For the past couple of years, I have heard a lot about escape rooms and breakout activities. I love the concept of students working together to solve puzzles and figuring out the codes to open the locks. But I was not sure how well they would work for my students. I only have about 20 minutes of teaching time with my classes and a true breakout would take much longer. And the breakout kits were out of my budget. So when I heard about digital breakouts I became very excited. This was an activity I could do! I could make the challenges simple enough so my students could complete them in one class period. And I knew the kids would LOVE them. So this summer I made it a goal of mine to create my first digital breakout, and I did: Library Rules and Orientation.
Benefits of Digital Breakouts
- Students must work together as a team and collaborate
- Helps students develop listening and speaking skills
- Engaging and interactive way to teach and review content
- Incorporates 21st-century learning skills
- Promotes critical thinking – specifically how to apply, analyze, synthesize, and evaluate information
- Learn problem-solving techniques
Using Digital Breakouts in the Library
Creating the Breakout
I will admit that creating my first digital breakout was a challenge. I wanted to make sure that the puzzles were easy enough to be completed in a limited amount of time but still challenging. And I had to decide what types of puzzles to include. In the end, I came up with a breakout with 3 different challenges.
- Hidden message word search – unlock a 3 digit number lock
- Library rules – unlock a directional lock
- Fill in the blank – unlock a 5 letter lock
Using the Breakout
Entering their answers
What types of breakouts would you like to see? What questions do you have? Please leave a comment or drop me an email and let me know.