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Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Google Drawings + Google Sheets = Badging System!

Badging systems seem to be a popular trend in today's schools. Whether you are using badges with students or staff, there are many benefits, such as providing:

  • A sense of autonomy 
  • Feedback
  • Visual representation of progress
I am currently experimenting with this idea. I have a student tech crew (aka SWAT team) that I work with on a monthly basis. I wanted to provide their teachers with accurate information on competencies they have achieved and technical knowledge that they have gained.  Here is my first stab at a badging system!


Step 1: Use Google Drawings to Design Badges

I designed my badges using Google Drawings. If you have not had the opportunity to use this valuable tool, you may want to check it out! It is more than just drawing pictures.

Step 2: Publish Your Drawing

You will need to publish you Google Drawing to the web for the next part. How do you do this? Simply visit the File menu and select Publish to the Web. Click Publish and make sure that you copy the URL because you will need to published address for the next part. 




Step 3: Create a Google Sheet to Display Your Badges

How do you display your badges? It is very simple! Check out my brief tutorial to lead you through the process:



Conclusion:

Badging systems are quite effective in helping students or staff address competencies. If you are considering a badging system, why not try out Google? Do you have other ideas for badging systems? I would love to hear! 


4 comments:

  1. Matt,

    I've done a couple posts on my blog about badging using Google Forms, Sheets, & Drawing. I'll also have one coming out soon on a student group who has utilized this method for their Mindfulness training sessions. Here is the link to the various posts: http://gallaghertech.edublogs.org/category/badging/

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  2. Thanks for sharing! I'm going to have to check this out.

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  3. That was awesome, Matt. Thanks so much for sharing!

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  4. Thanks for sharing. I will definitely be using....;-)

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