Makebadges: A Website for Digital Badges, Avatars, Banners, & More!

Free! Makebadges is a website for creating digital products including badges, avatars, banners, and site logos. With an easy-to-use interface, the process for creating the digital products is the same. To begin, users must launch the website and then choose if they wish to create a badge, avatar, banner, or logo by clicking the corresponding button at the top of the screen. Next, the website will load the customization options for the digital product in the middle of the screen that, depending on which product is selected, will include shapes, borders, icons, color options, text, and more! Users are also…

Review Overview

A. Instruction - 7.4
B. Design - 8.8
C. Engagement - 8.7

8.3

Makebadges: Making the making of badges easy!

Summary : Adding some badges, logos, avatars, and banners to your website has never been easier!

Makebadges is a website for creating digital products including badges, avatars, banners, and site logos. With an easy-to-use interface, the process for creating the digital products is the same. To begin, users must launch the website and then choose if they wish to create a badge, avatar, banner, or logo by clicking the corresponding button at the top of the screen.

Next, the website will load the customization options for the digital product in the middle of the screen that, depending on which product is selected, will include shapes, borders, icons, color options, text, and more! Users are also able to upload images from their computer to further customize their product. As users apply their customizations, the draft of their product appears and updates on the screen while they work!

When finished, users can click the “download” button, and the website will download the product to their computer. Users can then save it to their computer and share it over social media using through the website.

Instructional Ideas for Makebadges

  1. Teachers can create digital badges that are awarded for different accomplishments, such as Homework Completer, Spontaneously Courteous, Classmate Supporter. When students demonstrate those qualities, the teacher can award them a digital badge. These badges can be displayed on a student’s website, resume, or other document for housing awards.
  2. At the beginning of the year, teachers can haves students create a website using Weebly, Jimdo, or Google Sites among others. Students can then post their work, blogs, and artifacts documenting their learning to their website. As they do, teachers can award them badges for their work. For example, if a student blogs three times in two weeks, the teacher could award that student with the “Frequent Blogger” badge. As badges are awarded, students could create a webpage on their website for showcasing them.
  3. After reading a text, students can create digital badges and avatars based on characters and events in the text. Students can then post their badges and avatars to an online digital bulletin board (e.g., Padlet) or a class website, and they can explain how their badge or avatar is connected back to the text.
  4. Teachers can have each student use the Avatar feature in this website to create a character to represent themselves during the school year. The teacher can print out these avatars and keep them in the classroom and use them when playing games, during question-and-answer discussions, for seating arrangements, and in other ways throughout the year.
  5. For students who are creating their own website, they can use the banner and logo features from this website to further customize their own website.
A1. Rigor
A2. 21st Century Skills
A3. Conn. to Future Learning
A4. Value of Errors
A5. Feedback to Teacher
A6. Level of Material
A7. Cooperative Learning
A8. Accom. of Individual Diff.
B1. Ability to Save Progress
B2. Platform Integration
B3. Screen Design
B4. Ease of Use
B5. Navigation
B6. Goal Orientation
B7. Information Presentation
B8. Media Integration
B9. Cultural Sensitivity
C1. Learner Control
C2. Interactivity
C3. Pace
C4. Flexibility
C5. Interest
C6. Aesthetics
C7. Utility

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