GK Badging

The MacArthur Foundation highlighted the badge system work Global Kids is developing in their recent Spotlight post. Read the excerpt below. For the full article you can visit Spotlight


Badges For Learning: An Abridged Recent History 

We recently produced this one-page recent history of badges for learning, to support our efforts to develop a badging system for the Hive Learning Network. We thought it might be of interest to others as well.

In 2005, Microsoft introduced the Xbox’ 360 Gamerscore system, which is considered to be the original implementation of an achievement system. According to Wikipedia, “in video gaming parlance, an achievement... is a meta-goal defined outside of a game's parameters. Unlike the systems of quests or levels that usually define the goals of a video game and have a direct effect on further gameplay, the management of achievements usually takes place outside the confines of the game environment and architecture.



More than two dozen institutions in New York City and Chicago invited to participate

Through a generous grant from the MacArthur Foundation, Global Kids, Inc. is excited to announce that it is developing a new badging system for New York City and Chicago members of The Hive Learning Networks. The Hive Learning Network is a community of civic and cultural institutions dedicated to transforming the learning landscape and creating opportunities for youth to explore their interests in virtual and physical spaces. Up to 28 Hive member organizations will pilot badging programs within the system, both for their own organizational needs and for the broader Hive network. Global Kids (GK) will contribute the first series of badges, for global citizenship and civic participation, and be amongst the first to offer a model demonstrating how the Badging System can be deeply integrated throughout a youth-serving organization.