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Badges of Honor: Alternatives to the ABC

Badges of Honor: Alternatives to the ABC

Dec 21, 2017

Marks aren’t the only way to track student progress outside of traditional curriculum, with one tech educator offering a creative alternative.

Not every tutor is scoring students’ test prep. Or able to quantify their assessment of a student’s work, say if you’re tutoring coding (seriously, calling all coders!).

When a mark won’t do, how about a digital badge?

High school educator Nicholas Provenzano (who also blogs about tech and teaching over at The Nerdy Teacher) wanted to communicate to parents what his students achieved in his high school’s makerspace – where he teaches them to code and design using Python, Raspberry Pi and more.

Badges, Provenzano says, reward students for reaching milestones and allow them to own their learning process by following their own progress and showing off their digital skills.

Provenzano stresses badges aren’t the perfect replacement for grading, but they’re one innovative way educators can build student confidence and track progress at the same time.

banner image from https://www.edutopia.org/article/acknowledging-ungraded-skills

Acknowledging Ungraded Skills https://www.edutopia.org/article/acknowledging-ungraded-skills