Teacher Review For Trace Effects

Fun for students, but many technical issues

Jill C.
Classroom teacher
Big Foot High School (Walworth, WI)
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My Rating 3
Learning Scores
Engagement 5
Pedagogy 3
Support 4
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time More than 15 minutes
Great for Individual
Knowledge gain
Great with ELL
How I Use It
We use this game whenever we have some extra time at the end of class. The students really enjoy it, but my beginner ELL students seem to struggle with some parts of the game. They get confused easily, and it is difficult for them to figure out what to do next.
My Take
I do really enjoy giving my students time to play a game in class and they REALLY enjoy it. They talk about the game after class and laugh while playing. They always ask if we will have time to play. However, there are lots of technical problems with this game. I wish there was a support site that we could go to for trouble shooting. For example, some of my students have completed Chapter One, but the game will not let them move on to Chapter 2. Also, if you try to leave a level in the middle, there is a possibility that your game will not be saved/will have a glitch the next time you try to play. I have tried emailing the company, but so far, I haven't gotten any response. It is a shame because the game has lots of potential.