Digital Escape Rooms
Information about escape rooms and how to create them digitally
An escape room is an engaging way to get students to solve challenging puzzles or riddles related to the content they're learning. A physical escape room involves a "locked space" where participants work in a team to look for clues - possibly behind a curtain, hidden in a book in the room, etc.. - and use those clues to solve puzzles or riddles in order to escape the room. Participants are working against the clock to escape. Many escape rooms place a limit of an hour on the time for participants to solve the puzzles and riddles scattered throughout the room.
So how can escape rooms be used in education? Rather than spending money on buying props for a room and hiding them around the classroom, teachers - and students - can design their own escape rooms in a digital format. Using Google Forms and Google Sites, an engaging escape room related to educational content can be created. Rather than hiding clues around a room, clues or riddles are placed on a Google Site web page in the form of images or text, which can then link to articles and/or videos that contain more clues for students to figure out answers to questions contained on a Google Form embedded within the Google Site. Students must get all the correct answers on the Google Form in order to submit it and "break out" of the digital escape room!
For examples of digital escape rooms, click on the "example escape room" buttons on this page. To learn how to create your own digital escape room, watch the embedded 27-minute video on this page.
For support, please contact your school's assigned EdTech Trainer.