How I Use It
The animations were captivating for my elementary students, but I'm not sure if they would work for older students (the group the topics seemed geared to). I integrated it with the Common Sense Digital Citizenship Curriculum (available as iBooks or PDFs) for my K-5 classes. For K-2 we went through the scenarios as a class or in small groups, because the topics/situations could become complex. The 3-5 grade classes worked individually, but some situations required minor explanations. They were all very engaged, but I question how well it helps students retain the information. The first time through each scenario many students scored poorly on the mini-game. The different options in the story though encourage the students to repeat each situation, which is good, because repetition seems the main way to help them remember their correct choices/concepts. I have also paired it with the BrainPOP videos/lessons on internet safety.
The stories and animations are engaging for elementary students, but the topics seem geared towards older students. (I don't know many 5th graders considering having a positive digital footprint to land an internship). Once in the game there is little instruction on how to proceed. If you scroll down on the initial landing page there is a link to " see educator overview and materials". These are essential if you are presenting it in class (as opposed to a parent at home). I like that students are open to choose among many paths, but they are assessed through the mini-game at the end. One major fix that could held special needs and low-literacy students would be if the intro page for each character and the choices could be clicked so it would be read to the student.