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10 Fantastic Reasons To Use Digital Escape Rooms

Learn 10 reasons to use digital escape rooms in your classroom.

Digital escape rooms are virtual online critical thinking games that require students to solve a variety of challenges to complete the game. Kristy from 2 Peas and a Dog and Lyndsey from Lit with Lyns have teamed up to bring you 10 reasons to use digital escape rooms in your classroom.

Reasons To Use Digital Escape Rooms


Game-Based Learning (Lyndsey)

We all know that one thing our students thrive on is competition, or better yet, winning! With escape rooms, you’re adding the element of game-based learning to your curriculum. Any opportunity to make kids feel less like they are “working” is a win-win for all involved. Students become motivated to work through the various instructional experiences that take place in an escape room. By integrating curriculum content into the puzzles and challenges, students reinforce their understanding of key concepts while having fun.

Celebration (Kristy)

Students love it when their learning becomes gamified. Consider using a digital escape room to celebrate the changing seasons and holidays, after completing a unit, or at the end of the school year. Digital escape rooms are fun, but also academic, so students are still learning, but in a game format. 

Some schools might ban food or prizes for celebration, but learning is always encouraged. This makes digital escape rooms a perfect fit to celebrate with your students. Check out the blog post – 15 Exciting End of The Year Activities for Middle School Students to Enjoy. 

Test Prep (Lyndsey)

Escape rooms became a staple in Lyndsey’s classroom when she was trying to decide on how to best prepare for state testing. She had several groups that weren’t going to take reviewing skills they had learned throughout the year seriously and knew she needed something different. This is where digital escape rooms came in. 

Again, students would feel like they were competing to escape each “room.” All the while, critical thinking and comprehension would be taking place as students read fiction and/or nonfiction passages, answered multiple choice questions, watched short videos, and completed interactive reviews of important standards. For more on using escape rooms for test prep, check out this blog post – Why These Successful Test Prep Activities Work.

Activity Variety (Kristy)

Students enjoy a variety of activities. Digital escape rooms provide another mode of learning for students. Within each digital escape room, there are usually several different activities such as cipher locks, reading passages, videos, puzzles, etc. 

Students have to solve each type of activity before they can move on to the next one. It encourages students to be open to new things. For more information about activity variety, check out this blog post – 32 Fun Project Ideas That Aren’t Overused For Middle School Students

Differentiation (Lyndsey)

Escape rooms easily take differentiation to the next level. First, you can group students with various abilities so that higher-level students can assist those who may struggle. You can also group kids according to interests and learning styles as well. By incorporating visuals (videos and images), scaffolding questions, task cards, puzzles, etc., it makes it possible for all students to have a successful learning experience. For more information on differentiation check out this blog post – 5 Easy Ways to Differentiate Using Technology.  

Student Review (Kristy)

Have students review key concepts by working in groups to create review digital escape rooms for their peers. Students can review class material and create digital challenges that can be turned into a digital escape room. Then each group can review for the test or exam by playing the digital escape rooms of the other groups.

Students learn when they create their digital escape rooms and when they play the digital escape rooms created by their classmates. Have your students play this free Pet-Themed Digital Escape Room to get challenge ideas.

Little To No Prep (Lyndsey)

With digital escape rooms, they are little to no prep unless you decide to make your own. If you purchase the escape online, you simply need to go over the directions with students, share the link, and then let the learning begin. To make your life even easier, I have created a blog post called, “Digital Escape Rooms- Everything You Need to Know,” answering all of the frequently asked questions I get about escape rooms.

Fun (Kristy)

Using digital escape rooms provides students with a fun and memorable experience. They will feel a sense of accomplishment when they finish each challenge and upon completion of the entire digital escape room. Digital escape rooms provide an interactive and exciting learning activity that can reignite student interest, motivation and participation. If you are looking for a very fun activity to capture the interest of your students try this free Movie Night Digital Escape Room.

Requires Close Reading (Lyndsey)

Escape rooms require students to read closely. This is key! It’s virtually impossible to be successful if you haven’t taken the time to read the directions, word for word. Students are expected to think through the obstacles they endure in escape rooms. Overcoming these barriers is part of the escape room learning experience. If students don’t carefully read the directions for each “room,” before proceeding, they will not only hurt themselves, but they will impede the learning of their group members. 

To give students a chance to practice close reading and have a chance to experience a digital escape room (or do another one if they have), I wanted to give you access to a free escape I made just for this blog post. You can access my End of Year – Summer Events Escape Room here.

Requires Teamwork (Kristy)

Digital escape rooms can be completed independently, in pairs or in small groups. Working in small groups fosters teamwork and communication skills, as each student brings their own skill set forward to help solve the challenges. Teamwork and communication skills are just as important in real life as they are at school. 

After reading each of these 10 reasons, we hope that you are inspired to try using digital escape rooms in your classroom soon.

Technology Note

Many digital escape rooms are created using Google Forms. Your students do not need a Google account to play these types of digital escape rooms. Check out the blog post – How to Easily Use Digital Escape Rooms Without a School Google Account for tips on navigating this hurdle. 

Lyndsey has taught ELA for 20 years and has a M.Ed. in Instruction & Curriculum. She creates English/Language Arts resources for grades 5-8, both digital and printable, at her Teachers Pay Teachers store.  Lyndsey also has a blog that can be found at Lit with Lyns. Her passion, in addition to ELA, is finding student-centered, innovative, and interactive ways to integrate technology in the classroom.

Kristy has taught ELA and other subjects to middle school students for over 17 years in the Greater Toronto Area of Ontario, Canada. She is guilty of always having a book in her hand – even at the dinner table! She shares teaching content on her website, 2 Peas and a Dog, and sells middle school education resources on Teachers Pay Teachers or Shopify.

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