Jeopardy, Millionaire – Famed Television Game Shows in the Classroom
Teacher designable versions of Jeopardy and Who Wants to Be a Millionaire now available online.
Every week night, roughly 10 million folks tune in to Jeopardy to test their knowledge base as well as watch three contestants display their intellectual prowess. And in the early 2000s, a like number tuned in to the immensely popular Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.
The popularity of these games has certainly spawned a number of educational knock offs, including simple low tech blackboard versions, that seek to bring the fun aspects of the game to the educational setting but focus the questions and answers on specific learning topics covered in the classroom. But as technology grows, one has been expecting that there would come a time where a free web version of these popular games would become available for teachers.
Such is the case as both game formats are available for teachers at SuperTeacherTools.com. Each was designed to eliminate the word “kill” from the “drill and kill” phrase that is generally used to describe education that focuses on knowledge retention.
Each is created for teacher use in the classroom as a SmartBoard review game. What makes the games so appealing is that they are available for download as well as online use and are PC and MAC compatible. They are also free.
Each will demand some teacher time upfront but as with all computer-based developments, once created, the games can be saved as well as modified and edited at a later time. Most importantly, the web-based nature means that the games may be shared with other teachers easily and can be assigned to students for homework.
With the Jeopardy version, teachers can create their own categories, 25 individualized answers, and even assign varying point levels to each category and/or answer. There is no need for playing with PowerPoint templates, the typical method by which such games have been created and shared in the past.
The site archives games created online into the Jeopardy Game Library, specifying the name of the game and the creator (if provided), the number of questions in the game, and when the game was created. That means that teachers can either play the game online or download it to play offline at a later time. It also means you can modify any existing game and then save it – the site will create a brand new game file for everyone’s future use.
All of the same aspects hold true for the Who Wants to Be a Millionaire game except it is designed to match the popular television format featuring 15 questions and 4 choices for answers. The site also features a library of available games, availability to work online or off with either a PC or MAC, and again is completely free.
The key of course is that both games can create outstanding review opportunities and reinforcement of the specific learning tasks teachers deem most important while bringing some enjoyment to what can be a tedious process.
In other words, a great chance to do that all important drilling at the same time that one finds ways to build a student’s zest for learning.