Teacher Review For Smithsonian Quests

Make connections across content areas while earning badges as credentials

Jay V.
District Technology and Learning Coach
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My Grades Pre-K, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
EdTech Mentor
My Rating 4
Learning Scores
Engagement 4
Pedagogy 5
Support 3
Setup Time 5-15 minutes
Great for Creation
Further application
Knowledge gain
Small group
Student-driven work
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
How I Use It
I would use this product as a way to extend student learning and experience particularly for science and social studies. The freedom for the students to decide which badges they would like to earn can provide valuable engagement and leverage. Student badges can serve as credentials for mastery within subjects depending on the alignment to the original assignment(s)/curriculum.
My Take
I love the fact, and believe the students will prefer, the self-paced and passion based nature of this program. Students will also get feedback from experts in the fields aligned to the badges. Having valuable experiences plus relevant input from credible sources leads to powerful learning experiences. A useful tool for extending learning and interests in particular classrooms.