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Why Use Digital Escape Rooms in Middle School?

Digital escape rooms in middle school are a great learning and engaging activity to use with your middle school students. Read about 4 reasons why.

Digital escape rooms in middle school are a great learning and engaging activity to use with your middle school students. Below are five reasons I love using digital escape rooms in middle school with my classes.

Reasons Supporting Digital Escape Rooms in Middle School

They encourage collaboration and team building 

Students work in groups (or independently if they prefer) to solve each challenge. This helps students build their socio-emotional skills. Students at this age love to work with their peers and friends. This is a great constructive use of their school time as they work together on a common task. 

Building socio-emotional skills is very important in middle school for a number of reasons: 

  • Students deal with many challenges in middle school – academic pressures, social dynamics, personal struggles, etc. – but when they build their socio-emotional skills through activities like digital escape rooms, they build the resiliency and adaptability to successfully navigate these challenges. 
  • Team building is a fantastic way to help cultivate a positive classroom culture, allowing students to feel connected and supported by their peers and their teachers. Promoting activities such as digital escape rooms where students work together creates a sense of belonging and community. 
  • Working together is something that students may have to do in the future, whether it’s in a work, social, or personal environment. Activities that help students build their socio-emotional skills help them work on collaboration and develop healthy relationships. 
  • Interacting with peers is a fantastic way for students to work on communication and conflict-resolution skills. When doing activities such as digital escape rooms in middle school where they must work alongside their peers, they have the opportunity to learn from others which helps to give them perspective and develop empathy. 

Digital escape rooms in middle school are just one way for students to work on socio-emotional skills – the school year provides many other opportunities – but it is a great activity to bring into your classroom as it gives students not only the opportunity to collaborate and work as a team, but to reflect on what they know and what they have learned. 

Digital escape rooms are no prep! 

Teachers are provided with a force copy link, which gives them their own copy of the digital escape room. They do not need any paper or a printer for the challenges. No cutting and gluing is required by the teacher or students before using the digital escape room. Less mess = less stress!

You might be asking yourself, “Why are no-prep activities so important?” Not only do they reduce stress levels for the teacher, but think about this: 

☑️ No endless hours of photocopying (Save your time!)
☑️ No pile of papers left after the activity (Save the environment!)

The best thing about no–prep activities like digital escape rooms in middle school is that you can just dive right in. Have you ever had a situation where you suddenly have a half hour with no plan? Or maybe you have to step away and need an activity for a sub? Digital escape rooms are ready to go and the cure to fill the time! 

We also live in such a digital age that using activities such as digital escape rooms in middle school encourages the development of digital literacy skills among both teachers and students. We want our students to become masters at navigating online platforms, using digital resources, and using technology to enhance their learning experience. 

Plus, 2 Peas and a Dog digital escape rooms are available in so many different topics that there is certainly one to fit every time of the year. 

Digital escape rooms provide skill practice 

In addition to collaborative problem-solving, students work on their reading and listening comprehension skills and develop their critical thinking skills. 

Through puzzles such as videos, codes, articles, and other challenges, students are prompted to carefully read instructions and decipher important information in order to progress. This means they actively engage with the content, which can help them understand new concepts or reinforce what they have learned from others.

Analyzing information, making connections, and coming up with conclusions (and lock codes) gives students a chance to think critically about what they are reading, listening to, viewing, etc. They need to work on all of these skills in order to come up with the correct answers.   

They can be used in physical or digital classrooms

Since 2 Peas and a Dog digital escape rooms are made in Google Forms, they can be used in person or online. Students can access Google Forms on almost any device – cell phones, tablets, Chromebooks, or computers. 

This is not only a benefit in ways discussed previously in this article, but it also enhances accessibility for students, allowing them to engage no matter their technological capabilities or what devices they may have access to.  

Not only that, but we’ve all experienced what happens when we suddenly need to move into a digital classroom. It’s stressful! When we have tools and activities at our fingertips that are versatile, accessible, and easy to use, it makes learning and teaching seamless.  

Digital escape rooms in middle school are the perfect holiday celebration activity

Want to celebrate a holiday with your middle school students? Try a holiday-themed escape room. Setting up a class party with decorations and food is a lot of work but digital escape rooms are a no-prep fun way to acknowledge and celebrate a holiday. 

They also work well for the last day before a school break, the first week back to school, for different seasons, and more. Students are ENGAGED! 

And with digital escape room bundles, it’s never been easier to implement the fun of digital escape rooms in middle school with your students. Keep reading to find out more!

How do 2 Peas and a Dog digital escape rooms work?

Each digital escape room is built in Google Forms. If students are to leave Google Forms, it is to a location like YouTube, Jigsaw Planet, or news articles – then they come back to the Google Form to type their answers. All student work is contained within the Google Form so that teachers can look at all of the data at once. 

Since the escape room is built in Google Forms, you get your own copy of the escape room that you can edit to suit the needs of your students. For example, if your district blocks YouTube but allows YouTube links within a safety website redirect, you can change the link in the escape room. I also like to use the Google Extension Print Friendly and PDF when sending students online articles because I can erase the ads and give them a link to a PDF hosted in my school Google Drive.

Each escape room comes with 10 different challenges (“locks”) that students have to solve. They cannot move ahead to another lock until they solve the current lock they are working on. The locks require students to use literacy skills like reading and listening comprehension and general world knowledge for match column activities. 

If your school district does not use Google, you can still play digital escape rooms in middle school with your students. Read more here: How to Use Digital Escape Rooms Without a School Google Account.

Have I convinced you? Start using digital escape rooms in middle school with these Digital Escape Room Bundles! 

2 Peas and a Dog has digital escape room bundles that will last you the entire school year – your students will love them! 

The Full Year Digital Escape Room Mega Bundle includes these topics: Back To School (School-Themed), Back To School (Retro Technology Themed), Fall, Halloween, Christmas, Winter, Valentine’s Day, Easter, Spring, End of the Year, and Pet-Themed. You can find the Full Year Digital Escape Room Mega Bundle on Shopify CAD or Teachers Pay Teachers USD

The Full Year Digital Escape Room Bundle 2 includes these topics: Fake News, Movie Night, Book-Themed, Poetry-Themed, Canada, New Year’s, Snow-Themed, Winter Sports, Earth Day, Thanksgiving, and Pet-Themed. You can find the Full Year Digital Escape Room Bundle 2 on Shopify CAD or Teachers Pay Teachers USD

And the Middle School Science Digital Escape Room Bundle includes these topics: Space, Flight, Electricity, Biodiversity, Heat in the Environment, Pure Substances and Mixtures, Interactions in the Environment, Structures and Mechanisms, Fluids, Cells, Systems in Action, Water Systems, and Pet-Themed. You can find the Middle School Science Digital Escape Room Bundle on Shopify CAD or Teachers Pay Teachers USD

All escape rooms are 100% editable and customizable for your classroom needs. They all include detailed teacher instructions, answer keys, and student instructions. Access to the internet is required for some of the challenges in these escape rooms. 

I hope you take the time to invest and try some digital escape rooms in middle school. If you need more convincing, check out one of the articles below. 

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