Teacher Review For Digital Compass

A Middle School Version of Digital Passport!

Ashley J.
Technology Integration Specialist
Saint Clement School
Chicago, IL
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My Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Digitial Citizenship and EdTech Mentor
My Rating 5
Learning Scores
Engagement 5
Pedagogy 5
Support 5
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Creation
Further application
Knowledge gain
Student-driven work
Great with General
How I Use It
We are currently using this with our 5th-7th grade students, and the students LOVE it! It is a wonderful way to wrap up the school year, applying knowledge from previously taught Common Sense lessons earlier this school year. I am using this for 5th grade, with the pretense of getting them ready to be middle school students, and to think like middle school students! It is easy to navigate, and I turned the instructions into a Google Classroom assignment, attaching the Educator Materials in case students wanted more information on Digital Compass. There are a few glitches that need to be fixed, such as the students not truly understanding how to play three rounds of a game, as well as not understanding how to create a different ending for a story.
My Take
I plan on using this with every middle school student, as well as 5th grade at the end of the school year. The optional writing assignments with a variety of recommended technology tools are wonderful, even including the assignment directions and a rubric for the teacher. This is ideal for extended learning and promotes student/academic choice, where students can then choose which prompt they want to respond to, as well as which technology tool they want to use to answer the writing prompt. One constructive piece of feedback would be to allow teachers to create classes (similar to Digital Passport), where students can log-in, and then teachers can look at the "dashboard" to view student progress, as well as allowing students to keep track of what they have finished/where they currently are in Digital Compass. As of now, students cannot log in, and they have to keep track of where they are on their own, and teachers cannot view a "dashboard" of student progress/work. Instead, students must either send or print score cards.