Do your students love to play games? Why not capitalize on their interest and offer some engaging learning about Digital Citizenship. Here are a few options for the classroom.
Google’s Be Internet Awesome: “Helping kids be safe, confident explorers of the online world.” Students take on Interland and explore different worlds: Reality River where they learn about fake news, Mindful Mountain where they share with care, Tower of Treasure to secure your secrets, and Kind Kingdom where it is cool to be kind. This is a kid-friendly game suitable for all ages.
Common Sense Media: There are three different game platforms that connect with the Common Sense Media scope and Sequence. Digital Passport for grades 3-5 which teaches critical skills related to digital safety, respect, and community. Digital Compass is a choose your own adventure for students 6-8. Digital Compass is a safe place to see how their choices impact them and the people around them. Digital Bytes for grades 9-12 teaches teens digital citizenship through student-directed, media-rich activities that tackle real-world dilemmas. Teens then create collaborative digital projects to share their learning.
Kahoot: There are many pre-made Khoot! games that you may edit to meet your needs, or try this one made by Instructional Technology Specialist, Valerie Buck, targeted towards middle schoolers.
Facticious: Fighting Fake news is a national concern, and here is a game you can play to test your fake news detecting skills. Facticious is great for high school, because some of the articles may be just a smidge controversial. At the bottom of the article title and preview, students can click on the source of the article to help them decide. The game works like Tinder, you see one story at a time and swipe right or left to choose real or fake, you get immediate feedback and a brief explanation.