How I Use It
I teach fourth grade technology in a large district--almost 800 fourth graders. I am incorporating Digital Passport in my lessons for all of my fourth graders to help them become more knowledgeable and safer when they are using technology. Each week we do a section from Digital Passport and then use different programs to complete the missions. By doing this along with classroom discussion, my students are becoming safer, smarter digital citizens.
The games definitely have strengths by allowing the students to answer questions and learn skills on how to be better digital citizens while they are playing an entertaining game. My students definitely look forward to playing these games. Additionally, the missions are directly related to the topic in the games and help my students to further advance and display what they have learned.
Some of the weaknesses have been in the Share Jumpers game. This game is definitely too difficult for most fourth graders, so many of my fourth graders were not able to get to the mission because they couldn’t complete the game. Also, the instructions for the missions were to print off the missions and then complete. If we’re talking about using technology, I feel that the mission directions should instruct us to use technology to complete the missions. This was not an issue since I told my students to use different programs to complete the missions, but maybe this could be listed as an option in the directions. Also, every day we have problems with the website. Many times my students receive error messages and they have to wait until the website is up again before they can continue their work. This can be frustrating when it happens on a daily basis.
The strengths and information given on this website definitely surpass the weaknesses, so I will continue to use the website with my students.