Digital Badges are defined as “a special or distinctive mark, token, or device worn as a sign of allegiance, membership, authority or achievement.” They are used by many different organisations as an awards and acknowledgment system for skills that an individual has acquired. They are almost like a digital version of a scouting badge; the purpose being to acknowledge and recognise skills and achievements that are not usually recognised.
Digital Badges are the most scalable and low cost (free!) option for Dojos looking to introduce a simple method.
CoderDojo digital badges allow youths to:
- Verify their programming skills
- Highlight event participation
- Showcase their skills for employment or education
Each badge has a set criteria that should be met to show that a youth has learned the skills required to earn a specific badge. The criteria of a badge can be seen by clicking on the individual badge here. We also have badge criteria posters you can put up in your Dojo.
Champions and Dojo Administrators can add links projects (or videos/images of projects) or write in the text box a description of the project, to showcase how a youth met the badge's criteria with their project work, when they are awarding the badge!
How to award badges
You can learn how to award digital badges to Ninjas and Volunteers at your Dojo in this article.