7 Web Tools for Creating Badges for your Classroom

Whether you are looking to step up your sticker game in the classroom or looking to introduce gamification into your learning environment, customizable badges are a great way to start!

Badges, by definition, are a special or distinctive mark, token, or device worn as a sign of allegiance, membership, authority, or achievement. The use of badges is not a novelty and has been around for quite some time to motivate and encourage people to achieve certain standards and complete specific tasks. A perfect example of this is the use of badges by Boys and Girls Scouts. They give scouts a patch to recognize each of their achievements and acquired skills. In turn, the scouts wear these patches with pride and honor to show off their accomplishments.

Badges truly are a deceptive little tool that somehow trick us all to do and achieve! With that said, why not harness the power of these simple little tools in the classroom. What's the worse that can happen?

  • They can help recognize student accomplishments?

  • They can help provide a quick form of feedback?

  • They can help demonstrate growth?

  • They can help track acquired skills?

  • They can help give students a sense of status and prestige in class?

  • They can help give students a sense of achievement and belonging?

Well...after giving it some good thought, it's really all about the collectables! That's all that matters. We just like to collect and display for all to see! Everything else is just frivolous perks... or are they?

The reality is that badges provide intrinsic motivation with minimal extrinsic rewards needed. The badges don’t truly hold any monetary or physical value, they merely provide a confirmation of an achievement. Even though they may not hold much physical value, the intrinsic value is truly plentiful!

Convinced yet? If so, then let’s get you started with making some of your own. The following 7 websites are great web tools to get you badging up a storm in your class!

1. Canva.com

Canva is a free graphic design web tool. It provides complete freedom to design just about anything from banners, to logos, resumes, print ads, infographics and any other type of web or print media! In this case, it’s a great tool for badges too! Canva allows you to download your creations in either jpeg, pdf, or png formats. The best part about Canva is that you can add other collaborators and have multiple designers working together to make and create amazing badges all in one place. When you are done, Canva saves the designs for later use and editing. All you need is to create a free account and all your designs will be automatically saved and stored.

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2. Makebadg.es

Makebadges is another great web tool for badge making. It does not require an account and it’s straightforward to use. You can quickly create random badges by clicking “Lucky Dip” or customize your own badge from scratch. “Lucky Dip” is a great way to browse through different variations if you are looking for some inspiration and ideas. To customize your own badge, there are four tabs to work your way through. In these tabs, Makebadges gives you the option to pick the shape and colors of the badge, the icon and message displayed, as well as the border type. If you do not see an icon you like, it even allows you to upload your own! Once you are ready, just click download and a png file downloads with your badge! In addition to making badges, this web tool also has the option to create avatars, banners, and site logos. The only drawback to Makebadges is that you cannot save and come back to your creations at a later time.


3. Credly.com

Credly is a free credential management tool. Not only does it let you create badges, it allows you to issue them and showcase your own as well. Think of Credly as a portfolio system for badges and achievements; the LinkedIn of badges. Credly does require an account to start creating and giving “credits” (badges). Furthermore, those receiving the badges also requ