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Gaming in the Classroom with Breakout EDU
Patti Harju

Monday, May 1, 2017
9:30 am - 3:00 pm

ISACS Classroom
Chicago, IL

Breakout EDU is a cutting edge immersive learning games platform that can be used to facilitate rigorous, content-aligned, classroom challenges. In a Breakout EDU game, learners have a set amount of time to move around the room, work together and solve a series of engaging critical thinking puzzles in order to unlock a mystery box. Games are standards-aligned and designed for learners of all ages and abilities. All Breakout EDU games cultivate inquiry, critical thinking, collaboration, and creativity. This one-day workshop will feature a hands-on deep dive into instructional gaming and a step-by-step guide on how to integrate Breakout EDU in the classroom. Participants will gain access to all the 100+ games on the Breakout EDU website and opportunity to design games for their classroom. Participants will leave with a breakout kit and the knowledge and resources to be able to facilitate Breakout EDU games in their classrooms. For more information on Breakout EDU -

Games are perfect for learners of all ages, including adults.

Patti Harju is the Director of Games for Breakout EDU. In this role she has written many of the games published on the Breakout EDU website, reviews games submitted by the Breakout EDU Community, and facilitates workshops on Game Design. Prior to this adventure, she was a classroom teacher with over 20+ years of experience teaching in the elementary grades. Her last years in the classroom were spent as the lead technology teacher for grades K-8, where in addition to engaging students in meaningful ways to utilize technology, she honed her Breakout EDU facilitation and game design skills with all levels. She is a past board member for the Michigan Association for Computer Users in Learning (MACUL) and Discovery Education STAR Educator. She has presented workshops on technology integration, classroom blogging, coding, and gamification. 

Location of Workshop
The workshop will take place at the ISACS classroom at 55 West Wacker Drive, Suite 702, Chicago, IL. 

Directions, Parking & Public Transportation
The location is located in the heart of Chicago, with easy access to public transportation.

Click here for directions to the ISACS classroom including driving, parking and public transportation directions. Parking is available at several area garages. To secure discounted rates prior to your arrival in Chicago, visit If possible, we suggest taking public transportation.

Air Travel
Both Midway and O'Hare airports are easily accessible to the ISACS classroom. Fly into Midway (on Southwest Airlines) or into O'Hare and take the "L" (Chicago's public transportation) and be at the ISACS classroom in less than an hour.  

‚ÄčGO Airport Express (Share-a-Ride) Shuttle Service
ISACS has negotiated a special rate with GO Airport Express for ISACS members – 15% off the standard rates. Reservations MUST be made in advance and online to receive the discounted rate. The standard rate per person to/from O’Hare is approximately $28 one-way; $49 round-trip. The standard rate per person to/from Midway is approximately $24 one-way; $40 round-trip. To receive the 15% discount off the standard rates, please click here for the Go Airport Express website to make a reservation in advance. A credit card is required and charged at the time of reservation. Airport walk-ups are not eligible for the discounted rate. Parties of two more reserving at the same time receive a discount. Please visit their website for more information.  

Hotel Accommodations
The ISACS Professional Development team has partnered with many incredible Chicago hotels. The hotels are within walking distance of the ISACS classroom and as a member of ISACS you have access to the discounted rates all year long for your professional and personal travel. Click here to find out how to make a reservation at any of the hotels and select the option that meets your travel needs.

The Wyndham Grand Chicago Riverfront is offering a special group rate for ISACS guests. To receive this rate please call 1 (877) 999-3223 and ask for the ISACSHammons rate or click here to utilize the easy and convenient booking link below that will automatically provide the group rate. Please make your reservations 
by April 6th  in order to receive this special group rate.

If you have any issues when booking a room, please contact the ISACS office at 312-750-1190. 

Registration Fee

  • $250 member fee and includes a game kit to take back to school
  • $350 non-member fee and includes a game kit to take back to school
  • There is no group discount for this workshop
  • Workshop includes coffee/tea, light breakfast, lunch and refreshments 
  • Register early as we anticipate this workshop will reach capacity
  • Please review the Registration Confirmation information below

Registration Confirmation Communications from ISACS
Once registration for the workshop has been completed the following communications will be sent from ISACS:

  • Once registration is complete, an email will automatically be sent to the contact person on the registration confirming that registration has been completed.
  • Approximately three weeks prior to the workshop, ISACS will send a confirmation email to the registrant with details for the workshop.
  • Approximately one week prior to the workshop, ISACS will send a final confirmation email to the registrant with details for the workshop.

If you do not receive these emails prior to arriving at a workshop, please call the ISACS office at 312-750-1190. It is possible your email address was entered incorrectly OR your registration was not completed.

Cancellation Policy
Cancellations must be received in writing to ISACS by emailing 10 business days prior to the event to receive a 50% refund. Cancellations received within 10 days of the event will not receive a refund. Registration may be transferred to another member from the same school. ISACS reserves the right to cancel the workshop for insufficient enrollment. In this case, participants will be notified and given a full refund. 

Questions? Please call 312-750-1190.

Member Cost: $250     Non-member Cost: $350


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