Teacher Review For City of Materials

Interactive crime solving app with science features.

Crystal D.
Classroom teacher
Cabell County Career Technology Center (Huntington, WV)
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My Grades 9, 10, 11, 12
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 More than 15 minutes
Great for Homework
Individual
Practice
Small group
Great with General
How I Use It
This website incorporates a city based scenario that includes crime cases that need to be solved. One issue I had with the website is that it takes a bit to load each page. Once it loads, it works great. Some of the language used is geared towards upper level high school students. There is a basic crime scene investigator quiz that must be passed before access to the unsolved cases is granted. Teaching law & public safety, this would be a great intro to crime scene investigation or a good starter for a class.
My Take
I liked the problem solving aspect of the website. It makes the student use deductive reasoning when solving a case. The loading time was an issue, though it is not incredibly slow, it may hinder time in a short class period. After one case, students seemed to lose interest in solving the second and third.