It’s been awhile since I have had the chance to sit down and build a new BreakoutEDU Digital, but my students were begging that I create another one for our current unit. It’s amazing to see how much these students LOVE the BreakoutEDU Digital games that I have brought into the classroom. As I’ve mentioned before, it is an excellent way to challenge students to think critically, collaborate, and communicate.
The focus of this BreakoutEDU is “Writing Linear Equations”, such as writing equations given slope/y-intercept, a point, two points, as well as rewriting linear equations. Obviously, the content that is within each BreakoutEDU is critical to making it a meaningful and purposeful activity – but that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t have some fun when building it! In addition to wanting to play another BreakoutEDU, my students really wanted to be characters within the story. Everyone builds their BreakoutEDU Digital games differently, but mine always need a story to guide it. In this story, the students are trying to “Save the Uber Driver” by helping him find the lost pickup times for his passengers. Throughout the story, the students are introduced to a variety of characters (the passengers) that the Uber driver must pick up on time to save his job.
In addition to the story, I was able to incorporate a lot “edtechy” tools into this BreakoutEDU Digital. Here are some of the tools that I used:
- Google Forms
- Google Slides
- Google Drawings
- Google Maps
- Jigsaw Planet
To access this BreakoutEDU, click HERE.
Each time I build a BreakoutEDU Digital, I find myself getting more creative with the resources available online. If I keep it the same each time, the students begin to get bored and the puzzles become easy to solve since they recognize the pattern. However, if you are planning on building one, I suggest starting small and working from there.
As I presented on BreakoutEDU Digital a few weeks ago at the EdTech Team Summit in Pomona, many of the attendees to my session asked me how long it took to build it. For myself, it takes two to three hours to build the BreakoutEDU Digital, including designing time. It’s a process, but it does take time. After awhile, it starts to get quicker and easier, but try to look past how long it takes to build it. Look into how much your students enjoy the activity and learning/practicing the concepts from the subject area. Once you do that, you will see that it is worth it and the amount of time it takes to build one does not matter.
If it’s good for kids, if it inspires and engages them – just try it!