Tech Tip Tuesday: Try Out Schoology Badges!

” Badges? We don’t need no stinkin badges!” – Blazing Saddles

Ok, but for this tech tip you might want to try this out! Did you know Schoology has a built-in badge creator? For intrinsic motivation, this could be a need tool to include in your classroom, even if you aren’t attempting your hand at “gamification”.

If you’ve taken part in my online Schoology PD course, surely you’ve noticed how I have implemented a badging system. To see what badges you have earned, click on your profile name (upper right corner of the Schoology window) –> then click View Your Profile. Find where it says View Badges on the right-hand side, then click see all. This will list all badges you have earned to date, including the description for why you earned it. This is a powerful tool. Nothing is worse than getting an award (err badge) and not knowing the reason why, which is more important than the badge itself!

Ok, so now you saw where your badges are located. To create your own badges, go into the course you want to implement them, locate badges in the left navigation and click on it. To create a badge click Add Badge –> Create New Badge. Add a title, a description, choose a color and frame, and then upload and attach an image (Canva works wonders here, but you can also Google search for something, download it, and then upload it here). Once you are set, click Submit. The badge will now be listed along the top row. To award a badge to a student, simply locate the students name, then check the corresponding box, under the badge column to award the badge. A green checkmark will signify they have earned it!

This is a fun feature that adds another dimension to your classroom. Trust me… even High School students love earning badges! In the meantime, since you have done a lot of work in my online PD course, consider printing out your own badges and sticking them on your door! This is a great way to highlight all the work you’ve put in doing PD and show what knowledge you have. It would be great if we could get this District wide!!! 

 

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