At our orientation session at the beginning of the school year, the librarians in the Rochester City School District had the opportunity to experience BreakoutEDU and Google Expeditions. Tackling these two new technologies felt a little overwhelming to me, but I jumped in the water and tried out Google Expeditions with a set of 10 VR glasses at our school for 2 weeks in January 2018. (We supplemented it with tablets for the students not using the glasses, then switched after a certain period of time.) It was a great experience!
We can borrow a Breatkout EDU kit through our School Library System, but I haven't had time to fully explore or prep for using it. So here goes . . . .
One free game that I found that I want to try out revolves around the fairytale, Little Red Riding Hood. I do a lot with fairy tales and fractured fairy tales, and this BreakoutEDU game is free and does not look too complicated for starters. Taking things to the next level, it would be great to have the students design their own fairytale-related BreakoutEDU game.
The BreakoutEDU "lesson plans" are so well organized that it makes me feel like I can try this out without too much prep time. The game includes a story summary, lock combinations, set up instructions, game resources (which you can save to Google Drive), a facilitation tool, and reflection questions. The fact that I had a chance to experience BreakoutEDU helps make sense of all of this.
Breakout EDU Digital Sandbox
As an alternative to physical lockboxes and clues, some educators have created virtual games where all the clues and locks are embedded in a Google site. These are community-created and free. They work well with ChromeBooks. Amy Carpenter suggests projecting the game for the whole class to see, assigning the locks to different groups, and working together as a class. Lock combinations are filled in on the main computer used to project the game.
Creating a Game
Here's the link for resources to create a Breakout EDU game. If you succeed in making a game that makes it into the official BreakoutEDU directory, you can win fun things like a swag bag, full access to the platform, and even a free kit!