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Why Badges Work Better Than Grades

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“What are badges?   Think back to when you were a girl scout or a boy scout.  You can get merit badges (I just checked!) in just about anything from Citizenship of the World to Graphic Arts to Scuba Diving (http://www.scouting.org/scoutsource/BoyScouts/AdvancementandAwards/Merit… or http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Merit_badge_%28Boy_Scouts_of_America%29).   There’s a lot of them and they are cute too.   And they all have certain stuctural features in common. ”

“Badge is a recognized visual (physical or virtual) device or ornament or (heaven forbid!) piece of jewelry that typically designates in its design the symbol, insignia, colors, or name of the organization conferring it.”


“There is some equally visual symbolic representation of the knowledge, skill, goal, or feat for which the badge denotes mastery, accomplishment, service, or authority (such as when taking an oath to become a fire fighter).  “


“The badge has to be accepted by a larger community as a legitimization of that which it represents. It stands in as the end result of a longer, hidden institutional process.   A badge is a means of identification with the issuing organization, a conferal of some kind of status (as having met the requirements of that organization or of being employed by them). “

“The badge has to not just credentialize or certify learning but should also motivate it.  By organizing a set of skills and interestsinto an actual, definable, measurable skill capable of assessment and judgment, badges inspire students to greater mastery.  A hobby becomes definable as an intellectual, creative asset, something to be tended, improved, honed, perfected, advanced, and innovated.   As with a game challenge, attainment becomes the floor not the end point, it becomes a step on a way towards even greater mastery.  The badge inspires a certain form of learning by naming it and honoring it.

By Cathy Davidson on Mar 21, 2011, 09:49 AM

via http://www.hastac.org/blogs/cathy-davidson/why-badges-work-better-grades

Written by Christiane

April 12, 2011 at 1:56 pm

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Why Badges Are So Important For An Organization Or A Company

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“A badge is a very important part of an organization, it not only helps in streamlining day to day operations but also in better projection of corporate image of the company or an organization. Now a question may arise how a badge can help in streamlining day to day operations. This is especially more relevant in case of organizations or companies that that serves the clients physically on the daily basis, like hotels and hospitals. Imagine a scenario in the hospital…Badges are immensely popular among people of all groups. If used creatively they can boost the popularity of your brand as effectively as any other form of advertising. Use of badges as a promotional item is also very cost effective. The average budget for this kind of promotional campaign is much lower than most other promotional campaigns”

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Written by Christiane

April 12, 2011 at 1:52 pm

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f8 Conference Badges “Now who are you again?” Facebook designers stumbled upon a novel approach to the usual name tag problems.

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“The conference badge is a challenging design conundrum. John D. Berry duly likens them to highway signs in this Font magazine article. How do we create a template for names which vary widely in length, while making each one legible enough to reduce the chances of an awkward chest gaze?

The in-house design team at Facebook, including Ben Barry and Everett Katigbak, engineered one of the more innovative solutions in their tags for last year’s f8, the Facebook developer conference.”

Posted by Stephen Coles, Mar 23, 2011

via http://fontsinuse.com/f8-conference-badges/

Written by Christiane

April 12, 2011 at 1:46 pm

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Nerd Merit Badges Bring Foursquare Achievements to Real Life

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“If you’re a fan of the mobile check-in service Foursquare, why not wear your proverbial badge on your sleeve? A company called Nerd Merit Badges plans on bringing your Foursquare exploits to real life with a series Foursquare Nerd Merit Badges.”

[via BuzzFeed]

[img credit: John Young]

http://mashable.com/2010/02/16/foursquare-nerd-merit-badges/


http://www.nerdmeritbadges.com/collections/foursquare

 

Foursquare Badge: Douchebadge

“Double pop that collar, son!”

Earned for checking in multiple times to venues tagged “Douchebag” by users, the Foursquare Douchebadge is the one that caused a tempest in a teapot on TechCrunch.

Foursquare Badge: Gym Rat

“10x trips in 30 days? Go reward yourself to the nastiest double cheeseburger you can find (bonus points for cheesy fries and milkshakes). And ps: you look nice today!”

Foursquare Badge: JetSetter

“Hopping around the world one airport at a time… congrats on your 5th airport checkin and safe travels!”

When we asked which Foursquare badges to make, this one was at the top of the list!

 


Written by Christiane

April 12, 2011 at 1:20 pm

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Collect Park Badges

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America’s National Parks offer badges to people. They can collect all the badges of the parks they have visited and post it on their websites, Facebook…. to show people.

http://www.pbs.org/nationalparks/park-badges/

 

Written by Christiane

April 12, 2011 at 1:15 pm

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Android pin badges: 86 to collect!

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“We always knew that Mobile World Congress 2011 was going to be a big year for Android, but we had no idea it was going to be this big. Google tells us that there are in fact 86 Androids appearing at the show this year.”

14 February 2011 18:03 GMT / By Chris Hall

via http://www.pocket-lint.com/news/38558/google-android-badges-limited-edition

 

Written by Christiane

April 12, 2011 at 1:09 pm

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