WHAT IS JEOPARDYLABS?
After covering a large amount of material, using a game like Jeopardy can be a great way to review in class. By splitting students up into teams and having them compete (for bragging rights, extra credit, edible rewards), teachers can get students excited about reviewing their material before an assessment. This resource can also be used at the beginning of the year to assess student’s introductory knowledge of a course.
The JeopardyLabs website allows students and teachers to create flash Jeopardy games that can be saved online and accessed through a URL. The flash tool is free and allows teachers to access a library of previously created games to tweak or use in their own classroom. JeopardyLabs even allows teachers to input the number of teams for accurate score keeping.
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WHO REVIEWED JEOPARDYLABS?
I used the site to build a Jeopardy review game in my Geometry class. I was able to include images, links, and text. The site also allows you to keep score of each team, which made it easier for me!
Students enjoyed the game and liked being able to see the team scores.
I created a Jeopardy game through JeopardyLabs that was a review for my AP Calculus students preparing for a test on the derivative rules. We played it as a two player game (half of the class against the the other half) with other requirements in place to ensure everyone was participating.
The students love to play Jeopardy because they love the competition. Students liked the built-in scoring system so they could always see it and compare themselves to the other team. They did not, however, like that the math expressions could not be typed out; I had to write out many of the clues.
TIPS FOR CLASSROOM IMPLEMENTATION:
- It really helps to know HTML if you want to include images or links, but if you don’t know HTML you can find the syntax for the code online easily.
- If you are using an image, the image needs to be an online file, as the code to reference it cannot retrieve it from a folder on your specific computer.
- Remember to save periodically or you will lose your work and the session will time out.
- In the free version, saving work involves remembering the specific URL. Copy this down and store it somewhere.
- If you are planning to use JeopardyLabs for simple text based clues, this resource is perfect for you. If you are planning on doing a lot of images, mathematical expressions, or embedding, JeopardyLabs might not be worth the time.