Hello everyone and welcome
to today's training session on building
your own escape room using gale.
My name is Hannah rabu
and I'm gonna be your trainer today in
the chat. We also have Cinda Wood and Lindsay
Barfield, two other trainers on the team,
they're gonna be maining the Q and A box. If you have
any questions as we go throughout today's
session, please feel free to put them in the
Q and a box and they'll either type
them out. Type out some answers or or
I will answer them live
Let's go ahead and get started. Today
we are going to be talking about building your own
escape room using gill resources.
But first we're gonna start by reviewing
some prec created escape room content.
If you're not familiar, we have escape rooms
um for gil and content. elementary gallon
context, middle school and gallon context
high school available to you
as well as a DIY
build your own blank template.
So we're gonna be reviewing a prec created
escape room. I'm gonna be looking at the middle school
one today and then we're gonna go into the
blank DIY and talk about
how you can build your own for your classroom
or your library.
and at the end we'll have time for questions
and to review our support page but
definitely feel free to ask any questions
as we go throughout. Um the
session you'll see that Cinda has
put in the chat links to all of
the different um escape rooms that we have
on the support site so feel free to check
those out and save them. They'll also be
in the follow-up email that you receive tomorrow
and I've had a lot of questions about whether or
not this session will be recorded. It absolutely
is and you will receive it tomorrow
in your follow up email as well as
some links and some information about
future gale in the classroom sessions,
So first of all, what is a classroom escape
room? Well, it's a series of clues,
puzzles and ciphers and activities
related to the content of your choice.
So, you know, if you're a familiar user
of galling context that we have all kinds
of different resources available
to you and this really takes it to the next
level where students not only read and answer
questions, but take that a step further kind
of synthesize that information
in the forms of different puzzles.
It's a really great opportunity for students to
engage with the content and collaborate.
Prior to my time at gale. I was an eighth
grade english teacher for 10 years and
I was always looking for ways to engage
my students with the content and get them
to enjoy learning and classroom
escape rooms were a favorite of theirs. They loved
them so much and it was a great way
to get them really engaged and excited.
They were excited about learning and they didn't even realize
how much work they were doing while they were doing
a great way to use critical thinking and problem
solving skills because not only are they answering
those questions like I said they're taking it a step
further and are they're applying it
to solve different problems and make connections
and last but certainly not least. It's a way
to target various learning modalities
and scaffold as I go around as
I go through some of the best practices for incorporating
these escape rooms with your students. Um
I'm gonna mention several different ways that you can scaffold
to meet those diverse learners which
we know is always a win in the classroom,
So in these escape rooms we're pairing
the content with puzzles and clues
to really encourage that close reading
and analysis of text. So not
only are they engaging with the awesome resources
that we have here in gale and those awesome reading materials,
but they're taking it a step further and really analyzing
the text to solve some of these puzzles.
You can see here on the screen. This is an example
from our gale and context high school escape
room on the civil rights movement. And then
here we have one from the elementary
we have a a puzzle and
um a pig pin cipher which are two very popular
escape room tools.
So let's start by reviewing the setup
and best practices. Um like I mentioned
at the beginning, we are gonna start by reviewing
one of the premade escape rooms that you have
available to you on the gill support
site and like I said, I was a middle
school english teacher for 10 years. So
I'm gonna start by looking at the middle
So one of the first steps that you're going to want to
take when using one of these escape rooms
is to really read through the instructions
and tips as well as the task instructions
those pages look like this in the premade
content. So as you can see
the instructions, review some instructions
for before starting the escape room,
some tips and best practices for while
your students are participating and then
some tips and tricks for after the escape
room has finished
Also for each task
um some instructions and arrangement
tips as far as what students are going to
complete for each task. So reading
these two documents, is really going to familiarize
you with the content, what students are going to learn,
inspire ways to use this with the, with
your students, whether it be before you
start a unit or kind of as a culminating
activity at the end of the unit.
And it really describes recommended setup
instructions and best practices.
I can't stress enough that an escape room is
not something that you can jump into five
minutes before class, they do take a little while
to set up. Um But if you have some
eager students, I know that I always did
because they love these activities. They were always
ready to jump in and cut out and you
know put the activities in envelopes for the next
day because they were excited about this type of activity.
So to preface it it is a little
bit of a setup but it's totally worth it in the end.
The second step that you're gonna wanna follow is
determining how you want students to access
the gale in context materials.
