My Badges and I

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A first-pass meditation on the use of badges in everyday life

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Richard Vahrman, LocoMatrix

My Badges and I

1Why BadgesDislike gamification why?Like badgesHuge potential in educationInteresting in comunitiesSelf-analysisBut lots of things I need to understandMade more useful with Open Badges

2Where to BeginStarted to think about how I might describe me and my life in badgesOn next page you will see my results. Who do you think I am?Take a few moments to have a look, before going onto following pagesWould like to see another 50 people try this3

4The Real MeImage always been qualified by how much I look like othersEarly: Frank Zappa (never had the under lip bit)Middle: Ron Jeremy (nsfw)Older: EinsteinCould have several other Confused With Badges e.g. John Oates, Carlos Santana Bear with me on the next few pages the interesting bits come at the end

5What does it mean?Thinking about early life and real badgesFirst badge learning to swim and doing 25 yards at ButlinsMade prefect / cycling proficiency (now Bikeability!)Later driving test / HGVAlso piano grades (but no badges)More to say on these later

6School and WorkMost of this you can guessRaises question about badges and timelinesRaises question about drilling down within badgeE.g. Small scroll = O levels: how many / grades / subjects / which failedRaises questions about relevance what use can I make of it nowSays little about why career has gone the way it has / decision made / bits left out

7The Sporty BitsWhat have I done to keep fitSwimming / judo / tai chiThe dumbbells represent gym stuff (but I dont go to the gym do it at home)Plus they represent smart swordsWalking both hobby and fitness added GPS because links in with work interests

8HealthThere has to be huge potential in health badgesRepresents age /4 x in hospital / dieting / and, no not drug user, but its a happy pill meaning I dont take any medicationTheres a lot more that could go here links in with Self-Managed HealthcareLinks with Sport /Exercise (see previous)

9Things I LikeUsed to play chess (more on this later)TED talks relates to a whole field of things finding out about stuffFilms but dont like going to cinemaThe book button could be added to in so many ways

10MusicPlaying the piano (grades?)Performing playing in bandsBuilding own synthesiserInstruments piano/accordion/cajonVintage instruments Hammond organ

11My CommunityWhere I liveI like where I am I like my houseSense of community badges here are important and will discuss later3 icons to right are DEB / BOB / HOG and are my contribution to doing stuff in community for Education / Older People / Community projectsSee also CityCamp

12Politics and BeliefsCND says so much in one small badgeNo religionEssentially greenBecame vegetarian but not so now (but not huge meat eater)

13Everything ElsePersonal StatusI think a lot and as I am thinking about thinking a lot, maybe should have Myers-Briggs or other personality measures hereBuilt and own 3D printer (moreon this in a bit)Go in for social media in a big(but erratic) way

14So Thats Me but I still keep thinking of things to add but not the point of the exercisePoint is ???What value to a badge?Digging down into a badge sub badgesLifetime of a badgeWhat it might mean to me way of personal developmentWhat it might mean to others mentoring / employment

15Thoughts about My BadgesSwimming badge might reflectI could swim at the age of 6I still swimI do breast stroke / front crawl and butterfly / back stroke. The first two are my bestI swim in the sea even during the winter (with wetsuit)I prefer open water to poolsI was pretty good (school captain / local champion / national marathon finalist at 40)I had life-saving training and saved 4 people

16Badges with Measurable Value I like the link between badges and martial art belts. Maybe rim of badge colour-coded from white to blackI lied about doing judo but wanted to bring this concept inI do Tai Chi which is not graded so maybe a badge has a measure of how long studiedEasy to measure chess skills and get rating (e.g. online here)Not as good at chess as I was as dont play but would be good to find others with similar ratingRating of piano playing skills by grades cant make up my mind about the value of this. Maybe useful to select music one wants to play or others to play with

17Books and FilmsWatching films, and reading are hobbiesLike the idea of a badge for each book I readWould like to add a rating for eachMight be useful in finding other books that I would likeDo the same for films or restaurants or holidays link with review sites

