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Two Pills Tips: Escape Rooms!

December 28, 2018

 

              If you have worksheets, you can create an escape room! 

 

Resources: 

 

https://teacheveryday.com/escape-room-in-the-classroom/ 

 

https://www.edtechteam.com/blog/2017/08/break-out-of-classroom/ 

 

https://sites.google.com/site/digitalbreakouttemplate/home 

 

Escape rooms are SO hot right now.  I have seen diabetes escape rooms, gram positive infections escape rooms, and even interprofessional education escape rooms.  They sound daunting and difficult to create.  However, after making my first one, I can tell you-if you have worksheets, you can create an escape room! 

 

 

Who: I piloted it in my elective, so a smaller group.  Students were in teams of 2-3. 

 

 

What: This was an end of course review for an infectious disease elective 

 

 

Where: Classroom 

 

 

When: End of course 

 

 

Why:  

 

-Allows you to review many concepts in a short amount of time 

 

-Students are entirely immersed in the content as they attempt to solve the locks 

 

-Timer naturally creates sense of urgency and competition 

 

 

How:  

 

-While tackle boxes & combination locks are probably more fun, using google forms is MUCH easier to modify 

 

-I did not have much experience with google forms prior to this, but there are so many amazing resources on youtube that can help 

 

-My google form ended up having 13 “locks” 

 

-I liked having the ability to give them notes such as “must capitalize”  

 

-Was able to send students shortened link to escape room 

 

-Was nervous that somehow it would show all of the answers, (in the same way I get nervous about electronic exams), but it all worked out great 

 

-I gave the students 90 minutes to complete the escape room and they all did-though with only a few minutes remaining 

 

-Some glitches-be sure to only require questions that are actually locks 

 

-I had a crossword puzzle as a required element of the escape room, but accidentally “required’ an answer-the students were unable to submit that one 

 

-For the questions, I used a canva presentation.  I’m sure you could put everything successfully into a google form, but again, Canva is easier for me to modify.  (I’m more familiar with it). 

 

 

Some examples I used: 

 

-Name 5 antibiotics that provide activity against Pseudomonas.  I would then choose a letter from each antibiotic and it would spell a word.  The students would have to enter a word as the code. 

 

-I would have students answer multiple choice questions about antibiotics.  Each multiple choice response correlated with a number (a=1, b-2, etc).  After answering 10 questions, students would have to enter their total score into the google form.  This was tricky as they were not entirely sure which questions were incorrect. 

 

-I required students to role play and counsel each other on certain ID concepts as if they were working in the community setting.  They would then be responsible for writing a few sentences as a short answer response.  They didn’t know that the google form would accept anything, so it worked out well. 

 

-I created a crossword for questions that were not easily converted to codes.  Crosswords are great in that they are self-correcting.  The code to enter into the google form was something I determined after they completed the crossword (I would tell them when it was complete that the code word was the answer to 3 down).  I told them afterwards so that they would complete the entire puzzle. 

It took some time to make, but was SO much fun.  I would absolutely do this activity again. 

 

Try it out!  Play with Youtube over winter break and see if you can create an escape room for spring semester!   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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