Um There is a
resources access page that describes
this, you can
see as the gif plays on the left hand
side of your screen. One of the easiest
ways to assign content is by using
the advanced search and the gil document
number at the bottom of every gil
document, you'll notice that there's a gil document
number at the bottom of the page. Using
the advanced search, students can apply the,
the filter for. document number and it will
take them directly there. Alternatively,
if you want students to access
this using their email or maybe an L
MS system that you use in your classroom.
The Glink tool is always trusty.
Um you can see up here at the top, you click the
get link tool,
share it with your students and it will send them directly
to that document.
the third step and probably the most time
consuming step is to print the escape
room tasks using the printing
So best practice is really to have a folder
for each task and a folder
equal to the number of groups. So
if you have six groups of students then you would
have six folders for each of the different
I have some folders here, you probably
can't see them behind me, I'll show you
a picture of them.
but on the, on the front of the folder you
can put the task description and inside
all of the materials for that task, it
makes it a lot easier to, for students to
progress throughout them
and um to access all of the activities.
So you'll see in all of the premade content
there is a printing suggestion page
and be sure to note that some of them
include two per page just to cut
back on copies and save you some time.
Um So the printing suggestions
will definitely help you.
And also um in
the task descriptions and instructions
make a note that some of the activities
are cut and sort activities meaning
you'll cut out the different pieces of paper for students
to interact with.
here. You can see my examples of some
folders, so these task cards, which
I'm going to review later are totally optional.
They do, you know, kind of jazz up the folder a little
bit, but honestly just as effective
as writing task. One on the outside of the folder,
on the inside. You'll see that I have the task
instructions page as
well as some as some directions.
Here in this envelope is an example
of a cut and sort activity.
can see here this one is actually
an activity where students um put
these events in
chronological chronological order. So
all the activities are in a manila envelope,
you can use a white envelope, a baggie
whatever you have on hand. Just to keep
those organized. And if you decide
that you really like these activities and
you want to use them again with other classes
or in the future you can laminate these
and make them really um reusable
and keep them protected. So that every time
you don't, you do this, you don't have to set it up again.
and here's an example of what that activity would look
like once it's finished. Um As
I've mentioned, escape rooms are all about finding
the secret codes. So once the students
have these in the correct order
this would be their secret code 73618254.
So as a teacher best practices or
as a librarian, if you're doing this in your library
Uh Best practice is to have your answer key
in your hand at all times because students are gonna get
really really excited and they're gonna be raising their hand.
I think I got it. I think I got it. You can look
check their code quickly and if they got
it right hand them the folder for task
and have them progress through. So definitely
be sure that you have that teacher answer key printed
out so you can give them permission to move
on Um if you have a teacher's
aide or a teacher's assistant or a library
assistant definitely a good time to
have them help out because they're gonna be
really excited to move on to the next task
and to get their code checked.
Now I mentioned scaffolding and differentiating
for your diverse learners. So obviously
you can pair the students and group them how you
want. And what I love about these
activities is that every time I would do this
in my class, um the high achieving
students would really lift everyone else up.
They, they all tended to work together
really, really well and even
the students who were more reluctant learners
would get really, excited about solving
these puzzles and would definitely jump in
and get excited. So as you have
that teacher answer key and you're walking
around assisting the other students, this
is a great time to provide those supports
because some groups are going to be speeding ahead.
They don't really need any help, but the other ones,
you can kind of help them and guide them like
oh are you sure that it starts with three? Maybe
look again? You know what I mean? Kind of guide them
as you go through
Now your next step is going to be giving
all groups their task one folders.
So you're gonna give them the task one folder,
give them their group answer sheet. You want
to be sure that each group has one group answer
sheet and you're gonna show them how you want
them to access the materials. So
if you've shared them via the glink to your L
MS. system then be sure to tell them hey check
google classroom or school G or canvas
to access the links or if
you're having them use the gall document number,
be sure that they know how to perform that advanced
search, you could write that up on the board
or even share the slide that I have in this presentation
up on the board so they know how to access those.
So here's an example of ta the task
one folder and you can see that task one
actually just consists of seven different
questions. So um I've just
taped the questions inside of the folder
and again this just cuts down on the copies because
this means that I only had to make this one copy
for that group of students.
