Mouse offers a series of Digital Badges that users can earn as they submit project work on Mouse Create. The Badge Directory has a list of all available badges and which projects are required for each.
Awarded badges are issued through a third party site, Acclaim, where users can share their badges and the work they submitted to earn the badge on college and job applications and on their social networks.
The badges table is used by Educators to view pending badges and award badges to members of their group. Student accounts can also view the badge table, but instead of the "Award Badge" buttons they will just see that the badge has not been awarded.
Note: Mouse Create digital badges are issued publicly through a third party site, Acclaim. Acclaim requires that students must be 13 or older to receive digital badges.
To earn a badge:
Educators must review each project related to the badge within the Group Work tab before the badge can be awarded in the Badges tab.
Badges are awarded as part of completing courses on Mouse Create. From the Projects area, select a course from the Project Finder menu to view the badges available for the course. Select the badge to view the list of required projects.
Every course on Mouse Create has at least 1 badge associated with it. For example, if your group has added the Impact Game Design course to your Playlist, your students will become eligible for 3 digital badges as they complete each project within the course: Game Designer, Scratch Developer and Scratch Activist. A few badges have required projects that span over 2 related courses, for example the Apps & Software badge relates to projects in both the IT Essentials course and the IT Admin course.
When projects associated with a badge are added to a group’s playlist the badge image will display on the project card in the playlist. More on how to use your group’s playlist.
Once you’ve earned a digital badge on Mouse Create, you can go to Acclaim to share it publicly on college and job applications, on social networks and with your school. When your educator awards you a new badge, you will receive an email from youracclaim.com to claim your badge through their website. Follow the link in that email (or log in to Acclaim directly) to accept and share your badge. Your Acclaim login should be the email address you used to register for Mouse Create and the password you selected. More info is available on Acclaim’s Help page.
Mouse has created a series of printable Badge Certificates for groups working with students under 13. However, once a student turns 13, they will automatically be able to earn digital badges by following the instructions above. Work submitted by students before they are 13 will count toward future digital badges.
Because Mouse Create allows users to create and join multiple groups on the site, it is important to make sure that you submitted your project work within the right group. If you or your group members are in multiple groups, here are a few things to keep in mind:
Each badge can only be earned once by each user. However, if the user submits new work for projects related to a badge that has already been earned, the new work will be added to the badge’s public page.