The Sydney Region of the New South Wales Department of Education and Training in Australia has been running another fantastic Jeopardy Tournament comprising 32 schools across the entire state via Video Conference! A recent State Government initiative to install a “Connected Classroom” into every school by the end of 2010 is making possible exciting opportunities that would otherwise simply not be imaginable.
This 33 minute video is the complete Jeopardy VC Grand Final held on July 3, 2009
The “Connected Classroom” consists of an Interactive Whiteboard, Ultra Short-Throw Projector, a PC, Tandberg Video Conferencing unit with front and rear cameras and overhead microphones and a large flat-panel LCD TV. With this equipment already installed in 1,000 schools, an opportunity was presented to try something highly innovative - a game show competition between schools.
The high schoool tournament was advertised via one email sent to around to 120 schools that had their Connected Classroom installed and finalised. Within a few days, all 32 available slots had been snapped up and many other schools that missed out added their name to a standby list. The tournament started two weeks later with two heats played each week. Each heat comprised four schools pitted against each other. The presenter was at a fifth site and all were connected simultaneously via the video conference network. Stu’s Double Jeopardy was loaded onto the presenter’s PC and IWB and that image was shared using SMART’s Bridgit conferencing software, which is also part of the Connected Classrooms setup. This allowed each of the remote four school sites to see the presenter’s screen on their own IWB.
Five stage 4 students (years 7 and 8) represented each school in the tournament. As questions were displayed, each school was able to buzz-in using my new jBuzzer add-on for Stu’s Double Jeopardy. This lockout buzzer proved to be extremely effective and provided all schools with a fair mechanism for alerting the presenter to which school got in first.
Every heat played was very exciting and the feedback for each school has been overwhelmingly positive. Today we arrived at the pinnacle of the Tournament, the Grand Final where the top four schools competed for the right to be crowned Jeopardy State Champions! Sydney Girls High, St Ives High, Riverside Girls High and Albury High performed admirably and the above video really shows the tension and excitement that was in the air across five different sites simultaneously. I won’t spoil it for you by telling you who won – you’ll just have to watch the video – there really is nothing like it.
You can also relive all the happenings of this incredible tournament at the Jeopardy Tournament website, including photos and match reports from each event.
Just another example showing how Stu’s Double Jeopardy is making a difference.