With funding from the Afterschool Alliance and McArthur Foundations, MOST launched a Digital Badge Ecosystem for 2016 . This projec-based learning initiative aims to revolutionize the acquisition of knowledge in out-of-school time environments.
MOST and the Digital Harbor Foundation Collaborate to Badge Baltimore!
The badges are live and ready to be earned!
The Digital Harbor Foundation and MOST are collaborating through YouthWorks and Hire One Youth summer job programs to reach out and connect youth with informal, online learning to earn badges and certified youth on tech skills. Here at MOST and at DHF we know Baltimore city is STEM rich, and for that reason our partnership has developed four types of badges youth can earn:
The badges platform and design are the result of the hard work DHF and MOST are doing to close the digital literacy gap impacting thousands of students in the city of Baltimore. Through badges, we aim to align informal learning with NGSS and 21st Century Standards.
Digital Badges are…
- Micro-certifications that demonstrate specific skills to potential employers
- Tokens that recognize achievements that go unrecognized by formal assessments
- Accepted by organizations and schools
- Issued by members of the Open Badge Community
To learn more about the requirements for each badge and application process, you can check out DHF website.
Digital Badge Resources
- Mozilla Open Badges - Learn the basics of open digital badges and how to earn, issue and display badges.
- Providence After School Alliance - Read about PASA's innovative work with digital badges and their High School programs.
- Cities of Learning - Six cities across the country have launched initiatives to connect young people to expanded learning opportunities that earn digital badges.
- Smithsonian Quests - Explore Simithsonian resources and earn badges.