So, this year we submitted to present on Breakout EDU. Knowing that Breakout EDU is HOT right now, we kept our fingers crossed that we would be selected to present. Amazingly, we were! As the theme of Podstock this year was, "Back to theIR Future," we knew we wanted to do something different and create a new Breakout EDU game based on the movie, "Back to the Future." We thought this would tie in nicely to the theme of the conference as well as serve as a game that could be used for future professional developments, staff team building, or even with students.
After a movie-viewing session that included note-taking like I have never done before while watching a movie, we started out building our game. About a week(ish) later, we had put together a game we were pretty proud of! We beta-tested our game within our own district on teachers and high school students. We had to make some tweaks along the way, but we felt we had refined the game, our facilitation approach, and debrief to a point we were pretty happy with.
The first day of Podstock, we presented our session on Breakout EDU, entitled, "Epic Escape or Elaborate Fail: Breaking Out of the EdTech Box." Our session began by asking attendees to complete a Google Form in which we collected a bit of information about them to connect after the session, but also divide them into groups for the game. We used Flippity to randomly divide people into teams (an Add On for Google Forms). This worked perfectly for dividing 55 people into 4 groups very quickly! We then jumped right into to playing the game, taking team pictures, and debriefing.
About Our Session Attendees
One thing that was really exciting to find out was how many people in our session were experiencing Breakout EDU for the very first time. WOO-HOO!!!! I hope that what we had to share was engaging form them and is something that inspires them to try something new in their classroom.
We had so much fun being a part of Podstock and are truly grateful to ESSDACK and all who attended our session and gave such support on Twitter for what we were sharing. We are by no means experts when it comes to Breakout EDU, so we are always looking for new opportunities to connect, learn, and share with others. To the right is a list of some of people who attended our session who are also on Twitter. If you attended our session or Podstock in general, feel free to reach out to each other (or new people!) to share, learn, and continuing growing. As a Podstock family, let's fail forward so that we can provide our students with unique learning opportunities that help prepare them for the real world, collaborating, communicating, critical thinking, creating, and caring for one another.
Let's try something different...