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Weekend Website #121: Class Badges

Posted by on February 22, 2013

Every week, I share a website that inspired, excited, and/or informed my classes. Here’s one on a popular trend in education–awarding badges:

badges

Age:

K-8

Topic:

Classroom management

Address:

Class Badges

Review:

Class badges is a fun free visual way to reward students for achievement. It can be in any subject, for any level of success. Teachers use these in lieu of grades (or in addition to) to track progress and assess completion of projects, tests, standards.

Teachers can sign up for their own class website, which gives them the ability to create personalized badges, though there are thousands in the website’s library to pick from, all work with any online learning platform.

How can students use them?

  • add them to their student blogs
  • add them to the class website or wiki
  • use screen shots to email them to students
  • keep track of progress in student-directed and student-generated activities
  • ease of use–loading, etc

They’re easy to use, visual, quick acknowledgement of success and achievement.

Anyone using these? I’d love to hear about your experiences.

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Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-8 technology for 15 years. She is the editor of a K-8 technology curriculum, K-8 keyboard curriculum, K-8 Digital Citizenship curriculum, and creator of technology training books for how to integrate technology in education. She is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy. She is webmaster for six blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, Editorial Review Board member for Journal for Computing Teachers, Cisco guest blogger, a columnist for Examiner.com, featured blogger for Technology in Education, IMS tech expert, and a monthly contributor to TeachHUB. Currently, she’s editing a techno-thriller that should be out to publishers next summer. Contact Jacqui at her writing office or her tech lab, Ask a Tech Teacher.

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