Video – Jeopardy VC Tournament Grand Final

3 07 2009

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.

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Jeopardy in the Newspaper!

2 06 2009

The High School Sydney Region Jeopardy Tournament via Video Conference kicked off two weeks ago and already it’s making headlines!  Heat 4 of the Tournament brought together four schools, two from Sydney and two from regional centres in New South Wales – one over 600km away. One of the schools, Colyton High Trade School had a reporter and a photographer from the Penrith Star newspaper there for the whole match. And to make a great story even better, they actually won their heat!

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DESPITE never having watched an episode of the game show Jeopardy, year 8 Colyton High School Trade School students won their first game, uniquely via video conferencing. As in the TV show, the student game consisted of a series of questions with money attached.

Questions were specified to test students on history, spelling skills, geography and all things Australian.

Facilitator Stuart Hasic, as well as teams from Murray, Randwick Girls and Bathurst high schools, could see each other on a plasma TV screen, using microphones and audio systems to communicate with each other.

The space bar on a keyboard was used as a buzzer and students watched a projector screen to see the questions, calling out to the microphone with their answers.

Colyton High School Trade School computer co-ordinator Paul Kerr said students love the interactive classes because they don’t have to travel but are still able to communicate with students interstate.

The Star asked if they missed face-to-face interaction and all students shook their heads. “It’s really fun to see other schools far away”, Isabella said. “This system is a lot better it’s a thrill but you feel safe in your own environment.”

See the full article here.  Follow the Tournament here.





Stu’s Jeopardy: A Teacher’s Review

16 05 2009

Froggieflo is a high school French Teacher from New Zealand who has recently started using Stu’s Double Jeopardy. Over on her blog, she’s written this great article about how she found my Jeopardy and what her thoughts are about it. It’s a good read, but pardon the French.  🙂

Oh mon Dieu!!!! 

Alors I know that Richard Vandijk has already spoken about it in his blog, but I feel I have to write something about it as well as a French teacher. Richard spoke to me about Stu’s Jeopardy on Twitter. I thought it was really strange because he knows I already have some Jeopardy games, I use Powerpoint for that. But well, Richard is really clever ( he is Dutch) and if he recommended me a site I should have a look . Well, merci mon Dieu I did!!!! This version of Jeopardy has been made for me ( and for you as well it is why I have the urge of speaking about it!!!). it is free (Yes!! free, gratuit, gratos, donné, offert..), I love that word!!!, the only condition is that you have to send the creator a quiz that you created. Speaking about creation, it is so easy it is incredible!!! Usually when I use the Powerpoint template it takes a million years to create a game ( I grow a beard every time!!!) but with this one it is fast, easy, clear (don’t need to have a PHd to understand how it works or being a geek who has not seen day’s light in a decade) and if you make a mistake ( it never happens to me!!!) dead easy to fix it.

So I jump onto the programme and created a game for that afternoon for my year 13. I thought why not making a whole Jeopardy on conjugation revision?? So I did exactly that. A few minutes later my afternoon lesson was ready. The students came in and I told them what will happen during the lesson. They were not that excited as we play heaps of games and they already Jeopardy as I said earlier. We played. They used their brains. And at the end they asked if I created the game myself ( I wish I was smart enough!!!) and begged me ( yes I used Begged!!!) to create more quizzes. 16/17 year old teenagers thought the game was really good and when I asked them if I was doing more quizzes would they want to play they said “of course, it is cool!!! 

Voilà!! I just wanted to share my excitement about this game because it is a really good game.

Three of Flo’s quizzes can be found on the Quizzes page.





School Jeopardy Tournament via Video Conference

21 03 2009

The Sydney Region of the New South Wales Department of Education and Training in Australia has been running a 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.

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Jeopardy Goes Portable!

27 12 2008

I just released v3.3.0.0 of Stu’s Double Jeopardy!  From now on, you will not need to be an administrator to install Jeopardy unless you want to install it into a restricted folder like C:\Program Files.  As long as your logon has access to write into the desired destination path, you can install and run Jeopardy!

What’s more, you can even tell the JeopardySetup.exe program to install to a USB memory stick and from that point on, your custom Jeopardy games can follow you wherever you go.  You’ll never have to install Stu’s Double Jeopardy onto another computer again.  Just plug in your USB stick, open the Jeopardy folder and run Jeopardy.exe – it couldn’t be simpler.

One of the biggest problems teachers have is the ability to install software in various computers around the school. Now they don’t have to!  You just need your trusty USB stick (but always remember, keep backups!  You don’t want to lose your stick or have it become corrupted).  Furthermore there’s a neat little application called SetupShortcut.exe in the Jeopardy folder that will drop a shortcut onto the Desktop of the PC you are using.

Try it out. There’s more information on the Downloads page.  And let me know what you think in the comments below.

NOTE: If you use the link from Download.com, just be sure it says v3.3, not v3.2. They usually take a few weeks to catch up.  The second download link will always get you the latest version.





Jeopardy v3.201 Released

24 12 2008

A few minor bug-fixes were completed including one relating to Daily Doubles.  Previously, the highest amount anyone could wager on a Daily Double or on Final Jeopardy was $9,999. This has been increased to cover the highest possible score anyone can accumulate in a normal game, or $99,999. Thanks to Ces for identifying this little glitch.

If you already have Stu’s Double Jeopardy, just download the Upgrade file from the Downloads Page (instead of the Full Installation).  When you run Stu’s Double Jeopardy, click About from the menu at the top and it should say v3.2.0.1 if you’ve installed it correctly.





Jeopardy v3.2 – Name Your Teams!

7 12 2008

Stu’s Double Jeopardy! is the only free game maker program that has a built-in scorebooard that allows for up to six teams or players to play. But until now, those teams were called Team 1, Team 2 Team 3 and so on.  With Stu’s Double Jeopardy v3.2, you get the ability to add names to your teams/players and those names will be displayed throughout the game.

Right after you tell the program how many players/teams will be playing, you’ll see a window allowing you to enter the names you’d like to have for your players.

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Then whenever you see the scoreboard, those names will be displayed and whenever Stu’s Double Jeopardy refers to a specific Team/Player, it will refer to them by their name.

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So what are you waiting for? Go get the upgrade from the Downloads page!








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