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Open Badges – A new currency for learners

We’ve teamed up with DigitalMe at BETT 2014 to see how schools can give students the passport to employment using the Badge the UK scheme.

With the focus of Computing in the new curriculum for 2014, we explore innovative and practical ways in which teachers can implement this into their lesson plans by looking at how Open Badges are changing the learning landscape.

What are Open Badges?

Open Badges are a new global standard to recognise skills & achievements and share across the web. They are radically changing the way we see qualifications; from abstract measures of knowledge towards a tool to connect talent with opportunities for employment, work experience and further education.

Like scouting badges, Open Badges communicate a digital skill or achievement but are displayed and shared over the Internet. They contain comprehensive data including: who has earned the badge, its criteria, learning evidence and who has endorsed it.

Badges create a new currency for learners, empowering them to take their achievements with them across the web, opening up new opportunities for learning, jobs and fun!

Why use Open Badges?

Computing Curriculum:
With imminent changes to the curriculum, introducing Open Badges is a fantastic way to capture digital skills not previously recognised through formal qualifications and empower students to take control of their own destiny in a world where IT skills have never been more important.

Passport to Employment:
Open Badges help link students to future employers. By allowing employers to see their online digital portfolio that showcases a wealth of essential digital skills, they can better their future job prospects. All the information online is packaged within a tiny badge image file that can be displayed via online CVs and social networking sites. This allows you to recognise learning like never before; in the classroom, at out of school clubs or at home. They help recognise the learning missed by traditional qualifications.

What does it involve?

Introducing Open Badges to your school allows students to take control of their own learning.

They will have the opportunity to create their own badge projects. From designing the digital badge, creating the badge award criteria, project completion, right through until it’s shared over the web.