How I Use It
I use Digital Passport as a part of my digital citizenship unit. The videos and lessons cover 5 of the topics that are needed to provide instruction to the students. We watch the video as a class and have further discussion. Sometimes we add more to the provided lesson. Students then work at the computer independently on the task/game. We use Digital Passport for about three weeks for 30 minutes twice a week. The students are excited to to see the video and play the game. I use this for my 4th and 5th graders.
This is a great reinforcement of some of the digital citizenship concepts. It is an engaging approach that meets the needs of students that learn this way. I like to present digital citizenship in a variety of approaches including the Common Sense Media unit. Digital Passport fits right into this flow of lessons. The 4th graders seems to get a better grasp of the concept from the videos. The 5th graders seem to perform better on the games/questions than in 4th grade. The challenge of the games is mixed for the students. I am always surprised at which activities they find more challenging than others, just another insight to the different way students think and approach the task. The teacher dashboard provides the results of the students progress. It is not detailed, but it gives me an idea if they are missing a concept. The students love the time we spend on it and are disappointed when we need to move it. This is definitely a worthwhile program to use alone or independently to teach digital citizenship.