Here's an example of the group
Your next step is to get started. So this
is when you know the the kids are gonna be really
excited when you hand them the task
one folder, Be sure to tell them. Don't open
the folder yet. We're not ready to get started. Wait
until I say go and then you tell
them to go
and then when they get started, your job is to walk
around and assist them as needed, provide
those scaffolds and supports um help
the groups that need a little bit more assistance and
really encourage them to work together. Um
When a group gets the code correct,
then you're gonna hand them with the folder for
the next task. So like
I said best practice is to have
a folder for each task equal to
the number of groups have those in your
hands so you can hand them to them as
soon as they're ready to move on to the next.
Uh, anna I see your question about opening
the templates without power point.
Um, maybe you have
a, if you have access to maybe google slides,
you should be able to open it that
way. Um, but that's a absolutely
something that we could also post in a Pdf
format. Um that's the kind of feedback
we love to get from these sessions. So if
you know more people would like to see this posted as a PDF.
Absolutely, we can do that.
um Sarah as far as how many students should
be in each group. Um
I would think, you know, I usually did between
usually three or 45
tends to be, you know, too many cooks, but I think
three or four would be perfect. Or even if
you have some high achieving students, you could do it
in groups of two
And um you could have
them access it individually. That
would probably be best so they can all read and analyze
that information together.
Keep those questions coming in the Q. And A.
the question about resources access. I think
Cinda is answering that in the chat.
Ok, so those are your steps for using
the prec created content.
All of the directions are pretty much there,
All of the activities are made, there's different
types of puzzles. Um
But definitely the most important thing is to read
through all of the instructions and tips and
arrangements have them printed out and
ready to go when your students enter the room
and be sure that you're walking around with that answer
key, keeping them engaged and
on task and encouraging them as they
And here we have some awesome pictures
of some of our studentss
um completing the gallon context, elementary
scavenger hunt. This is my uh colleague
Cinda young ones. Uh
just like teachers, kids, trainers kids
typically get to um try
out our activities first. They're
guinea pigs. So I definitely wanted
to share them doing this gall and context elementary
scavenger hunt. You can see them super engaged,
notice that they have headphones if
you're an experienced gall and context user,
you know, we that that we have the text to speech
E reader built in
The elementary scavenger hunt actually includes
a video as well. So remember
for those students who may struggle to read
the content that we have that read
to speak um text reader
that they can, you know, use some headphones
and have the documents read allowed to them as well.
Ok keep those questions coming in the Q. And
a box. Now we are going to get started
on creating your own escape room.
So this one is a little bit more detailed
and this is one that probably
has to be posted as a power point
because it is editable. And I'm
gonna show you how to make some of those
edits during this session.
But creating your own escape room really allows
you to find your own content.
Find something that's interesting to you and relevant
to your students and customize
this activity to fit their needs.
So you can access this. I know that
Cinda has been um
sharing this in the chat. Oh and she just gave a shout
out. Yeah. Tommy's in first grade. And
with the listen feature he was able to complete
this activity which is so awesome.
So you can scan the QR code to access
this copy of the blank escape room.
Or you can visit the website here.
This is also in the chat and it will be included
in tomorrow's follow up email that you'll receive
after the session.
The cover of it looks like this.
And you can see on the side that all of the different
um, areas on the blank escape
room um are fillable
by you, the librarian or the teacher
who is doing this in their own learning
So you'll be able to edit these in PowerPoint
or in google slides
So the first step when developing your
own escape room is to determine
your topic and your purpose. So
this activity works really well as an introduction
to a topic or as a culminating
activity at the end of the unit
and a really great place to get started is
to view our gale in context topic pages
Now here in the example I have included
elementary, middle and high school
as gale in context. But keep in mind
that any gale in context database can
definitely be used for this type of activity.
If you're a subscriber to biography
or opposing viewpoints or environmental
science or science. These
these escape room activities can be applied
to any of those different databases.
So I use these for the at the as the example.
But definitely feel free to branch out. I
could even see the use of some ebook
content in these as well.
upcoming. In the spring we have gale in
context literature which I know a lot of people
are really excited about. Uh My former
english teacher hart is definitely excited
about it And um escape rooms could definitely
work with gale in context literature too.
Um To do
rooms with some of your favorite novels.
Um as an eighth grade english teacher, I regularly
did an escape room on the outsiders with my
students at the end of us. Reading the book
is kind of a a prep for the
end of the novel test and it was always
a big hit,
So you'll notice here's an example of
a topic page in gale and context. High school.
