📑 Librarians turned Google Forms into the unlikely platform for virtual escape rooms

Bookmarked Librarians turned Google Forms into the unlikely platform for virtual escape rooms by Aliya Chaudhry ([object Object])

By going through the games, players develop their problem-solving and reading comprehension skills, Brooke Windsor, a librarian at Richmond Hill Public Library in Ontario says. She’s made several escape rooms, including ones themed around Star WarsMarvel superheroes, and Jurassic World. In addition to honing those skills, the problems and puzzles often involve geography or math.

“We still want to sneak in that learning, broccoli-in-the-brownie style,” says Windsor.

These activities provide a vehicle for teachers to get students interested in different subjects. Lockard says that her ancient Egypt-themed escape room is used in history classes, and her space-themed one is used by science teachers and Girl Scouts groups.

Aliya Chaudhry reports on how some librarians have turned to digital escape rooms. Cory Doctorow explains how:

The librarian-creators link these puzzles into online resources from their collections and the whole world, turning them into jumping-off points for self-directed research and learning.

 

One response on “📑 Librarians turned Google Forms into the unlikely platform for virtual escape rooms”

  1. Saving this here for following up after the summer break.

    The concept had passed me by somehow until Mr Dorman from the @PedagogyTeamNLC introduced them to my class, which very much enjoyed by the children. I had planned on thinking about this a bit more, but other things happened.

    Today Aaron’s bookmark reminded me and took me to Librarians turned Google Forms into the unlikely platform for virtual escape rooms which links to this example: Hogwarts Digital Escape Room.

    I’ve seem a few examples using OneNote and google forms before but this is probably the smoothest experience.

    I had wondered if using password protected WordPress posts or pages would work.

    I even make a simple set up Make an Escape which produces a sort of digital multi lock (all the answers are 123) before lockdown.

    Today I started doing a little reading following Aaron’s links, Breakout EDU Additional Game Creator Lab Resources – bit.ly/boeduresources – Google Slides looks as if it is worth borrowing from.

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