Teacher Review For Digital Compass

Extremely high interest and engagement. Great activity to use as a conversation starter about consequences and technology use.

Jeff D.
Classroom teacher
Millard Elementary School
Fremont, CA
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My Grades 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Arts
Digitial Citizenship and EdTech Mentor
My Rating 5
Learning Scores
Engagement 5
Pedagogy 5
Support 4
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Further application
Knowledge gain
Small group
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
How I Use It
I used this in conjunction with some corresponding unplugged lessons on digital citizenship found at Common Sense Ed. I assign the students with a specific character for that day (e.g. Citation Infestation). The first time they go through, I tell them to honestly choose their best response. After a round, I tell to see how much trouble they get their character in. We then close out the first lesson with a whole class conversation about their experience and their understanding of the cause and effect. The next day, I build on thee prior day experience with a lesson on the same topic. The students then come to the table with some prior knowledge and are able to better participate in the follow up lesson. It has been quite a powerful tool to work with.
My Take
I cannot begin to tell you how much I like this product. I have used it for as young as 5th grade (who had already completed Digital Passport) and old as incoming 9th graders. All have been highly engaged in and the teaching moments that have come out of it are priceless. This is a great tool to enhance our students understanding of the digital world that they live and some of the consequences that come with their decisions. A couple of things to be aware of: 1) There are no student accounts, so progress is not saved if you are set up to have your browser clear out its cache every time it is closed out. 2) There are no assessments or specific assignments attached to the lessons. You will need to come up with your own processing assignments. I like to have the students journal their thoughts and incorporate writing somehow.