In the same way that “merit badges” have been used by the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts and medals have been used by the military to demonstrate achievement, a growing number of foundations, government agencies, companies and non-profits are exploring “digital badges” as the 21st century equivalent of a resume-builder that students and workers can use to showcase their skills, encourage their peers, and find meaningful educational and employment opportunities.
With support from the MacArthur Foundation, the Mozilla Foundation, and others, digital badges are being used to:
- Recognize student accomplishments in technical fields such as computer science and robotics;
- Help veterans get jobs by demonstrating the valuable real-world skills they’ve acquired in the military;
- Inspire students as part of a larger effort to reduce the number of high-school dropouts, which today number more than 1 million per year.
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