IDEA Lab blog
Reflection on BreakoutEDU
When I learned that our new Technology Integration Specialist would be Billy Spicer @MrBillySpicer the first thing that came to my mind was, ‘I can’t wait to teach and learn with this guy!’ One thing I had learned about him via Twitter was that he was an avid BreakoutEDU trainer.
I have to admit, that I’d slid behind the curve on BreakoutEDU. I had participated in one breakout and had helped plan another, but I did not feel immensely confident in my abilities as a facilitator. The locks gave me mini-panic attacks and I had not logged into the new online game portal.
That all changed after watching and participating in the Dot Day breakout that Billy introduced to the students.
After giving them a quick overview of what BreakoutEDU is, he tied the experience to The Dot by Peter Reynolds. The week before our whole school had participated in activities celebrating International Dot Day. These consisted of sharing the book, using design thinking to design a dot for a partner and creating torn paper ‘dots’ of our own. The focus for all the activities was the book’s message to “Make your mark and see where it takes you!”
Each of the clues in the breakout were themed around color, pattern and numbers. After some initial bumbles, almost every single group began solving the clues and applying them to the puzzles that lead them to opening the various locks. While not every group ‘broke out,’ all of them experienced the joys and challenges of working as a team.