Acknowledging Ungraded Skills

| December 21, 2017

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One of my goals this year was to find a way to recognize all of the amazing things students do in the makerspace at University Liggett School. It’s open to students all day and after school, and they’re doing amazing things with Python, littleBits, 3D design, Raspberry Pi, and so much more.While report cards can be used to show parents what students have learned in class—sort of—the makerspace did not have a means to do this. It’s hard to show parents lines of code and have them understand that their child has mastered the skill of making an LED blink. That’s where badging comes in. I’ve always been interested in the idea of badging to represent learning. Badges in the makerspace make perfect sense because the makerspace is all about creating things and, through that creation, demonstrating skills learned along the way. I took the idea of using digital badges and created sticker versions as well so students can show off their badges on their devices at school.I know my system is not perfect, but it will grow and evolve over time, just as the makerspace will.

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