How I Use It
My school has a one year Free trial of Breakout EDU's Platform after having purchased a kit from the company. There are many pre-made Breakouts available on the company's Platform, including games that are completely digital. Breakout EDU also provides resources to help you develop your own games. There is an excellent community of educators that share information, tips, and even games they've created on a Breakout EDU Facebook group.
I adapted a digital game I found on the company's platform to include physical clues, and I created a game from scratch. I loved both experiences and learned a lot each time. Preparing for games can be very time consuming. It is not an activity you'd choose to undertake unless you have a good amount of prep time. The games on the Platform provide users with resources they need to bring the game to their classroom, but it still will take time to prepare materials and make sure it works for your needs. Middle School students were extremely engaged in both of the games I ran, and I found them to be a great way to introduce new material to students.
I’m a big fan of Breakout EDU as a teaching tool. I am a school librarian, and I often have limited time with classes. With Breakout EDU, I was able to present material in an engaging way that helped students recall and understand the information effectively. I was amazed at how students jumped into the game, regardless of who was in their group, because they wanted to be the first group to the finish line. Because attention to detail is so important to the game, students really have to analyze clues to solve them, which generally means better understanding of whatever information you're sharing with them. What students take away from the game(s) is largely up to the creator, and adjustments can always be made after running the game to improve it and make it more effective the next time. Games can be adjusted to meet the needs of many types of learners.