Learn how to use digital escape rooms without a Google account. Follow these steps or watch the video included in this blog post.
Use Digital Escape Rooms Without a Google Account
- Create your own, personal Google Gmail account. It’s free!
- Access the digital escape room via the link provided in the downloaded PDF. Be sure you log into your personal Gmail account when you open it. The link will force you to make a copy of the escape room. Go ahead and do this so you can access the escape room.
- Read through and review all of the challenges. This is to ensure that your class will be able to complete all tasks. If there is a challenge you would not like them to complete, click the 3 dots in the upper right corner of that challenge (at the far end of the title) and then click “Delete Section”.
- Return to the top of the document and click on the First Name section. Delete this section by clicking on the trash can icon.
- Repeat Step 4 with the Last Name section.
- Click on the Class Code or a Period section. Edit the text “Class Code or Period” to indicate “First and Last Initials”.
- Tell students to refrain from entering their full first or last names. This will prevent you from having any potential risk for storing personal student data within your own private Google account. Some teachers also assign students a class number or class letter. This could also be used in lieu of a real name.
- When finished with modifications, click the purple “Send” button in the upper right corner of the screen.
- Click the symbol that represents the link/hyperlink (looks almost like a piece of chain link fencing).
- Share this link with your students through your learning management system. Otherwise, they just need to type it into their own browser in order to access your digital escape room.
- You can shorten the link so students do not have to write out the full link. When you click send and then click the link and it shows you the hyperlink that you share, underneath the link is a check box that says “shorten URL”. If you check that, Google shortens the link for you.
- Give your students time to complete the digital escape room during class time. Try to be available to answer questions.
- You can watch a video of these instructions here.
Learn More About Digital Escape Rooms
- Why Use Digital Escape Rooms in Middle School?
- 5 Tips to a Successful Digital Escape Room
- 5 Reasons To Use Escape Rooms In Your Classroom