Digital escape rooms, also referred to as digital breakouts, are a great way to bring gameplay and problem solving to any lesson or unit. They can be an exciting and engaging activity for the whole class or as an option for early finishers.
In a spin on the popular Escape Room challenge, a digital version combines a virtual “room” (often a Google site) filled with clues that must be figured out in order to unlock a form (usually a Google form). They can be created around any theme and the locks can be easy or extremely difficult depending on the intended audience.
So how can we get started using digital escape rooms with our students? Where can we find pre-made games to share with our class? And what are the best tips and tools for creating them ourselves?
In our weekly #DitchBook Twitter chat (Thursdays at 7 p.m. PST / 8 p.m. MST / 9 p.m. CST / 10 p.m. EST), moderated by Mandi Tolen and Karly Moura, we discussed these questions and more. Participants shared tips and tools to get started along with tons of FREE resources.
Want to try one out before you dive into using them with your students? Check out this Ditch that Textbook themed digital escape room created by Mandi and Karly and see if you can break free from Ditch That Textbook headquarters!
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6 ideas for using digital escape rooms in your classroom
- vocabulary review
- holiday activities
- frontloading activities
- teaching digital citizenship
- reviewing content
- reinforcing logic and reasoning skills
30+ digital escape rooms to try with your class
The #ditchbook community also shared their favorite digital escape rooms and we curated them all for you! Scroll down or click here to find over 30 digital escape rooms already created and ready to use with your class.
15 tips and tools for creating your own digital escape room
Ready to level up and begin creating your own? We’ve got you covered there as well. Scroll down or click here to check out this collection of tips and tools you can use to get started.
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|Date||Event / Event Details||City / More Info|
04/28/2020||Montgomery County Intermediate Unit||Norristown, PA|
06/09/2020||North Alabama Technology Conference||Huntsville, AL|
06/10/2020||Blended Learning Conference||Sevierville, TN|
06/11/2020||Summer Digital Learn Conference||North Wilkesboro, NC|
06/12/2020—06/14/2020||DBC Pirate Con||San Diego, CA|
12/03/2020||Tennessee Educational Technology Association Conference||Murfreesboro, TN|