Earning Digital Badges
Earning Digital Badges
Digital Badges recognize youth for the skills that they gain and the service they provide to others within their afterschool programs.
Digital Badges recognize youth for the skills that they gain and the service they provide to others within their afterschool programs. Read more
Temescal Associates is seeking to raise funds to pilot a web-based digital badge system that would allow youth programs to award specific badges of accomplishment to their youth and staff in a way that will allow the recipients to manage their own badges. Temescal Associates will partner with Youtopia and Public Profit to create the badges (see badge mock-ups above) and infrastructure and pilot the awarding of badges with the Learning in Afterschool & Summer project. The digital badge software for awarding and tracking badges is already developed by Youtopia (visit the Youtopia website to learn more).
We will use these project funds to design badges and develop the needed evidence and criteria that young people and afterschool staff must meet to earn a badge. Once this work is complete, we will pilot the awarding of digital badges within the Learning in Afterschool & Summer project. There will be a total of 4 badges with 3 - 5 levels for each badge. We will then enlist other youth organizations to use our system for a nominal fee. This will include the necessary training of those interested and assistance in developing the criteria for each organization to award digital badges. We already have several highly-acclaimed and statewide afterschool organizations who have agreed to use this system after the pilot is completed.
We believe that:
- Young people acquire valuable skills (such as computer skills, programming, and visual media) and important experiences (such as assuming leadership roles and providing community service to others) in afterschool programs.
- Afterschool staff acquire valuable skills and knowledge through training that is outside of the traditional, formal “credit” structure. Young people and afterschool staff can advance themselves by making others (potential employers and those reviewing applications for higher education) aware of these skills and experiences.
- Young people and afterschool staff should have control over the evidence of their accomplishments outside of the traditional classroom and the ability to attach this evidence to their resumes and social media identities. Youth will also benefit by acquiring important knowledge of the internet that will be required to design and manage their badges.
These things can be accomplished by the awarding of digital badges through a web-based digital badge system.
Risks and challenges
One of the challenges will be recruiting other afterschool programs to participate in using this system to award digital badges to their youth and bringing a sense of importance to them. Temescal Associates is known as an innovator among state and national afterschool program leaders. We are involved in several innovative projects with afterschool and extended learning partners. As a result, we are well-positioned to successfully meet this challenge. We have agreements with the California Department of Education to pilot this system. Efforts are already underway and we have several youth organizations on board.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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