DigitalMe Leads Open Badge Design in the UK with Support of The Nominet Trust

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DigitalMe’s pioneering online badging initiative, Badge the UK encourages learners to develop digital making skills and showcase their achievements to the world.

(PRWEB) May 23, 2013

Connecting talent with opportunities using digital badges:

DigitalMe’s exciting new ‘online badging’ initiative, ‘Badge the UK’ is using Mozilla Open Badges to enable the worldwide recognition of in-demand workplace skills and create new employment opportunities for young people.

Today learning happens everywhere and the skills learned outside of the formal curriculum are just as important to employers as qualifications. Badge the UK is a new project which will enable learners to demonstrate all their achievements using digital badges.

Sharing achievements:

Run by DigitalMe and supported by Nominet Trust, Badge the UK will help teachers, employers and social enterprises to badge their learning programmes and provide an easy way for any teacher to award the badges they create nationwide.

These badges will highlight the achievement of a range of skills that learners develop through real-life learning projects, after-school clubs and outside experiences. All of which are important to employers in today’s digital world, but aren’t recognised by traditional qualifications.

Through a partnership with Makewaves, every young person will be provided with a badge portfolio page to help them share their achievements with employers and colleges. Young people will be able to share their badges across the web, on any website which supports the Mozilla Open Badge Standard.

Sharing these competencies online will help young people to demonstrate their skills and increase their employability profile and life chances. The initiative will also allow employers to quickly identify learners who can solve complex and novel problems through teamwork, creativity and the use of digital technology.

“DigitalMe are delighted to have been supported by The Nominet Trust to ‘Badge the UK’. Mozilla Open Badge technology provides a unique way to democratise skills and achievements, to better connect schools with industry and provides a real opportunity to increase young people’s life chances.” -Tim Riches CEO

DigitalMe are looking for schools, organisations and employers interested in using Open Badges to join the project. Find out more  http://www.digitalme.co.uk/badgetheuk

Ready to start designing your own Open Badges? Check out the DigitalMe Badge Design Canvashttp://www.digitalme.co.uk/badgecanvas

About DigitalMe

DigitalMe help young people gain skills and confidence through new technology. We co-design new ways to develop, assess and reward the competencies learners need to thrive in work and life. Our open programmes are free for any educator. They feature real-life learning, motivating challenges and fun!  Read more about DigitalMe at their website.

About Nominet Trust

Digital technology enables us all to think radically differently, to stimulate new forms of collaboration and to mobilise new communities of interest to take action for social good. It offers us phenomenal opportunities to inspire the creativity and compassion of millions of users in addressing social needs.

As such, we bring together, invest in and support people committed to using digital technology to create social and economic value. We have invested in hundreds of organisations since our inception in 2008, providing business support as well as financial investment, seeking to connect projects to prospective partners who can help increase their reach and impact. Read more about Nominet Trust at their website.

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