We’ve upgraded our badge-baking protocol from the 0.5 version to the 1.0 version. If you have trouble loading an existing badge into your backpack (particularly on Badger), try finding it in your dashboard and re-baking it. If you’re having any issues, drop us a line and we can probably do it for you.
https://www.myknowledgemap.com/ offers a free online tool for badge creation at https://www.openbadges.me/. Log in with your email address and you can begin to build OBI-compliant badges with their selectors for shapes, type, icons and colors. Like these:
If you get an account at Mozillians, you can create badges there as well.
Now you can use the leaderboard to see how you rank in your class. Click on the “By Class Year” tab and see.
Wait A Minute, I’m Not There!
Be sure you’ve set your class year in your personal settings. Go to the Your Account screen, and click on the Settings tab. Put in your class year, and make sure that you’ve set Make My Scores Public.
One of the features we’re working on is a leaderboard. We hope to show some combination of points and number of badges won; by categories; and by time periods such as “top winners yesterday” and “top scorers last week.”
What would be meaningful to you?
To participate, be sure to go into the ‘Settings’ tab of your Account page to allow others to see your score. Also, to show your badges you have to both check off the “show badges I select” option on the ‘Settings’ tab, and then click individual ‘Show’ buttons next to each badge you want to display. (You can always click ‘Hide’ later on to not show them.)
We’ve just set up a feature to build tier 2 badges. Set one up the same way you set up a standard badge, but with a few differences.
Drag must-have badges into the top block. Then drag options into the bottom. Options? For example, say you have six weekend events and you want the recipient to have attended at least three of them. Drag the badges for the six events into the bottom block, then enter “3” into the “And/or any __ of these” box.
These composite badges can be edited or copied, just like regular badges. Just go to the Administer Awards screen and click “Edit.”
When you click the “bake” button next to a badge, the information about what you did to earn the badge is digitally embedded in the image, which is then made available for you to download. Once you’ve saved the image and re-posted it to your digital backpack, you can make it available in a way that offers proof that it’s really yours.
For now, the backpack is your best resource. As you can see from the example, clicking on a badge gives you all of the underlying details embedded in the image, as well as links to pages that let the reader know what it’s for, and to prove that you’ve earned it.
The backpack lets you organize your badges into groups of one or more, then publish them so that you can send anyone that’s interested — a potential employer, your mom — or Tweet them.