I know that the Crucible is a popular um
literary work covered in the high school level.
But I did want to call out all of the different
document types that we have in
gale in context. So I know a lot
of people you know will fall into using just
reference material or you know,
overviews but like I said in
gall and context elementary. Um one
of the stations involves a video
Um there's definitely you know various
ways to incorporate the different content,
so feel free to use one of the audio
files or a critical essay
or images section. Get really
creative with all of the different document types
because that's just gonna engage the students even
more with the content
Ok So once you have decided, what
do I want my escape room to cover and
how am I going to use it? Um
The next step is to read through
the instructions and tips and task
instructions and arrangements.
This is gonna help you map out your escape room
So like I said discovering the topic pages
is a really great place to get started but
remember that you can use more than one topic
page so if I'm teaching the Crucible
for example I may also want to pull
in the topic page on the Salem witch trials
so feel free to really um mix
it up on your topic pages and the types of
because in this example you're
gonna have in the DIY escape room
seven different stations for students to
progress through seven different tasks.
So you're going to need to find seven different
resources that fit your chosen topic.
You're also going to read in these directions.
The amount and types of questions that you need
to develop for each task.
anna's gonna describe the recommended
setup instructions and best practices.
These are really similar to the prec created
materials in that you're going to want
a folder for each group of students. For
each task, you're going to want to have
those cut and sort activities cut out
and in an envelope or in a baggie and
you're gonna have everything ready for them so that when
they complete their first task, they can go on
to the second one.
but the main purpose of these two documents
is definitely determining how many resources
you need to find and what types of questions
that you want.
So like I said in the DIY blank template
you're gonna have seven tasks and
each tasks, instruction section
lets you know how many questions that you'll need to
And for those users who are Gail
in context for educators subscribers,
this is a great time to use some of those questions
and assessments that are built into the resource.
Feel free to use those questions
in your escape room tasks. Those
you know every lesson plan and for educators
comes with those different critical thinking
questions. So definitely feel free to
use those work smarter, not harder,
reuse those questions as some of your escape
so you'll see here that there are seven different
task instruction pages and each
one says the number and type of questions
that you'll need to develop for each task,
So you'll see here in this example for task
four you're gonna choose whatever
gallon context document you want to use
and create seven multiple choice questions
for students to answer based on the resource.
I'm looking at the Q and A box
Um Jill. I actually love that.
Um question about making one of the
tasks, how to use gale.
Um I really like that and we're always looking for
you know different ideas to incorporate into our resources.
Um That is awesome.
Uh Susan Absolutely! Um adult
learners could definitely do these activities.
I know my friends and I love to go to the local escape
rooms so you know
at gale in the gall and context databases,
you know that we have um reading
content adapted to different lex levels.
So if you're looking at adult adult learners
you could definitely use a level five content.
You know the puzzles may be a little bit more simple
for them because they are adults but when you
up that reading content level to a really
high lex, this could definitely
for adult learners.
and Monica. I'm gonna let uh Cinda
send you those links in the chat for the
other escape rooms.
So this is really important before you even
get started to review these task
instruction pages because they're
gonna tell you exactly how many questions
that you need to develop for each resource
that you find.
So for this 17 multiple choice
questions as a teacher, as
a librarian, you're skilled in making these
type of questions. So you can go through
the document and find the answers that you want
your students to find.
Ok, so step three and this is the biggest
one. Um you're gonna use your gale and
context databases. Remember to branch
out, it doesn't just have to be elementary, middle
or high. Um you could use ebooks,
you could use you know gall and context opposing
viewpoints. National Geographic
kids, whatever you're a subscriber to, you
can get really um you can
really vary the type of resource that
you're using for these
for the DIY template. You're gonna find seven
resources and you want to review
with the students how they're going to access them
using their resource access. So
whether you want to use that gilli
tool or the gil document number, you
need to decide. As a teacher or a librarian
how you want them to access that
See here I have the different gall and context
The topic pages are a really great place
to get started. Um and if you've
used scale in the past, you know that you can use
the search tool and if we have a topic
page curated for that topic,
um it will appear in a bold face font
and you can select that option
and it will take you to the topic page that has been
curated for that subject
here we have a resource access page where
you can record the gall document number.
