The game, of course. Okay, not the real televised version, but one of the variations available for learning.
It’s a great way to create interaction and excitement, especially in group settings, so if you’re looking for ways to up the ante with your face-to-face (FTF) educational sessions, this is an option you should consider.
The simplest and least expensive way to incorporate the game show into a FTF session is to find a pre-built PowerPoint template online and add your own answers and questions. In this case, I used a template designed by Theresa M. Dyson of Virginia Beach City Public Schools and Tidewater Community College based on the Jeopardy game show (you can find similar templates here and other game templates here).
For our use, I added one of the design templates to enhance the visual background:
Then I added the categories:
This template has embedded links, so clicking on any of the numbers…
…leads you to a screen where you can add your own question and answer:
In the Slide Show View, only the question appears at first:
When the answer is given, the moderator advances the slide, and the correct answer shows on the screen:
You’ll need a manual notetaker to keep score, as this program doesn’t have an embedded score-tracking mechanism, but then — it’s free, right?!?
To get back to the question screen, just click the “Home” button on the lower left:
Don’t forget the Daily Double!
And, because it’s built in PowerPoint, you can add images or embed video or audio clips! Make sure you test, test, test them ahead of time, and remember that the more extras you embed the longer it can take the file to open (all of this depends on your PC or Mac speed, of course).
Mike Dickinson, in an article for Learning Solutions e-magazine (“Case Study: How a 3-Year Project Led Us to Scenario-Based Course Design,” July 26, 2010), describes the alternative they used:
I found a wonderful program called Game Show Presenter by Tom Bodine (no connection to Articulate Presenter). Game Show Presenter can be purchased to run in a group setting and/or online. In order to run the game show we needed not only the program, but also a set of recommended buzzers, a laptop computer, and speakers.
I haven’t tried this particular program, so it might include automatic scoring.
With careful thought to how the questions and answer format can be exploited, you can incorporate some (albeit limited) scenarios for deeper thinking:
This is just one of many games that can be leveraged not only for online learning, but FTF sessions as well.
Take a look at Thiagi’s site for more possibilities, and let your imagination guide you!
PS: Yes, this Robert’s Rules of Order Game is now available on the aLearning Fundamentals site! Just go to http://www.ellenbooks.com/general.html for the full list of Robert’s Rules tutorials, Motions Job Aid, and this game — which, by the way, is available as a PowerPoint download file or compiled so you can access it directly from aLearning via the Web. It’s free — no registration is required. aLearning is grateful to iSpring for providing the use of their Presenter program which is used to compile our PowerPoint slides for access on the Web.