You're a teacher and it's two days before Christmas break. How do you keep your students engaged and practicing the skills they have learned this semester? Well for Desi Johnson, Computer Apps teacher at Kirbyville Jr. High, it's all about the Escape Room!
Escape rooms have gained in popularity in recent years as a great group activity for fun and team building. For those who are not sure of what an escape room is, it's a designed scenario where a group of people are "locked" in a room and the only way out is to solve puzzles that contain clues to the code that allows you to escape the room.
Mrs. Johnson designed an escape room for her 8th grade computer apps classes to solve. The room was divided into 4 sectors which allowed 4 teams of students to participate at one time. The students had 45 minutes to solve the puzzles and escape the room. As she set the tone for the escape scenario, students had to solve a puzzle just to discover who was on their team before they were allowed to scan their hand to enter the Lab and begin.
Students then entered a dark computer lab illuminated only by computer screens flashing warnings and running lines of code, flashing lights, and black lights, with sirens going off. Once inside the dark and damaged lab, the students had to search for clues and decipher cryptic puzzles involving computer parts, terms, and knowledge that the students have been studying this semester. Talk about a semester exam!
As we watched her second period class work on the escape room, it was evident that all students were engaged, using critical thinking skills and team work to solve the problems that were placed in front of them.
It's activities like this have earned Mrs. Johnson the Tech Teacher of the Week Award in December. Keep up the good work Mrs. Johnson!
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