Stone Group and DigitalMe showcase Open Badge scheme at Bett 2014

Stone Group and DigitalMe are helping teachers and students earn their technology skills Open Badges at Bett 2014 this week.

Students and teachers can earn the first of their Open Badges at Bett 2014 this week. As part of the Open Badge scheme, Bett delegates can earn badges to demonstrate informal education skills not previously recognised through formal qualifications.

Stone Group and DigitalMe will be showcasing the Open Badge scheme at Bett 2014, where delegates can go and earn their industry-specific Stone CDP Badge and the Badge Canvas.

The Open Badge scheme was designed to show scout-style recognition for skills learnt through ICT, computing or digital literacy or achievement over online or offline media channels.

Through the use of their badges achieved throughout school, a student or job applicant can show future employers the skills they earned and industry-recognised projects they worked on, in addition to their formal qualifications.

Simon Harbridge, CEO at Stone Group, said: “Getting a job is one of the most stressful life challenges that young people face, particularly in the current employment market. Open Badges are radically changing the way UK employers see qualifications; from abstract measures of knowledge to becoming tools to connect talent with opportunities for employment.

“We’re looking forward to welcoming teachers and students to the Stone stand to find out how to get on board.”

Tim Riches, CEO of DigitalMe, said: “Bett is the perfect place for educators and students to get hands-on experience of how Open Badges work, so we’re really pleased to have a Badge the UK hub on the Stone stand."

At a recent roundtable organised by Stone Group, Riches described Open Badges as “21stcentury scouts on steroids”.

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