Work in Progress – LLS SDLs designing Digital Badges for Badgeathon 17th January

A big thank you to Jon, Jo and Tally for doing these during the holidays so that people have something to work on at the Badgeathon on the 17th January at Mozilla in London.

This follows Tom and Lucy coming in from DigitalMe for www.gr8ict.com/2012/12/15/digital-leaders-badges-1-11th-december-2012/ and then I set it as an assignment on Edmodo for the holidays.  I’m discussing these with the LLS ICT Learning Team on Monday and on the 15th Jan with my DLs.  My DLs will talk a bit about badges at their talks at BETT13.

Designing a Digital Badge
DUE: Jan 8, 2013

1. Role: Choose a *Role* from Teacher; Designer; Coach; Web
Manager ; Presenter; Explorer, Producer
2. Activity: Link it to something you have done as a digital leader
3. Steps: Write about the steps of the activity involved – try to make it into Learning / Doing / Assessment
4. What SKILLS is the DL learning through this?
5. WHO: Who does the assessing of these skills?
6. HOW: How do you know the DL has been successful in gaining these skills?
7. Badge: Design a badge to represent this…

Discuss anything you like on Edmodo clearly stating the name of the badge you are working on.
Hand in Design and answers 1-6 in this assessment – by next term… Amazon tokens as prizes and we will show the best at BETT13. The best ones will be made into real digital badges by Tim and Lucy at DigitalMe.

Wills entry:

Role: Digital Disrupter
Activity: Disrupting the norm of pen and paper by including ICT in lessons. Spreading the word and creating ideas! Getting involved and creating general chaos digitally! Being a Digital Disrupter involves a mix of other roles such as Explorer, making it the ultimate role/badge!
Steps: •Explore new software •Learn •Present •Spread the word-
•Teach the teachers and pupils •Create ideas of how to use the software in lessons
Skills: •Judgement-able to evaluate information/software quickly and assessing its practicality and relevance to the school, identifying pros and cons based on experience and common sense. •Reliability-can be relied upon to get the job done that suits the criteria. •Positive Attitude-able to encourage and inspire others with a positive rather than negative viewpoint about new technology/software and its benefits, to aid teaching and learning. •Patience-able to work with others at their own pace and give them time to learn new things, such as software so they can succeed and imply the new skill/software to their lesson/task. •Confidence-able to share new ideas/software with others in a confident manner and to inspire them with your views.
Who Assesses?: The person who has been taught, including teachers and pupils. Self assessment-have you developed new skills and met the criteria that requires the badge? Do you feel that you can put them into practice?
How do you know the DL has been successful in gaining these skills?: When he/she has shared their knowledge and it has been successfully used to accomplish a task.

Mr. Riches – I have to say Will this is a pretty awesome contribution. Well thought through, there’s a clear user journey and whats more there’s humour too – brilliant!

A couple of questions:
1. Are you thinking this would be one badge or a series or badges? i.e. does the DL earn it once or does it build over time increasing in value? If it does build in value how do you measure that? e.g. how many times the process you outlined has been followed, quality of tuition, level of disruption / impact etc.

2. What privileges / rewards does the badge unlock? These could be intrinsic (a sense of mastery, increased standing in a community) or external e.g. access to equipment, access to free software etc..).
Answer these questions as honestly as you can, we’re not looking for the ‘right answer’ but what you really think. Could could ask your peers as well.
All Best
Tim

 

These are Jo’s Notes – please use them and my notes in square brackets to help you with your ideas.
1. Role: Teacher
2. Activity: Prezi to the school [other students?]
3. Steps:
a. Learn how to use the software,
b. Teach others to use software,
c. set homework to make a great working Prezi.
4. What SKILLS is the DL learning through this?
>They learn how to work in groups or [explain how they learn to work in groups and why?] individually to teach [what skills involved in this?] and share there knowledge affectively [what skills involved in this?].
5. WHO: Who does the assessing of these skills?
The people DL’s teach. [students? or teachers?]
6. HOW: How do you know the DL has been successful in gaining these skills?
The people they are teaching learn the software and can use it affectively. [how do you measure this?]
7. I really like the badge Jo. A simple icon makes it very clear. [Is there a difference between teach and coach?]

Mr. Riches – Thanks Jo, this looks great, the process is clear, and the logo very clearly communicates the objective.
It’s interesting that you have chosen to focus on a particular product (Prezi).
Do you think there should be a series of product specific badges and if so what do you think they could be?
Thanks
Tim

These are Jon’s Notes – Thanks Jon.

1. Role: Explorer. [I think this may be several roles, Jon - this is why it is it is not simple to work out the badges - is it finding the software, teaching teacher etc ...?]
2. Activity: Looking at new software such as Prezi and showing teachers how to use it.
3. Steps: Steps of the role: 1. To use the software and get a good idea of how to use it, 2. Show the person it little by little introducing new parts slowly.
4. What SKILLS is the DL learning through this?
You’re learning how everyone wants to use the software and finding different ways to do it to then put into your work.
5. WHO: Who does the assessing of these skills?
The Teacher or person you are teaching. [can students assess or does it need to be teachers only?]
6. HOW: How do you know the DL has been successful in gaining these skills?By the Teacher/Person going away and using it correctly, successfully and effectively in lessons.
7. Badge attached.

Mr. Riches – Hi Jon,
This looks great, a good clear process and excellent logo. I also wonder whether there are several badges here, on the other hand you have presented a holistic process and a coherent user journey.
If you were to separate into different badges (only if you agree) what would they be?
Also, do you see this as a badge that would be taken once or would it build in value over time? Would it expire? i.e. if you did it once woud you have it for life or would you need to keep demonstrating you had the skill?
If it does build in value how do you measure that?
2. What privileges / rewards does the badge unlock? These could be intrinsic (a sense of mastery, increased standing in a community) or external e.g. access to equipment, access to free software etc..).
Answer these questions as honestly as you can, we’re not looking for the ‘right answer’ but what you really think. You could ask your peers as well.
All Best
Tim

Jonathan (LLS) B. – The separate badges would be:
Software Explorer,
Teacher,
Reviewer.
It would build in value over time i.e. Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum,
and you would need to show you still know the skill.
This could unlock more complex software avaliable to you for free and maybe give you a better chance at being able to go on trips (i.e. BETT13) and build the trust that you have so you can test out new equiptment. i.e. Tablets and computer related accessories.

These are Tally’s notes – again, thank you – I really like the logo – remember, its the ideas that count as a professional designer will be making the chosen ones.

1. Role: Explorer [Interesting that you see this the same as Jon - or is it coaching or teaching or all 3?]
2. Activity: Finding new software, usi
3. Steps: a) Find the software and teach yourself how to use it [Is this a badge in its own right?] (or work in a group to do the same thing).
b) Create and present a project using the software.
c) Teach other students and/or teachers how to use it. [I like the progression Tally - learn, Apply, Teach]
4. What SKILLS is the DL learning through this? Groupwork, teaching and presenting skills are used, though you also learn how to apply different software to your work.
5. WHO: Who does the assessing of these skills? The teacher/students that was taught and/or presented to.
6. HOW: How do you know the DL has been successful in gaining these skills? You know they have been successful when the person that has been taught uses the software correctly and can apply it to work.
7. Badge: Design a badge to represent this… I’ll have to make it a GIF as i can’t download PDF [OK it works]