Try it out . . . . 2 easy digital breakouts to get you started.
What is a digital breakout?
A webpage with images, text, and hyperlinks. Students use the information to solve digital puzzles. These puzzles are set as Google Form questions with response validation. Unless you provide the exact content, the question does not unlock. And you will not be able to submit the form unless the correct content is entered.
Who should play?
Small groups of students
How does it work?
Let’s say you have a six-letter word lock puzzle about Texas as the ultimate goal. Students use the website to find the answer. They might first think that the solution is Austin because there is an image of the capitol building with information about the city. Could the word be Austin? A student would type Austin in the Google Form under that particular lock. If it is not the correct word, students keep looking for more clues that would lead to a different six-letter word. Do be aware that there are “red herrings” that will distract players and could lead them on a wild goose chase.
How much time?
Usually 30 to 45 minutes.
Why have students participate in a digital breakout?
- Critical thinking
- Team building
Digital Breakouts to Try
Escape the Dungeon
Tanya Coffey (elementary)
Tom Mullaney (high school)
Peggy Reimers - The 50 States (upper elementary)
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