Earning your Digital Leader #openbadges

First, log into Makewaves. Then click on this link to see all 18 available badges: www.makewav.es/badges/16966


Choose your badge mission. If you are a LLS DL, it will be a level 2 badge (although you have evidence for Level 2 you probably have enough for a Level 1 badge too).

Read carefully each of the Missions.  Go away and learn the skills/get the evidence.

Click Take.


For each Task, you CAN click Add Evidence, and add a file or story for EACH MISSION.  I suggest you write ONE story for the badge that includes ALL your evidence.  Stories (as you probably know) can include text, photos and screenshots, or you can explain what you did with audio and even a video.

Attach the story to each of the links – see below. 

Even when you think you have finished, check again that you have included all the evidence. 




I would welcome a story that explains how you do this from the view of a Digital Leader!

Have fun… 



“Dear Google UK Limited,

We are writing to you to ask about an opportunity to talk at your stand, E240, on Friday the 23rd of January 2015 at BETT 2015.

We have spoken before at BETT for the past two years, but this year the companies we normally represent are unable to host us. There are not many Digital Leaders at BETT this year and we believe that young people should be there.

Last year, it was called #DLFriday because so many Digital Leaders were able to get there, and this year there are only 3 talks out of 212 that are about Digital Leaders.

We would like you to consider us because this year we are using Google Apps to organise everything we do, please see the gr8ict.com website for information about how we use Google Drive, Docs, Sheets and Slides. We have used Google Apps to create tutorials to help teachers use different pieces of software in our lessons. We also use Google Apps to collect evidence of what we do to contribute to our #DLOpenBadges. We are a leading school in this program, and Google Apps is helping us a lot. Some of the badges we work towards are Creator, where we’ve used Google Docs to create tutorials and its comments tool to improve them. We are also working towards the Educator badge where we teach our teachers and peers software that we’ve learnt.

Please consider us – we have previously enjoyed speaking on behalf of companies at BETT and we hope to speak on the behalf of you as well.

Thank you very much for your consideration!

Lady Lumley’s School Digital Leaders”

(NB. This was their idea, not mine – CSH)

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Managing Digital Leaders using Google Apps for Education

LLS DLs have been working hard this term to provide evidence to start to gain their #DLOpenBadges. We thought it would be useful to show how we manage ourselves on a weekly basis including how we use Google Apps for Education.

LLS DLs gave a copy of this year’s poster to each teacher at their RiskIT 4 a Biscuit talk.LLS Digital Leaders 2014-15

Management Meetings:
Our senior DLs (who have been DLs for 2 or more years) meet during Monday tutor times (15 mins) for their management meeting, and Year 7 DLs meet during Thursday tutor time for their management meeting.   All DLs have access to a shared drive on Google Apps with the most important being a Shared Project doc. Like a home page of a website, this is the go-to place to find out what is going on, especially if you have to miss a meeting. With it being a google doc, it is very easy to link to other pages and documents of interest. More

RiskIT 4 a Biscuit talk by LLS Digital Leaders to Teachers Fri 21st Nov14

Thank you to Ines, Sam and Olly for presenting to staff this morning.

Pls reply to make your pledge (pls delete the day / add the software…)
Dear LLS Digital Leaders,
I’ll RiskIT for a biscuit
next Wednesday
next Thursday
to learn this software:__
…. More

Digital Leaders – this year’s plan – Fully Qualified Digital Leaders

photoYesterday evening, I watched as some of our Lady Lumley’s Digital Leaders essentially ran the Computing Department’s Open Evening. Our Lead Governor for teaching and learning spent half an hour talking with them and there may be an invite to talk to the governors of our biggest feeder primary – Pickering Community Junior School.  Several students from PCJS immediately logged on to Makewaves and started showing their parents how they were using the site and enjoying using the social media tools with their friends. On Monday, LLS DLs will be running the Year 7 assembly and inviting up to 12 Y7s to join them as Digital Leaders in the next couple of years. On Tuesday I visited PCJS – part of a monthly commitment this year – to see their 25+ DLs working at their after-school club and discuss with their digital leader coordinator Mrs Gow about using Makewaves with years five and six and developing the use of Level 1 #DLopenbadges to show the achievements of PCJS digital leaders. More

Digital Leaders – a few students who help out or a great strategy to improve your school’s computing and ICT as well as develop your young people?

