- Go to Setup > Manage Program/Challenges.
- Click on Create a Program.
- Select Logging for the ways in which people can earn badges.
- Enter Program Name: What do you want to call this program? The name will be visible to students.
- Provide a Program Description: Tell your students all about your challenge! Explain what they will be doing to move through and complete the challenge. You may use html code in your description to add things like italics, boldface, color, and more to the description.
- Set the Program Position:
- Choose the Age and Grade for your Challenge: What ages or grade level is this challenge available to? Is it available to all students in your school? Just one grade?
- Set the Program Dates: What are the dates on which this program will be live and available to your students? Note that in the date fields. If you leave this blank, the program will be considered “ongoing.”
- Staff Only: This is for our public library clients. Your challenge will most likely never be "staff only," so leave this toggled to "no."
- Decide if you would like students to preregister for your challenge: If your challenge starts at a date in the future, leaving this toggled to "yes" will allow students to view and "pre-register" for the challenge. This means that on the date the challenge begins, any reading they log from then on will count towards that challenge.
- Determine if you would like to enable Alternative Programs: This is also a feature meant for our public library clients. You will almost always want your students to be able to enroll in any challenges available to them.
The next section of your program to setup is Badges. This is where you will determine the logging milestones, choose badge images, and attach any rewards or certificates you see fit.
"Restricted" if you want badges to be earned within a specific time frame. Note that restricting your badges will change logging in your challenge from cumulative to episodic.
- Choose a badge image: Here you can select badges from different badge groups. If you click on one of the groups, you will then only see badges associated with that group as options below. This is an optional action and can save you time if you already know the group to which your preferred badges are attached. If you have uploaded your own custom badges they will also show up in the filter options.
Once you select the badge, the ability to add a reward will also become available. You may select an existing reward on your site or create a new reward.
Follow the instructions below to add a reward to your Registration Badge:
- Return to the Badges page of your challenge setup and scroll to Registration Badge.
- To add a new reward click on +Add New.
- Add instructions on how students can receive their reward.
- Then, click "Save and add".
- elect Add a Badge.
- Select the badge image you would like to use.
- Determine if you would like to add an existing reward or create a new reward for the Completion Badge. Is there a reward available for having completed the whole program? If so, add the badge and reward here. If you plan to connect a completion reward to a logging badge or activity badge, then do not add a completion reward or it will be awarded twice! Set up a completion badge reward the same way you would a registration badge reward.
- elect Create a Badge.
- Click on Choose Badge to select the badge image you would like to use.
- Determine if you would like to add a certificate to your logging badge. To add a Certificate, click on "Create a Certificate"
Certificates are automatically generated within Beanstack. They are very basic in design, though can have custom language. Once earned, certificates are available for download by a student.
Enter the information as you see fit. Then click "Save and add."
n the reward description, include a link to a printable version of your certificate
- Determine Time Restrictions if necessary. If a badge may be earned at any time during your program, simply leave this section blank. If not, indicate the dates during which it may be earned.
- elect Create a Badge.
- Enter a title and a short description. This will help your students understand what activities will be required to complete the badge.
- Select the badge that will be earned when this learning track is complete.
- Should someone complete a specific activity badge before being able to complete this one? If so, select a prerequisite learning track. If not, leave that field blank. You will most likely leave this set to "no prerequisite".
- Optional: Add a reward for completing this track by either clicking on an existing reward from the drop-down menu, or creating a new reward by clicking Create a Reward.
- Select Add an Activity.
- Optional: Add a Link Title. This will be the text that is hyperlinked should you want to include a link.
- Optional: Add Link URL. This is the link to which you may send a student for further information
- Secret Code Activity: You may add a secret code to an activity that a student must have and enter in order to complete the activity.
- Text Box Challenge Activity: You may add a text box challenge to an activity that requires the student to add written text to an activity before it may be checked off as completed.
- General Activity: May include a link, and once complete, a student simply clicks on the check to complete the activity.
- Click Add. Repeat to add as many activities as you'd like to each badge.
You can always add or remove activities, and you and easily drag and drop the activities to change their order.
Adding Ticket Drawings to your program is optional. Ticket Drawings allow students to determine where they want their entries to go if you have multiple drawing options available to them. These are rarely used in schools. However, if you do have multiple prizes to award at the end of a challenge, this might be for you! If you'd like to add tickets to your challenge, please contact us on the helpdesk to make sure this is the right option for your challenge.
Last step! Ready to finalize your program? Determine if this program is still a draft or if it should be published.