CONCEPT: The gamification of esafety as five crucial topics become five unique touch screen games for students.
DELIVERY: Esafety is a topic that can ellicit groans and bored faces from modern students. This is often because they are overly confident and think that they know it all already. As such you need to find a really engaging way to get the important message across. This is no mean task as decent resources can be very hard to find.
Say hello to Digital Passport.
This package from Common Sense Media is quite brilliant in it's delivery. Educators can sign up on the Digital Passport website and populate their classes to generate login details for their students. They can then use the app to access their accounts.
Then the fun/learning begins. Split into five core units that cover a range of esafety topics, Digital Passport is one of the finest tools for presenting esafety that I've seen. Each activity intersperses video interviews with students and a full-on game with the content embedded. For example, Share Jumper focuses on the need to protect private data online. The game section is a vertical jumper with the character jumping from cloud to cloud to try and reach the top. As you climb higher, you have to select teh correct cloud based on the esafety choices presented. It's very clever as it reinforces the need to "look before you leap" - or think before you click!
The other topics covered include safe mobile phone use, cyberbullying, safe (and effective) searching online and copyright/plagiarism. The range is great as it highlights the variety of topics that make up the world of esafety and digital citizenship.
Now I should point out that students can access the activities via the website itself for free but the touch screen and motion control that the mobile version delivers really elevates the experience and heightens engagement levels.
By accessing the Digital Passport website educators can track class data and student scores. This is great as you can set tasks as a homework assignment or even simply challenge students to complete all the tasks in their own time. You can even print off a special certificate to reward those that complete all of the activities!
LIMITATIONS: You will need to go through the (free) educator sign up process at the Digital Passport website and create classes/logon tickets for students. No data can be tracked in app either - again the site itself must be used in conjunction.
CONCLUSION: A hugely engaging way to present a massively important topic. Highly recommended 5/5
- Esafety training for students