Mark Riches, Makewaves
Lucy Neale, DigitalMe
DigitalMe is a social enterprise working with
schools, charities, employers and platforms to
create a new digital skills c...
opening up learning
Aims for the Session:
1. Understand what Open Badges are and how
you could use them at your School
2. Understand how to de...
What are
Open
Badges?
Mozilla Open
Badges: a web
standard which
captures &
communicates skills
http://openbadges.org
Why do we
need them?
Silo 1 Silo 2
Silo 4
Formal
qualifications
After school
club certificates
Online
learning
Silo 3
Professional
development
How do they work?
CC BY-SA Kyle Bowen
Mozilla’s Open Badge Infrastructure
www.backpack.openbadges.org
Making young
people
discoverable
What makes Open
Badges different?
1. Open &free skills communication
standard
2. Anyone can create open badges
3. Data is ...
Who is using Open
Badges?
Some of the organisations
involved in the ecosystem
300,000 +
badges issued
2000 issuers
52,395
Backpacks
1400% Growth
since Nov 2012
120 partners
Badges in
Action
Is a safe social platform
where young people
build digital portfolios
and a record of their
achievements
Schools can setup their
own site and create and
issue badges
INVERKEITHING
Young people have their
own pages, build a
port...
Micro blogging
MW ActivitiesPortfolios
Media Sharing
Social platforms
Young person centred
THE RIGHT TOOLS
Easily set privacy for
each piece of content
or for the whole site
Choose the level of
interaction with others
Develop a s...
Award winning App
THE MOTIVATION
50,000 awarded
23,000 earned
1000 schools
Makewav.es/badgelibrary
Discovering Badges
BADGE PARTNERS
Malala Day Campaign
Red Nose Day Badge
Young people blog
about their progress
and capture multimedia
content online or via
mobile app.
Submit their stories to
ce...
Young person at the centre
Progress tracking
wider range of pupils are completing work at home in their own
time. Our pupils are excited and talk about how many badges...
Create your own
5 reasons to use
badges…
1. Celebrate
Achievement
2. Capture all
Learning & Skills
3. Motivate Learners
4. Track Progress
5. Connect with the
Outside World
Questions?
Badge design process
Download canvases at www.digitalme.co.uk/badgetheuk
1. Audience & Value
Primary & secondary
age (Open Badges
for 13+)
Teachers
School
Other pupils
Technology companies
Colleg...
2. Components
Digital Leader Explorer Badge
• Learn to use software /
hardware
• Knowledge of main functions
• Ideas of ho...
3. Badge pathways
Explorer: Independently explore & share
Reactor: Responds to a brief, applies tech to solve a problem
Pr...
4. Resources
- Staff time: develop endorser relationships, presentations,
training, create support materials, fund raising...
5. Design
Design your
Badge
www.makebadg.es
Build your
mission
Earn a Badge!
Next Steps
Other opportunities…
- ComputingCurriculumBadgeMissions
- Connectyournetworksusingbadges
- Summeroflearningprogramwithpare...
Thanks!
Mark Riches
Makewaves
mark.riches@makewav.es
Lucy Neale
DigitalMe
lucy.neale@digitalme.co.u
k
Whole Education Badge Design Day at Shireland Collegiate Academy
Whole Education Badge Design Day at Shireland Collegiate Academy
Whole Education Badge Design Day at Shireland Collegiate Academy
Whole Education Badge Design Day at Shireland Collegiate Academy
Whole Education Badge Design Day at Shireland Collegiate Academy
Whole Education Badge Design Day at Shireland Collegiate Academy
Whole Education Badge Design Day at Shireland Collegiate Academy
Whole Education Badge Design Day at Shireland Collegiate Academy
Whole Education Badge Design Day at Shireland Collegiate Academy
Whole Education Badge Design Day at Shireland Collegiate Academy
Whole Education Badge Design Day at Shireland Collegiate Academy
Whole Education Badge Design Day at Shireland Collegiate Academy
Whole Education Badge Design Day at Shireland Collegiate Academy
Whole Education Badge Design Day at Shireland Collegiate Academy
Whole Education Badge Design Day at Shireland Collegiate Academy
Whole Education Badge Design Day at Shireland Collegiate Academy
Whole Education Badge Design Day at Shireland Collegiate Academy
Whole Education Badge Design Day at Shireland Collegiate Academy
Whole Education Badge Design Day at Shireland Collegiate Academy
Whole Education Badge Design Day at Shireland Collegiate Academy
Whole Education Badge Design Day at Shireland Collegiate Academy
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  • Our background- At Digitalme we are leading on this BTUKprogramme funded by nomiinet because we have first hand experience of delivering learning programmes which develop real employability skills such as resilience, problem solving and communication skills but we have struggled in the past to map them to formal qualification frameworks – either lost the essence of the programme or agendas changed as govts changed which was counter productive. We werent able to provide yp with anything to evidence their wide range of skills and achievements and commitment to learning or enable them to articulate the skills they had to colleges and universities. Open bagdes came along and changed that.We were funded through DML competition – only UK org. Over the past 18 months we have been running BTUK initiative funded by Nominet Trust, to work with schools, charities and employers to use badges to create a new skills currency. Bringing people like you together who like us have fantastic learning programmes to help them use badges to connect with schools
  • Most of you know quite a bit about makewaves alreadyBut just a little background we started 10 years ago with the aim of being a platform for student voice
