As we all well know, COVID-19 is causing unprecedented problems around the world today, and everyone is finding ways to adapt to the situation. Schools are shut, and so our client, Hastings Opportunity Area, has had to think about ways it can adapt its platform, Badge Bonanza.
Last year, Switchplane created the Badge Bonanza platform for Hastings Opportunity Area (HOA), a government-backed initiative, as an innovative solution to engage and reward young people for learning and using local services such as the library, museums, and parks.
This has been received very well by schools and pupils, with over 1000 badges claimed by Key Stage 2 children in Hastings so far.
Problem: Children can't leave their homes to visit the local area and be rewarded with badges. They may also be struggling with finding useful, good quality resources online to help with home learning.
Solution: Switchplane is adapting the Badge Bonanza website to be able to provide a collection of resources for pupils to use whilst at home. The existing website runs primarily through setting up activities and badges from the administrator access, but we are adding functionality to the website to provide more content management access so they can create and manage new pages on the front-end website which will be needed as the resources grow. As part of this work, we are updating the appearance of article pages and the homepage hero section to support this change in direction.
Hastings Opportunity Area will be contacting schools in the area, many of whom are already signed up to the badge platform, to share this new resource for children via their usual methods of communication.
Teachers are also able to use the platform to create their own badges for their schools, so it would be possible to use this tool as a reward system for learning at home and indoors-based activities too.
It's interesting to see how our clients are adapting and reacting to the current changing circumstances generally, but particularly great in this case to see how technology and online resources are being used to help children who are trying to remain engaged in learning at home.
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