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DIY: Digital BreakoutEDU

Explore and create
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Explore and create : BYOD

Tuesday, June 25, 10:15–11:15 am
Location: 115A

Stella Pollard  
Chances are you have probably heard about BreakoutEDU. However, what if you could DIY your very own BreakoutEDU that would require no boxes to set up or no manual locks to set? Even if you are new to Breakout, join us as we explore an out-of-the-box experience.

Audience: Teachers, Library media specialists
Skill level: Intermediate
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Windows, Android, iOS
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials: If you are on a tablet or phone, we will be working with G Suite tools (Sites, Slides, Docs, and Forms). It might be helpful to have those pre-downloaded.
Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Creativity and productivity tools
Grade level: PK-12
Subject area: Language arts, STEM/STEAM
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Explore and apply instructional design principles to create innovative digital learning environments that engage and support learning.
  • Create learning opportunities that challenge students to use a design process and computational thinking to innovate and solve problems.
  • Manage the use of technology and student learning strategies in digital platforms, virtual environments, hands-on makerspaces or in the field.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

With the technology we have available to us, active engagement is easier than ever! Students crave interactions with their learning that will allow them to think differently. In this session, individuals will be working on creating their own Digital BreakoutEDU from scratch using the following tools: Google Sites, Google Drawings, Google Forms, Google Docs, and Google Slides. Breakout games require students to think creatively, critically, and they must collaborate with their group. This can be done on any device.


I will have a presentation to give the attendees that will include GIFs to help walk them through making their Digital Breakout. This will mostly be a resource for them to use after the session is over.

We will begin by briefly describing what a Digital Breakout is and why we would want to use these in our classes. (approximately 5 minutes)

Next, attendees will have an opportunity to explore a simple/short digital breakout. This process will allow them to experience the excitement, engagement and challenge that comes along with this opportunity. (approximately 10 minutes)

We will then walk through the process of creating their own digital breakouts and attendees will create a breakout for their own content. (approximately 40 minutes)

Wrap up and questions at the end (approximately 5 minutes)

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Stella Pollard, Franklin County Schools

Stella Pollard is an Instructional Technology Coordinator in Frankfort, KY. She is a Google Certified Educator levels 1 and 2 as well as a Google Certified Trainer. She has been working with her district in getting their technology integration and 1:1 initiative started. She was a pilot teacher for Franklin County Schools in 2016 and has been helping the district gather methods for effective technology and pedagogy since then. Stella enjoys working with other educators to find and share ways to incorporate technology to practice pedagogy and drive student engagement.

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