Engaging Students with Digital Escape Rooms- Online

This course will focus on using a combination of primarily G Suite for Education (Google) tools to create scavenger hunt-like puzzles that can be combined to create a digital escape room. Apps that are utilized in this course include Google Docs, Sheets, Drawings, and Sites. Puzzles include jigsaw puzzles, hidden links within a Google Drawing, and secret word/message decoders.   

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: October 8, 2019

Course Details



Audience K-12 Classroom Teachers and Specialists
Level Beginner & Intermediate
Instructor Erin Foley
Dates October 15, 2019 – November 15, 2019(4 weeks)
Earn  15 PDPs (or option for 1 Credit) 
Location Online
MassCUE Member Cost $150
Non-Member Cost $190
Limit 20 Participants
Prerequisites Basic computer and Internet skills
Graduate Credit (Optional) At the first class, participants may choose to register for 1 graduate credit through Worcester State University for an additional fee of $125. All participants, including those who do not opt for graduate credit, will receive a certificate documenting the number of course hours attended. 

Erin Foley

Erin Foley is the Digital Literacy Specialist at Hanover Middle School in Hanover, MA, and is a Google for Education Certified Trainer. She has 12 years of experience as a classroom teacher with 9 of those years specifically in the field of instructional technology. Erin is a member of the Hanover Public Schools Technology Committee and believes that technology is a powerful tool in transforming the learning environment to meet the academic needs and interests of students. Erin has presented at conferences including the MassCUE 2018 Fall Conference and the MassCUE Datapalooza 2019. She was also named as a PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovator in 2016. 

 

Module 1: Participants will be introduced to the idea of a digital escape room. They will then learn how to use Google Drawings to create puzzles for students. These puzzles will include using text tools to embed a secret message, creating multiple layers, transparent shapes, and hidden links in Google Drawings, and using various color filling techniques for text and shapes to embed hidden content in a Google Drawing. 

Module 2: Participants will learn how to use Google Docs and Google Sheets to create puzzles for students. These puzzles will include using additional text tools to embed a secret message, conditional formatting, and filtering tools within a spreadsheet to hide a secret message.   

Module 3: Participants will learn how to use additional tools, such as Jigsawplanet.com and Google Forms to create additional puzzle tools to incorporate into a digital escape room. Participants will learn how to use Google Form quiz tools and response validation to create a digital scavenger hunt for students.  

Module 4: Participants will learn how to build a Google Site that embeds various file formats, such as Google Forms and Google Drawings. They will learn how to add multiple editors and share sites with specific groups of students. 

Project Description:  Participants who wish to complete for credit option will complete a digital escape room that incorporates all of the above tools. 

This course supports the following Massachusetts Digital Literacy and Computer Science standards:  

K-2.DTC.b.1:  Collaboratively use digital tools and media resources to communicate key ideas and details in a way that informs, persuades, and/or entertains.  
K-2.DTC.b.3 Use a variety of digital tools to present information to others.
3-5.DTC.a.3 Use digital tools (local and online) to manipulate and publish multimedia artifacts.
3-5.DTC.b.1: Communicate key ideas and details individually or collaboratively in a way that informs, persuades, and/or entertains using digital tools and media-rich resources.
3-5.DTC.b.2: Collaborate through online digital tools under teacher supervision.
6-8.DTC.a.3 Integrate information from multiple file formats into a single artifact.
6-8.DTC.a.4: Individually and collaboratively, use advanced tools to design and create online content (e.g., digital portfolio, multimedia, blog, webpage).
6-8.DTC.b.1: Communicate and publish key ideas and details individually or collaboratively in a way that informs, persuades, and/or entertains using a variety of digital tools and media-rich resources.
6-8.DTC.b.2 Collaborate synchronously and asynchronously through online digital tools.
9-12.DTC.a.1: Use digital tools to design and develop a significant digital artifact (e.g., multipage website, online portfolio, simulation).
9-12.DTC.b.1 Communicate and publish key ideas and details to a variety of audiences using digital tools and media-rich resources.  

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Engaging Students with Digital Escape Rooms 
October 15, 2019 – November 15, 2019
(4 online weekly sessions) 

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