Website Construction for Teachers
About Digital Badges
Digital Badges are tools used by educators and other professionals
to certify a milestone, skill, or other accomplishment. They are
small, unique graphic icons and typically link to an explanation
of the skills represented by the badge. Just like the icons you
see on food packaging in the grocery store, these badges typically
come with a certain amount of authority. Websites exist that
regulate access to badges, requiring a sponsor to claim the badge.
Other badges (like the one below) may be created by anyone. Thus,
digital badges range in authority and credibility.
Digital Badges may eventually replace letter grades on report
cards or lines on a resume as they can give more information about
a person and link to artifacts that prove the skill. In an online
class, I might create a series of badges that my students may earn
and use. The authority behind the badge would come from the school
district and me as the teacher. If I were to implement these
badges, I would ensure that there exists tangible proof that
demonstrates that the student deserved the badge.
The digital badge below is the Mr. Rozelle Skills badge. The image
links to my skills as a professional and a teacher.