A badge management system for school-aged learners. Issue badges using any iOS device and submit them to the Mozilla Open Badges Backpack!
"As we recognize multiple ways for students to learn, we need multiple ways to assess and document their performance. Students, teachers and administrators are hungry to move beyond fill-in-the-bubble tests, toward assessments that are more varied, immediate, and data-rich. Digital badges are an important step in this direction." - Arnie Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education, at the Launch of the MacArthur Foundation Digital Media and Lifelong Learning Competition.
After participating as finalists at the 4th annual Digital Media & Learning competition, we saw the need for a badge management system that addresses the unique issues for school-aged learners. By combining open badges with our ForAllSchools platform we are able to make the innovative open source tools being developed for open badges available for organizations working with school-aged learners. Some of the issues that ForAllBadges addresses include:
Security and Privacy - As required by FERPA, students' personal information
is properly safeguarded and used only for legitimate purposes and only when absolutely necessary. ForAllBadges
uses roles such as teachers, administrators, students and parents to give each person a view of students' badges
that is relevant and informative.
Persistence - Student information will be securely kept for future access throughout their school years. As students move from teacher to teacher, class to class and even between schools within a school district, their badge information travels with them and reports can reflect their progress over time.
Advanced Data Analysis - As badges are issued, they are automatically tagged with Learning Resource Metadata. This allows for alignments with standards such as the Common Core Standards and support for state of the art searching and data analysis.
ForAllBadges is being used at our partner Chicago-area museums & school districts across the country.