“Badges have really encouraged pupils to write more online”
– Leona Tindall, Teacher
An Open Badge is an image with digital data woven into it about who earned it, what they had to do and the evidence of them having done the task eg a link to a blog or a video - All this can be displayed on your social media profile page so visitors can easily see what skills you have and what you have achieved.
Unlike traditional qualifications, that can only be awarded by sanctioned bodies who define the terms and time scales, Open Badges can be made and awarded by individual schools or teachers on the terms that fit your curriculum and aims. For example badges for completing flipped learning tasks at home or mapping out a whole competency based approach.
“Badges prove to be a great incentive and it brings the competitiveness in the group. What a great addition!”
– Valentia Burley, Teacher
Makewaves has pioneered the use of badges for schools and has developed easy to use tools for teachers to quickly make and award badges to students. Educators can make their own badges or choose from a library of ready made ones to award. Students can explore and complete fun learning missions to earn badges and display all of their achievements safely on their own Makewaves eportfolio.
“I love earning badges. It shows the effort that I have put in has been recognised and my work is being appreciated. I think the badges encourages people to get involved as I get lots of people asking me how I have so many badges on Makewaves.”
– Sweetheart1, Student
Learning today happens everywhere and increasingly takes different forms - from physics experiments in the lab to engineering in Minecraft from reading on Kindles to writing blogs on mobiles. Traditional assessment and qualifications, while still valid, cannot keep pace with this change. Digital Badges provide a highly flexible way for schools to recognise, incentivise and track progress in this new connected learning world.
“[our children] love earning their badges, it keeps them motivated. They are constantly coming up with ideas. The motivation behind this is further badges through getting their stories featured as well. This makes them really proud.”
– Parent of students on Makewaves