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Friday, February 16 • 1:10pm - 1:35pm
#3 - Break Out of the Norm!

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Technology: Break Out of the Norm utilizes technology to enhance student engagement and learning through the use of "breakout boxes." A spin off of the "escape room" idea, breakout boxes use a series or collection of clues to lead students to learn about a topic while simultaneously uncovering clues to unlock a box (a tool box with multi-hasp and varying locks). I used QR codes, videos, websites, Google Forms, and a Google Sheets add-on called "Wizy Merge" to facilitate the breakout box experience for my students. Additionally, I used tool boxes, multi-hasps, and keyed/combination locks to systematically organize the adventure. The goal is always the topic or learning objectives for the unit or course; however, using breakout boxes increases curiosity, critical thinking, and engagement in the learning process by adding mystery and problem-solving to the experience.  
Evidence: I used breakout boxes with my CI 2300 students this semester. On the last day of class I asked them to create an infographic that shares their favorite memory from our semester. The majority of the students indicated that their favorite memory was the breakout box activity that happened in September. Considering they remembered it in December, that is a feat in and of itself! They noted that they were engaged and intrigued by the experience and many want to use it in their future classes. 
Broader Impacts: What is nice about breakout boxes is that they can be adapted for any content. They can be created to facilitate a staff meeting or to help student learn more about a topic. My breakout box for CI 2300 was focused on teaching them about fake news; however, in the process, they also learned a little chemistry (compound naming rules). Breakout boxes are a student-centered, hands-on, inquiry-based instructional strategy that can be useful to teachers at all levels (PK-12 and higher ed).

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Morgan Blanton

Clinical Assistant Professor, Appalachian State University

Friday February 16, 2018 1:10pm - 1:35pm PST
E-Poster Session 1 Plemmons Student Union