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Do you think you could successfully implement “digital badging” or “micro credentials” for students (or adult learners) on your campus?
If yes, give an example of one badge/micro credential you could easily put into place. Explain the challenges you’d need to overcome.

Maggie Susong
ATPE Member Engagement Coordinator

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No, I don't think I could implement a badge system successfully.  Not because I am technically incapable, but because I do not see the purpose in it.  I like to learn and have started several MOOCs (massive online open courses) on the platform Coursera, and I have only had the motivation to finish one. I teach language and have tried to learn Chinese from a university in Beijing.  I realized that online language learning isn't that interesting or successful.  Language needs at least two people and requires interaction.  The MOOC I finished wasn't in my field of study; there was no purpose for the badge, so I didn't pay for it.  The class, however, was marvelous.  That said, I don't see what the difference between language study on Quizlet or Duolingo and 3Dgamelab would be.  The badges from one high school aren't very worthwhile to another high school or even college.  It appears to be some sort of reward system like Girl Scout badges, but that would seem to be something the textbook company would include in their package of materials to be bought, not something individual teachers create.  Maybe I am not interested because I don't see the purpose in the MOOC badges, and that is what I am relating this chapter to.
Teresa Tuggle

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Assigning a digital badge for a student sounds really cool!  But after reading about what the teacher had done to get to a place where she is at now I don't think that would be an option for my second graders.  I also think that our IT person has something in place for the teachers to earn badges.  I am sure that if I asked her to help me she would do it and maybe that would be something her and I could work on down the road.  I am still trying to figure out for my second graders doing the BYOD idea.  I have to convince my classroom parents to let their children to get on the computer to complete work on google classroom.  This may be a better idea to try with older kids.  

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I do not think I could successfully implement “digital badging” or “micro credentials” for students on my campus. While I think it sounds really amazing for reading and oher subjects; I don't think I have enough technology background to implement myself. I understand that all students are on different levels but this would make it more obvious. I think that while it could be beneficial to some starting a level 1 and leveling up. It can alao be discouraging for some that just get stuck at level 1 or 2.
Cheryl Rene Ferguson

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I think a few students would really get excited about the digital badging and/or micro credentials but I don't see it having a big enough pay-off for the amount of time it would take me to research, gather needed materials, and implement these.  Also, in our community, parental support would be low as many homes don't have access to technology.  
Again, with elementary students, I also don't see as big of a need for a large technology presence as maybe you'd see with high schoolers?  

Erin Illian

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I believe the digital badging and/or micro credentials would be useful at the high school level; however I am teaching elementary level students.  At the lower elementary grade level, I find that the students respond best to immediate physical rewards, such as an extra snack or free time in the "book nest".  Among the youngest students, physical badges looking like a "sheriff's badge" for helping another student, or achieving an academic goal.  While I am all for using digital devices in the classroom at an early age, the software must be very "user friendly" or many students might be discouraged from using them well into the future.  Confusing young students with too much "digitalization" can cause many to develop a bit of phobia about it that can carry over into higher grade levels. 

Rita Wilcox

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I agree with Remi16 about the micro credentials and digital badging emphasizing struggling students' slower progress. I think it might be useful to use with gifted students as an enrichment-type activity. My interest is primarily lower elementary, and I also agree with ritawilcox that a more physical, immediate reward might be more effective. The IT skills certainly sound challenging for me.

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I’m a substitute teacher so it would be a bit difficult for me to implement digital badging. It sounds like it would difficult even if I were a full time teacher. I agree with ritawilcox that digital badging sounds more useful at a high school level. I can see high school kids getting into it, but I teach grade schoolers and they respond better to physical rewards. I have done a type of badging system before, but with stickers (the students had their own sticker books). 


