WHO: Teachers looking for an engaging activity to build skills including critical thinking, problem solving, team work, persistence, patience, internet research and more!
HOW: I tried activities with grades 7-8 on laptops, and grades 5-6 on iPads. While we were in a 1:1 environment utilizing small groups, these could be done in groups of 3-5 students with one device or as an entire class together.
Visit http://www.breakoutedu.com/digital, I suggest starting with “Og’s Great Adventure” for yourself. This will help you understand what the students will be looking for. In both of the events I helped with, the students worked on “San Diego Vacation“.
During these events, locks will be listed on the left hand side. These locks could be words, numbers, directions, colors, etc.. Students need to search on the screen for links. Many will be hidden and users need to pick up on subtle clues to find where to click. These will take you to clues, hints, puzzles, or riddles. These answers could be the locks, or could give you something to search for in order to unlock the code.
WHEN: Breakouts are great activities for team building and can be used to leave lasting memories with your students here at the end of the day. The students I worked with were deeply engaged, focused for the entire time, and had huge smiles on their faces, even when they were frustrated. The best part is being around the students when they have the “a-ha” moment of solving a lock on their own.