  • We feel that part of the answer could be something called Mozilla Open Badges – they potentially provide a way to bridge this gap by creating a new skills currency that can capture all of the skills a learner has and enable them to be used more effectively to unlock opportunities for work or training
  • Days like today – a critical part of the process. Identify organisations to join ecosystem and help raise profileAims for the session – main aim is that you all leave feeling confident about what open badges are and how they could apply to think big. Want you to have the chance to ask lots of questions, get hands on designing badges and begin to feed into the plans for the programme as it moves forwards.Fantastic opportunity to test badges by launching a badge to school via the new MW badge library reaching 50,000 learners New programme of badge missions being rolled out nationally linked to areas of the curriculum for teachers & parents to support students to earn.Think about what’s involved in developing your own badge scheme – for young people, adults, staff etc
  • All familiar with offline badges not a new idea – universal symbol of recognition and everyone has a memory of a badge they have earned they are proud of.21st Century Scouts is a Useful Analogy but can also be limiting
  • Often a better example of a digital badge – ebay badge represents behaviour as well as skills - its trusted and is built up over time, micro transactions, awarded by a community therefore more valuable representation of an individual. Evidence of their badge can be viewed online as feedback - transparent
  • Why needed?Familiar problem - Learning is often siloed– difficult to present a holistic view of a learner across different settings – connect hobbies with in school qualifications.Even formal qualifications are very meta – difficult to understand the granularity and range of achievements they represent.Open badges potentially provide a way to connect all of this together,
  • Important point to get across – badges don’t come in a platform. People have built platforms around open badges OR integrated them into exisiting platforms. Therefore there are many places you can find open badges across the web.Number of places employers, colleges etc can discover badges. displayers across the web – go through each.Whole range of technical providers for badges – and you can build your own.
  • Currently 120 partners across the UK – employers, charities, networks of schools across the UKThese are all people who have fantastic endorsed learning programmes – teach computing skills like code club, encourage voting like bite the ballot, Volunteer programmes V inspired. Real disconnect between these programmes and schools – they find it hard to get their programmes into schools.What we hope with BTUK is make it easier for YP to access these programmes using open badgesLike to add some more partner names to this list
  • Good morning many of you will know about makewaves already but to giveyou a bit of background.MW is 10 years old this yearAnd at it’s core is is a safe social platform where young people can build digital portfolios and record their achievements
  • Each school can set up its own space for free to create and issue badges. Young people have their own pages where they can build a portfolio of work – video/blogs/stories and display their badges – almost like a linkd in for schools aged young people
  • There is no doubt that there is a high level of digital fluency among young peopleTechnology is amazing they are immersed in itIs being Tech Savy the new MBA- 80% of employers in US google people as part of recruitment60% of employers expect young people to use social media in their rolewhere is was said that young people are meant to be the digital natives they are at social but not when using these tools professionallyResearch, being self aware, Young people are aware that they need a professional spaceHow employers will want them to. In fact they are often actively banned in schools.
  • As Lucy mentioned we’re also aware that learning gets siloed and it’s difficult to capture and connect a young persons acheivementsMW aims to make schools the hub for learning- helping them to caoture what happens outside school- Connecting to real world challengesLetting them explore, discover and create in a a safe environment. (Self directed learning based on interests)Makewaves is a way to capture learning whether it’s formal or informal qualificationsBadges are a way to wrap this up provide motivation and consitencey
  • As technology and learning changes and schools move at different paces we have an ongoing quest to make sure that schools have the right tools to be cutting edge, current whilst also working with a school networksThere are a couple of fundementals
  • Esafety is a huge issueSchools have very different practiceEasy to set- levels of privacy for content- Interaandbetweenn pupilsHelp you to develop a safe and creative cultureBuild TRUST- Make it eas to Schoolsare at the centreDon’t think you know how they are going to use itDevolve as much responsibility to them as possible.Put them in controlThey are your experts on the ground
  • Similar to other social networksOutside of school more and more web activity isn’t tied down to a deskktopSo much esier to capture and publish mediaAlso approve, oversee content
  • Without the right motivation techology becomes hollowBadges are playing a central part on this for MW
  • Built a badge libraryAllths
  • Lots of badges being taken was good So we created a progress trackerTeachers can see at a glance everyone who is taking a badge The blue stars denote content that has been uploaded Clicking on the stars open up the submitted evidence where they can give direct feedback, then award of message userAll on one page!
