Teacher Review For Digital Compass

PERFECT "LAB" FOR DIGITAL CITIZENSHIP! Great hands on activity with strong discussion potential

James T.
Classroom teacher
Saint Benedict Prep, Chicago, Illinois
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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 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 Further application
Knowledge gain
Small group
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
How I Use It
I used this website as an introduction to a few Nearpod lessons on digital citizenship. For example, before giving students direct instruction I had students play the scenario “Citation Infestation”. Students were allowed to choose any choice they wanted BUT they were informed that they would be discussing what happened to their character, and why they choose that choice. I was hoping for students to get a variety of outcomes and have a heated debate. Students were excited to share and I was happy with the discussion. Afterwards I began direct instruction using the Nearpod lesson “whose is it anyway”. After the lesson, students were tasked to complete “Citation Infestation” once more, but tasked with ending with a positive outcome.
My Take
I love this website. I have used it for 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders. However, even though the 3rd graders were able to finish the scenarios, complete the games, even ask for the website after class so they could use it at home, I feel that this website is made for students who typically have more access online that most 3rd graders actually use. This website is highly interactive, appealing, and the students love it! I can’t speak highly enough of the great discussion and that followed afterward. Students where reflecting on their discussions and even defending what they did reasonably. I would love to teach older students with this tool and use it at an even deeper level.