Teacher Review For Disaster Hero

Game-based Interactive Emergency Preparedness

Jenny A.
Classroom teacher
Casita Center for Science/Math/Technology
Vista, CA
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My Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies
EdTech Mentor
My Rating 3
Learning Scores
Engagement 3
Pedagogy 3
Support 3
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time 5-15 minutes
Great for Further application
Knowledge gain
Small group
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
How I Use It
This is a great way for teachers to introduce and reinforce how to prepare for emergencies. From tips to games, the website is user friendly. I plan to use this with 5th graders who are able to understand some of the advanced vocabulary. I intend to use this with students individually in a 1:1 setting. I think that it is pretty easy to setup, however, at the beginning, there is an opportunity for students to create their own personalized avatar so this may engage the kids but also take some time from the learning.
My Take
I really liked that the script is narrated so that it could be read to students who struggle with decoding. It also some great features where students can play games and also learn through multiple choice questions. The website also promotes game-based learning through badges so students can feel as though they are earning their way up through the different levels. I think that middle school kids may find this to be to scripted and the narration to be too lengthy. Upper elementary kids may enjoy this and have more take away, however, some of the vocabulary seems high even though it can be read to them. This won't be completed in one setting, instead, it may take a few sessions.