Badges. They’re Still Not What I Thought They Were.

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  1. I still have trouble with the whole concept of Badges (which, as you know, Bud, is odd, since our WP site is using them as a framework for leadership opportunities). I’ve earned all sorts of badges from various online spaces and quickly forget about them almost as soon as I earn them. How do make this kind of certification meaningful? That’s the question I keep coming back to …
    Kevin
    Kevin Hodgson´s last blog post ..Make Cycles Never Really End

    1. I’ve been reading a TON about badging recently as a way to recognize development our teachers go through during the year. EDUCAUSE has some good articles and the main thing that comes out in each good implementation is that there is deeper meaning in the badge that’s awarded. So, we will _not_ be issuing badges for signing up for Twitter, starting a blog, etc. Each is built on demonstrating an instructional, pedagogical, or curricular competency as it relates to their specific role. The value is in the growth and the badge recognizes them as leaders in the district.

      I agree with Kevin, though. I’m hesitant to dive in because of the poor implementation examples that are much more numerous that positive, well-developed systems.

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