Baked Badges and Evidence


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.


Badges with Evidence

Badging the C-STEMBE Maker Party

Badging the C-STEMBE Maker Party

District-Wide Data Collection with ForAllRubrics and PowerSchool


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.


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

When the teacher completes the data collection for their class, the results are submitted to PowerSchool. Screen Shot 2015-03-12 at 4.00.05 PM

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.

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!

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:

Edmodo Roster

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FAR roster

 Design Your Own Rubrics with an Easy to Use Interface:


Retrieve Rubrics from the Library or Share Your Rubrics:


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


View, Print or Email Student Scores and Rubrics:

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

Badging as Lifelong Learning

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Here is a preview of ForAllLearners, a tool to help learners navigate all their learning experiences throughout their lifetime. ForAllLearners will allow learners to:

(1) capture learning artifacts to permanently record evidence of their learning,

(2) reflect on learning experiences to continuously refine their own story of who they are and who they want to be and

(3) plan their next steps in pursuing their passions and interests to construct a path toward the life they want to live and the person they want to be.

Badging as credentialing supports learning from the point of view of employers, schools and others that control opportunities. By specifying what credentials are desirable for a job, school admission or program participation, badges provides a way for these organizations to communicate what skills they believe are valuable.

Badging for learning supports learning from the point of view of teachers. By sharing the teacher’s perspective on a learner’s progress, badges provide learning artifacts and milestones to guide the learner as they participate in a learning activity.

Badging as lifelong learning supports learning from the point of view of learners. By helping learners record, reflect and plan their learning experiences, badges provide a way for learners to take ownership of their own lifelong learning.

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Not Just for Schools Anymore

CSTEMMBE BannerAs more informal learning programs, teacher development programs and other learning organizations are starting to use ForAllRubrics, the labels that we use throughout ForAllRubrics (District, School, Class, Teacher, Student) are not always appropriate.  We’ve added the ability for administrators to customize the labels that are used through out ForAllRubrics to be appropriate for their own organization.

Custom Settings

Once the settings are customized, the new labels are used throughout ForAllRubrics:

Program Participants

In case you didn’t already notice, we love being part of the Community STEM Badging Ecosystem (CSTEMBE) group.  We are so proud to support the amazing work the group is doing.