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I love the idea of earning badges.  It seems to create enthusiasm with a level of accountability added in.  For a K-5 campus, I think implementing digital badging might be too difficult for K-1 grades but possible for 2nd-5th grades with a lot of support.  I believe digital tools like Kahoot, QR codes, etc are possible for the older elementary grades to master.  Challenges to badging would include an extensive amount of time creating the specifications and teaching students how to follow those specifications and then making sure those specifications were met.

Without apply the idea to digital tools, I could still incorporate the idea of earning badges.  Some examples of possible badges could include learning to use shelf markers properly, learning the Dewey Decimal System with nonfiction books, becoming a shelving expert, etc.  I think the older elementary students would love this idea and work hard to achieve those badges.  

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Reply with quote  #17 
I think the digital badge is an interesting idea.  It would take a lot of time and planning.  I understand theoretically how it works, but I do not know if I could put one together.  Students would enjoy the badges for different achievements in their learning.  It would take a lot of research, thought and planning. 

Posts: 148
Reply with quote  #18 
I like the idea of the 3D game website.  I do not know if it would work with my students because of the amount of access to technology is needed.  We do not have a class set of laptops and many of students have limited use of technology outside of class.  Most of our students unfortunately do not have unlimited data on their phones or computers at home that have Internet. 

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Reply with quote  #19 

I didn't feel inspired reading the chapter on digital badging. Personally, I wouldn't be motivated to collect badges; I'd be the student from Mr. Gonzalez's experience who would earn a badge but never bother to retrieve and display it. I'm sure some students would find digital badging engaging and motivating, but I wouldn't be comfortable implementing it without a lot more professional development and many small steps to increase my use of technology in the classroom.


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Reply with quote  #20 
I love the idea of digital badging; however, I would definitely need a lot of training to figure out how to get it to all work. I also have a hard time getting exciting about investing time into these sorts of programs/ideas because technology is always changing and advancing. I feel like as soon as I figured out how to implement this, the program would become outdated. That being said, I love the idea! It would be motivating for me to see my accomplishment in that way and feel pride in earning badges. Maybe we could combine the concept with physical badges instead like the scouts do?

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Reply with quote  #21 

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 don't think I could successfully implement "digital badging" on my campus. I am a Pre-K teacher and our kiddos are not at a level where they can use that type of system without constant assistance from a teacher. However, I did want to share that I had an opportunity to use digital badging at our library this summer. As part of the children's reading program not only were my boys required to read a certain number of books but also participate in completing different activities that would earn them badges. While it was a cute idea, I quickly lost interest because there was not an actual tangible reward. Maybe it would have been of more interest to me if I enjoyed technology more.  

Martha Leija McMillan

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Reply with quote  #22 
I do not think I could implement digital badging at my school because it is a very small school also it is only elementary students. I think that it is geared more towards older students. I do think that the digital badging is a good concept and I do believe that I could use part of the digital badge concept into my classroom. My students really enjoy when new technology is used to encourage and engage them in the classroom.

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Reply with quote  #23 

Yes, I think we could successfully implement digital badges on our campus for both students and educators. I really like the idea of digital badges, and there are already programs in place that our school could easily implement or adapt from. I like that it gives students and teachers ownership and visibility in what they have learned, as well as ease of teaching me about using technology in the classroom! How great is it that your students can see that you are also taking courses to continue to learn and grow?! I think the first step would be to implement the program for teachers/professionals to work out the kinks and make sure everyone is familiar with it before asking students to tackle digital badges. Then, I think trying out digital badges on one or two units the first year/semester to evaluate the effectiveness would be appropriate.  I think digital badges would work best at the middle and high school ages.  A challenge our school would need to overcome would be access to tablets/computers to ensure the digital badging unit could be completed. As a science teacher, the section Sheninger presented on Chimacum Middle School was particularly helpful.  I especially liked how he used Experience Points and started at 0 and earned points, instead of 100 and taking off points. This goes along perfectly with having a growth mindset in your classroom.  The 3D GameLab system would be a great place for me to explore more on creating assignments as digital lessons and incorporating digital badges. From there, I would have a better idea which particular science unit I would want to try out first (Gonzalez’s Energy Transfer Badge would be a good one). 


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Reply with quote  #24 

I don’t have a campus to implement anything at, but I like the concept.  That said, my last classroom was with kindergarteners.  That’s not an age group that would lend itself well to digital rewards.   I do think they would enjoy an analog version of that though.  I did that to some extent.   Students who knew how to tie their shoes got a special sign on their lockers.  When another student needed their shoe tied and didn’t know how to do it, they could consult the signs on the lockers to seek out another student to help them.  I like the idea of expanding that concept into including academics.  They could earn badges showing that they mastered capital and lower case letters, counting by 5s, etc.  It would give the kids somewhere to look back and see what all they have learned during the year, and it would let their peers know who they could ask for help.  That would be a system better implemented on the classroom level, and wouldn’t carry over between grades.  But at least as far as kindergarteners are concerned, it might be what works best.  


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Reply with quote  #25 
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.

Again, as a online teacher my students do receive digital badges. In the online environment as a teacher I am able to give the students stars in which they can then go to a website and earn badges or rewards with the stars they earned. 

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Reply with quote  #26 
I do not think that I could set up digital badging at my school. While it's a cool concept, it's a bit overwhelming for me to envision and as an adjunct at a college, I do that really have much control over anything except how I teach. I am given my syllabus and calendar, assignments and tests. All I get to decide is how I teach the material.
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