While face to face attendance to PD workshops was somewhat steady, it was not exactly as high as I had wanted it to be. Knowing that availability of time is finite, and that teachers have many responsibilities after school, I thought an online course here and there might help them get the training they needed, when it was convenient for them. So I created one class on Google Classroom to start with, and created a Badge in Google Drawings as a reward for participating.
After the first teacher had earned their badge, I decided to create a Leader Board for the district, showing how many badges had been earned at each site. I posted the first badge, announcing that we had 1 school in the lead and that they were winning. I never expected what happened next! After posting this, I had 25 enrollments come through by email. That competitive spirit that resides in some of us came to a head when the "We have a winner!" email went out. Since then, we have had a great deal of activity online.
Nevertheless, I thought I would share my process for setting up classes and rewarding badges. For this series, I'll start with the creation of the badges themselves. It is a simple process that I've explained in this video. I hope you like it.