APS Digital Badges Glossary
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TermDefinition
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21st Century SkillsA broad set of knowledge, work habits, and character traits that are believed to be critically important to success in today’s world, particularly in collegiate programs and contemporary careers and workplaces. APS' Digital Badges align with the five 21st Century Skills named in the Colorado Academic Standards (CAS).
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Access LevelThis refers to the Badge System available to Badge Earners in 3rd-5th Grade.
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AlignmentThe correlation of APS Digital Badges to Colorado Academic Standards (CAS)
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ApplyThe Credly platform allows Badge Earners to seek the Digital Badges they desire. When students believe that they have evidence demonstrating that Badge criteria has been met, they are able to attach their own evidence and apply to a teacher to issue the Badge.
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AssetsThe talents, skills and accomplishments demonstrated by APS students. Students' assets contribute to a deeper, richer narrative of who they are as learners and achievers.
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AwardSometimes used interchabeably with "issue."
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BackpackThis refers to the Mozilla Backpack, one of the platforms on which some students choose to display their Digital Badges.
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Badge CreatorPart of the metadata that is baked into Digital Badges, this refers to the person or institution responsible for creating a Badge. In the case of Journey and Summit Badges, Aurora Public Schools is always the Badge Creator.
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Badge EcosystemBeyond the system of Digital Badges available to Badge Earners, this refers to the broader ecosystem of teachers, parents, colleges and Endorsers who are the audience for Badges and enable Digital Badges to function as a currency in the community.
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Badge ownershipRefers to who owns a Digital Badge once it is issued. APS Badge Earners take over ownership of all Badges they have earned and are able to move or display the Badges as they choose, including after graduation or transferring out of the district.
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Badge SystemThis refers to the five Summit Badges and twenty-one Journey Badges that are available to students. APS has four Badge Systems associated with Pre-School-2nd Grade, 3rd-5th Grade, 6th-8th Grade and 9th-12th Grade. The names and definitions of all Badges is the same throughout all four systems; what changes is the criteria that a student is expected to meet in order to earn a Badge.
The group of badge definitions, the learning claims they make, the visual language that structures their design, and the practices and user roles that make make up its operation
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Badging PlatformThe online tool that allows Badges to be issued and earned. Credly is the official Badging Platform used by Aurora Public Schools.
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BakedThe process of embedding the metadata into a Digital Badge so that this information remains with a Badge wherever it is displayed.
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ClaimIn some cases, a teacher will provide students with a Claim Code that will be used in order to Apply for a Digital Badge. Badge Earners with a claim code will be responsible for attaching evidence demonstrating that the Badge Criteria has been met.
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Claim CodeA code that Badge Issuers may provide to Badge Earners in order for them to apply for a Digital Badge.
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CollectionBadge Earners may choose to display all of their Badges or only specific Badges. A "Collection" refers to the latter option. A student who is seeking the Invention Summit Badge, for example, may choose to organize the associated Journey Badges into Collection that is Displayed to the Badge Partner who issues the Summit Badge.
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ConsumerA person or group who is the intended audience/viewer of a Badge Earner's Badges. This may include family members, teachers, administrators, colleges and employers.
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CredentialA qualification of achievement to indicate achievement . For example, someone who successfully completes a CPR and First Aid training recieves a credential in the form of a CPR and First Aid Card. The APS 2020 Strategic Plan calls for all students to have Credentials in order to communicate that they have the skills needed to be successful in postsecondary education and the workplace.
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CredlyThe official Badging Platform being used by APS for issuing and displaying Digital Badges.
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Credly AppThe mobile application (available on Android and iOS) for accessing Credly, APS' official Badging Platform.
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Credly SiteThe internet website for Credly, APS' official Badging Platform.
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CriteriaPart of the metadata that is baked into Digital Badges, this refers to the requirements for earning Digital Badges. APS requires that all Digital Badges include evidence demonstrating that the Criteria has been met.
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Digital BadgeA digital credential of an accommplishment.
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DisplayThe act of sharing Digital Badges that have been earned. Badges may be displayed on the Credly platform. High School students who earn Badges may choose to display their Badges on other platforms, such as the Mozilla Backpack, LinkedIn and ePortfolios.
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Displayer Someone who displays Digital Badges.
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EarnerSomeone who has earned or is seeking to earn a Digital Badge.
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EndorsementThis refers to an external validation of a Badge by one of APS' community partners. These community partners offer students opportunities (such as job shadows and internships) when they earn an Endorsed Badge.
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Endorsed BadgesBadges that have been Endorsed by external community partners. Students who earn Endorsed Badges may treat them as a currency to be cashed in for opportunities provided by thee Endorsers.
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Entry Level This refers to the Badge System available Badge Earners in Pre-school-2nd Grade.
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ePortfolioA digital portfolio of a student's work. Some students choose to display their Badges in their ePortfolios.
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Equivalence Through shared definitions and common criteria, this refers a degree of standardization of the APS Digital Badge System to ensure that Badges mean the same thing from classroom to classroom and school to school across the district and in the community.
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EvidenceThe artifact(s) provided by a Badge Earner in order to demonstrate that the Badge criteria has been met. This may include pictures, videos, documents, links and testimonials from the issuers. Evidence is included in the Badge metadata. All APS Digital Badges require evidence be attached in order to be issued.
