FAQ

How do you play a Breakout EDU Digital game?
    Breakout EDU Digital games come fully loaded and ready to play - no setup required. Simply navigate to the page and begin looking for clues. Our best advice - click on everything possible. If you see something clickable, it’s worth a look. Other clue types include bolded letters, Google Apps documents, invisible text, and whatever else we can come up with! The games require a degree of critical thinking and will not always be completely straightforward. Additionally, some clues act as red herrings. 

What do I need to play?
    All you need is an internet connection and a device! Our Breakout EDU Digital games are best played on a laptop or Chromebook, but can also be completed on iPads, tablets, or even phones. Some teachers project the game in their classroom for a whole class experience. It may also be helpful to have scratch paper and/or a whiteboard. 

What size group do you recommend for playing Breakout EDU Digital games?
    The Breakout EDU Digital games are unique in the sense that there is no limit to group sizes. Participants can play individually, in small groups, or as a whole class. Each participant could have their own device or share one. We recommend allowing participants choice in how they wish to approach the games.
How do I know when an answer is correct?
    When an answer is correct, the box on the Form will no longer be outlined in red, and the red error text will disappear. You must have all the lock answers correct before you can move on to the second part of the form to receive your badge. 

What do the levels mean?
    The levels are difficulty levels, and relative to each other. Level 1 is the easiest, and level 10 is the most challenging. The levels do not correspond to grade level. Often, the level 2 and level 3 games are most appropriate for younger students, specifically grades K-3, while a level 10 can be highly challenging for a group of adults. These levels are set by the creators and may be subjective.

How do I get a hint?
    We have a hint hub hidden in plain sight on every page. Look carefully! Speaking in multiple languages is always a valued skill.

Where do I find answer keys?
    We do not provide answer keys for any of our games that are published on the site. Part of the mantra of Breakout EDU is “It’s Time for Something Different.” We are trying to establish this by showing that teachers do not always have all the answers. You do not need to set anything up; everything is ready to play. We recommend playing along with your class (obviously letting them take the lead) to model growth mindset and resiliency. For a more in depth answer of why we don't share answers, check out this blog post. One of the Facebook community members put it best:

What is the educational value of these games?
    All of the games promote the 4 C skills: Communication, Collaboration, Critical Thinking, and Creativity, which are valuable skills students need as we progress through the 21st century and beyond. Additionally, some of the games include specific academic content and are identified with a label under their game picture. 

I clicked on a link and my network says it is blocked. What do I do?
    Your network filter may have blocked the site you are trying to access. Try to access it from home to get the URL for your network manager to approve. All sites we used are k12 friendly. 

What do I do if i see a “Request for Access” message in a box?
    This means your GAFE Domain does not allow viewing from outside of your school’s domain. You need to contact your GAFE Administrator to “whitelist” breakoutedu.com as a domain so all things can be accessed. 

How do I build my own? 
    Visit the “Build Your Own” page from the main page at Breakout EDU Digital. There, you’ll find instructional videos helping you to build the clues. In the upcoming months, we will have more extensive resources posted here, including links for various clue types, templates, and a game design course. If you see "Open Doc/Sheet/etc" underneath game elements, it's because you are the editor of the Site. Players won't see it.

What are the Breakout EDU Digital LIVE events?
    We periodically host Breakout EDU Digital LIVE games where participants play an unreleased Digital game in teams via Google Hangouts on Air. Anyone is welcome to watch the games and up to 18 participants can play (9 each on #TeamJustin and #TeamMari.) Information about the next milestone (eg. “Next LIVE game at 8000 successful completions”) can be found at the bottom of breakoutedu.com/digital. We will post on Facebook and Twitter to announce the next game and ask for participants. 

Can I present on Breakout EDU Digital at conferences?
    Absolutely! We encourage you to do so. We ask that credit is given to the site so we can help spread the word. The Slides we use for presentations can be found at bit.ly/dboslides; feel free to adapt and modify as you see fit. 

How can I contact the creators for other questions?
    Email us at digital@breakoutedu.com.