How to Use "Exercise-in-a-Box" Lessons

“Exercise-in-a-Box” lessons are designed to educate students on cyber safety through engaging, scenario-based exercises. With a focus on inquiry-based pedagogy and project-based learning, these lessons are adaptable to various classroom settings and learning needs. This page will provide a brief overview of the product, discuss its pedagogy, and offer guidance on setting up your classroom for optimal learning.

Introduction to Exercise-in-a-Box Lessons

Our Exercise-in-a-Box lessons are inspired by the eponymous tool used by cybersecurity professionals to challenge learners to practise appropriate responses in real-life situations. Each lesson is structured around three key cyber safety concepts, broken down by age and topic based on the Internet Independent Framework. These lessons include:

1. Keyword definitions: Students learn essential terms related to the topic at hand.

2. Immersive scenario with evidence: Students are presented with a realistic scenario that encourages critical thinking and problem-solving.

3. Project work: Students engage in collaborative conversations and work on projects that reinforce their understanding of the material.


"Exercise-in-a-Box" lessons employ inquiry-based pedagogy and project-based learning to create an immersive and interactive educational experience. This approach encourages students to ask questions, seek answers, and explore topics through hands-on projects. By actively engaging with the material, students develop a deeper understanding of the subject matter and acquire essential skills such as problem-solving, critical thinking, and collaboration.

Ways to Set up the Classroom for Learning

The flexible design of "Exercise-in-a-Box" lessons allows for implementation in various classroom settings. Here are some suggestions on how to set up your classroom for optimal learning:

1. Large Class Setting: For whole-class instruction, consider using a projector or interactive whiteboard to display the lesson content. This enables all students to view the material simultaneously and participate in group discussions. Arrange desks in a horseshoe or circle formation to facilitate conversation and collaboration.

2. Small Group Setting: If you prefer a more intimate learning environment, divide your class into smaller groups. Assign each group a specific piece of evidence to discuss, and provide them with the necessary resources. Groups can also collaborate on the project work. Encourage groups to discuss their findings and share their insights with the rest of the class.

3. Learning Stations: Another approach is to create learning stations throughout the classroom, each focused on a different key concept of the lesson (based on the keywords). At each station, students are tasked to focus on discussing the key concept on hand based on the scenarios, evidence, and project work. They rotate through the stations, either individually or in small groups, and engage with the material at their own pace.

Remember, the goal of "Exercise-in-a-Box" lessons is to create a flexible and engaging learning experience. Feel free to experiment with different classroom setups to discover what works best for you and your students.

Accessing the Materials

All lesson materials can be accessed through your dashboard once you have subscribed and are logged in. Lessons are categorised by topic and age for convenient planning. Each lesson comes with a lesson presentation (ppt), lesson plan, printable student handouts, and assessment rubrics for project work. 
We hope this page has provided you with a good understanding of "Exercise-in-a-Box" lessons and how to use them effectively in your classroom. By incorporating these engaging, scenario-based lessons into your curriculum, you'll be equipping your students with essential cyber safety skills and fostering a culture of curiosity and problem-solving.
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