Stu's Quiz Boxes creates a question-and-answer-style game for two to six players that's perfect for classrooms or parties. It comes preloaded with a few quizzes in academic areas and a few in pop culture, but you can easily add your own questions to this Jeopardy-style game, and it's quick to set up and run.
The interface for Stu's Quiz Boxes is straightforward, with options for selecting quizzes, skins, setting the number of players, and beginning the game across the top of the screen. There are three skins that come with the program including one featuring Harry Potter characters, and one with a picture of the Sydney Opera House. The preloaded quizzes are in math, geography, "The Simpsons," movies and TV, and song lyrics. It's very easy to edit the questions and add your own, however, so the game can be adapted to just about any subject matter.
The mechanics of this game will be familiar to most people, but teams begin by selecting a category and a point value, and that determines the question they get to answer. There are also super quiz boxes, which allow the team that uncovers them to decide how much they want the question to be worth. Stu's Quiz Boxes is a great free option for introducing this type of game into a classroom or other setting. It runs well, is accessible to users of all experience levels, and is easily customizable to just about any topic.
From Parallel Divergence Software:
Stu's Quiz Boxes (for Windows) is an exciting, interactive and educational computer-based gameshow available to everybody. Use it in schools and colleges, at conferences and parties. But the main use is expected to be in classrooms. 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 IWB titles available involve working with one student while everybody else looks on. But Stu's Quiz Boxes is different. Firstly it's all about teamwork - Quiz Boxes can be played by up to 6 teams! So, once you've split your class up into the desired number of teams, select a Quiz Boxes Quiz to play. Now, imagine this game board filling an IWB. The teacher or a student is the M.C. or host. Select a dollar-value in a category to see the question panel. 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 Boxes" where the team in control can wager any or all of their score on the outcome of the next question. Then it's through to the showdown - the Quiz Box Breaker. Everything you know and love about that other gameshow is in Stu's Quiz Boxes But here's the real power of this program - The Question Editor. With the Question Editor, teachers can create quizzes. Students can create quizzes. One class can create a question file for another class to use. Build quizzes that cover every topic. Make the creation of quizzes 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 quizzes via the Stu's Quiz Boxes website. Download shared quizzes from the Quiz Boxes website. It's a great group activity that can be used over and over throughout each year.
-very easy to use -sets up quickly -nice, professional look
-would like more skins -more sounds and/or animation
This is a Jeopardy-like game that installs quickly, and is extremely easy to add questions. You can even add pictures and sound to your clues. I've used Jeopardy games made with PowerPoint and while they're OK, this is MUCH easier to use. You can choose anywhere from 2-6 teams and decide for yourself how you're going to let them play (all at once, taking turns answering questions, etc.). This is an easy, fun way for your students to review a topic!