Um This would be fine to cut out and
print and give to your students or even
to project this on the board so that they
can look up and see the gale document
number. What they want to search for lots
of different ways that you could could use
this resource access truly. Just your
personal preference. Whether you want to
give them the numbers or share it with the Git
link to your L MS system
Ok, so this is a general set
up. These task cards
and task description pages are
available for all seven tasks
that are in the DIY template.
So topic pages are a great place
to find these images but I can't
stress enough that this really isn't necessary.
This is an optional step if you want to jazz
up how they look. Um But alternatively
you could just label each folder with the
number of the task. I did include
um the task card on my folders
But if as a teacher I know that I often
didn't have time to do that. So I would
typically just take it sharpie and write
task one on the folder that works just
as far as these task descriptions go,
you'll notice that throughout the DIY template,
everything is editable and typically in this
bold face italics orange font.
So you can go in and add your own descriptions
and titles as you progress throughout the
So when I created the the premade
content for the escape rooms, what
I used was the topic pages for the
different topics that I was covering
in these tasks. So for example,
in those task cards for the topic
pages um I would just use
this image here and post it. Um
that way it would be on the outside of the folder
and I usually use this um
description of the topic in
the task information section on the cards.
So this is an example of what it looks
like when finished.
You'll see this optional task card
that will go on the outside of the folder. All
I've done is add this picture from the topic page
and here on the task one um
instruction card that the students have inside
of their folder.
I've just used the overview from the topic
page on the Crucible
You'll notice that each task
card also has instructions
so you would post this on the outside
of the folder if you choose to use this
and this would be on the inside of the folder
providing them with some background information
um as well as some directions for progressing
through the task.
Ok. This is where I'm going to start showing
you how to set up some of these different
tasks. Now, some of them I have
cut down on the size of just for space
on this PowerPoint page, I didn't want to be
alternating back and forth between too many
different tabs. So I'm gonna be
minimizing out of presenter mode and
showing you how to edit some of these
but this is a setup for task one.
So you'll see we have this orange font
which will allow you to click on it. That's why this
was published as a PowerPoint doc.
So you can go in and edit to fit your own
so students are gonna have the task one question
and this is the only example that I have included
included the answer sheet on because
task one requires you to make an edit
on the answer sheet a little bit.
So when I go out of presenter mode,
you'll see this is how it will show up in the blank
tower, the blank power point template
you can type in your questions.
in each of the different sections
before you print them
and they are gonna show up in that orange font font
but feel free to you know, change
the font color
to fit your needs.
And then in the answer sheet
um you'll see here I have type your
question, your answer should be one
word. That's because this is what
the answer key looks like for task one
So if your students
If the answer to your first question
is answer, hopefully yours are a little bit more
um concrete than that.
You'll see that you need to shade boxes on
the answer sheet to help students reveal
So each of the tasks in these escape
rooms have studentss solving some sort of code
or puzzle. So for this one,
for example, you could select
you can go to table design
and shade that in.
So the students know that
their code letter for um
# one is going to be the letter
Now one way that you could scaffold this and
make this a little bit easier for students
is to block out the boxes that they're not
going to use for the question.
So here um answer is
six letters. So if I wanted to
block the rest out and kind of give them a a bit
of a hint
on what the answer is going to be. That way they know
that it's a six letter answer, you
can do that or you can leave it open and make
it a little bit more challenging for them.
Same thing if my answer
to # two was
then the same thing I would want to go in.
Shade one of the boxes,
And then my students would know that the letter for
# two was the letter D. If
I want to scaffold that and make it a little bit easier.
I can select the boxes.
and black them out
so because this is posted as a PowerPoint
document it, it, it is editable
by you, the teacher or the librarian.
So I have, you know, set seven
questions as the standard
here for task number one um but
if you don't want to do seven questions, if you would
rather do five or if you'd add a little bit more
then you can absolutely add them here on
your own because it's in power point and
you can adjust the, you know, the number of
rows or columns um in the
So because this isn't PowerPoint, it is customizable.
now. Alternatively, if you don't feel comfortable
editing this and power point, um
when you print off the different tasks and the answer
sheets, you could just highlight the boxes. So
the students would know
It's a great another great time that you can
incorporate those student helpers the
day before when you're setting it up, you can have an example
one and show them what to do on the other copies.
Now. Task two is probably
the most complicated one to edit. And
I'm look I think I'm gonna upgrade this a little
bit to be more like the pig pin cipher.
