Product Review of Community in Crisis
This is one of three games in the Read-to-Lead series that uses a point-and-click system to thrust kids into the role of a community center director who has to manage the impact of a hurricane. It has 12 episodes, each taking about 20–30 minutes to complete. Students can check their phone, which has a to-do list, messages from characters, etc. Periodic assessments are handed out to measure the effectiveness of the lessons.
What Users Love About the App
“Students take charge, make choices, direct employees, and rally volunteers. Decisions impact character responses and assessments. Students familiar with games may find it slow and limited, though.”
“Students are put into real-life job and community situations and must gather information to make careful decisions. The combo of reading, writing, and civic engagement helps invest students in the outcome.”
“It could use a better tutorial, but the extensive resources can turn this into a full unit (or more), and support is available to teachers via email. Students can have text read out loud to them if needed.”