Creating Digital Escape Rooms (With Google Apps)
Explore and create : Creation lab
Digital escape rooms are an amazing way to engage in-person and remote students of all ages and demographics on a variety of topics. In this session, you will learn how to combine Google Slides, Google Forms and Google Sites into an engaging and creative digital escape room. (Templates provided!)
|Audience:||Library media specialists, Teachers, Teacher education/higher ed faculty|
|Attendee devices:||Devices required|
|Attendee device specification:||Laptop: PC, Chromebook, Mac
|Participant accounts, software and other materials:||An account for Google Apps (Google Forms, Slides, and Sites)|
|Topic:||Distance, online & blended learning|
|ISTE Standards:||For Educators:
|Related exhibitors:||Canva for Education|
The purpose of this presentation is to share creative techniques for utilizing Google Apps in outside-the-box ways. These techniques will be focused on creating digital escape rooms, but they can also be applied to creating a wide variety of digital learning artifacts.
Within the presentation, participants will have the chance to complete a digital escape room and explore several other templates and examples for inspiration.
After completing the presentation, participants will have created the foundation for their own digital escape room learning activity using Google Sites, Forms, and Slides. (On average these escape room activities take at least 5+ hours to create from scratch, but with the provided templates and instruction, participants should be able to complete at least a basic escape room from start to finish in 90 minutes.)
Electronic tools used will include a Wordpress/Teachery website, Google Forms, Google Slides, and Google Sites, along with additional suggested add-on tools.
As evidence of success, participants will be invited to share their projects at the end of the session, and the presenter will provide feedback and suggestions as time allows.
Part 1 (15 minutes): IRL vs. Digital (What is a "Digital Escape Room," and how does it compare to an in-person escape room activity? Participants will have the chance to access an example digital escape room activity)
Part 2 (10 minutes): Plan Your Puzzle, using a Lock-Room-Clues-Path framework
Part 3 (45 minutes): Build Your Escape Room, using provided worksheet and templates for Google Forms and Slides
Part 4 (15 minutes): Wrap Up and Q&A- sharing works in progress, and providing best practices for escape room delivery
K-12c Lab (Stanford). How to Design an Educational Escape Room
Nicholson, S. (2018). Creating engaging escape rooms for the classroom. Childhood Education 94(1). 44-49.
Stone, Z. (2016). The Rise of Educational Escape Rooms. The Atlantic (online)
Veldkamp, A., et al (2020). Escape Education: A Systematic Review on Escape Rooms in Education. Educational Research Review 31(1).