Breakout Edu

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Looking for a way to get your students engaged in a topic all the while having them work together as a team, use problem solving, and critical thinking skills? Look no further than Breakout Edu (http://www.breakoutedu.com/)

Breakout Edu is like a spin-off of the “Escape Room” experience. However, instead of working together to escape a room, students are given clues and must work together to “break out” whatever is in a box containing several locks. The premise for each breakout is similar. A mystery box is placed before the students with 4+ locks securing the contents of the box. Locks vary from key locks, 4 digit combination, word locks, and directional locks. Students must piece together clues given to them by the teacher to find the combination of the different locks to win… all in 45 minutes!

Clues are created by the teacher and can be adapted for any topic ranging from math, science, history, English, computer programming, etc. The possibilities are endless and is limited only by your imagination and creativity. If creating your own breakout box theme is too daunting, there is a database of games already created by teachers like you. Games are sorted by grade level and topics. Breakout boxes do require some time to set up and purchase of some materials, but the pay out is more than worth it. You’ll never see a more engaged group of students working together.

More information about this can be found at this LINK.

Still a little skeptical (or even confused)? Interested in trying a breakout? Contact Mr. Chu (cbchu@cps.edu) and he can set you up with a breakout experience.

Quizizz, an alternative to Kahoot!

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Many of us have used Kahoot! in our classroom at some point, but have you ever wished that students could go back and review the questions on their own or at their own pace? Well Quizizz is a great alternative for those wanting these features.

Quizizz allows students to play quiz games designed by teachers at their own pace all the while still competing with their classmates. Teachers can create their own quiz or use one from the shared database. Many subjects and topics are available. So if you have used Kahoot!, Quizizz will be very familiar.

The video below presents a quick walkthrough of Quizizz.

You can begin creating your Quizizz now at http://quizizz.com/

CANVAS Training

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Canvas Training will be conducted by Mr. Chu and Mr. Berngen on these dates this week:

  • Monday, February 1st, 3 – 4:00 in Room 326
  • Tuesday, February 2nd, 3 – 4:00 in Room 326
  • Thursday, February 4th, 3 – 4:00 in Room 326

If you are interested in a 1 on 1 training session…email us and we will be more than happy to set something up.

 

Educreations

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Simply put, Educreations is an interactive whiteboard app that allows you to create easy to follow tutorials for students. You can record audio to narrate your actions as well, allowing you to create diagrams, commentary, simple animations, or instructions with coupled audio covering any topic. Plus, you can share video via email, Facebook, or Twitter in addition to the classroom.

Better Lesson

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Lessons are posted by “Master teachers” from around the country and these lessons are supposed to be some of their most effective lessons. Most of these are pretty detailed and include many attachments for worksheets, presentations, projects, etc. You may search their database by topic and common core standard as well.

Check it out!