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Be Always on the Lookout

It is my job to be always on the lookout for new and exciting ideas for my teachers and students.  And the next step is to show them what I have found, even if they don’t know if they need or want it.  My latest find has little to do with technology believe it or not.  I know that seems to be my strength, but I found this great little resource that will keep your classes engaged and learning for a long time.

It’s called a breakout box, and basically it’s a mystery room in a box.  Students need to use riddles and clues to find answers and unlock the locks that are on the box.  This is totally customizable to your classroom, your subject and your number of students (k-12).  You can purchase a ready made box at www.breakoutedu.com or they give you the list of things you need (with links to amazon).  Then you sign up and have access to almost 100 games for all subjects and ages.  Right now all the games are free.  You are even encouraged to write your own.

I used this as an introduction to some of my teachers after school and they had a great time.  And I beta tested the game I wrote on some of my eighth grad students.  You can add as much or as little technology as you want.  For those schools that don’t want to purchase a box; they also have digital breakout challenges, where everything is done on the computer.  These are all technology based but free.

This game makes the students use collaboration, critical thinking, higher order thinking skills, problem solving, and perseverance.   And all in one fun activity.  I can’t wait to get more boxes in house and start to do more presentations throughout my district!

Author: SL

SL has been a elementary/middle school librarian for over 13 year having received my MLS from SUNY Albany, in Albany, New York. SL has worked in a variety of settings from rural to urban, with different populations. She is currently the librarian at RCS Middle School. She lives near Albany, New York with her husband and three children.

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