I have made fourteen digital BreakoutEDU activities. Please have a look, attempt to crack the locks, and give me feedback! Can you succeed in 45 minutes?
For those new to BreakoutEDU, hints for cracking the lock are built into the site. Some are visible, some are hidden. Some are distractions.
Update 11/25/16: I will no longer post new digital breakouts to this blog post. I am now storing my digital breakouts on this website.
Update 11/17/16: I have made a how-to resource for digital breakouts.
My colleague ELA teacher Suzanne DeConto and I made a poetry break-out to help 7th-grade students review poetry. Adults and students have enjoyed it. Update (7/1/16): I am honored to announce this breakout was featured in USA Today!
Defeat Barry Goldwater! was designed for high school history students. The 2016 presidential election has a controversial candidate in Donald Trump. Before Trump, there was Barry Goldwater. Use this digital breakout to teach your students about LBJ, Goldwater, the Civil Rights Movement, Freedom Summer, the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, and the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution. Be warned – with seven locks this breakout is in the higher range of difficulty.
Combine Like Terms and Save Halloween! was a collaborative effort amongst myself, Beth Liner, Ashley Vaughn, and Sara Rodgers. As the instructional support staff at Gravelly Hill Middle School, we were tasked with making an activity to help seventh-grade students review combining like terms. We put our heads together and this breakout is the result. The amount of math involved in this breakout makes it a good choice for an entire block period or two days in a conventional bell schedule.
Decide The 1800 Election! is my attempt to capitalize on the Hamilton musical craze while teaching middle and high school students about Hamilton, the 1800 presidential election, and the Federalist-era United States. Be warned – cracking the date lock is especially tricky in this breakout!
Campfire Conundrum is a simple three-lock breakout designed to help sixth-grade students review heat transfer. This is my first science breakout. It is a good way to introduce students to digital breakout.
Pave the Way for Barack and Hillary! teaches students about trailblazing 1972 presidential candidate Shirley Chisholm. This makes a great addition to any US history unit focusing on the 1970s.
Richard Knicks-on blends some of my favorite things, Digital BreakoutEDU, US History, and the New York Knicks! The Knicks content is window dressing to give the site a nice orange and blue color scheme while making students feel like they are in the late 60s and early 70s. This breakout is good for teaching about Watergate, Nixon, and protests against the Vietnam War.
I made Sell World War I to the American Public as a relatively easy way to review World War I concepts. It is mostly from the US history perspective. This breakout is good for someone just starting out with digital breakouts as it focuses more on content and less on gaming.
I designed Escape to Summer Vacation as a fun end of the year activity for Caroline Smith, my middle-school math teacher colleague. This challenging breakout tells the story of Caroline trying to escape to summer vacation. I hope you like order of operations and integers!
I made Escape the Guillotine with 9th-grade World History curricular materials. This digital breakout will help middle and high school students review the French Revolution. I used EdPuzzle to include short videos and convey hints.
Liberate Paris was made with curricular materials for 9th-grade students.
This is a different version of the Liberate Paris breakout. I designed it to help 7th-grade students study for their World War II test. If you have never participated in a BreakoutEDU, this is a good one to start with.
I made the Cuban Missile Crisis with materials I used for 11th-grade students. Beta-testing has shown this is a very difficult breakout. I will tinker with it and make improvements soon.
These breakouts were inspired by Justin Birckbichler‘s and Mari Venturino‘s work at DigitalBreakout. Additionally, I was inspired by the work of James Sanders and Mark Hammons at BreakoutEDU.com. The work of these fine educators was integral in designing these activities. I am especially grateful to Justin for the awesome Google Sheet I copied for use in some of these breakouts.
Thank you for reading this. Please feel free to give me feedback on Twitter, @edtechtom, or in the comments below.