Since The Tweet Family had made the decision to continue with NEST Ed for educating the Tweetlets Retweet has sometimes found it difficult to motivate the Tweetlets (especially Tweetil) to do the work she set for them.
Retweet had found that Tweetelle responded well to incentives to do the set work such as pretty pebbles but that Tweetil preferred to design his own learning experiences. Sometimes this method produced useful learning but at other times the results were far from useful from Retweet’s point of view and caused her to doubt her decision to continue with NEST Ed.
She consulted the Psych-Owl-Ogist and he gave her a lengthy lecture about intrinsic and extrinsic motivation and how the greater degree of self determination of the task generally increased the desire to complete it. You can read about the content of his lecture here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Self-determination_theory.
News travels very fast among Twitter Birds and so, especially as there is a Twitter hashtag for Digital Badges #digitalbadges, Retweet had heard about them and thought badges may provide the required motivation for the Tweetlets.
The Psych-Owl-Ogist showed the Tweetlets a set of badges and asked if they would like to be able to earn them.
Tweetelle’s eyes lit up and she touched each of the badges softly with her wing tip.
“Which ones would you like to earn?” asked the Psych-Owl-Ogist
“All of them!” said Tweetelle
“Even if you had to work hard to earn them?”
“And what about you, Tweetil? Would you like to earn these badges?” asked the Psych-Owl-Ogist.
“Nah – that’s girl stuff!” replied Tweetil.
“Well, not really…” said the Psych-Owl-Ogist “Look, there are badges for climbing, nest building, worm farming, camping out and for navigating by the stars. Which ones do you think you would like to earn?”
Tweetil pointed to the biggest, shiniest badge at the top of the chart. “That one!”
“You can earn that one when you have collected at least 10 of the badges” said the Psych-Owl-Ogist.
The Psych-Owl-Ogist winked at Retweet “It just might work!” he said.