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Expiration Many Digital Badges are not valid forever. For these Badges, there is an expiration date after which point the Badge is no longer considered valid as demonstrating that criteria has been met. For example, a Badge earned in 6th Grade will expire by the time the student reaches High School.
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Explore LevelThis refers to the Badge System available Badge Earners in 6th-8th Grade.
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FeedbackIn some cases, a student seeking a Badge may not yet have evidence demonstrating that the Badge criteria has been met. In these instances, the Badge Issuer will provide the student with feedback as to why the Badge has not yet been earned and what steps the student needs to take in order to earn the Badge.
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GranularWhen something is viewed from a smaller, more finite level.
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IssueThe process of awarding Digital Badges. This process includes ensuring that evidence is provided to ensure that the Badge criteria has been met.
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IssuerThe person who issues Digital Badges once evidence is provided demonstrating that the criteria has been met. In most cases, the Issuer is a student's teacher and also serves as the validator.
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Journey BadgesAlso referred to as "Micro Badges," the Journey Badges represent the discreet skills in which students meet the criteria to unlock Summit Badges. There are four Journey Badges aligned with each Summit Badge (with the exception of Information Literacy, which has five Journey Badges). A student must earn all associated Journey Badges in order to unlock a Summit Badge. There is no required order in which Journey Badges are earned. Journey Badges are issued by a students' teachers.
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LibraryThis is how we describe the collection of Journey Badges that all APS issuers have access to issue to students.
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Macro BadgesThis refers to Summit Badges.
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MetadataThe data that is contained, or "baked" into a Digital Badge. This includes the Badge definition, criteria, issuer name and the evidence provided to show that the criteria has been met.
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Micro BadgesThis refers to Journey Badges.
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Micro CredentialMicro Credentials recognize skills and acheivements. APS Digital Badges.serve as Micro Credentials.
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Mozilla BackpackIn addition to the Credly platform, APS Badge Earners are able to display their Digital Badges (from APS and other issuers) on other platforms that meet the Open Badge Infrastructure. The Mozilla Backpack is the most well-known and popular platform. It is free and is provided compliments of the Mozilla Foundation.
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NarrativeAPS firmly believes that our students are more than the data points of their state test scores and attendance rates. "Narrative" refers to the stories that we can tell about our students (and that they can tell about themselves). Digital Badges are one tool that allow APS to have deeper, richer narratives of who are students are and the assets they possess.
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Open Badges This refers to Digital Badges that meet the Open Badge Standard. According to The Badge Alliance defination: "The Open Badge standard is a specification of the badge data that makes it an open and interoperable badge." For APS Badge Earners in high school, our Open Badges mean that they will be able to display their Badges on Credly as well as on other platforms, such as the Mozilla Backpack and LinkedIn.
http://wiki.badgealliance.org/index.php/Glossary#Open_Badge_Standard
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OpportunitiesThe tagline for the APS Digital Badge Initiative is "Recognizing Assets & Opening Doors." Opportunities refer to the doors of opportunity that are opened when students earn Endorsed Badges. These opportunities include job shadows, mock interviews, internships and more.
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Physical BadgesBecause Digital Badges are issued and stored in a digital format, some teachers will provide students with Physical Badges that they can actually see and hold. These may include (but are not limited to) buttons, stickers and certificates (which can be generated in and printed from Credly). Unlike Digital Badges, Physical Badges will not have evidence attached to demonstrate how the Badge Earner met the criteria for earning the Badge.
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Prepare LevelThis referes to the Badge System available to Badge Earners in 9th-12th Grade.
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StandardsThe Colorado Academic Standards (CAS) provided by the Colorodo Department of Education.
https://www.cde.state.co.us/standardsandinstruction/coloradostandards
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Summit Badges Also referred to as "Macro Badges" the Summit Badges are the five higher level Badges that are unlocked when a student earnes all associated Journey Badges. Each of the five Summit Badges (Invention, Critical Thinking, Self-Direction, Information Literacy and Collaboration) are named in the Colorado Academic Standards across all age groups and content areas.
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Tags (or "Categories"?)
Part of the Meta Data that is baked into APS Digital Badges are "Tags" that will indicate the content area through which a Journey Badge was earned. These Tags will be used to inform student plans, including ICAPs, as they provide a snapshot of possible academic areas in which student thrive.
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UnlockThere are two levels of Badges in the APS Digital Badge System, Summit Badges (Macro Badges) and Journey Badges (Micro Badges). In order to "unlock" a Summit Badge, a Badge Earner must first earn the Journey Badges associated with that Summit Badge. Eventually, the Credly platform will allow Summit Badges to automatically be unlocked when they have been earned. Currently, the Badge Partner will in charge of issuing Summit Badges that have been unlocked to Badge Earners.
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ValidateThe act of checking the criteria and evidence for a Badge to ensure that Badge Earners deserve their Badges prior to issuing. In the case of Endorsed Badges, Endorsers validate the criteria for earning their Badge.
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ValidatorSomeone who checks the criteria and evidence for a Badge. The validation provided is essential to building trust in the validity Digital Badges we issue.
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Value PropositionAlso referred to as our "handshakes" with community partners who endorse APS Digital Badges. An Endorser's Value Proposition is the opportunity that is provided to students who earn their Badge.
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VisibilityThis refers to display of Digital Badges. Badge Earners may choose whether all or some Badges may be viewed by others, as well as who is able to see their Badges.
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