18Some Badges Seem to Say it AllA single badge can say a lot about youCould there be a time in the new badge society where one can look at a group of badges associated with a person and know them?Exercise: ask 50 people to describe themselves in 5 badges

19Immediate Areas of InterestEducation - how badges might work in a Gove-free regimeCommunity House of Games and a new local democracyPersonalised health care (thinking about this at present no further comments)


The New EducationEducation is for life. Independent of age. Not fixed spells of junior, senior, university, then work. Education is personalised. Everyone makes their own plan. No curriculum just paths to follow. Change won't begin in school, but inward from home schooling, after-school, science and maker fairs. This is fun learning for C21 Tablet is the key to personalised learning (at moment - will change in future). The first personal/portable device to enable a new learning.Mentoring throughout life. Mentors rather than teachers. We need to learnt to be both mentored and be mentors. And from an early age.4 Stages of Education. Children pass from one stage to the next like levels in a game. It is not strictly age related and a child can stay at one level until comfortable to move on.Cubs: Learning for young children like animal cubs through play but also picking up basic skills in numeracy and literacy (it has to be done). But if you dont get it, you have access to better and better teachers rather than being given up on. Once you are there, you move on to ExplorersExplorers: Learn to work using internet, use of tablet with video, camera, voice recorder for documentation. Badges to show where been, and what can be done next. Small project and team workDirectors: Teamwork becomes more important and should be able to lead. Mentoring younger people. Good project skills. Making big things - build a computer, plane, boat, building, write a book, direct a play - on own or as part of something bigger. Work experience very important. Training to learn how to work. Spending time in community. Apprentices: Preparing for work Universities are for research - not teaching. The best route for learning is through working with other - need to have a university experience being away from parents, but maybe better ways of doing it (and prepared for earlier on)

21Role of Badges in New EducationAwarding of badges for tasks achieved. How do we measure quality/what has been learnt?For some projects, the mere fact that have been completed will show competence e.g. make a 3D printer, would show everything from electronic, computing, mechanical and design skillsGetting a badge leads to suggestions of other topics to follow. Either follow a subject deeper, or adjacent topics or something complementaryCompanies like LocoMatrix will issue badges for their games. Games can be tweaked so can come back to at a later age with more content, greater difficultyAny company can add a game, but review system will deem whether people play it plus opportunity for open source, tweakingSome material around a subject wont have badges attached, but students will learn to read around to improve understanding.A system for having a view of the bigger picture how games etc. relate to each other and how learning paths could be created. Maybe it would become apparent as things took shape.

22Specific to LocoMatrixInvisible Buildings is a play-only game for 7-9 year olds dig up a virtual Roman villaExtend at that age for children to create their own objects for metal detectionExtend at a later age, to create other building genres e.g. Tudors or Pirate ShipExtend later still to create other games learn GPS programmingExtend later for more realistic archaeology field tripsExtend into other fields such as dig up dinosaur and palaeontology.Award badge for playing simple game and then add colours (martial arts belt) for more advanced use23What is the House of Games?Where to start? It's so many things, but I guess it all comes back to one place - the place where you live and how you can make it a better place. But here are some other views.LinkedIn is for your professional network, FaceBook is for your friends. House of Games is your social network for your volunteering activities.You're keen to help improve your neighbourhood but your residents association is a bunch of Moaning Minnies dedicated to banning everything. House of Games is your positive action group.Your MP is useless: they have done nothing to improve your area. Get political and join the House of Games: become a local hero.If you are interested or have a skill in a certain problem (e.g. dementia), who else is involved locally? Find out at the House of Games.Want to get involved locally but don't know what to do? Someone at the House of Games will help you, mentor you or just point you in the right direction.The House is a Game. As you progress in your activities, you can move up levels. And, of course, there are badges24House of Games + BadgesThis was where I first got excited about badgesBut not about rewardsHouse of Games is an inverted hierarchy where the people at street level are the most important they are carrying out the projectsThis means when you