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New Version of ForAllBadges for iOS & Android

We are excited to announce a new version of our mobile app for ForAllBadges which is now available on both the Apple App Store & Google Play Store!

Last May we released the first version of ForAllBadges for iOS with support for the iPhone, iPod Touch & iPad.  We learned a lot from the initial pilot of the software at a Mozilla Hack Jam in Bloomington, Indiana organized by Dan Hickey and Rebecca Itow from the Center for Research on Learning and Technology at Indiana University.

Based on the very useful feedback from our pilot users, we have made a bunch of changes to the application:

2Selecting a Student 

We updated the select student screen so that now more students fit on the screen at a time and you now get an indicator for students who do not have any badges issued to them.  You can now create student accounts directly from the mobile application!


3Student Detail Page

Based on feedback from our pilot we added this page which gives you the ability to view all badges issued to the student.  You can tap on any of the badges to view details.  You can also edit the student’s information and issue a new badge.


4Selecting a Badge

The badge selection screen has been optimized to fit more content on the screen, so it’s even easier to find the badge you want to issue!


5Issuing a Badge

Just like the previous version, you can take a picture and attach it as evidence for the badge.  You can also select a photo that has been saved in the device’s photo library.


androidSupport for Android Devices

We are excited to announce that ForAllBadges now supports Android smartphones and tablets!  The app can be downloaded directly from the Google Play Store.


ForAllBadges Website Updates

In addition to all of the updates to the mobile versions of ForAllBadges, we have also made improvements to the website version of ForAllBadges:

  • Support for claim codes:  Teachers can now print stickers of claim codes for badges and award badges to students in the classroom by handing out claim codes that the students can then redeem on the website.
  • Bulk badge issuing:  Teachers can now select multiple students and issue a badge to all of them with just one click.
  • Email notifications:  When badges are issued the student can now automatically receive an email with information on how to access the badge.
As always, we love to hear feedback from our users.  Let us know what you think and if you have any ideas for features you would like to add to the application.

ForAllBadges for Hackasaurus

Hackasaurus Supergirl

As a pilot test of ForAllBadges we’ve implemented support for issuing Hackasaurus badges. For folks not already familiar with Hackasaurus, it is a fantastic open source project developed by Mozilla that is part of their effort to build a generation of webmakers. A central component of their project are events called Hack jams that “make hacking and digital literacy accessible, social and fun.” It is a really nice first pilot for us, since it has a small and well-defined badge system included as part of their Hacktivity kit (much thanks to Daniel Hickey for directing me to Hackasaurus as a great resource for experimenting with badges).

As part of a Hack jam participants are able to collect paper badges. As described in the Hacktivity Kit:

At the end of a module, participants will “pledge” or apply for badges to gain specific super powers. They must successfully complete the pledged task in front of a peer mentor or facilitator who will award them the badge to show they’ve earned their superpower.

Our goal is to implement digital badges in a way that enhances the Hack jam experience and also integrates with Mozilla’s Open Badge Infrastructure (OBI). Integrating technology into a live interactive experience so that it doesn’t interfere with the fun, is a lot harder than you might think at first. So we’re hoping to get feedback on our design and improve the implementation over time.

Our implementation of ForAllBadges for Hackasaurus has two components:

  • A mobile app for use by facilitators and peer mentors at the Hack jam while wandering around and interacting with participants. We’re thinking that a BYOT (“Bring-your-own-technology”) approach will be most practical. Currently we support iOS devices (iPhones, iPod Touches and iPads) but we are planning to add support for more platforms.
  • A browser based application for use by participants, facilitators, peer mentors and organizers for managing badges and participants, including publishing badges to the OBI Backpack.

Screenshots of Mobile App

View Participants

Add Participant with Photo

Choose Badge to Award

Add Evidence and Comments

Issue a Custom Badge with Custom Badge Details

Screenshots of Website

For now we have defined three roles for the website:

Participants can view the “Badge Board” with the badges that have been issued to all the participants. They can view the details of badges and send their own badges to their Mozilla Badge Backpack.

Facilitators can view and issue participants’ badges. They can also administer participant information.

Administrators can do every thing a facilitator can do and also can manage information about events, facilitators and participants.

Our Implementation
Both the website and the mobile app are written using HTML5. The mobile app uses the open source PhoneGap platform. The website uses Python/Django/Javascript. For now the mobile app only works online and you need internet access. With our ForAllSchools platform we can provide offline access too, but for a Hack jam it seems better to keep all the information synchronized and internet access has to be available for the Hack jam anyhow.

Feedback

We’re posting this information because we’re interested in getting feedback. Please let us know your thoughts! Also if you’re organizing a Hackasaurus event and want to try out our software, just let us know and we’ll get you set up.

Using iPads for Meaningful Assessment at Burley Elementary


Great blog post by Carolyn Skiba at Burley Elementary on classroom assessment with iPads. Lots of useful resources and practical suggestions.

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