"Escape" Deeper in the Curriculum with Digital Breakout Games

Concurrent Session 4

Brief Abstract

Looking for a way to "escape" the traditional teaching and learning environment? Creating Digital Breakout Games can help you "breakout" of your day to day routines while engaging your students, not only in content, but also the four C's of 21st century learning: communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity.


A. Darlene Smith is the Associate Professor of Education at Walters State Community College in Morristown, TN. She has a Bachelor's Degree in K-8 from Carson Newman College and a Master's Degree in Supervision and Administration from East Tennessee State University. Since August of 2007, she been molding and shaping future educators at Walters State Community College. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, she is currently working part-time in the Instructional Design office training faculty in mobile learning. Prior to teaching at WSCC, she worked in the Grainger County and Hamblen County School Systems teaching second, fifth, sixth, seventh, and eighth grades. She also served as the Pre-school Director of Centenary United Methodist Church for three years. In August of 2013, she was honored to receive the Distinguished Faculty Award from WSCC. In 2013-2014, she was recognized as one of the first two Mobile Learning Fellows at Walters State, and in Spring of 2014, she was selected to be one of the TBR Mobile Learning Mentors by Dr. Robbie Melton. In Spring of 2017, Darlene was named an Apple Distinguished Educator Class of 2017. She married her husband, Rusty, October 7, 1989, and they have three beautiful children: Daniel, Hannah, and Sarah. Her vision is to help change the world; one child at a time!

Extended Abstract

We all know that students are more likely to retain knowledge when they can apply what they’ve learned. This practice is often referred to as “active learning” or "constructivism." Digital Breakout Games create a “natural problem-solving environment” for learning. They create engaging and memorable experiences in the classroom. My students never brag to others about listening to my lectures or doing handouts in my class, but they do talk about their Breakout experiences!

Come to this session ready to participate in a Breakout Game and learn how easy it is to create your own free Digital Breakout Games!