Saturday, June 28, 2014

Make and Print Your Own Badge Stickers

a screenshot of six badges made for teacher development
Everyone enjoys recognition for a job well done. Give them a sticker! OpenBadges has a free badge designer that even allows uploaded images.

While developing a DualBoard training plan for teachers, I planned to give out certificates of accomplishment. The basic training is divided into ten sessions, but teachers get busy and might find it difficult to keep coming back to more sessions. How could I keep them interested?

To encourage teachers to keep working on the next step, I devised a certificate with space for ten badge stickers. When a teacher successfully completes each session, they will get a new sticker to add to their certificate. I'm hoping that teachers will post their certificates in the classroom getting their students excited about all the new things the teacher is learning. This way the Certificate of Accomplishment becomes an ongoing record of progress instead of a reward at the end.

Creating the badges in the OpenBadges Designer was fairly easy. After some trial and error, I decided on a basic design and simply began swapping out text, icons and colors. The hardest part was the curved text control and I wish there was a way to re-size the icons. Printing the badges may present some challenges. I'll need to find pre-cut circle sticker sheets. Avery has several sizes available and free downloadable Design and Print Software.

If all this works out the way I think it should, I plan to implement a similar badge system in the computer lab. Each student will have a letter sized nameplate that also serves as a badge holder. Since the elementary students are in the lab for only 30 minutes a week, this way I can keep track of everyone's name and seating chart. Plus students will be able to show off all the work they have completed.