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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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.

jeopardyvc

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Stu’s Double Jeopardy v3 – Worldwide Release

10 08 2008

Just 51 weeks after Stu’s Double Jeopardy was released to the world comes the release of the first big upgrade to this popular educational and group entertainment program. Just get your free copy from the Downloads page (link above).  As normal, Stu’s Double Jeopardy includes no advertising or malware of any kind and it’s free – just remember to share any quizzes and skins you make that you think others might enjoy.

All the instructions you need to play are here.





Quiz: Fluids – Parts 1 and 2

23 04 2008

Title: Fluids – Parts 1 and 2
Author: Conner M – (Year 8 High School Student) – Victoria, B.C. Canada
Description: Two Science quizzes focussing on Fluids. Conner created these for a school assignment!
Suitable For: High School Science
Instructions: All downloadable quizzes are ZIP files. Right-click the Download link below and choose Save Target As…, and save to your Desktop or another folder on your computer. You must then open the downloaded ZIP file and copy (extract) the quiz files into your Jeopardy\Quizzes folder.

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Stu’s Double Jeopardy Worldwide Release!

18 08 2007

Ten years after the first version was released, Stu’s Double Jeopardy! v2 has finally surfaced, and what a launch it has been. Sure, it’s only been a few short weeks in development, but the addition of this interactive website to support the program has taken this little educational program to a whole new level.

Jeopardy 2

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Quiz Making: A Whole Class Activity

16 08 2007

Why is it that so many teachers think they need to create every resource that their class will use? Now you have Stu’s Quiz Boxes as an educational and fun activity for the class to play to help with reviewing subjects, why not consider getting the class to actually create the quizzes?

  • Classes can create quizzes for themselves
  • Classes can create quizzes for other classes at the school
  • Classes can create quizzes to publish at this site and share with the world!

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