Ditch That Textbook with #QRBreakIN

Big news today from the world of guest blogging! The amazing Matt Miller — author of Ditch That Textbook — spotted some of my stuff on Twitter and thought it was worth sharing with the world. Here, I’ll let him tell you.

qr-break-in-1I saw John Meehan’s QR BreakIN activities on Twitter weeks ago and was hooked.

The idea was brilliant …

  • Identify something students would learn that week.
  • Infuse it with themes from a board game or video game they love.
  • Break it up into several small challenges.
  • Make learning a game!

In John’s version, his students use QR codes in the games, but this could be done without them — with as much or as little tech as you’d like.

In his guest post today, John shares several examples and templates for creating your OWN BreakIN games. Check it out!

Click here to visit my guest post on his blog (templates included)!

Author: John

John Meehan (@MeehanEDU) is an English teacher and school instructional coach at Bishop O’Connell High School in Arlington, Virginia. He began his teaching career in 2010 as a career switcher through The New Teacher Project, after spending five years working in social media and event marketing. He is a 2017 ASCD Emerging Leader, and an alumnus of the 2016-2018 Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Teacher Advisory Council. In 2016, he was named one of Arlington, Virginia’s “40 Under 40” by the Leadership Center for Excellence. He is a past presenter and regular attendee at educational conferences throughout the United States, including the annual conference for National Catholic Education Association, ASCD Empower19, and the Play Like a Champion Today: Character Education Through Sports summer conference at the University of Notre Dame. He’s an avid runner who’s completed more than three dozen marathons, half marathons, long-distance road relays, mud runs, and obstacle course races. John lives in Silver Spring, Maryland.

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