How I Use It
I used this to kick off the school year and prepare my students for Internet use. It was very easy to set up the classrooms and the student accounts. The topics are relevant to the students and the examples are very realistic. My students could easily relate to the questions. The students were very engaged and looked forward to each new activity. I didn't mention they could access it at home but a few students were excited to tell me they were able to log on at home and were thrilled about it! The lesson plans were easy to follow and I found it extremely helpful that it cited the ISTE NETS.
Any time I emailed a question, I was answered swiftly with a solution. During the first week, the site was having issues. I sent a question about it. A response came immediately saying they appreciated my feedback and they were working on the issue. I would highly recommned using Digital Passport. It was an effective teaching tool and prepares students for Internet use. The first week I used it with the students, the site was having difficulty. I emailed the site and recieved a quick response mentioning they were aware and were working on a solution. After a day or two, I never had an issue! It is great to see the site creators follow through! The feature of accessing the students results and seeing exactly what they got wrong was very valuable. It also encouraged the students to go back and earn a higher score! A few students had difficulty with the "game" part of Share Jumpers and weren't able to complete the game. I was able to read the questions to them to be sure they understood the concepts. The students giggled a bit about the flip phones in the Twalkers video. Perhaps that could be updated. I will continue to use Digital Passport in the future and have already recommended it to other technology teachers.