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Implementing Digital Badges at Scale: Recognizing Assets & Opening Doors

[Listen and learn : Panel]

Wednesday, June 29, 1:15–2:15 pm
CCC 607

favoritesNoah Geisel  favoritesJoshua Kusch  favoritesJonathan Solomon  favoritesCarolyn Todd  favoritesCallie Wentling  
Aurora Public Schools implemented digital badges based on Colorado Academic Standards to credential students in 21st century skills and built an ecosystem in the greater community to value the badges. This panel of stakeholders will share experiences in making opportunities available to over 40,000 students and answer audience questions.

Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Windows, Android, iOS
Laptop: Chromebook, PC, Mac
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials:
Focus: Leadership
Topic: Community outreach
Grade level: PK-12
Subject area: Career and technical education
ISTE Standards: Administrators : Digital age learning culture
Teachers : Design and develop digital age learning experiences and assessments
Students : Creativity and innovation
Additional detail: Student presentation, Leadership strand session

Digital tote resources
Description: Resources & Question Parking Lot

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

As a result of attending in this panel discussion, participants will:

- Gain an understanding Aurora Public Schools’ district-wide implementation of an innovative Digital Badges System to be able to inform planning and processes in their own district’s efforts.

- Know all of the stakeholders included in a Digital Badge ecosystem to be able to make informed design decisions when considering a Digital Badge ecosystem in their own communities.

- Learn the benefits of our systemic badging initiative for various constituents, including students, teachers, administrators, and community partners to be able to plan for various stakeholders within a Digital Badges ecosystem.

- Be exposed to tools, models & training resources developed for various educational stakeholders to be able to utilize and adapt them to meet their own needs.

- Benefit from hearing about our initial successes & challenges to be able to begin their own Digital Badges planning closer to where APS is, not where APS was when we started.


Content: Introduction to Recognizing Assets & Opening Doors, Aurora Public Schools’ Digital Badges initiative offered by members of the Badge Leadership Team. These panelists will provide an overview of the initiative, including the district’s justification, goals and costs and the overarching ecosystem of Digital Badges themselves and the industry endorsements that enable Badge currency by creating opportunities for students.

Time: 20 minutes

Practice: Attendees will be provided with handouts, including graphics of the Digital Badge system, examples of teacher and student work, parent communications and teacher toolkit/PD resources. There will be a backchannel for attendees to engage with one another, pose questions for the panel as well as interact with Badge Leadership Team members who, though not on the panel, will be available on the backchannel to respond to all questions and comments.

Content: Moderator-led Q&A with the panel. Panelists will include a student, a teacher, an industry partner and district administrator who will respond to prepared questions about their experiences in implementing APS Digital Badges.

Time: 40 minutes.

Practice: Attendees will be encouraged to pose their own questions to the panelists. The backchannel will continue to be staffed by Badge Leadership Team members in order to ensure that all attendee questions receive appropriate responses and to provide real-time links to additional resources not included in the handouts but requested by attendees.

Supporting research

Chicago Art Department
What is a badge?

Colorado Department of Education
Colorado Standards 21st Century Skills: Transformative Teaching

International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE)
ISTE Standards - Students
Profiles for Technology (ICT) Literate Students

MacArthur Foundation
Digital Badges

Badge Alliance
Why Badges?

Clinton Global Initiative
Recognizing Assets and Opening Doors: Digital Credentials

National Academy of the Sciences, “Education for Life and Work”
Developing Transferable Knowledge and Skills in the 21st Century

Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
A New Vision for Workforce Preparation

Easley, D. & Ghosh, A.
Incentives, gamification, and game theory: An economic approach to badge design.

Kevin Carey
The End of College: Creating the Future of Learning and the University of Everywhere



favorites Noah Geisel, Verses Eduction

favorites Joshua Kusch, Aurora Public Schools

favorites Jonathan Solomon, Aurora Public Schools

favorites Carolyn Todd, Aurora Public Schools - Teacher

favorites Callie Wentling, Boulder Engineering Studio

Callie is passionate about community outreach. From supporting and participating in local events to development of physical product design-focused resources, Callie is on a mission to help entrepreneurs and development teams understand the processes and challenges associated with tangible product development so they can be best situated for success. This carries over to education of future designers, which is why BES has been excited to be an industry partner with the APS Badging Initiative. Over the past year or so, Callie and BES have enthusiastically hosted tours and presented for APS students, some of whom have continued into engineering programs.