I was a little sad to read of Alex Trebek’s passing over the weekend. Growing up I watched Jeopardy at 7:30pm and went to bed at 8pm. In school my teachers had us play countless rounds of Jeopardy games to review all kinds of materials. When I became a teacher, I did the same. Does that story sound familiar? I’m sure it’s a story that thousands of teachers can tell. So for this week’s tip-of-the-week I’m sharing a few ways to create Jeopardy-style games to play in your physical or online classroom.
Flippity Quiz Show
Flippity.net is my go-to resource whenever I want to make something interesting with Google Sheets. One of the oldest templates on the site is Quiz Show template that generates a Jeopardy board. You can use the template to create games to for individual or team play. You can see a demo of Flippity’s quiz show template here and watch a video of how to use it here.
Factile is a site that has been around for a while. I started using it years ago when it was still called Jeopardy Rocks (it turns out that trademark and copyright concerns make it hard to use “Jeopardy” in a product name). Factile lets you create games and save them in your account to use whenever you need them. When you create your game you can include images in the answer display. The games in Factile can be played individually or in teams. You control the board and award points when students answer correctly.
Google Slides & PowerPoint
It’s possible to create your own Jeopardy-style games using Google Slides or PowerPoint. You can do this by creating a table in your first slide then creating a series of slides that have your answers and questions on them. The Q&A slides are then hyperlinked back to the points listed in the table in your first slide. In this video I demonstrate how to make a Jeopardy-style game in Google Slides. The Slides Carnival website also has a template available to use in PowerPoint and Google Slides.
Live & On-demand Professional Development
Next Tuesday at 4pm ET I’m hosting Formative Assessment for Virtual and Hybrid Classrooms. I held the same webinar last month and I’ve had quite a few people ask me to offer it again.
A Crash Course in Making & Teaching With Video is available now as an on-demand course.