What Is Interactive Education?
Jeopardy! cluemaster makes a cameo in a Seaside classroom.
Thursday, November 17, 2011
The fifth-graders at Seaside’s Ord Terrace Elementary had a celebrity visitor Nov. 15: Jimmy McGuire, of Jeopardy!’s Clue Crew.
Wearing an argyle sweater and a dimpled grin, McGuire led Jennifer Alexander’s class through a game of Classroom Jeopardy!, which has been donated to the school.
The kids put on Jeopardy! caps, split into teams and bet on categories like “Book Smarts” and “Animated Movies.” But it took them some practice to answer in the form of a question.
Prompted with the math equation 23 minus 14, two of the teams responded, “7.” The third team came correct with “9,” but forgot to preface it with “What is.”
McGuire awarded the points, but warned: “If you make it on Jeopardy, Alex Trebek might not be so nice.”
The champs won’t win actual money, of course, but the donation of the classroom game is timely as the district struggles with severe state budget cuts and flagging academic performance.
The classroom units hook up to TVs and use features from the popular quiz show, like wireless buzzers and Daily Doubles. Teachers can customize the games to reflect their curricula.
Although some of the answers involved subjects like math and civil rights, others counted on consumer branding. Maybe to the kids’ credit, the class was stumped about which chocolate candy “melts in your mouth, not in your hand.”