In March of 2019, John posted a short video to his Twitter account of a training activity he’d used for a group of teachers to help illustrate the joy, wonder , and — ok, we’ll admit it — madcap enthusiasm that a clever bit of game-inspired lesson design can offer. All it took was a few plastic Easter Eggs and an old school worksheet cut up into strips. Did you happen to catch it? Let’s go to the video tape!
1. Take any normal worksheet with review questions.— John Meehan (@MeehanEDU) March 21, 2019
2. Cut the sheet into slips.
3. Hide those slips in plastic eggs.
Teams collect and egg at random then race back to their team compete to solve as many as they can before time expires! Rinse and repeat. #EDrenaline pic.twitter.com/Sg5Xo4Vt8K
Within a day’s time, the video had gone viral and racked up 10,000 views. Within a month’s time? It went on to be viewed upwards of a total of 75,000 times — and it inspired a worldwide slew of teachers to adapt this egg-citing activity into their own classrooms and share the results on social media using the hashtag #EggDashChallenge. The results were astounding. Everywhere we looked (and we mean EVERYWHERE!), teachers were putting all sorts of colorful spins on this same core pedagogy and scrambling up new variants on an #EggDashChallenge of their own. By the time the dust settled, we’d seen thousands of videos from teachers of all ages in classrooms all around the globe. We’re talking 40 different states in the US. Six provinces in Canada. And a dozen countries around the world!
But like all viral videos, we know that the shelf life of each new trending topic is often far too short. And with close to two years between the video’s debut and the launch of this site, we’re sure that many newer users might have missed out on all of the fun. That’s why here at EMC² Learning, we’ve carved out an entire subsection of our members site to offer up the very best of the #EggDashChallenge variants that we’ve found across the world wide web. No more scrolling or searching through old timelines. We’ve compiled an ever-growing collection of game variants including new rules, new themes, hidden power-ups, and all sorts of wacky physical adaptations (seriously y’all — #EggDashChallenge Hungry Hungry Hippos?!) to provide Engagement Engineers with a one stop shop of spinoffs and remixes that are guaranteed to keep this activity fresh in your classroom year after year.
After all, there is nothing worse than a rotten egg!
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