Baked Badges and Evidence

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This is technical post that digs into the details of our experiences with baked badges and evidence in our Maker Party Web App at the Mozilla Maker Party at Destination: Chicago as described in the post, “Badging the C-STEMBE Maker Party.”

One of our goals for badging at the maker party was:

Badge earners should own their badges.  Earners should be able to retrieve and save their badges, including all evidence and criteria.  Earners should also be able to share their badges with the Mozilla Open Backpack.

Before I dig into our technical experiences, I’d like to explain why baked badges and evidence is so important to us.  We work mostly with school age learners.  They are getting plenty of skill assessment and certification via all the standardized testing that goes on nowadays in schools.  Through badging, we have the opportunity to capture learning as it happens.  We can support learners (1) reflecting on their learning experiences, (2) planning for future learning activities and (3) take ownership of their overall learning.

These badges that capture authentic learning experiences are especially important because they increase value overtime.  Let’s say that a learner who attended maker party took part in the activity offered by Level Up and built a mechanical hand with straws and string.  Later when they are in high school, they apply for an internship at the Adler Planetarium.  In their essay for the application, they include a description of how their interest in science, space and robotics has developed over time.  They include links to badges of some of the key activities that influenced them, including the badge with a picture of them as an 8 year old  smiling and holding the robotic arm they made.  This same badge has even more meaning as part of a timeline when they apply to M.I.T. or perhaps even for a faculty position at university.

In order for that badge to be available 10, 20 or 30 years from now, we need to create the technology now to support badges that last for long term.  Any badge that relies on a url or a website, will not be available for the long term.  Baked badges with evidence are an import component for supporting lifelong learning.

Our Approach

We created one C-STEMBE Maker Party badge that everyone who registered their account would receive.  At at the C-STEMBE stations, the learner could also receive a badge for completing that activity.  Each of those activity badges could have one or more evidence photos attached.  Below is a diagram with the Maker Party badge that has two evidence badges, two activity badges, one with two photos as evidence and one with one photo as evidence.

 

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Badging the C-STEMBE Maker Party

Badging the C-STEMBE Maker Party

District-Wide Data Collection with ForAllRubrics and PowerSchool

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Districts can now use the mobile apps in ForAllRubrics for collecting district-wide student learning data.


Use district teacher and class information in PowerSchool to automatically create ForAllRubrics teacher accounts and student rosters.

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Use ForAllRubrics’ simple interface for creating rubrics to collect student learning information. C. Create Rubric


Teachers can score the rubrics on many devices including tablets, mobile phones, chromebooks, laptops and desktop computers.  Data collection is supported even if no internet access is available. Offline_1Offline_2


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And the district and school administrators can analyze students’ learning data on PowerSchool. TestResults TestDetails


Please contact us if you have any questions or want more information.

Issue Badges with ForAllRubrics to the Chicago City of Learning

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As a part of the Hive Interoperability and Portability Coalition (HIPC), ForAllRubrics has been working along with Iridescent, Chicago City of Learning, Youtopia, Chicago Architecture Foundation and Chicago Hive to improve the interoperability between learning platforms.  Last week we completed one of goals in the HIPC project by making it possible for organizations to issue badges to the Chicago City of Learning using the ForAllRubrics Badging Platform (which includes the ForAllBadges Mobile App available on AppStoreGoogle Play and the Firefox Marketplace).

This blog post will walk through how the Chicago Architecture Foundation can now issue badges from ForAllRubrics to the Chicago City of Learning.

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Now that the Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF) has given permission on the Chicago City of Learning for ForAllRubrics to access their account, CAF users can access their Chicago City of Learning Badges on ForAllRubrics.


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CAF users can issue badges on ForAllRubrics to learners participating in their programs.


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Learners can connect their ForAllRubrics account to their Chicago City of Learning account.


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And the badges issued via ForAllRubrics are available on the Chicago City of Learning!

Edmodo Student Accounts (for free!)

