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Breakout Learning Without the Box!

Explore and create

Explore and create : Creation lab

Tuesday, December 1, 1:15–2:45 pm PST (Pacific Standard Time)

Julie Combs  
Annie Head  

Breakout activities are engaging, but also difficult to manage because of all the moving parts. This session will show teachers and coaches how to make breakout-style activities for students that require no boxes, locks or invisible ink!

Audience: Coaches, Teachers, Library media specialists
Skill level: Intermediate
Attendee devices: Devices required
Attendee device specification: Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Participant accounts, software and other materials: Google Drive: including Forms and Sites
Google Chrome Browser
Topic: Games for learning & gamification
Grade level: 3-5
Subject area: Social studies, Language arts
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Explore and apply instructional design principles to create innovative digital learning environments that engage and support learning.
  • Manage the use of technology and student learning strategies in digital platforms, virtual environments, hands-on makerspaces or in the field.
For Students:
Innovative Designer
  • Students exhibit a tolerance for ambiguity, perseverance and the capacity to work with open-ended problems.
Additional detail: Session recorded for video-on-demand
Related exhibitors:
Google, Inc.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Participants will:
Experience a basic digital breakout so they understand the concept.
Discuss the elements of a breakout and ways to assure equitable access to materials.
Collect digital resources to use in a digital breakout.
Build a frame for their own digital breakout using Google Sites and Google Forms with validation.


Arrival - Display Nearpod Join Code for Interaction & Engagement
10 Minutes - Introduction, Objectives, Purpose
10 Minutes - Experience a scaffolded breakout activity
10 Minutes - Identify breakout elements
30 Minutes - Building the Frame - Google Sites, Google Form as lock.
10 Minutes - Add elements/clues to the breakout.
10 Minutes - Publish and share breakouts using the Google Form
10 Minutes - Wrap - up

Supporting research

Fostering Grit in the Classroom

Unleashing the Power of Resiliency: The Teacher's Super Power

Framework for Fostering the Skills Students Need for the Future

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Julie Combs, Clarksville-Montgomery County School Sys

Julie Combs is a veteran teacher of 20+ years with experience in Elementary, Middle, and High School. She has served as a classroom teacher, At-Risk Coordinator, and Technology Integration Coach for her district in Clarksville, Tennessee. She also works with NCCE as a Professional Learning Specialist. A few distinctions include being a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert, Seesaw Ambassador, Nearpod Pionear, and Google Certified Educator. Twitter: @jreaderh Blog: Site:

Annie Head, Clarksville Montgomery County Schools

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