Webinar Spotlight: Helping Students Make Good Digital Decisions with Digital Compass

Students practice decision-making and perspective-taking through animated, choose-your-own-adventure stories.

May 22, 2015
Kelly Mendoza Director of Professional Development
Common Sense Education

CATEGORIES Common Sense Resources, Digital Citizenship, Digital Literacy, Professional Development, Students

How can you help students learn how to make good decisions in the digital world? In April, I co-hosted a webinar with Brisa Ayub, M.S., co-creator of Digital Compass, Common Sense’s newest interactive resource for middle school students. Digital Compass helps students practice decision-making and perspective-taking through animated, choose-your-own-adventure stories. We walked through the features of Digital Compass, background research, and implementation ideas for educators. We’re excited about our new resource, and hope you are too! 

Digital Compass is available online or as an app (App Store, Google Play, and Edmodo).

Webinar Highlights:

17:40 -- "With this character, we were trying to focus on the disinhibition effect we see with kids -- the idea that they are doing things and saying things online that they might not often do in real life."

24:14 -- "Next is a video clip that shows a couple decision points in the story and the animation that kids will see. It will also show you a clip from the mini-game, so you get a sense of what that looks like."

50:20 – "How can kids build empathy through perspective-taking? Research shows that playing pro-social games increases interpersonal empathy and decreases the pleasure that players take in others’ misfortunes."

If you'd like to join future webinars and share ideas on teaching with technology, join the Digital Citizenship community on edWeb. Check out all of our upcoming webinars and events in our events calendar. See you there!

Note: If you want to receive a Certificate of Completion for watching this webinar, you can view it in the webinar archives of our Digital Citizenship Community on edWeb.