How I Use It
We have 13 elementary schools in our school district and all 13 elementary school librarians are using Digital Passport this year to assess our 6th grade students on our Digital Literacy state standards. We are teaching lessons using the ice breakers and other common sense media materials and then the students are completing both Share Jumper and E-Volve as our district wide 6th grade common assessment. I introduced Digital Passport using Shark Search so my students could get a "feel for" how the games work and they were begging me to let them try again and improve their score! The students are engaged, working hard and their scores have been steadily increasing. The only challenge we have discovered is, if the students are not "gamers" or have special needs, the Share Jumper game was difficult to get a true read on their understanding of the concepts. If the student could answer the question correctly but could not maneuver to jump up on the pads and fell to the incorrect answer it altered their score and led to frustration. I know in trying the game myself ahead of time, I had trouble with jumping even though I knew the content and answers, it affected my score. To aid with this dilemma since it is a district assessment that all 6th graders must complete in this first marking period, we have created a paper multiple choice print assessment that the students may choose to complete to add to their online score. The print assessment gives 30 scenarios with 2 choices for each and the students circle the responsible, safe choice. I have also allowed students to help each other with games if it is a game that is not a standards based common assessment.
My students and I have thoroughly enjoyed adding Digital Passport (and Digital Compass) to our weekly Digital Literacy lessons and I hope even more units are added in the future. I have 30 students in each of my 6th grade classes and they LOVE to talk, so if Digital Passport is keeping them so engaged that they are quiet and furthering their understanding of the state standards in technology then this program will continue to be a huge part of my instruction in years to come!