Allow Students to Outwit Teachers with Digital Escape Rooms

By CIOReview | Wednesday, July 17, 2019

To engage students in fun instruction, teachers should create a digital escape room.

FREMONT, CA: Students of all ages like to experience exploratory learning, and digital escape rooms help in achieving the goal. The foundation of breakout rooms is to outsmart an opponent while offering pupils an opportunity to outwit their teachers in an exciting hands-on experience.

The participation of both students and teachers is essential to make digital escape rooms a success. As team members, the process helps in building connections, sharing a similar goal and allows participants to ask for help when required.

Digital escape rooms are a better choice than the live escape rooms because, in online breakout rooms, children do not develop the feeling of anxiety to escape. Students can access the online room without fear and take a break anytime during the simulation process.

A digital escape room can be achieved in four easy steps:

Pick a Topic

Educators can choose any topic from their teaching, and let the subject become the theme for the digital escape room. For example, a math concept on algebra or geometry or a science topic like Newton’s laws of motion can serve as the topic.

Develop the Clues

Many educators know their students better than anyone else, and the rapport built with the pupils can be used to create clues that will add to the enjoyment. The traces can comprise of secret messages, math formulas, or riddles based on the previous class lesson or assignment.

Keep it Brief

Teachers need to avoid making the instruction complex by including too many locks, and about four or five are sufficient to keep the students engaged. It is important to note that each lock should take not more than ten minutes for the students to open.

Create Digital Locks

Combine several locks so that they are interlinked and by doing so will add the rigor that the learners require for critical thinking.

Teachers do not have to develop the digital escape rooms alone, but can instead collaborate with other educators on grade level and design a standard theme room.

Teach Students the Process

The process does not end at building the breakout room, but it is vital for teachers to educate students on how to solve the digital puzzle they are given. Teachers also need to update student on the academic and behavioral expectations gained from the riddle. Additionally, teachers ought to inform students on how they plan on evaluating the progress of the student’s escape from the digital room.