Hive Learning Networks

Summer Beta for Hive NYC Badging System Launches 

Yesterday we were delighted to formally launch the summer beta period for the Hive NYC Badging System. Partnering with Learning Times, we have developed a fantastic badging system for use across the Hive NYC Learning Network. Four brave organizations met this week to get up to speed on how to use the new system, define and refine their scope of work and plans for the summer, and coordinate our efforts.



The four organizations are The Lamp CDC, The New York Public Library, the YMCA of Greater New York, and Global Kids.


Each organization has very different plans over the next two months, but all activities will be located within the same site.

The Point CDC will beta test a badge system as part of their SYEP (Student Youth Employment Program) PowerPOINT Camp 2012. Their initial Badge System goal is to have young people actively document their learning experience and transformation leading to the establishment of individual-group and collective badges. There are three things The Point aims to learn over the course of the beta:


1) Learn how to coordinate across the different programs within The Point

2) Learn how to exemplify the accomplishments and progress of students at The Point

3) Learn how to improve the badge system in the long run to fit the needs of The Point


Six Ways to Look at Badging Systems Designed for Learning 


Six Ways to Look at Badging Systems Designed for Learning

Initiated by Barry Joseph, Global Kids, Inc.

Written by Barry with scores of others*



For over four years, Global Kids has developed badging systems within, after and outside of schools. We are currently designing a badging system for dozens of civic and cultural institutions within the Hive Learning Networks in New York City and Chicago, as well as throughout our organization. We have had a frontline view of the growing interest which has emerged over the past year in the development of badging systems across a wide range of formal and informal learning environments. We have also followed the rise of opposition, and sometimes confusion, about what digital badging looks like or is designed to accomplish. In this context we felt it might be useful to delineate the various interests we see aligning themselves with badges, or make distinctions amongst the different goals people have for them.


Hive Chicago Badge Development 


On June 12th Barry Joseph and I led a full day session to discuss badging principles and have a hands on experience in BadgeStack with Hive Chicago. The morning session brought eleven people together representing eight organizations. We saw examples of badging systems from DYN, Chicago Architecture Foundation, Global Kids, and the Epstein School. There was an indepth discussion on developing network wide badges. Ruth Schmidt - who led the morning session - provided a summary of talk:




We discussed the idea of this minigroup turning into more of an official working group to tackle some of the bigger picture issues that have bubbled up in conversation recently, in particular:

HungerCraft: Minecraft and The Hunger Games 

This past Saturday May 19, Global Kids in collaboration with the Brooklyn Public Library and The Hive Learning Network NYC conducted a game jam based on the popular game Minecraft and the equally popular books The Hunger Games.


We wanted to show a short video of the game as it happened in Minecraft and some pictures. We will publish a more complete video in the near future with all the participants, including interviews with the youth and partners in the program.  We wanted, however, to acknowledge the success of the program soon after it happened. Click read more to learn more about what took place during the day. 


See video

Badge-A-Palooza at GK 

This past week has been a veritable badge-a-palooza. The only reason we had four separate badge meetings was because the fifth was postponed for a week when an earlier meeting ran over.  Phew!


Global Kids' Youth Badge Advisory


Last Thursday, Daria and I were so excited to launch the first meeting of the GK youth advisory. This group will ensure that GK youth leaders are playing a key and substantive role in the development of the GK badging system. 



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


This past friday, Global Kids was thrilled to host the first meeting for the new Hive NYC Badging System. Two dozen members of our local learning network had expressed interest in learning more about the system, amongst which 22 participants came from sixteen of the organizations:

American Museum of Natural History, Bank Street College, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn Public Library, Common Sense Media, Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, DCTV, DreamYard, Girls Write Now, Global Kids, MOUSE, Museum of Modern Art, Museum of the Moving Image, Museum for African Art, New York Hall of Science, New York Public Library, Parsons The New School for Design, People's Production House, The Lamp, THE POINT CDC, Wildlife Conservation Society, WNYC's Radio Rookies, WorldUP, and YMCA of Greater New York.

In short, we talked about the current interest behind “badging systems” as a form of alternative assessment and youth engagement, explored the nature of our current grant from the MacArthur Foundation, and then discussed next steps and the various roles each organization could play. Many left with a great sense of potential and excitement for the impact this will have on youth across our city.

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.



Launch of the Public Development of the Badging System with Hive NYC 

This morning the Hive NYC Network came to Global Kids Headquarters for the launch of the public development of the Hive NYC Badge System. Check out the photos below!