Welcome BadgeStarting winter 2016, San Diego Unified will begin awarding achievement by issuing digital badges. Digital badges are virtual tokens issued as recognition of a skill, or behavior demonstrated, or an achievement a student has earned. 

Electronic badges are popular among young adults, used by industry, and something we believe will support students as they enter the post-secondary world of college and career. Digital badges are a way to display what students can do, as well as what they know. These badges can be collected over time and shared on social media and through resumes. Our badging system is supported by UCSD Extension and other local business partners. 

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Gmail iconStudents will be notified of badges through their Gmail email account accessible through their Google apps for education. To ensure student safety, students will not be able to send or receive emails to or from any other entity using their district email account.

Please use the document below for assistance accessing your digital badges and setting up your digital badge account / “backpack.”

Badges Issued

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Elementary & Middle School

Badges Offered to Elementary and Middle School Students

High School

Badges Offered to High School Students

Additional Badges Offered to High School Students

Micro-credentials to be issued in the future

  • Academic and professional skills and competencies useful to students moving into the post-secondary world of college and career.

Note: Micro-credentials will also be recorded on UCSD Extension transcripts as college prep credit received.


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