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The young adults that I work with are required to obtain certain online certifications that will be listed on their resume to help them obtain better jobs.  They are required to get 2 basic ones within a week or so of them entering my trade class.  Certain ones are expected as they complete specific assignments, and then they are required to study for several Microsoft Specialist certifications as they complete trade requirements.  They must pass the training and practice tests, which can be taken repeatedly, but not all are able to pass the actual certification.  These young adults like to have their certifications printed out and laminated for display in our building and to take home to show friends, family, and potential employers.  Rather than badges, I give my students a desk plaque with their name when they’ve completed 10% of the trade, and a lapel pin at 50%.  These seem to be more of an incentive than an online badge.


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I, too, am subbing now so I couldn't do a badging system in my class.  I briefly looked at the 3dgamelab website and I don't even know what they offer.

I think that a badging system could be used in a very limited scope in a classroom.  I don't believe that the classroom should be "gameified" so that every time a student learns something they get a reward.  It seems like the motivation soon wears off as well.  A few specific ideas that I thought would work include mastering multiplication and division tables.  A student could take an online test after doing online practice sessions until he/she knows all of the facts.

I think that badging could possibly be effective for some older students or even teachers when learning new material online.  An online computer programming class, for example, could have specific skills that users work on until they have mastered them, and then they earn a badge.  But I wouldn't want to spend more time setting up a badge system than actually teaching or working with students.

But, unless there were one online badge certification center, it would be hard to gauge the quality of the programs.  Also, I feel like educators don't need a badge as a reward for continued learning.  If I have taken a relevant course that I want listed on my resume, I can just ... list it on my resume.  

Overall, I wasn't very impressed with this chapter.  It had a lot of vague information that seemed a bit outdated, actually.  It seemed like some flashy new technology that consultants will say how amazing it is, and then it will be pushed aside quickly - "Your students will succeed because they have earned badges!"  

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I think badges are a great concept. They are easy to relate to from Scouts to video games. Most kids would be familiar with the idea. Honestly, not using badges because one claims "students won't be interested" is not an excuse to dismiss the idea. I think my second graders would be interested. I want to look into the 3D website the teacher from the book used and see how maybe I could implement this idea in a least one of my units as a test run this upcoming year. More success will happen when students have responsibility and independence instilled within themselves and the classroom. Really it's a two-way road for active engagement in a classroom, in my opinion, with any activity or subject. Both teacher and student have an active choice whether or not they will particpate with a positive attitude or not.

Also, many teachers claim this would be hard because they are not technologically advanced. I'm sure there are workshops to learn more about this, or better yet, ask a student to look into it as an independent study to help the teacher better get started. Now that would be cool!

Lauren Milam


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Digital badges seems like a good idea. I would have to do more research on how to implement it at our school or even in my classroom. The idea that these badges would allow students to share their credentials across numerous platforms and areas is really intriguing, and I think students would be positive about the idea, especially those who are more technologically inclined in the first place.

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I do not think that I could implement these badges on my campus, because our students are so very young. They are just beginning to read and navigate technology, so only a few would earn the badges successfully. I do think that older elementary students would be motivated by the badges, and I like that the badges would serve as a type of resume for students as they leave high school and enter college or the workforce.

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Do you think you could successfully implement “digital badging” or “micro credentials” for students (or adult learners) on your campus? 
If yes, give an example of one badge/micro credential you could easily put into place. Explain the challenges you’d need to overcome.

I love the idea of digital badging but do not think I would be able to easily put one in place.  Since I work in a disciplinary center, most of my students are only placed here for 30 - 45 days.  So following through with something like this would be difficult.  If something like this were embraced district wide I would "buy in" because I see many adults (like me) who get excited over "fit bit badges" they are great motivators.  I see some forms of badges in some of the programs my daughter's elementary participates in and she is motivated by those too.

Jennifer Goedken

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Digital badging would be difficult for me to implement because of the technological skills involved in setting it up. I think younger elementary students might benefit more from immediate physical rewards. If the technology is too confusing, or students can't pass a certain level, it could be discouraging to young learners.
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