AMY MCQUIGGE CAME TO TALK TO US IN SECONDLIFE ABOUT BADGING AND OPEN EDUCATION
IT WAS OUR FIRST TIME HEARING ABOUT IT AND WEFOUND THE IDEA TO BE QUITE INTERESTINGAMY CAME AND SPOKE TO US WHEN WE WEREDISCUSSING TOO
WHAT IS BADGING? A new way to recognize • Can be used to achievements highlight non-graded achievements A way to share your • Badges can be achievements with others displayed on internet websites. • It is important for Is a new concept that students to understand many companies, and and have experience organizations will likely with it, as it will help them incorporate in the future prepare for the professional world.
BADGING AND THE CLASSROOM Can be used to recognize students for things that they may not typically receive grades for This can be used to recognize gifted or disabled children for things that they may not typically receive recognition for, but put effort into. Students can be given badges for community service, this can be a great way to encourage and promote community service in your class. Can be used to recognize those students who are struggling to do well, but have been putting in the necessary effort and trying their best.
WHAT BENEFITS CAN WE SEE IN OURCLASSROOMS? Students can learn that it’s not always about grades. Things like helping others, making an effort, and being a good peer support is important too! “Badging ceremonies” in which everyone receives a badge for something can help us all see something positive in everyone else, and identify it as well. Badging can help students identify their own strengths, skills and talents and prepare for the college/professional world where they may need to explain/demonstrate what their strengths are
AS WITH ANYTHING, THERE ARE SOME CONCERNS ABOUT THE CONCEPT OF BADGING Will students with more badges think they are “better” than those with less badges? Will students begin to differentiate between the “kinds” of badges and decide which badges hold more importance? Will students begin to “race” for more badges and get a too competitive in a negative way?All these concerns are valid, but we can see suchthings in any concept or new idea that is introduced.We believe the benefits of badging outweigh theseconcerns.