So look out for an updated version
The hieroglyphics page on the middle
school and the DIY
but as it stands currently, um the
questions here, you're gonna come up with
um fill in the blank questions
and the answer is going to be
a cipher code which students will have
to decipher to answer.
So again, I'm gonna exit out of
to show you how to edit it.
so you need to make this a fill in the blank
like that. The answer is
And then here it says to use
the snipping tool or to take a screenshot
to compose your answer in hieroglyphics
So if you're not familiar with how to take a screenshot
on the computer or to snip something, it's
actually really, really easy.
you can use on a Windows computer
on a Pc. The Windows key shift
and the S button.
or if you're using a Mac, it's shift control
four. So you can select
the images um because I shrunk this
down for this presentation, it's gonna be a little
bit small but it will, it'll work
to show you um a demonstration.
So if the answer to my question,
I'm gonna use dogs because it's a short word to
then I would want to select the D.
The G and S.
So I'm using a Pc. So I'm gonna do Windows
key shift. S
To select the different images.
And then I can pay I can paste this by
right clicking and pasting.
or I can use control V.
so there we have the first
remember that my word here is dogs.
And you get the picture how I miss selecting
each of those letters
that students are then going to
so again use the snipping tool
um you these slides will be sent
to you but remember these really simple screenshot
codes? Um They make
life a lot easier.
So here you can add these for each of
the different questions
have your fill in the blank and this will be the
answer to the fill in the blank question.
Again, this is probably the most time consuming.
Um It's not super difficult, especially after
you get the hang of it. And sometimes
The letters will repeat. So you know,
once you have the letter D. You could just move
it from the top down to the bottom, make a copy of it.
Ok, so task Two, the setup
is to use the hieroglyphic cipher tool
and you know, create a a fill in
the blank question for the students to decode.
Now remember any task information I'd like
to get this from the topic page and you
can enter a title here um based
around whatever resources or topic you're
having. The students solve for task number
# three is an example. Um
I showed you this previously
in the premade content but
this is um a a kind
of sorting activity where students are
going to arrange the events in chronological
So you'll see this is what it looks like completed.
You'll type the events, the students will put them
in the correct order and these numbers
will reveal the code that they'll put on their
answer sheet. This is what you're gonna
check and approve before they move on to the next
so again, this is editable. You
can click on this this orange text,
type your own events, copy and paste them
from the gall resource um
and then have these printed and cut out for students
to arrange. And this has a really
quick check on the teacher or librarian
side because you just have to quickly dance
uh glance down at these numbers to see if
they're correct or not. And what I was doing
when I was in the classroom is if they only
had a couple mixed up, then I would need you know, take a pencil
around with me and mark the couple that were
wrong so they would know Ok now these
are the only ones that we have in the wrong place
and again just kind of scaffolding as you go
to give them some assistance instead
of saying it's all wrong, you know, just
mark the few that they have in the wrong place
so they can go back and fix it.
Yes, you're right, Nikki, they really wouldn't
have to have access to the resource, but I like
to encourage them to read through it
as well. Um just to
kind of give them that background knowledge.
Uh Jill you're right. The how um
a great place to show them how to search. Gail. I like
I love the idea of really familiarizing
these, the students with these resources
um you know research and those research
skills can never start too soon.
Um so it's definitely good to get them familiarized
with using a database on their own.
OK. Task four is
developing some multiple choice
and you'll see here there are seven multiple
choice questions um designed
for task four.
And once you know, these are cut and sort
activities. So you would cut these out
along the dotted edge and have them in an
envelope. So not only your students,
you know, answering the question, they're putting them putting
them in the correct order. And one
way that you can kind of up the game on
this is that I automatically have
Abc and D. But
in Some of the pre created ones. You'll notice
that I have some different options
and that the options actually spell out
a word at the end, like in the Middle
School one, I think that the multiple
choice um spell out the word ancient
So you can definitely get creative with
these um answers and actually give them
a code word at the end.
but here really simple, you're just going to,
you know, select this,
Um Type your your question
and then your answers. And like I said, if you want
to get creative and change these
um answer options,
feel free to to do that.
