How I Use It
I use Digital Compass with my 5th and 6th grade research students toward the beginning of the quarter as a way to introduce some of my course's content. They usually complete anywhere from 1 to 3 of the stories individually or with a partner. Later in the quarter we use the tool again to reinforce concepts we've learned about or as a way to teach students about concepts we won't have time to cover with in-depth lessons.
This is a great tool. Kids love being able to choose an avatar then choosing the different scenarios. They usually complete each story at least twice - trying different answers to see the results. Later in the quarter, I'll hear kids say, "Oh, I learned about this in that game we played!" This is always a plus.
The downside has been the amount of time it takes the game to load. During the first couple classes of the day, it loads quickly, but by 9:30 or so, it can take anywhere between a couple minutes to eight minutes to load.