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  1. If you’re looking for a way to create custom badges within a gamified classroom (using a WordPress class website) – along with the ability to let students earn loot/gold/capital/your gaming money name of choice, XP, and level up, please check out the Mac Lab, run by Mike Skocko at Valhalla High School in Chula Vista, CA. Exceptional stuff.

    May 28, 2018
    • glennw #

      Jeb,

      Thanks for the heads up – Mac lab looks amazing! Will spend some time over this summer for sure. We need all the help we can get as we continue working to figure this out.

      Have a great week – thanks for stopping by!

      glennw

      May 30, 2018
  2. As a former scout, and the parent of an Eagle Scout and of a girl scout, I understand well the power of badges. I’ve taught math for over 30 years and have wished for some sort of “mastery learning” for math. It’s just not good enough for a student to get a score of 60% (passing here). I am very intrigued with badges and micro-credentialing as the solution to my dilemma. I’m currently at an alternative middle school and it seems the perfect opportunity to introduce badges across the 6th, 7th, and 8th grades. These students are not the most motivated and I think having a badge system that grows in difficulty from 6th to 8th may just win some of them over.

    June 23, 2018
    • glennw #

      Jack,

      Thanks for the comment!

      I agree – the way we’ve done school for so long does not work for everyone. The concept of micro-credentials seems like another option we can offer students as a path to learning and doing. The small amount of work we’ve done with badges has had the effect that you’re looking for – engaged kids working on things that are relevant and important to them.

      The key is finding ways to align the work required to earn as badge with the content / skills that your K-12 community see as valuable and necessary.

      Good luck as you continue down this path!

      glennw

      June 23, 2018
  3. I’m always looking for ways to break down math subjects into smaller, more manageable chunks and rewarding successful completion of them. Students freak out over the big picture of math and I’ve had lots of success when I break it down into smaller skills. I describe how these skills can go in our mathematical “tool box” and I’d like to use badges as a more physical representation of mastery of those skills.
    For example, before we delve into using fractions to solve problems, we learn what fractions are and how to add, subtract, multiply, divide, and change them into equivalent forms. THEN we use those skills to solve problems.
    I want to use the badges as a certification that shows the students have completed “training” and are now qualified to use that training on the job.

    June 23, 2018
    • glennw #

      Sounds like a perfect way to reward students for small but crucial learning steps! Breaking things into smaller chunks is always a good idea.

      Would love to hear how it goes!

      glennw

      June 24, 2018

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