Breakout EDU is one of the newest trends hitting education. Breakout EDU is an immersive game requiring hands-on critical thinking to solve clues. This type of game is completely flipping current education because it requires students to collaborate, problem solve, and think critically.
The CEO, Adam Bellow, says: “There are cheers, there’s frustration, and ultimately, if there is success, it’s that moment of ‘We did it!’ And that is intrinsic. It doesn’t need something else,” he said. “I don’t see kids cheering when they do worksheets” (source).
The video below will explain the basics.
How to Get Started
The “Get Started” section of the website lists four steps:
- Obtain a Breakout EDU kit.
- You can purchase a wooden box for $119 or a plastic box for $89. Both boxes include 1 hasp, 1 word lock, 1 three-digit lock, 1 four-digit lock, 1 directional lock, 1 key lock, 1 UV light, 1 invisible ink pen, 1 small lockable box, 1 USB thumb drive, and 2 hint cards.
- You can also purchase all of these items on Amazon as an open resource kit.
- Complete the beta form to obtain the password to access several hundred games.
- Facilitate a Breakout EDU game with a group.
- Join the community. Breakout EDU offers a facebook and twitter community. The facebook group is extremely active and very useful.
I have personally facilitated numerous Breakout EDU games and have a few tips.
- Use the community: if you have a question chances are that someone has already posted that question on the facebook group and the community has answered
- Be detailed: read the game instructions carefully well before game day
- Watch the overview videos: most of the official games have very useful overview videos
- Play the game before facilitating it to a group of students: often times it can be difficult to see how the clues fit together without actually walking through them first
- Have extra locks: Locks are finicky (or maybe it is just me) and it can be extremely frustrating when they accidentally get stuck. Have extra locks on hand so that the game isn’t hindered because of one lock getting stuck during your setup
Resources for Breakout EDU
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Kaylah Holland is currently a Middle School Instructional Technology Facilitator at Charlotte Christian School in Charlotte, NC. In addition to teaching coding, app development, and robotics; she has a vital role of assisting teachers with the integration of technology into the classroom through ample research, lesson planning, and training. She is currently completing her doctoral degree in the field of Instructional Design and Technology and is in the process of becoming a Google Certified Trainer. She is passionate about building an innovative culture for learning.