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Digital Breakout Challenges for Tech Class


You've probably heard about "room escapes" by now. People working together to solve several problems to unlock locks and break out of a locked room. Digital breakouts move this process to the computer. No need to set locks, buy expensive kits, prep clues, or manage materials. The codes and clues are all set on a web page or in a Google Slides file and the locks are a locked Google Form.

 What is a digital breakout?

You've probably heard about "room escapes" by now. People working together to solve several problems to unlock locks and break out of a locked room. Digital breakouts move this process to the computer. No need to set locks, buy expensive kits, prep clues, or manage materials. The codes and clues are all set on a web page or in a Google Slides file and the locks are a locked Google Form. 

Using Digital Breakouts in the Tech Lab

Most tech labs don't have a lot of room for group work. This makes digital breakouts ideal. We want our students to collaborate but it can be a challenge with standard lessons and units. Digital breakouts can be made for absolutely any topic! So far I've made them for the lab rules, some internet safety topics, and online testing practice. 
You've probably heard about "room escapes" by now. People working together to solve several problems to unlock locks and break out of a locked room. Digital breakouts move this process to the computer. No need to set locks, buy expensive kits, prep clues, or manage materials. The codes and clues are all set on a web page or in a Google Slides file and the locks are a locked Google Form.


Students could certainly complete the challenges independently, but this is also a great opportunity for group work. There is bound to be some conflict along the way, which will help students work on their soft skills along with the academic skills in the clues and codes. 
You've probably heard about "room escapes" by now. People working together to solve several problems to unlock locks and break out of a locked room. Digital breakouts move this process to the computer. No need to set locks, buy expensive kits, prep clues, or manage materials. The codes and clues are all set on a web page or in a Google Slides file and the locks are a locked Google Form.


When I design the challenges for my digital breakouts I create them in layers. Students may need to solve 2-3 problems just to get one "lock" code. This brings the student engagement to another level because there are easy wins along the way of some serious challenges. Not every group will succeed in finding all of the codes, but they will all learn the topic in a meaningful way. 
You've probably heard about "room escapes" by now. People working together to solve several problems to unlock locks and break out of a locked room. Digital breakouts move this process to the computer. No need to set locks, buy expensive kits, prep clues, or manage materials. The codes and clues are all set on a web page or in a Google Slides file and the locks are a locked Google Form.

If you're using Google Classroom, these digital breakouts are a breeze. Share the web page or Slides file with students and let them go. If you're using another system it is still possible, you'll just have to set your copy of the Google Form so that anyone with the link can view it. 
You've probably heard about "room escapes" by now. People working together to solve several problems to unlock locks and break out of a locked room. Digital breakouts move this process to the computer. No need to set locks, buy expensive kits, prep clues, or manage materials. The codes and clues are all set on a web page or in a Google Slides file and the locks are a locked Google Form.

Do you want to try a Digital Breakout with your students?

You can check out the ones I have already created here:
You've probably heard about "room escapes" by now. People working together to solve several problems to unlock locks and break out of a locked room. Digital breakouts move this process to the computer. No need to set locks, buy expensive kits, prep clues, or manage materials. The codes and clues are all set on a web page or in a Google Slides file and the locks are a locked Google Form.
On my Curriculum Website I also have compiled a list of Holiday Themed Digital Breakouts that are free online. Scroll to the bottom of the page to see them. 

Creating your own Digital Breakouts

Be forewarned, this is a monumental task the first few times. It took me about 10 hours to make my first digital breakout. Getting the puzzles, codes, and clues right is a real challenge. 
There are tons of great resources online for making digital puzzles. You can use crossword puzzles, rebus makers, digital puzzles, fake ticket generators, fake text messages, really anything can be turned into a puzzle. 
I put together these templates and instructional video if you want some guidance and don't want to reinvent the wheel. Check it out when you get a chance. 

You've probably heard about "room escapes" by now. People working together to solve several problems to unlock locks and break out of a locked room. Digital breakouts move this process to the computer. No need to set locks, buy expensive kits, prep clues, or manage materials. The codes and clues are all set on a web page or in a Google Slides file and the locks are a locked Google Form.
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