Updated March 2018

Breakout EDU

Physical and digital puzzle games epitomize collaborative learning

Subjects & skills

  • Communication & Collaboration
  • Character & SEL
  • Critical Thinking
Grades This grade range is a recommendation by Common Sense Education and not the developer/publisher.
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Breakout EDU is a physical game kit and platform where students work together to solve various puzzles to open a locked box, similar to an escape room. You can use Breakout kits in every subject area and grade level. Make sure to scour through the existing games on the site -- you'll find games on geometric shapes, literature, physical education, computer science, and the library, and even team development. Or spend some time to create your own; team up with other teachers to create a multidisciplinary experience. No matter how the game is created, be sure to use the classroom management tools (hint cards, timers, etc.) that Breakout provides to keep students focused on building the critical-thinking and social and emotional skills necessary to solve these complex problems.

To supplement the physical kit, play or create a Breakout digital game (on the web or through an iOS or Android app). The online format allows teachers to track progress and set time limits for students. These digital games are geared more toward warm-ups and homework and can be completed individually. Students can also design their own digital games that can be approved by the teacher and added to a classroom library. 

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Sean A. , Technology coordinator
Technology coordinator
District 75 Central
New York, United States
Escape the Classroom with Critical Thinking
Breakout EDU provides so many topic and subject-specific breakouts for FREE. They also give you the tools to make your own. You can buy the box/lock kit, but you can also get the tools from Amazon or your local hardware store. It's usually a large group task unless you have multiple kits. Alternately digital breakouts (https://www.breakoutedu.com/digital) can be done individually.
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