Build Your Very Own Classroom Escape Room!

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Doug Caldwell  
Carla Chaffin  

An escape room is an engaging way to learn new things! Students and teachers can create their own escape rooms that include educational standards and processes, all by following a few simple design steps. We'll provide those steps with the free template and you can begin designing yours now!

Audience: Library media specialists, Professional developers, Teachers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices not needed
Topic: Games for learning & gamification
Grade level: PK-12
Subject area: Computer science, Social studies
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Dedicate planning time to collaborate with colleagues to create authentic learning experiences that leverage technology.
  • Explore and apply instructional design principles to create innovative digital learning environments that engage and support learning.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Escape Rooms are becoming a very popular activity in schools and communities worldwide. Following a few important design steps, students and teachers alike can design their own! This is the opportunity to engage students in online and collaborative learning that encourages creativity, teamwork, persistence, and problem-solving. Free internet and Google-provided tools combined with content standards make for a powerful and fun experience that teachers and students can enjoy together! Let’s spend time during this session designing your very own "Escape Room".

During this workshop participants will:

-Learn how to design an Escape Room
-Visit with the presenters and use a simple Google Doc template to design and plan their very own Escape Room
-Test sample puzzles
-Receive resources, advice, templates, and 1:1 planning assistance
-Make something useful! Maximize conference time by planning an Escape Room to use in the classroom

Supporting research

Active Learning, such as found in an "Escape Room" is a hallmark of the eMINTS Instructional Model.

eMINTS is featured in the “What Works Clearinghouse” for research findings that show positive impacts on student engagement and learning in schools.

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Doug Caldwell, eMINTS National Center
Carla Chaffin, eMINTS National Center

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