  • Lots of badges being taken was good So we created a progress trackerTeachers can see at a glance everyone who is taking a badge The blue stars denote content that has been uploaded Clicking on the stars open up the submitted evidence where they can give direct feedback, then award of message userAll on one page!
  • Lots of badges being taken was good So we created a progress trackerTeachers can see at a glance everyone who is taking a badge The blue stars denote content that has been uploaded Clicking on the stars open up the submitted evidence where they can give direct feedback, then award of message userAll on one page!
  • Data behind the scenes (in beta)We want to provide teachers with analyticsSo you can see the impact a badge is having on the student activity and adjust or develop your badge in response
  • Aims for the session – main aim is that you all leave feeling confident about what open badges are and how they could apply to think big. Want you to have the chance to ask lots of questions, get hands on designing badges and begin to feed into the plans for the programme as it moves forwards.Want it to be fun!Quickly go round – who is in room? What badge have you earned or would like to earn and why?
  • Connection with real world – industry endoresementWho’s going to recognise your badges and how do you build meaning in for the badges earner? What opportunities do they unlock
  • Its easy to issue a badge – its hard to make that badge meaningul and valuable to both the earner and you as an issuing organisationWe learned this over 2 years of badge design – made all of the mistakes and assumptions there are to makeDeveloped a process to support other organisations to develop badges that think about the value proposition, the criteria and evidence and the resources needed to practically launch it
  • Badge visual design - Mark
  • Great feedback evidence of them trying new thingsSomething they are proud of - importantTypically - we have seen children aged 11-14 want to collect badges and get recognition. Older pupils want to understand the extrinsic motivation – what value does the badge have in the real worldWe have commissioned research to unpick this further.
  • Who can find your badges – how can they access them? Distributed model enables badges to be shared virally. Share and take MARK
  • Opemimg up world – discover things online/exposure to challengesReal connections with orgs/employers – also connecting earlier to opem up pathwaysDiscoverability – yp can showoff talents
  • Badges need to have a value or currency in the world – this needs to be built bottom up by connecting individual badges with realted opportunities. When lots of badges come together within one ecosystem this can really raise the stakes. CSOL - city wide projectconnecting over 100 organisations and 30,000 young people across a city.PLAY VIDEOEndorsed by Mayor of Chicago –Badges were created by the organisations and all looked different – but badges were mapped to a STEAM curriculum and enabled them to level up to unlock opportunities in the citySimilarities to BTUK– connecting different programmes using a central curriculum to underpin lots of different activities. Young people could access the programme via their interests but also enabled progression and impact to be measured.Watch Video
  • Aims for the session
  • Local do internally, regional / national work with a designer!! Brand is importantThe badge canvas provides a design brief, that’s everything a designer would as you – perhaps some more details about the users / audience but mostely there-
  • Aims for the session
  • Aims for the session
  • Aims for the session
  • Connect with parents, teachers, students
  • Currently 120 partners across the UK – employers, charities, networks of schools across the UKThese are all people who have fantastic endorsed learning programmes – teach computing skills like code club, encourage voting like bite the ballot, Volunteer programmes V inspired. Real disconnect between these programmes and schools – they find it hard to get their programmes into schools.What we hope with BTUK is make it easier for YP to access these programmes using open badgesLike to add some more partner names to this list
  • Free tools online atdigitalmeWe can work with you directly to design your own badge scheme if you want
  • Aims for the session
  • Now building into a sizeable community
  • Whole Education Badge Design Day at Shireland Collegiate Academy

    1. 1. Mark Riches, Makewaves Lucy Neale, DigitalMe
    2. 2. DigitalMe is a social enterprise working with schools, charities, employers and platforms to create a new digital skills currency using Open Badges. We run Badge the UK, a Nominet Trust funded initiative to support the implementation of Open Badges across the UK We are a Mozilla’s Open Badge partner in the UK & Europe and part of the Global Open Badge visionary team.
    3. 3. opening up learning
    4. 4. Aims for the Session: 1. Understand what Open Badges are and how you could use them at your School 2. Understand how to design a badge using the Badge design canvas 3. Use Makewaves to build and launch your badge mission
    5. 5. What are Open Badges?
    6. 6. Mozilla Open Badges: a web standard which captures & communicates skills
    7. 7. http://openbadges.org
    8. 8. Why do we need them?
