DIY Digital Breakouts With GSuite!

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Explore and create : Creation lab

Stella Pollard  
Have you ever experienced a breakout room? The thrill of solving clues and "breaking out" is unlike any other experience. What if you could bring that into your classroom? You can! Join me as we discuss the whys and how to incorporate them into any classroom.

Audience: Coaches, Library media specialists, Teachers
Skill level: Intermediate
Attendee devices: Devices required
Attendee device specification: Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Participant accounts, software and other materials: Participants, prior to the session make sure to have a Google account- GSuite for EDU or personal!
Topic: Creativity & curation tools
Grade level: PK-12
Subject area: Language arts, Science
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Use technology to create, adapt and personalize learning experiences that foster independent learning and accommodate learner differences and needs.
  • Design authentic learning activities that align with content area standards and use digital tools and resources to maximize active, deep learning.
  • Foster a culture where students take ownership of their learning goals and outcomes in both independent and group settings.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

One of the most challenging things about designing lessons include the struggle of engaging students in review. I cannot tell you how many times I have given a study guide and less than half of a class would complete it. However, with Digital Breakouts, it gives the students opportunities to review the content they have learned, or even new content), by collaboration, discourse, and challenges. Even with virtual learning, these can be completed through Google Meet's Breakout Rooms!

To create a Digital Breakout, we will use 2 main things: a Google Form and a Google Site. Other resources can be brought in for clues.

We will begin this session by participating in a Digital Breakout so the viewers can experience it from a students' point of view. I also have communities, templates, and planning-guides readily available for participants.



Introductions and objectives ~ 5 Minutes

Digital Breakout Example- Participants will have the opportunity to explore a breakout in the eyes of a learner before diving into the background. ~10 minutes

How to DIY Digital Breakouts. We will talk about how to lock forms, embed clues, places to create clues, the flow of the form/site, and the sweet rewards of victory! ~30 minutes

Opportunity for participants to work on their own models and ask questions ~15 minutes

Supporting research

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Stella Pollard, Franklin County Schools

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