Demonstrating the Whole Child with Digital Badges
Digital Badges can help students show all the ways in which they are learning and growing. Schools can set up badges that represent a student’s academic knowledge, work habits, social skills, and personal interests.
All of these areas of growth can be present in any entry of student work. Consider a group of students working together on a science project. The content of the project will show the students’ understanding of the subject area – but in addition, the project will show many other things – how well the student listens to others, whether the student is a reliable partner, or if the student can set and meet deadlines.
Digital badges can show student growth in each of these areas. When the student submits this group project, the student can link this single project to multiple badges. In this example, the project can link to the “science” badge, to the “work habits” badge and to the “listening” badge.
ASCD’s Whole Child Approach provides a great way to think about these connected strands. This approach has five tenets:
- Each student enters school healthy and learns about and practices a healthy lifestyle.
- Each student learns in an environment that is physically and emotionally safe for students and adults.
- Each student is actively engaged in learning and is connected to the school and broader community.
- Each student has access to personalized learning and is supported by qualified, caring adults.
- Each student is challenged academically and prepared for success in college or further study and for employment and participation in a global environment.
In a similar way, teachers can have badges representing each of these tenets. As part of their professional development and ongoing growth, teachers can submit things that they do – from lesson plans to parent-teacher conferences to committee work – to illustrate how they are demonstrating each of these tenets.
Our recent webinar on Demonstrating the Whole Child with Digital Badges walks through how this process can take place, and how the badges can show student and teacher growth in all the areas that are important.
- Test July 2021
- Curriculum and Assessment Resources
- Supporting Rhode Island’s April Reading Challenge with Richer Picture
- No Final Exams? Use Portfolios To Capture the Year of Learning
- Personal Entries: How To Capture Home Learning Moments
- Personalizing Assessment with Digital Badges
- Demonstrating the Whole Child with Digital Badges
- Project-Based Learning and Digital Portfolios
- Individual Learning Plans and Digital Badges
- Using Data Dashboards Effectively
- New Initiatives? Digital Portfolios Can Help
- Chapter 6: Building a Badge- and Portfolio-Friendly Culture
- Chapter 5: Tours – Student Presentations of Badges and Portfolios
- Chapter 4: Effective Feedback and Rubrics
- Chapter 3: Creating Portfolio-Worthy / Badge-Worthy Tasks
- Chapter 2: Defining Badges
- Chapter 1: Setting the Vision
- Welcome back to the Richer Picture blog!
- What Does Competency-Based Learning Really Mean?
- Badges and the Habits of Mind
- Badges, Pathways and Success Plans
- Digital Badges and Goal-Setting
- Portfolios and report cards
- Reflecting on reflections
- How do we introduce portfolios in our school?
- How do we share rubrics?
- What does “personalization” mean?
- Mini-exhibitions – a first step on the journey
- A Guide for Transformation — “Bold Moves” by Heidi Hayes Jacobs and Marie Alcock
- Portfolios and Badges – A Guide Throughout the Year
- Starting at the End
- A Framework for Personalization – “Students at the Center” by Bena Kallick and Allison Zmuda
- Computer Science Standards
- Digital Badges and Portfolios
- Portfolios vs Scrapbooks
- Organizing Your Portfolio Around Competencies
- What Goes into a Portfolio?
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