Why do we need badges? The difference between badges and traditional assessment and accreditation is purpose. Rather than learning about creating media they are responding to real-life challenges. This brings whole new sets of challenges and risks for the leaner. This leads to deeper engagement and motivation which promotes the development of a broader set of skills especially in mathematics.
Here are few badges I have already made for classroom use. The best way I have to seen to use badges in the classroom is like a passport, teachers could use stamps or stickers to print out their badges and stick them in to their interactive math notebooks.
These two, the absolute value and computation when problem solving are right from the Nebraska State Standards for the 8th grade math level. When they reach mastery in these areas either on the test, I give them the badge. This can replace the assessment procedure, when students retake a test, they take the portion they have not mastered yet, since you know your students have already mastered the other areas.
Great Explanation and Creative Solution are ones for students who achieve to come up with great ways of describing what their answers.
I originally got the idea after watching the Khan Academy TED Talk. Khan Academy uses a variety of different badges and different techniques to acquire them.
They have tons of different badges students can earn such as: achieving proficiency in a particular area, watch parts of videos, earning so many points, watching so many hours, and secret badges as well. They even have challenge patches where you achieve proficiency in a complete area of vectors or transformations.
You can more information about Khan Academy badges here: http://www.khanacademy.org/badges
Other example of badges that you can have in the math classroom would be the following:
- Complete your first assignment.
- Complete 10 assignments.
- Get 100% on an assignment.
- Get 100% on an assessment.
Badges also arrange themselves by color or shape, where:
Rookie = Scarlet
Apprentice = Blue
Junior = Pink
Senior = Silver
Master = Gold
There are many different types of badges you can acquire now out in the world. At FourSquare you can unlock badges for going to certain places more often than other people. Check out the link below to see them all, but it would be a great math badge to have them find something interesting in their community that is math related, possibly at the county museum or any type of business where they used some type of math in the real-world. They would check in and the students would get a badge.