaborative, creative, critical, and often civic in their nature.

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Using “Badges” in Education and Beyond |

Using “Badges” in Education and Beyond | | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it

There’s a new open-source badging platform that was just announced calledSash, developed by the education technology company EverFi, Inc. This badging technology is geared toward K-12 audiences.

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Call for High School Science Teachers: Pilot Launch of Planet Stewards

Call for High School Science Teachers: Pilot Launch of Planet Stewards | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it

We are seeking 20 high school teachers from around the U.S. to participate in our first pilot launch of Planet Stewards in spring 2013. Planet Stewards is a project of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and 3D GameLab to provide high school students the opportunity to earn up to 15 NOAA-certified career pathway badges. Using 3D GameLab, a quest-based learning platform, students will complete quests using NOAA educational materials, earn experience points, awards, achievements, and badges, as they engage in active, hands-on learning based on the National Research Council’s Conceptual Framework for Science Standards.

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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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Digital Badges as Alternative Certificates | Steve Barkley Ponders Out Loud

Digital Badges as Alternative Certificates | Steve Barkley Ponders Out Loud | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it

What kind of options and motivations for learning could alternative certificates create? What if students could complete assessments when they were ready? Can we give students the chance to “test out of “units or whole courses because of independent learning?

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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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Global Kids' Online Leadership Program

Global Kids' Online Leadership Program | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it

With the new level of attention to learning badges, ignited in large part from the focus of the fourth Digital Media and Learning Competition on "Badges for Lifelong Learning," we thought it would be useful to share one case study of creating a badging system from scratch within one learning institution.

 

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Open badges & digital footprints; Will these shake the mortar loose on our schools? - Reflections of a Techie

Open badges & digital footprints; Will these shake the mortar loose on our schools? - Reflections of a Techie | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it
I read that Mozilla is developing Open Badges that document the mastery of content, too. The writer tells us that the badges won't be stamps...they'll actually contain metadata which documents the institution that is certifying the knowledge that the bearer has. That's a pretty interesting idea....because it heightens the idea that learners are in charge of their own destiny; deciding where to go to find what they need, learning it and convincing the institution that they've "got it".
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