Motivate Students with Digital Badges

Part of the December 2019 STEM Resources Digital Calendar!

Motivate students with digital badges. The Mac Arthur Foundation defines a digital badge as “an assessment and credentialing mechanism that is housed and managed online. Badges are designed to make visible and validate learning in both formal and informal settings.” A digital badge looks similar to a Girl Scout or Boy Scout patch. The badge is small with icons and awarded when the student accomplishes a specified task or demonstrates great skill. Students can attach evidence to their digital badges and display their badges on a digital badging platform or upload them to a portfolio or website. Digital badging helps teachers recognize skills not usually highlighted in a report card or transcript, such as great leadership, collaboration, citizenship, creativity, and innovation. The tools below are free and will help you get started designing and awarding digital badges.

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Digital Badging Creation Tools and Platforms

  • Make Badges– Teachers and students can quickly design a badge with a choice of shapes, icons, colors, and borders. Students download their badges as png files. No registration is required. The platform does not save the badges.
  • Classic Badge Maker– Teachers and students need to post an email address to access this badge builder. This can be any email address. Students design their badges with a choice of icons, banners, fonts, and shapes. Students download the badge as a png file. The platform does not save the badges.
  • Credly– Teachers and students register for free to build, issue, manage, and display digital badges. Students can quickly create a digital badge and save the badge to the platform. They can choose to award the badge via email or a confirmation number. Receivers must have a Credly account to receive the badge.
  • You can also easily create digital badges with Canva, a graphic design platform, Google Draw, and many other graphic design tools.
  • Badgelist– Another free badging platform and portfolio where students and teachers register to award and receive badges. Teachers can create groups.
  • ForAllRubrics– Teachers can easily create and award standards-aligned rubrics, checklists and badges with evidence.
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Shelly Terrell

Shelly Sanchez Terrell (@ShellTerrell) is an award winning digital innovator, an international speaker/consultant, and the author of Hacking Digital Learning with EdTech Missions, The 30 Goals Challenge for Teachers, and Learning to Go. She has trained teachers and taught English language learners in over 20 countries as an invited guest expert by organizations, like the US Embassy, UNESCO Bangkok, Cultura Inglesa of Brazil, the British Council in Tel Aviv, IATEFL Slovenia, HUPE Croatia, ISTEK Turkey, and Venezuela TESOL. She has been recognized by several organizations and publications as a leader in the movement of teacher driven professional development as the founder and organizer of various online conferences, Twitter chats, and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). Two of the projects she co-organized were shortlisted for ELTons, #ELTChat and the Virtual Round Table Language and Technology online conference. She was named Woman of the Year by the National Association of Professional Women, awarded a Bammy Award as a founder of #Edchat, and named as one of the 10 Most Influential People in EdTech by Tech & Learning. Her greatest joy is being the mother of baby Savannah and Rosco the pug. Shelly has an Honors BA in English with a Minor in Communication and a specialization in Electronic Media from UTSA, a Masters in Curriculum Instruction ESL from the University of Phoenix, and a CELTA from CELT Athens. She regularly shares her tips for effective technology integration via Twitter (@ShellTerrell),, and on her blog,, which has won several awards and recognitions as one of the top ESL, Edtech and Elearning blogs. Find over 400 of her slide presentations at

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