Teacher Review For Solve the Outbreak

An educational and addicting science app!

Valerie H.
Technology coordinator
Wemrock Brook Elementary School
Manalapan, NJ
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My Grades 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
EdTech Mentor
My Rating 4
Learning Scores
Engagement 4
Pedagogy 5
Support 4
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Individual
Knowledge gain
Small group
Great with Advanced learners
How I Use It
I loved the idea of using real life scenarios to teach science concepts that are often presented in a less than interesting format. I found the site to be engaging and highly motivating. You really want to save people! It's definitely for older students as the vocabulary and situations are for a more mature student. When an incorrect answer is chosen, the app does a nice job of helping you improve, but also doesn't shy away from disaster striking if you bungle the investigation! I would use this app with students interested in the sciences and possibly as part of an after-school club because it does take some time to go through the complete scenario.
My Take
This app by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) is highly engaging and really addictive! Players will attempt to achieve their "Disease Detective Badge" as you attempt to solve a dozen outbreaks of various types through an analysis of the data you encounter. It has a very real world feel to it as it takes you to the scene of the outbreak to investigate the victims and the environment. By acting quickly and answering questions accurately, you can save a whole city or country for disaster!