posted message: At our school we use a Learning Diary, an e-portfolio tool that we have developed. LD makes it is easy to share and comment work, peer and teacher assessment are possible and makes it possible to award badges, which will serve as an incentive to learn.
In the Finnish system 9th graders apply to high schools or other secondary institutions. A well functioning badge system would make the individual learning paths, core competencies and extracurricular learning more visible and build capital for the student, including those whose academic performance might be lacking. I can imagine an improved, more fair entry system to secondary schooling that takes into account badges awarded for ex by sports clubs, scouts, the Red Cross, parishes, etc