    9. 9. Silo 1 Silo 2 Silo 4 Formal qualifications After school club certificates Online learning Silo 3 Professional development
    10. 10. How do they work?
    11. 11. CC BY-SA Kyle Bowen
    12. 12. Mozilla’s Open Badge Infrastructure
    13. 13. www.backpack.openbadges.org
    14. 14. Making young people discoverable
    15. 15. What makes Open Badges different? 1. Open &free skills communication standard 2. Anyone can create open badges 3. Data is owned byusers
    16. 16. Who is using Open Badges?
    17. 17. Some of the organisations involved in the ecosystem
    18. 18. 300,000 + badges issued
    19. 19. 2000 issuers
    20. 20. 52,395 Backpacks
    21. 21. 1400% Growth since Nov 2012
    22. 22. 120 partners
    23. 23. Badges in Action
    24. 24. Is a safe social platform where young people build digital portfolios and a record of their achievements
    25. 25. Schools can setup their own site and create and issue badges INVERKEITHING Young people have their own pages, build a portfolio of work and display their badges
    26. 26. Micro blogging MW ActivitiesPortfolios Media Sharing Social platforms
    27. 27. Young person centred
    28. 28. THE RIGHT TOOLS
    29. 29. Easily set privacy for each piece of content or for the whole site Choose the level of interaction with others Develop a safe and creative culture Treat teachers like Gods
    30. 30. Award winning App
    31. 31. THE MOTIVATION
    32. 32. 50,000 awarded 23,000 earned 1000 schools
    33. 33. Makewav.es/badgelibrary
    34. 34. Discovering Badges
    35. 35. BADGE PARTNERS
    36. 36. Malala Day Campaign
    37. 37. Red Nose Day Badge
    38. 38. Young people blog about their progress and capture multimedia content online or via mobile app. Submit their stories to central hub. Get feedback from peers, family and community. Cooks and Kids
    39. 39. Young person at the centre
    40. 40. Progress tracking
    41. 41. wider range of pupils are completing work at home in their own time. Our pupils are excited and talk about how many badges they have on a daily basis. They are an amazing motivational tool. St Pauls Primary @leotindal Badges are a great way of focusing pupils on a task or of lending credibility. Furthermore it is a great way to assess and evidence pupils' progress. Jason Bromfield Music Teacher The Badge System is great! I can now set students multiple tasks and ad monitor the work at a glance Dan Donaldson Shireland Collegiate Academy What Teachers say
    42. 42. Create your own
    43. 43. 5 reasons to use badges…
    44. 44. 1. Celebrate Achievement
    45. 45. 2. Capture all Learning & Skills
    46. 46. 3. Motivate Learners
    47. 47. 4. Track Progress
    48. 48. 5. Connect with the Outside World
    49. 49. Questions?
    50. 50. Badge design process Download canvases at www.digitalme.co.uk/badgetheuk
    51. 51. 1. Audience & Value Primary & secondary age (Open Badges for 13+) Teachers School Other pupils Technology companies Colleges / Universities Stand out digital CV Access to software & hardware Days out of school presenting Recognise genuine learning Industry recognition Identify talent Staff engagement Technology sector companies Universities / college Existing db Conferences Endorser channels Teacher & peer Monitored by DigitalMe
    52. 52. 2. Components Digital Leader Explorer Badge • Learn to use software / hardware • Knowledge of main functions • Ideas of how it could be applied to solve a problem • Working independently • Resilience • Self Confidence • Create and deliver a presentation on technology discovered • Field questions from group • Share presentation online • Teacher / snr peer confirms presentation by awarding the badge
    53. 53. 3. Badge pathways Explorer: Independently explore & share Reactor: Responds to a brief, applies tech to solve a problem Project: Works as part of a team on extended project Sub badges e.g. presenter, coder, help desk, ambassador (three earned for each badge)
    54. 54. 4. Resources - Staff time: develop endorser relationships, presentations, training, create support materials, fund raising - Badge issuing platform / plugin (e.g. Makewaves, Badge us, Blackboard, wordress plugin etc… - Displayer: Wordpress, Moodle, Linkedin, Thimble CV? - Expenses
    55. 55. 5. Design
    56. 56. Design your Badge
    57. 57. www.makebadg.es
    58. 58. Build your mission
    59. 59. Earn a Badge!
    60. 60. Next Steps
    61. 61. Other opportunities… - ComputingCurriculumBadgeMissions - Connectyournetworksusingbadges - Summeroflearningprogramwithparents
    62. 62. Thanks! Mark Riches Makewaves mark.riches@makewav.es Lucy Neale DigitalMe lucy.neale@digitalme.co.u k

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