Why Digital Games + Digital Escape Rooms Make Your Teacher Life Easier

The digital world of technology is honestly where I feel most at home. I started diving into the world of technology the past few years and with technology, it truly seems that the possibilities are endless! As a former teacher, I understand how valuable PLAN TIME is for teachers and making things as simple as possible. This is why I think using digital games and digital escape rooms definitely makes your teaching life easier!

What is a Digital Escape Room?

A digital escape room is an activity that you can do as an entire class or in small groups. It definitely creates a team-building experience. You know those Escape Rooms that you pay to go to with family and friends, get locked in a room and then work together as a team to solve the puzzles and clues to figure out how to escape? Yep-that’s pretty much what Class Escape Rooms are and I have created many DIGITAL ones for teachers to use as well as paper ones! 

Digital Escape Rooms are assigned through Google Drive. You can make a digital copy for each student or group and assign it to them through Google Classroom, Seesaw or whichever online platform you use with your students. You can use the digital versions if you are teaching virtually OR in person (There are paper versions for in-person also.)

How Can You Use a Digital Escape Room?

If you are teaching virtually, then you can put students into breakout rooms as groups to complete the digital escape room or they can each complete the escape room individually. The positives of using an escape room that is already created for you is that it will give your students about 35-45 minutes of instruction that is:

  • Already planned for you
  • Engaging
  • Challenging
  • Interactive
  • Self-checking (hello time-saver!)
  • Fun
  • Different than a worksheet or typical assignment
  • Motivation to solve the answers correctly in order to escape!

Favorite Digital Escape Rooms

Main Idea and Details Digital Escape Room

  • Perfect for 3rd-5th grades
  • The game is for upper elementary grades, and focuses on finding the main idea and details in reading passages. This is great for test prep and review. Students are trying to save the museum as they solve challenging questions, clues, and puzzles.
  • This game is digital and requires *almost* no prep! You will need to print some of the reading passages, a word search, mystery letters, and the congratulations page.
  • This escape room can be used with iPads, chrome books, laptops, and desktops as long as your students have access to Google Drive or Classroom on a device.

Technology Requirements:

  • A Google Drive account
  • If sharing with students, a Drive account that is linked to student Google accounts
  • Can be shared/delivered on Google Classroom
  • Only need access to Google Drive–no outside links to worry about!

3rd Grade Seasonal Math Digital Escape Room Bundle

4th Grade Seasonal Math Digital Escape Room Bundle

5th Grade Seasonal Math Digital Escape Room Bundle

  • Perfect for 3rd, 4th or 5th grade
  • 8 Different Digital Escape Rooms total for the year and all the seasons
  • Each game focuses on a different 4th grade math domain. All major topics from the math standards are covered in this bundle.
  • These games are digital and require *almost* no prep! With each game, there are a few things that must be printed to still allow for movement around the room such as: secret decoders, spinners, or puzzle pieces. These items are hidden in places in your classroom.
  • Even with the printables, these games can be set up in 10 minutes or less.

Technology Requirements:

  • A Google Drive account
  • If sharing with students, a Drive account that is linked to student Google accounts
  • Can be shared/delivered on Google Classroom
  • Only need access to Google Drive–no outside links to worry about!
  • This escape room can be used with iPads, chrome books, laptops, and desktops as long as your students have access to Google Drive or Classroom on a device.

What is a Digital Game?

A digital game is very similar to the Digital Escape rooms discussed above. It is a game created that can be assigned to students on a device that has internet such as a laptop or ipad. Many of my digital games are math themed but digital games can be about any subject. You can use digital games for math stations, independent work, homework, morning work or to maintain a skill taught.  Digital games are self-checking, interactive and fun!

Favorite Digital Games for March:

2nd Grade St. Patrick’s Day Digital Addition & Subtraction Review Game

3rd Grade St. Patrick’s Day Digital Game-Telling Time & Liquid + Mass Measurement

4th Grade St. Patrick’s Day Digital Math Game Angles and Shapes

5th Grade St. Patrick’s Day Digital Math Game Multiplying & Dividing Fractions

Have you tried going digital in your classroom yet? What do you love about digital activities?

Until Next Time, 

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