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Digital Badges

General Badge Info
- Learning today happens everywhere. But it's often difficult to get recognition for skills and achievements that happen online or out of school. Mozilla Open Badges helps solve that problem, making it easy for any organization to issue, manage and display digital badges across the web.

Badges with a button maker from American Button Machines. We have the machine that does 1 inch round buttons.  The exact system we purchased is here
 Its been great for us so far. There is also online software (comes with a free trial) we are using. We actually paid for a subscription because it was so easy to use. If you have any questions about how we are using them, how we get our badges made, or any other thoughts about a badge program- I am more than happy to answer them :)  Best of luck to you in your badge program. 

Open Badge Initiative(OBI) - The OBI isn’t a badge issuing platform. Issuers need a system that assesses learning and awards badges within their own site. What the  OBI is, is a lightweight specification that allows for learners to collect badges from multiple issuers.

Articles About Badges
Sites Using Badges
Here are a couple references that talk about the digital badges in case you are unfamiliar with this trend:
Blog: Badges in the Real World by openmatt blog.

Article: Forget the College Degree, Earn Badges Instead by Lynn

eSchool News Article:
Digital Badges could help measure 21st Century Skills