Create Your Own Custom Skins: The EASY Way

15 02 2009

For those who like to dabble with digital images, Stu’s Quiz Boxes offers the exciting feature of having a total makeover done by you, the user. And it’s ridiculously simple to do now – just follow this step-by-step guide.

So, what do you need to make a Stu’s Quiz Boxes Skin? Basically, it’s just a folder that contains just three JPEG images named a specific way and formatted to specific sizes. If you can do that, you’ve made yourself a new skin. You can use any photo editing tool to produce the necessary image files – from top-of-the-line Adobe Photoshop to any number of free tools like PhotoFiltre or The GIMP.

Quiz Boxes skins you create should preferably follow some kind of theme. Sure, you can have a whole bunch of random images that make up your Jeopardy game, but what’s the point?  So, let’s go through the images that you’ll need to create to make your own skins –

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An Excel Template for Creating Quizzes

15 12 2008

I was recently contacted by Craig Lessard, a parent from Panther Run Elementary School in Florida who has not only contributed four new quizzes aimed at the 5th Grade, but in producing those quizzes, he also constructed something I never really thought of.

Jeopardy Quiz Template

Microsoft Excel is a great tool that can be used for all kinds of things. Craig realised it could be a great way of compiling Quiz Boxes quizzes. This neat single page printout can either be used as a paper template, or you can type straight into it in Excel.  Then it’s a pretty easy job to Copy/Paste into the Quiz Boxes Question Editor.

And of course, like everything else at this site, it’s free and customizable!  Thanks Craig!

Download the Excel Template for Jeopardy  (requires MS Excel 2000 or later).





Creating Quiz Boxes Quizzes through Critical Thinking

16 11 2008

High quality Quiz Boxes quizzes aren’t necessarily easy to produce. If they were, I’m sure I’d have a lot more quizzes available at this site for download. But the activity of creating quizzes is a lesson in critical thinking in itself. Highly educational and promoting teamwork.  And as a classroom activity, creating a Quiz Boxes quiz can be almost as enjoyable as playing Quiz Boxes!

questionchart

For a start, if you want a full game, you have to come up with 30 questions (and answers) and one Quiz Boxes Breaker question.  Furthermore, the questions need to range in difficulty within each category, from easier to harder as the dollar amounts increase. This is where the challenge for question makers comes in.

But to make it easier, Jenny Cottle (one of the quiz contributors to this site) has shared a “Question-Starter Chart” that she found at Education Oasis – a simple single page that you (and your class) can use to get your Quiz Boxes quizzes going.  And remember, when you’ve made your great Quiz Boxes quiz, Share it with the World!





Stu’s Quiz Boxes: The Video

17 08 2008

I decided to put together a short video so that visitors to this site can quickly get an idea of what Stu’s Quiz Boxes is all about.  Then if they are really interested, they can spend some more time going through the many articles here (check the NEWS link at the top for the full list).

Anyway, this brief video is being hosted over at YouTube, so thanks to them for that.

[YouTube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o0Yb3j7isTM%5D

If YouTube is blocked for you and you’d prefer to see a full-size high definition version in Flash, click here.

Let me know what you think in the Comments section for this article.





Jeopardy v3.1 – Introducing the Quickie!

16 08 2008

UP UNTIL today, Stu’s Double Jeopardy has always been a game of 30 questions (five questions in six categories), plus a Final Jeopardy question. A typical game might take up to half an hour to complete with a group of participants. From today, Jeopardy becomes a choice of three different game durations.

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Include Images in your Quizzes: Step by Step

10 08 2008

The free download of Stu’s Quiz Boxes includes the ability to include images or photos on any or all question panels! Probably the most common request received from Quiz Boxes game makers around the world has been – “Please include photos in your next version” – so that’s exactly what I did.

With Stu’s Quiz Boxes, you can choose to have an image by itself as the question, or have an image with a text question beside it as shown below:

An image/photo without question text

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Make an MP3 Quiz Boxes Game!: Step by Step

21 08 2007

Have you discovered yet that the free download of Stu’s Quiz Boxes includes a multimedia quiz game that uses an MP3 file for every question? The MP3 Song Lyrics Quiz lets you play a special type of Quiz Boxes game, in this case one that wants you to name the Title and Artist from a displayed lyrics snippet. But if you can’t get the song from the lyrics alone, Quiz Boxes can play that snippet for you!

MP3 Song Lyrics Quiz

See the CD Music icon above the question? You click it and it plays the question’s attached MP3 file automatically, bringing a whole new dimension to Stu’s Quiz Boxes  Here’s how you can create your own multimedia quiz:

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