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Can You Escape The Room?

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!Sign on outside of 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.

Warning Signs in RoomMrs. Johnson designed an escape room for her 8th grade computer apps classes to solve. The room was divided into 4 seDesi Johnson Instructing Student on the rules of the Escape Roomctors 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.

                                               Student Scanning Hand for Entry to Escape Room

Students then entered a dark computer lab illuminated oImage of Escape Room as the students enternly 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 Students working on Puzzlecomputer 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 Students working to solve a puzzleescape 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. 

Student collaboration to solve a problem 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! 




Students COmpleteing the ROomStudents COmpleteing the ROom

Students COmpleteing the ROomStudents COmpleteing the ROom


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