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Scramble Centers Change the Game

EMC² Learning is ELATED to introduce the world to this brand new level of playful pedagogy that’s faster, more modular, and more infinitely adaptable than quite literally anything we’ve created before. Scramble Centers takes all of the best parts of the #QRBreakIN pedagogy and makes them even more accessible, exciting, and teacher (and student!) friendly than ever before.

“What’s a #QRBreakIN,” you ask? In short: it’s old school centers with a gamified twist. Teams work independent of one another to complete individual, asynchronous activity centers at their own pace — and when they’re done, they’ve earned the right to unlock another center to explore. The best part: the entire activity is 100% student-centered, and once the prep work is done the lesson plan can easily be scaled up to run across multiple days of class time or longer — easily expanding to fill up every bit of a full week of self-paced content exploration as needed.

Pretty awesome, right?

Scramble Centers takes all of the best parts of its predecessor and serves them up in an interface that’s even friendlier for teachers to prepare. And starting today, Engagement Engineers and members of the Creative Corps are invited to join the fun. So what are you waiting for? Give it a spin today!


Lectures fall short because students are passive receptors in endless streams of information. And most traditional centers activities are plagued by the simple fact that small groups of students rarely move at the exact same pace as their peers — especially when each team is working on a different activity. 

Scramble Centers fixes the shortcomings in each of these traditional models. The result? A dynamic, playful pedagogy that helps teachers create a free-flowing lesson plan that’s powered by nonstop student energy with assessment as learning at every step along the way. 

Scramble Centers combines the most engaging elements of the QR Break In with a streamlined, quick-design interface for even faster lesson planning. And to celebrate the launch of this new resource lineup, we’re rolling out a dozen different core gameplay templates to help teachers everywhere make the most of this playful spin on student-centered pedagogy. So whether you’re blasting off into deep space, taking part in an amazing race around the world, or simply helping a plucky office salesperson pull off the perfect prank — Scramble Centers has got all sorts of adventures that your students will love!

We know that teachers are constantly bringing new ideas to life in their centers activities. So in building this brand new resource lineup: customization is the name of the game.

That’s why every Scramble Centers resource has been designed to be forwards-compatible with a dedicated and ever-expanding library of dozens of brand new, modular Center-style activities that can quickly be cut and pasted into any of the core gameplay templates for lightning fast editing.

Even better: everything in the extra activities library has been pre-written, pre-grouped, and pre-sized to fit in pre-cisely (ha!) into the same exact location on the core gameplay template — regardless of activity, theme, or grade level. This means faster editing with pop-and-swap functionality that works across every single resource or theme that will ever be added to this collection.

Putting your own personal spin on a centers activity never had it this easy!

EMC² Learning is home to more than 500 fully editable resources for any course or content area. Engagement Engineers and members of the Creative Corps enjoy a full year of access to each of these resources on demand. We hope you’ll consider joining us to unlock a full year of site access. For complete details including our exclusive limited time offer for annual site membership, click here.

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1-8 Teacher

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