OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY

Active Learning with PowerPoint

Twenty Questions screenshotOne way to actively engage student participation is by employing the drama of competition. While students may generally groan at the announcement of a quiz, the phenomena of the quiz game show on television is ever popular as entertainment. TAC has modeled two types of quiz-games in PowerPoint for use in your class:

NOTE: We have updated these templates to work with the Turning Technologies Clickers, visit our Clicker Games page for resource links and more information.

1. Jeopardy style: Like the popular game-show, the quiz questions are set up in categorized columns of increasing value. Selecting a value on the matrix links to a quiz slide. Like the game show, the quiz slides are given in affirmative answer form, to which students provide solutions in question form. With the TAC PowerPoint template, all you need do is enter the categories, answers, and questions, to prepare the game for class use. Suggestions for conducting the game are in the template. Note that Blackboard tests include a jeopardy-style question type so that you may combine these two tools to maximize involvement and impact.

Download the Jeopardy Game Template [version 1.0.0]

Download an updated (11-17-2008) version  Jeopardy Game Template [version 1.2.0] Note: this is a .pps powerpoint presentation file. If you double-click it to launch it it will display as a Powerpoint show. To edit it, launch PowerPoint, and "Open" the file.

2) 20 Questions style: This is less a game than it is a way of presenting questions to a group, though the character of game-play is a function of how one conducts the activity. The main slide is a matrix of 20 numbered cells, each of which links to a question slide. The answer is an animated transition on each question slide, such that selecting the question will reveal the answer. With the TAC PowerPoint template, all you need do is enter the questions and answers. Suggestions for conducting the game are in the template. The separation of the question and answer allows a moment to have all students write out their own answers. This game may be integrated with use of Active Lecture slides and online Blackboard quizzes.

Download the Twenty Questions template

Instructions: Download the powerpoint templates from links above and install the templates in your PowerPoint program. Once accomplished, you may open the template and create a new game instance as many times as you like.

Important: Please try out your game before using it in class.

If you use these resources and methods, please give us feedback on how you used them, what results you found, and ways that we may improve them. If we may help you to use these resources, let us know anytime. TAC@oregonstate.edu