We now have a framework and complete set of Level 1 and Level 2 Digital Leader Open Badges. These are available for consultation during September and will be available via the Makewaves platform from the beginning of October.








I would like to outline my vision for developing Digital Leaders in my school and our main feeder primary using these badges. I want my students to qualify as level 2 Digital Leaders in the next 12 to 18 months. I also want the plan to be sustainable to continue producing Digital Leaders with ongoing capacity to improve ICT within both schools.

I am not going to worry about Level 1 badges. I know my Digital Leaders have been working and are capable of working at Level 2 and that is what I am going to get them working on.

There are nine badges:


The Leader badge and the overall qualification can only be awarded when the other eight badges have been earned.

We meet tomorrow for the first time this school year. These are some of the activities we will discuss:

– agree a regular lunchtime for training and ‘hanging out’
– decide on tutor times to meet regularly (I want Digital Leaders to learn to run their own meetings)
– planning an introductory assembly for the new year 7s (part of the Presenter Badge)
– updating and getting new DL permission forms signed
– volunteer for, and organise, a rota for Digital Leaders to support the home learning club at lunchtimes (a regular weekly support commitment is essential for the Leader Badge)
– hold a teacher focus group to find out needs and requirements for training and support this year. This will drive a succession of badges for individual Digital Leaders through the year – Reviewer > Technician > Creator and Educator will all follow from this needs identification and working with individual teachers and / or departments through the year
– have initial training on earning badges on Makewaves including being a Networker and a Reporter
– eSafety is now a much greater part of the computing curriculum and I hope to develop this aspect further this year (Safeguarder Badge)
– individual Digital Leaders to create some sort of plan for each term so they can monitor their progress and achievement
– we will be using Google Apps for Education as well as Makewaves to carry this out

And some Digital Leaders will be looking through the new mission statements to see how they have already gained the evidence required during last year.

Anyone else interested in running a similar project in their school in the next year – please contact me via the contact form or @gr8ict on twitter. Come and find out more on twitter using the tag #dlchat at 9-9.30pm on Thursday evenings.

Y7 Digital Leaders are welcomed by PCJS Digital Leaders 

Our DLs know they are special, because due to the hard work of Mrs Gow at Pickering DLsY3T3_PCJSCommunity Junior School, we have Digital Leaders in our biggest feeder Primary School as well as at Lady Lumley’s.  We had heard exciting news about the new ICT suite at PCJS, so we were looking forward to seeing the new room.
However, it is about developing young people rather than the technology, so as you can see from the comments below, there was greater excitement about seeing friends and ex-teachers.


Launch of Digital Leader Open Badges – #DLBadges

Welcome to all #dlchat, DLN blog users and anyone who coordinates – or is planning to coordinate – a group of students to help encourage better use of ICT around school. We now have a framework for accrediting digital leaders at three different levels and badges will be ready to use from September onwards.

all badges

Paul Scott and I have been writing a framework for Digital Leader Open Badges with support from DigitalMe and Makewaves. We now have a framework, badge designs, and have started developing the step-by-step tasks needed for students to complete each mission and gain a badge.


#SSATACH14 Delivering the Computing Curriculum with Digital Leaders and Open Badges

Introduction to #OpenBadges from Lucy Neale, DigitalMe


Using AppFurnace

My Digital Leaders have trialled AppFurnace and we are now rolling it out to all of Year 9 (and Year 8 and 9 next year).

See www.gr8ict.com/appfurnace where I will build up user links
and Kudlian Soft for details for getting it for your school.

As far as I know, it is the only mobile phone app that has a player for both iOS and Android – published by Calvium.