Showing posts with label Class badges. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Class badges. Show all posts

Monday, May 25, 2015

What Strava Taught Me About Why Kids Love ClassDojo and Digital Badges

Warning! Small humble brag ahead.

This morning I set out on my bicycle to complete a challenge that I had accepted on Strava a couple of weeks ago. (Strava is an app for tracking running and cycling activities. It also has a social networking component through which you can give your friends kudos for their rides and runs). The challenge was to ride 100km or more in a single, continuous trip. I finished it 3 hours and 24 minutes later. It was my first metric century ride.

I recorded the ride in the Strava app on my phone then crashed on my couch to recover from the ride. A minute later I heard an alert on my phone and expected it to be a friend giving kudos on the ride. Instead it was Strava congratulating me and telling me that I had unlocked the Gran Fondo challenge award. The award is the right to purchase a cycling jersey commemorating the achievement. At $120 and in a color I would never wear, I passed on the purchase opportunity. Nonetheless, I was stoked to have the opportunity. That's when I realized that the way I feel about Strava is the way that students feel about ClassDojo and other services that have digital badges/ recognition.

For a couple of years I've had teachers telling me how much they and their students love ClassDojo. I never got terribly excited about it. I understood that kids liked seeing a record of their points for classroom behaviors, yet I didn't understand the excitement that some kids express in earning digital recognition. I felt much the same way about ClassBadges. My experience today gave me a new understanding of digital badges. It's not about the badge. It's about the feeling that comes with the badge.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

ClassBadges Partners With Edublogs to Recognize Students' Blogging Achievements

ClassBadges and Edublogs have announced a partnership designed to recognize your students' blogging achievements. ClassBadges is a free service for tracking and recognizing students' educational achievements. EduBlogs is a popular blogging platform designed for classroom use. The new partnership between the two services allows you to award blog badges to students for things like quality comments, post quality, and completion of blogging challenges. Click here for the new blog badges.

Applications for Education
ClassBadges offers some suggestions for use in the videos below.


Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Class Badges Adds a New Make Your Own Badges Option

Class Badges is a free achievement tracking service that launched late last year. On Class Badges teachers create goals for their students. When students reach their goals teachers give them a badge to them to keep in their student profiles. Teachers can create goals for things like completing a large research project, for perfect attendance, or for completing an informal learning activity with their parents while visiting a local museum. This month they have added the option to create your own custom badges for anything that you would like to track and reward your students for doing.


Applications for Education
Class Badges is being used by some teachers to help students track their progress toward the completion of large research projects. Some teachers are using Class Badges to document students' mastery of key elements of course curriculum.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Reward Students' Achievements with ClassBadges

ClassBadges is a new service that aims to help teachers and students track their achievements big and small. Using ClassBadges teachers create goals for their students. When students reach their goals teachers assign a badge to them to keep in their student profiles. Teachers can create goals for things like completing a large research project, for perfect attendance, or for completing an informal learning activity with their parents while visiting a local museum.

ClassBadges has developed some partnerships with museums, libraries, and aquariums in Washington, D.C., San Francisco, and Atlanta. These partnerships will allow teachers to give students badges for completing learning activities at the museums and libraries in those cities.

Applications for Education
ClassBadges is being used by some teachers to help students track their progress toward the completion of large research projects.

Some teachers are using ClassBadges to document students' mastery of key elements of course curriculum.