It's been fantastic to learn more and experience the use of BreakoutEDU with students and teachers. I've had the pleasure of working with many teachers on using the breakout boxes in many context. A few of these amazing educators include Heather Cleland (my TOSA colleague), Helena Holmes, Valerie Sabbag, Jenna Segall, John Brubaker, and the teachers in the PAUSD Elementary STEAM Inquiry Group. This list continues when I mention coaches and educators outside of PAUSD - Judy Blakeney, Lindsey Blass, Ben Cogswell, Ari Flewelling, Amanda Haughs, Jody Green, Ann Kozma, Debbie McHorney, Jessica Miles, Sabba Quidwai, and the many teachers I got to play breakout games with.
One of the most amazing experiences I've had with BreakoutEDU was seeing the work from Valerie Sabbag's fifth grade class last school year creating their own games, building their own boxes, and getting to play their games with the Kristi Van's third grade class and also their parents. Check out my blog post from that experience.
Definitely inspired by the games I've played from the BreakoutEDU site, I've started writing my own games during my 20% time. So far I've had the chance to facilitate a TV Show themed game I wrote with some of the coaches and TOSAs from Southern California during one of our #TOSAchat #tikitosa meetups. It was definitely a game I learned a lot from - ways to make it better, ways to make it harder (especially for other "game makers"), and other ways to give clues to the direction lock. Since that game (this past September) I've written two more games - a Math game and a Disney themed game (inspired by Jody Green's game).
I'd love to get feedback on the Math game.
Update, December 18, 2016:
After Valerie Sabbag's fifth grade class beta tested this BreakoutEDU game, I made corrections to my game. I'm glad they got to try out my game because there were 3 things I changed, one of which was a pretty big mistake as I left the answers to one of the puzzles on the sheet. The link above has the updated changes. Again, I'd love feedback on the game.
New Update, December 28, 2016:
I had the opportunity to facilitate this Math BreakoutEDU game again over the Winter Break and definitely got some great feedback about different parts of the game that led to this newly updated version.
Another Update, March 9, 2017:
After having the many opportunities to facilitate this Math BreakoutEDU game with students in first, second, third, fourth, and fifth grades, I learned more about how to make the game better. This new update includes differentiated levels for grades K-middle school.
Math & STEAM Coach / TOSA in Palo Alto Unified School District.