How do games affect engagement? 85/180

IMG_8658Yesterday during a professional development day, SHS teacher Jennifer Brinson led groups of high school teachers in BreakOutEDU simulations. During the collaborative game, we worked together to solve clues to unlock the BreakOut box. We worked together, used our resources, and finally experienced success!  The challenge was not easy and certainly required 21st century skills such as problem-solving, decision-making, communication, collaboration, etc…. For me, the best part of the activity was the reflection at the conclusion. Teachers were asking questions like: I wonder how many students you would lose when it gets difficult? How could I use this in my class?  Wouldn’t it be interesting to read a reflection piece after this activity?  As a small group, we talked about scaffolding for students, offering hints, etc.  How would this game motivate students to engage with each other to solve a problem?

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