Open Badges are a global standard to recognise skills & achievements across the web. They have the potential to change the way schools and organisations see qualifications; moving from abstract measures of knowledge towards a tool to connect talent with opportunities for employment, work experience and further education.

A digital badge is an online representation of a skill you’ve earned. They allow you to verify your skills, interests and achievements through credible organizations. And because the system is based on an open standard, you can combine multiple badges from different issuers to tell the complete story of your achievements — both online and off. Display your badges wherever you want them on the web, and share them for employment, education or lifelong learning.

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It’s an interesting idea, and some schools are already starting to use Digital Badges with their Digital Leaders – students who promote and support the use of technology in the classroom. There are also some interesting open badge projects being started up, such as Badge The UK and a Certificate in Safe Social Networking (Safe).

Thanks to Doug Belshaw for sending me some useful links about Badges. You can find more information about Open Badges at OpenBadges.org and Digitalme. Do also take a look at Doug’s blog.

If you’ve been using Digital Badges in your schools, let me know what you think in the comments below.