That's what I like about this being at a power point
is that you can really edit it and get creative
with it on your end
Ok next is um task
number five which is a matching
activity. So um I have
it as inserting an image but
in the high school premade escape
room you'll see that I've actually have some
different events I think it's cause and effect
different effects linked with their calls
so it does say images but feel free to get
creative here um if there aren't a lot
of images for the topic that you're covering
in the gale and contact searches then
feel free to get you know um
to get some different options here
for students to solve like cause and effect
or um you know, words to definitions
or something in the resource. A lot of room
for creativity here
So as an example this is an image that
I've gotten from um the gallon
contact high school database and
it's a picture of the school desegregation
So if I was making task five for my
then you would delete the text.
drag the image over and resize
it to fit the box. Now remember this is
in power point. So if your box needs to be a little
bit bigger or you need your picture to be larger,
you have the ability on your end to
and then this is a picture of the do the
um school desegregation march
so I can add that here as my answer.
And once these are all cut out, the students
are going to put the numbers in order and
then match the letters to the correct
corresponding number and then
that's going to give them their code at the end.
Jenna. Yes, I love Jill's idea too.
I think that will be um my
next project how to use gale escape room,
I love the idea,
OK go back to our presenter
and go on to task six.
So ta task task
six is one of my favorite ones because
it's actually reading through um some biographical
content on gale and context. Um Most
of the pages, the topic pages have some
sort of biographical content um
whether it's on a famous historical figure
or an author um or an
athlete. There are lots of different biography
So I like this because it's almost like a social
media page for um that
that figure that you're just that you're learning
about. Um in the middle school
prec created escape room. Um This
one is on, oops sorry, this one
is on Julius caesar.
So the students are gonna go through and
complete this information
on that particular historical figure.
And then what their actual task is to
move on is to
decipher a quote using the pig
and this was always one of my students favorite ones
because it was hard for them to grasp
this cipher at first. But then once they got
it, they were really, really excited.
So this is um an example of
one that the students would use. But
this is um where I'm thinking about
upgrading the hieroglyphics
is to set it up like this because there's also
a teacher copy that just allows
you to copy and paste. You don't have to use screenshots
here and you're gonna come up
with a famous quote by that figure
and put it here and that will be their code. So
this could also serve as kind of a separate grade
from the escape room because they're completing this
kind of facebook page. Um For this
this figure that you're doing the biographical
but to show you how to use this, I use one of my favorite
quotes, not by someone that's in uh gall
in context but it's one of my favorites be
a fountain, not a dream. So if I wanted
to create this font, this
quote here for my students to decipher
all you have to do on the teacher copy
is select the letter. You'll see how it
put the picture box around it.
I can copy and paste. That
and drag it over.
Same with the E
and I get kind of tedious with getting them lined
up really. Either
So you would write your quote right here
for your students to decipher.
on their answer key.
So a pipin
Works like this, you'll see
that each of the letters are in kind of their own
box here. So like the letter
a looks like this backward L shape
B. Is three sided square.
Like with the top bar missing. C.
Is kind of an L. Shape.
And then it progresses. J. Is kind of that
backwards. L. With a dot in it.
So all the students get. They, they'll have
a copy of the cipher but they'll have
to figure out where each letter
So once they realize like, oh is
this shape with a dot, they'll be able
So like here has it kind of deconstructed
but you can see that shape A. As the backwards
B. Is the square with the top missing. C.
Is the L.
So they're gonna use their copy of the cipher
with this one that you've created
It works almost like the hieroglyphics.
Um but this is kind of a a larger
shape that they're deconstructing and finding
the letter for.
Hopefully that made sense. But this is a really popular
one. So there are lots of youtube videos describing
it as well.
You are very welcome.
so like I said, this one is a lot easier because you
can just select
the letter here,
copy and paste it into the box.
OK. The last task, which is
is matching an answer to
So this is one that you set up with matching.
and once they're in numerical order. The letters
here over to the side will reveal the code.
And again, this is one that you can,
type your answer in this is
You can type your question.
with the answer. Once these are
cut out and placed in an envelope within your
folder, students are gonna be matching
and pairing these answers together.
You could also do a fill in the blank type question
get creative if there was some more biographical
content that you wanted to use, you could match the
person with their accomplishment
um in the elementary scientists
and inventors escape room. Um
I believe the invention is matched
with the inventor and students watch a video
on that to kind of, you know, hear about the different
inventors and what they created and they match
But as long as it's a matching question this will
work. and the once they're
in the correct numerical order that reveals the code
for the students.
Ok, so once you have done all of that,
like I said, task three is the most
intense one. It's creating all of your
questions, it's filling in those, fill in the blanks.