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Good news! Students can now access ForAllRubrics from within Edmodo. They will be able to access published rubric results, view earned badges, self & peer assess classmates, pledge for badges, write to their ePortfolio and so much more!  See our previous post for more info on Teacher access to ForAllRubrics via Edmodo.


 Teachers Can Export Their Edmodo Rosters into ForAllRubrics:

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 In the ForAllRubrics App, Teachers Can Score their Students’ Work:

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 Students Can  Access Their ForAllRubrics ePortfolio directly from Edmodo:

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 Students Can View Published Rubric Results with Teacher Comments:

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and So Much More!

HIPC Update: Open Sharing of Learning Opportunities

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ForAllRubrics is proud to be a member of the Hive Interoperability and Portability Coalition (HIPC).  This blog post describes the HIPC team’s plans for a pilot system that supports “Open Sharing of Learning Opportunities”.  In our project description, this is Item 3, Distributed Discovery & Recommendation of Learning Opportunities.

The Problem

1. As an organization, it is hard to publicize learning opportunities.

2. As a learner, it is difficult to find relevant learning opportunities.

Our  Solution

We are creating a pilot implementation that leverages RSS and open source software to experiment with a model implementation for Open Sharing of Learning Opportunities.  For this  pilot, we are collaborating with the Community STEM Badge Ecosystem and the Ultimate Hub Moonshot.

ForAllRubrics is going to host WordPress sites for organizations that want to publish information about learning opportunities.  The learning opportunities will be shared as blog posts with event metadata to support discovery and recommendation.

Learning Opportunties will include:

Recommendation and publication of learning opportunities will be done on various platforms including WordPress and Tiki-Toki.  The recommendations will be filtered and presented as appropriate for the target learners.  The HIPC, C-STEMBE and Ultimate Hub teams will be working together to create effective pilot examples.  These  examples will help identify what is working and what steps we should take next.

ForAllRubrics on Edmodo (for free!)

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ForAllRubrics is now available as an Edmodo App!  Read on for more.


 Automatically load your Edmodo Class Rosters into ForAllRubrics:

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 Design Your Own Rubrics with an Easy to Use Interface:

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Retrieve Rubrics from the Library or Share Your Rubrics:

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Grade Student Assignments Quickly and Consistently:
• Scores are computed automatically
• Add comments for the whole rubric or for individual items

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View, Print or Email Student Scores and Rubrics:

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Go to the Edmodo App Store and Try out ForAllRubrics for Yourself!

Designing Your Personal Learning Trajectory

DML_Events (2)We are submitting a proposal to DML2005 to lead a workshop on “Designing Your Personal Learning Trajectory.” This interactive workshop will explore issues related to supporting learners’ lifelong process of designing their own personal learning trajectory.  We will use our web app ForAllLearners as an example of how technology can be designed to serve as a GPS for helping learners reflect on where they have been and plan for where they want to go. Some of the topics for discussion will include the following.

  •  What are some effective approaches that learners use in constructing their personal learning trajectory?  What are some benefits and difficulties of these approaches?
  •  What are effective ways that the connected context of available learning opportunities can be presented to learners?
  •  What learning artifacts and reflections are helpful in supporting the planning and achievement of learner’s personal learning goals?

ForAllLearners is a tool we’ve been working on to support a learners’ own lifelong process of designing their personal learning trajectory.

Our current iteration of ForAllLearners has three essential components:

  •  the learner’s own pathway of learning experiences
  •  the learner’s reflections that capture their personal story at particular points in time
  •  the connected context of available learning opportunities

We are going to use DML2015 as a laboratory for experimenting with ForAllLearners and supporting attendee’s ongoing conference-long process of designing their personal learning trajectory.  Attendee’s will be able to use ForAllLearners to:

DML_Events (2)View the connected context of available learning opportunities at DML2015


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Capture reflections and learning artifacts during your learning experiences


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View your pathway of learning experiences at DML2015


We welcome all feedback and discussions around ForAllLearners and supporting learners.