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Digital Escape Rooms Explained

I have a confession to make: I’m obsessed with Digital Escape Rooms.

If you haven’t heard of Digital Escape Rooms (sometimes called Digital Breakout Rooms, Virtual Escape Rooms, or Online Escape Rooms) or have, but aren’t sure what the hype is about, let me tell you – they are amazing!

What Are Digital Escape Rooms?

Digital escape rooms are interactive online learning activities that combine questions, clues, and puzzles for students to complete in order to unlock the room.

How Do They Work?

Students are introduced to scenarios with a problem. Different areas can be explored where the students perform a task to collect clues. When all the clues are collected, students can solve the puzzle and escape.

What Are the Benefits?

  • Engagement! Digital Escape Rooms are so fun, students barely realize they are doing schoolwork.
  • They are also perfect for distance, in person, or even hybrid learning.
  • They are also no prep! Enough said!

Tell Me More About These Digital Escape Rooms

I have created my Digital Escape Rooms on the Boom Learning℠ platform. I find Boom Cards™ especially easy for students to navigate independently. My Digital Escape Rooms all require students to investigate four areas, clicking on objects in each area to find clues. Multiple choice and/or true/false questions must be answered correctly in order to collect letters. The letters are put together and rearranged to form a special word that will allow them to escape.

When inclement weather begins to give your students cabin fever, why not occupy them with some virtual adventures?

Holiday and Season-Themed Digital Escape Rooms

So far, my Digital Escape Rooms are all holiday and season-themed. Here’s a brief explanation of what each is about:

With my Christmas Digital Escape Room, students find themselves home alone and having to escape a house on Christmas Day. They must go through four different rooms in the house and click on objects in each room to find clues, unlock the door, and escape.

Students participating in my New Year’s Digital Escape Room wake up alone in the house after a night of fun during New Year’s Eve. They would need to go through four different rooms in the house and click on objects in each room to find clues to open the garage door and escape.

With my Winter Digital Escape Room, students find themselves lost in a park on a winter day. To clear the path and escape, they need to search the park, clicking on objects and answering trivia questions about winter. Correct answers produce special letters for them to collect. But wait! The letters are scrambled and must be unscrambled to reveal the secret word.

Students participating in my Chinese New Year Digital Escape Room get lost in the city. For this adventure, they need to search four areas of the city, answering trivia questions about Chinese New Year. When the letters are collected and unscrambled correctly, the secret word will allow them to board the bus and escape.

Students shopping for gifts get lost in the mall in my Valentine’s Day Digital Escape Room. Answering trivia questions about the holiday in four areas of the mall while collecting and unscrambling the letters enables them to call home and escape.

In my 100th Day of School Digital Escape Room, somehow the classroom gets locked. Once again, by answering questions in the four areas, and gathering and unscrambling letters, a secret word is revealed, which allows the door to be unlocked for the students to escape.

In my Dental Health Month Digital Escape Room, students find themselves locked inside the dentist’s office. Answering multiple-choice questions on the history of the toothbrush and the toothpaste, the human teeth, and dental health correctly reveals letters that form a special word and allows students to unlock the dental clinic’s door and escape.

After failing to trap a leprechaun, students find themselves trapped and having to escape a leprechaun’s house in my St. Patrick’s Day Digital Escape Room. Once more, by answering questions in the four areas, and gathering and unscrambling letters, a secret word is revealed, which allows the students to unlock the laundry door and escape.

Students find themselves locked out of the house with my Easter Digital Escape Room. With this challenge, they must go through four areas of the backyard and answer questions correctly in order to reveal letters that form the special word, which will enable them to open the door and get back inside the house.

Students visiting a farm find themselves lost one spring day in my Spring Digital Escape Room. They must go through four areas of the farm to find clues, answer questions, put together letters, and rearrange them to form the special word that will enable them to start the tractor and escape.

In my Earth Day Digital Escape Room, students find themselves lost in a national park. They would need to answer multiple-choice and true or false questions on Earth Day and the environment correctly. Doing so would reveal letters that form a special word and allows students to start the motorcycle and escape.

With my Summer Digital Escape Room, students will have the time of their lives as they try to find letter clues that will enable them to board a sailboat after being left behind on the beach one summer day! They would need to answer several multiple-choice and true or false trivia questions about summer to form the special word and escape.

In my Back to School Digital Escape Room – Positive and Negative Behavior, students find themselves locked and having to escape a school on the first day of the school year. They must go through four different areas in the school and click on objects in each area to find clues, unlock the cafeteria door, and escape.

The beginning of the year has become more exciting with my Back to School Digital Escape Room – Fixed and Growth Mindset. In this digital escape room, students find themselves locked and having to escape a school. They must go through four different areas and click on objects in each area to find clues, find their way out of the playground, and escape.

With my Fall/Autumn Digital Escape Room, students find themselves lost in a farm market one autumn day. To ride the school bus and escape, they need to search the farm, clicking on objects and answering trivia questions about fall or autumn. Correct answers produce special letters for them to collect. But wait! The letters are scrambled and must be unscrambled to reveal the secret word.

Students find themselves trapped in a haunted house on Halloween night in my Halloween Digital Escape Room. Once more, by answering questions in the four rooms, and gathering and unscrambling letters, a secret word is revealed, which allows the students to unlock the door and escape.

What Happy Teachers Have to Say

Here are some what happy teachers have to say about my digital escape rooms:

A super fun game! My students loved being able to escape “together”. – Clare S. 

My students found this activity not only challenging but fun. They learned a lot about St. Patrick’s Day and had to really focus and get engaged to figure out the final word. Using the Boom Cards was a great way to present this where the students could work individually or with a partner. – Deanna Z. 

This was such a hit in remote learning! – Lilli F.

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