Um but remember, it's in power point. So it's all
editable and you can make any changes
if you don't want to have seven
sources. If you want to knock out one
of the escape room tasks, it's editable,
so feel free to, you know, remove task
number three if you want and only have six.
Um really an option for
you to get creative um to what fits
your students needs the best.
But task three is really long. It's the one where
you do all of the work
Task four is where after
you have, you know, plugged in all of those questions
and all of the answers, you are going
to print these tasks out
using the printing suggestions page. Remember
that? Some of them are two per page to
cut back on the number of copies
and you should have a folder for each task
equal to the number of groups that you have
Be sure to print off the answer sheets for each
group and an answer key so that you can
move around the room and check.
And then this is just like the pre creative content.
You're gonna give students their task one
folders and their answer sheets. You're
gonna show them how you want them to access the content
and then they're gonna wait for you to say go to get started.
and then they're gonna get started, they're gonna be excited.
You're gonna walk around the room assisting them as
needed when they get a code correct?
Give them that the next folder, cheer
them on if you want to do some sort of sort
of reward bonus points. Um
my eighth graders would have done anything for
a sticker to put on their notebook. Really.
Whatever fits the needs of your students, whatever
sometimes just bragging rights is enough
and then at the end they escaped
High fives around.
They'll be excited.
and hopefully really engaging with the content
in a way, you know, so engaged that they don't even
realize how much reading and how many questions
they're answering, how much, you know, deep
thinking with the with the content
I agree Lynn um unfortunately we
don't really have a way to do that now,
um some places will do that
um with a google website or a google
form to make it completely digitized.
Um That's something that we've talked about in the future
for sure is kind of branching out
and making some more um
content that is available just digitally
because definitely it's a lot of like I said it's a lot
of copies, it's a lot of time to set
up um but the students, you know, typically
really, really like it,
thank you Jessica. I love these types of activities
and I hope that your students do too. If
you all have any success stories
with this, if you do this in your classroom or your library
definitely reach out to me and let me know
because I would love to have, you know, some examples
of how this has been used in some ways that you
have gotten created creative with
this content and edited it to fit
your needs like already in the Q and A.
We've had some examples of you
know, how to use gale escape room and I love
that idea. So definitely feel
free to share those with me. I would love
to get some more feedback.
So I definitely want to encourage you to check out
the support site, this is where you can find
all of these premade escape rooms
and the blank DIY one as well,
but we have so much more than just that. We have
lots of lesson plans, scavenger
hunts, prerecorded videos
and webinars, lots of tips and tricks on
how to use and navigate gale.
So I definitely encourage you to check out
the support site, tons of information
available there. Um I know
because like I told you I just left the classroom,
Um Not too long ago before I joined
the gale team so I know how
how limited time is and how hard it is to
you know, come up with some of these activities so much
and that's why I wanted to create some prec created
materials um for you
to be able to incorporate in your classroom because it's great
to have exciting content for students but
it's not always easy to find the time to create
them Um So we
definitely have a lot of lesson plans and activities,
check those out.
And I do want to give a shout out to my two
colleagues who have been manning the Q and A session
here today. We're doing a gale in the classroom
series of webinars. This was the first one
on building your own escape room, but
coming up on March 21st we have one
um for history and social studies teachers
or librarians looking to Their history
game in the library, teaching
historical contextualization using
gail and context primary sources.
Um Cinda has created I think five different
lesson plans that are available now on the support
site to go along with that Webinar. So
definitely check that one out and
the next week on March 23
um Lindsay is going to be conducting a webinar
on inquiry based learning with context
science. So some registration links
to these 22 sessions will be in our follow-up
email today, so be sure to check those
out and definitely share them with any colleagues
that you think would be interested in the history
or the science content.
I encourage you to connect with us, like
I said, my name is Hannah rabu
and I am your training consultant for the
escape rooms. So if you have any
questions or any success stories, feel free
to reach out to me at my email address, take
a screenshot of this slide. Um You,
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at gale dot customer success at sage
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Yes, Jessica. The recording will be shared out.
Um it will come tomorrow in a follow up
Oh thank you so much. I hope that you guys
can really use these and have a good time with them
in your class and in your library
thank you all for joining today.
Thank you Sam
Thank you Nikki, I'm so glad that you enjoyed
it. Feel free to share any success stories you
have with us.