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Digital Badge Project for the Academy of Science

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Section 1

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[Thursday, April 18]

I completely managed to leave my mind map at home, but as someone who does evaluation as a part of my job - this was my favorite part of the assignment :) I'll upload tonight or tomorrow. 

I'm doing this project as sort of an exercise that will hopefully turn into a digital badge program for my job. We are looking at utiizing digital badges to encourage a digital audience to participate in our programming. Our first attempt at digital badging will come once our website is converted to a new WordPress site and we'll use the BadgeStack widget to create levels and acheivements. We'll be using videos of our past lectures to encourage participants to watch the videos and complete certain activities to earn a badge.

As I was devleoping the idea for our badges, I looked at our previous lectures to find common threads (demonstrated on my mind map, which will be added later). I found that conservation, astronomy and technology were common themes throughout our lectures. It helps that one of our series is named "Conservation Conversations." From that I started looking at conservation themes, including animals. I found the animal motifs to be a bit complicated. 

Looking around for inspiration, I saw our logo, which is actually round, like a seal, see below.

We have a bit of a branding issue, so using our logo as inspiration seemed natural. I tried to incorporate motifs from our logo and maintain the lovely text around the logo, as well as our name. That way when folks see our digital badge, they'll know it was from The Academy of Science. See my sketches below:

On the Astronomer one, I'm thinking the planet would be Mars as we've been focusing on Mars in our lectures with all the new discoveries.

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Section 2

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Mood Board

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 We do our own Science Fair and this would be a great motif to follow.

Super fun colors and kid friendly!  

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[Tuesday, April 22]

This is our crazy busy time at work, so I'll probably be behind the lessons for a while. In an attempt to better understand the types of badges I want to offer, I created a word cloud using www.wordle.net. See below. I'm on the right track with Conservation, but I'll need to look deeper at some of the other topic areas to determine the next set of badges:

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