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.





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.





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.





Print this Jeopardy Flyer and Hand it Around!

26 10 2008

I talk to teachers pretty regularly and one thing they often ask me is “do you have something we can print out to show the others at school about Jeopardy?” – well, previously you had to print off separate articles from this site, but to make it a lot easier and a lot more professional, I’ve put together this great new two page flyer!

To carry on my “Parallel Divergence” theme, I decided to make the image on the left somewhat clever, and tested my photo editing skills using the GIMP at the same time.  I’m very pleased with the outcome.  Let me know what you think.

Download the complete 2-page flyer in PDF format by clicking here.

Please give the flyer some justice and print it on a color printer for full effect!





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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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.

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What’s Stu’s Quiz Boxes?

12 08 2007

Stu’s Quiz Boxes (for Windows) might remind people of the TV gameshow, Jeopardy!, but it’s not that, it’s much better than that. You can use it to make an exciting, interactive and educational computer-based gameshow available to everybody. It can be used in so many different situations – in schools and colleges, at conferences and parties. But the main use is expected to be in classrooms, that’s why Quiz Boxes is all about POINTS, not DOLLARS. There is no link to gambling like there is with that other game.

As Interactive Whiteboards (IWBs) and data projectors become more widely used in schools, there is a need for motivating, interactive and educational software to complement them. Many of the IWB titles available involve working with one student while everybody else looks on. That’s where Stu’s Quiz Boxes is different. Firstly it’s all about teamwork – Quiz Boxes can be played by up to 6 teams!

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So, once you’ve split your class up into the desired number of teams, it’s time to select a Quiz Boxes quiz to play. This is where real interactivity starts and why this Quiz Boxes website is so important. With Stu’s Quiz Boxes, you can quickly and very easily create your own quiz files. Now I’m hoping that everybody that creates a Quiz Boxes quiz file will be happy to share it – making this site grow into a huge repository of quizzes covering every subject under the Sun and beyond.

Actually, I’d better clarify this. Many people think that Stu’s Quiz Boxes is available for free. Technically, yes, you can download it for free. But if you use it, there is a cost. You MUST produce a good-quality Quiz Boxes question file on any subject and share it by emailing it to me for inclusion at this site.  Click on the Quizzes page for more information about this. So, here’s what the game board looks like:

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This is completely unlike any program I’ve ever written – not a single command button in sight. What’s more, the game is totally skinnable! You can create your own background images and button images if you are so inclined.  Furthermore, you can also make it a multimedia quiz by adding your own MP3 files to each question if you want.

So imagine this game board filling an IWB. The teacher or a student is the M.C. or host. Split the class into 3, 4, 5 or 6 teams and select a point-value in a category to see the question panel:

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Keep score automatically by pressing [tick] or [cross] against each team as they answer the questions. Play on through the board to reveal hidden “SUPER Quiz Box” where the team in control can risk any or all of their score on the outcome of the next question.

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You can include MP3 audio in any or all question panels and select when they play by clicking the CD icon on the screen.  You can also include a JPEG image in any or all question panels just like this one:

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Then it’s through to the showdown – The Quiz Boxes Breaker. Stu’s Quiz Breaker is a full-featured, exciting, motivating and customizable quiz show toolbox, all in one program. There’s pretty much nothing else like it – especially not at this price! (free) 

Now here’s the real power of Stu’s Quiz BoxesThe Question Editor:

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With the Question Editor, Teachers can create question files. Students can create question files. One class can create a question file for another class to use. Build question files that cover every Key Learning Area and topic. Make the creation of question files a whole class activity! Every student can contribute questions individually, or groups can contribute a whole category of questions. Use the games for topic review. Use the games as a reward. Share your question files via the Stu’s Quiz Boxes website. Download shared question files from the Stu’s Quiz Boxes website. It’s a great group activity that can be used over and over throughout each year.

Then think about some extension activities for your students, like creating your own skins for your Quiz Boxes game:

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With the Quiz Boxes Skin Builder, you just need to supply three photo files, cropped to specific sizes and named appropriately. The Skin Builder will automatically cut your foreground photo up into boxes and number them, ready to play! Make a skin to relate to YOUR quiz, and teach your students to do basic photo editing at the same time.

Find out more by clicking through the above menu links. If you have any comments or questions first check the FAQ page and if you still don’t have your answer, just ask  your question below.





The History of Stu’s Quiz Boxes

12 08 2007

10 years ago, in 1997, I wrote the first version of a little program called Stu’s Double Jeopardy in just one night. I spent a little more time to add the ability to play WAV (music files) in early 1998 and then promptly left it alone.  It was written on an old Windows 95 PC which sadly died in 2000. Unfortunately, the only backup of the source code I had was on a floppy diskette and when I intended to update the program in 2002, that floppy diskette failed me. I lost the source code (about 3,500 lines of code). Nevertheless, the executable lived on at my website and has been freely downloaded over 1,200 times from countries all over the world – but it has clearly dated:

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