Teacher Review For BeSeen

Social media simulation to teach kids appropriate online behavior

Elizabeth E.
Classroom teacher
Isidore Newman School
New Orleans, LA
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My Grades 6
My Subjects Social Studies
My Rating 3
Learning Scores
Engagement 4
Pedagogy 3
Support 2
My Students Liked It No
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Further application
Homework
Individual
Practice
Great with General
How I Use It

BeSeen, which imitates the Facebook interface and overall setup, would be most appropriately employed in some sort of life skills or personal development course for fifth or sixth grade students, based on the relatively juvenile type of interaction options players have.

The problem is that the characters in the game are supposed to be high school-aged, so there is a disconnect between the age group that would find this entertaining and would benefit from it (lower - middle school age) and the group that it seems to be geared toward (high school age).

My Take

BeSeen is a "social media" platform in which students create their own profiles and interact with imaginary characters at an imaginary high school.

Players have the opportunity to choose from status update and comment options that range from mean-spirited to positive and encouraging to others.

The app reinforces the good decisions players make online and advises players when they make not-so-good decisions.

This app would be most appropriately used in some sort of advisory or life skills setting.