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There is something magic that happens when school becomes something other than, "question-correct answer-repeat." One strategy to break out of that pattern, engage students, and get them problem-solving is BreakoutEDU. Teachers can also create web-based breakouts or Digital BreakoutEDU.

What is BreakoutEDU?

Based on escape rooms, BreakoutEDU, created by Mark Hammons and James Sanders, involves students trying to use clues to crack multiple locks in a set amount of time (usually 45 minutes).

What is Digital BreakoutEDU?

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Teachers have long used lecture with PowerPoints, Google Slides, and other tools to deliver content. With advances in educational technology, we need to ask some important questions about this practice.

What strategy does not differentiate, is teacher-centered, and requires all students to work at roughly the same pace?


What is the most difficult classroom management challenge?

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We've all been there: the post-observation conference. Much like a job interview, it can be nerve-wracking, especially for new teachers. Much like job interviews, there are a few questions that should be expected. One of those questions is:

How did you group the students?

This blog post will help you answer this question and look like a pro doing so.

Years ago, when I first learned about differentiation, I assumed it was about providing different kinds of activities to meet the needs of different learning styles. A valuable professional development session about differentiation corrected this assumption with a simple rule: An assignment or activity is differentiated when students are grouped based on assessment results. 

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Here are five more strategies for going beyond substitution with Google Classroom. There are five more in Going Deeper with Google Classroom - Part 1 of 2.

Google Forms for Do Nows and Assessment

Teachers should do this to get an immediate, clear picture of what students know. Teachers can use Forms in Classroom by simply clicking, no copying and pasting needed. Students should always quickly receive their results with complete answer keys for full transparency via e-mail or Google Drive.  Google Forms can even be used to redirect students answering incorrectly to remediation videos or images. Thank you, Chris Aviles, for this idea! 


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Google Classroom is a great way to digitize a class and present it to students in a user-friendly way. Rather than using a complicated LMS, teachers can automate file-sharing and give feedback as students work on assignments.

Teachers using Google Classroom to substitute for pen and paper are taking an important first step but are not using this tool to transcend instruction. These teachers should be encouraged to use Google Apps for Education’s great feedback features. They should also be encouraged to go deeper with Google Classroom. Here are five strategies for doing so. There are five more in part two of this post.

Anchor Activities in the About Tab

Have a student or group of students who work very quickly? Need a challenge to ramp up difficulty when they say, “I’m done.”? The About Tab is a great place to put anchor activities. They can be course or unit specific or simply provide a worthwhile use of their time such as Blockly for coding:

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