Summer Reading Bonus Level Badge Game FAQ

There have been some questions about the Summer Reading Bonus Level Badge Game. Below are answers to some of the most frequent questions staff and customers have had.

How do I sign up? Am I automatically signed up if I’m already signed up for Summer Reading?
Signing up for Summer Reading does not automatically sign you up for the Bonus Game. You will need to go into the Bonus Game itself and sign up there. You can get to the Bonus Game through the SummerFest webpage or directly at http://summerfest.tscpl.org/bonus-level-badges/. Signing up is quick and easy. You can use the same user name and password as the Summer Reading software if you choose.

How does it work?
Players score points and earn online badges by performing a series of tasks and activities. There are 15 badges that they can earn. To earn a badge a player must complete three different sections: Read, Explore, and Activities. To complete the Read portion they must read for one hour. They can “double dip” and use their reading time that they used for regular summer reading in this also. To complete the Explore portion they have to answer a series of questions about their badge topic. They can use resources, including the internet, to answer these questions. To complete the Activity portion they have to complete an activity related to the badge topic. Once players have completed each section of the badge, they will earn that badge. Players can read additional hours and complete more activities to earn additional points.

How do I record my reading / activities / exploration on the webpage and get points?
While on the Bonus Game webpage, select the badge on which you want to work. Then, select whether you want to Read, Explore, or do an Activity. If you have read for an hour, select one of the reading links. The next page will bring up a list of reading suggestions. Simply click the “Submit” button at the bottom of the page to record 1 hours’ worth of reading.

If you would like to complete the Explore section, select Explore. Next, select “Questions Page”. Next select, “Start Taking This Course”. Select the name of the quiz, and then finally select “View the Lesson Quiz”. You will need to answer all of the questions correctly to complete this task.

For the activity, select the activity page and then select the activity you wish to complete. Once you have completed the activity, just click on the “Submit” button at the bottom of the page.

Where do I get my badge?
The badges and the game are all online. There is no actual physical badge to pick up. These are digital badges. This system is based on online games and the levels and rewards that players collect in similar environments.

What can I win?
There are no actual prizes. This is purely for fun and for bragging rights. There is a leaderboard on the Bonus Level webpage.

Why are we doing this?
The pilot project is a way to incorporate gaming elements into summer reading and to add more entertaining yet educational activities. The concept of badges can also be extended to other learning opportunities provided by the library, so this will work as a pilot for not just summer reading, but for the possibility of using badges in other areas.

For more information about badges, visit http://www.openbadges.org/.   In general badges can:

  •  Make alternative learning channels, skills and types of learning more viable, portable and impactful.
  • Be awarded for a potentially limitless set of individual skills regardless of where each skill is developed.
  • Serve as a virtual resume of competencies and qualities for key stakeholders such as peers, schools or potential employers.
  • Provide intrinsic feedback or serve as milestones or rewards throughout a course or learning experience to encourage continued engagement and retention.
  • Make learners aware of skills or topics and encourage them to go down new paths or to spend more time trying to develop those skills.
  • Serve as entry points to become aware of and attain new levels of privileges.
  • Serve as mechanisms to encourage and promote identity within the learning community, as well as reputation among peers.
  • Signal community or sub-community membership and can help people find peers with similar interests or mentors to help teach them skills they lack.
  • Serve as a means of social capital, and community-oriented or -defined badges could formalize camaraderie, team synthesis or communities of practice.
  • Capture a wide range of skills, including those that are often missed or ignored by formal channels, or newer skills like digital literacies that evolve with the ever-changing society.
  • Give us the flexibility to award innovation and recognize new skills as they emerge and gain relevance.

Remember that this is a pilot project. We are testing it out this summer to see how it works. We will evaluate it after summer.

There is also a discussion of the Badge Game at: http://tscpl.org/books-movies-music/hush-library-podcast-ep-57

 

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