Teachers are always trying to find new and innovative ways to break the boredom of the same old classroom lessons. Over the last few years, classroom digital escape rooms have become one of the top collaborative activities that students love.
There are two types of classroom escape rooms, the Breakout EDU, which is hands-on, timed, and available for purchase. Digital escape rooms are done in pairs or groups and are delivered through technology and are a wonderful way to promote the 21st Century Four C’s – communication, collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking.
Why should teachers even consider using digital escape rooms in their classroom? Digital escape rooms involve almost no prep at all. There is nothing to print. It is all internet-based. Students can access the website that contains the escape room puzzles from any internet-ready device.
There are four main benefits to using digital escape rooms. They are evident by using the 21st Century Four C’s:
Communication: Digital escape rooms allows for increased communication between students. They are working either in partners or groups of 3-4. They are working together to problem solve. Students need to be able to communicate their ideas and thoughts to one another in order to solve each puzzle.
Collaboration: Solving these digital escape rooms when there are multiple students in a group requires students to be able to positively work together. Students form roles within the group. They learn how to work together towards a common goal, not against each other. They learn how to bounce ideas off one another, and not shut down other students thought.
Critical Thinking: Digital escape rooms allow for higher order thinking when solving the puzzles. They encourage students to analyze, to organize, to evaluate and to implement strategies they have previously learned in order to solve the problems and clues.
Creativity: This allows students to think outside the box to come up with possible methods to find a solution to the puzzles. The answers won’t just jump out at them- they will need to use a little creativity to problem solve.
These digital escape rooms can be used for almost any subject in your classroom, and at almost any grade level. Students become engaged and motivated when having to solve puzzles and clues. They are a fun alternative to the standard worksheet, research paper or assessment!
photo credits: thank you, Addie Williams, for the digital escape room photos!