Who doesn't like adding a good game to a class or professional development session? It's great for mixing things up and breaking out of the traditional hum-drum.
PowerPoint Jeopardy! has been done for years -- probably decades at this point.
How about a Family Feud game instead?
I recently ran a Family Feud-style game at a teacher workshop and it was a blast! It's not too hard to set up, and once it is set up, it's something you can use again and again to engage students and/or educators.
It depends on the kind of content you want to address.
In the version I did, we used survey data -- where there was numerical data tied to several options. The numerical data (i.e. the top option is 56 percent, the second option is 21 percent, etc.) becomes the points you award to the team. (If this is unclear, it'll make more sense later.)
This could also be done successfully with lots of questions that have a single correct answer. Instead of awarding more points to the top answer as Family Feud does, you can award a single point for each question -- or more points for harder questions and less points for easier questions! If you have a Quizlet flashcard deck with lots of questions or vocabulary words, you could use that and shuffle your cards to generate questions.
When I stumbled upon this great web app for a buzzer, I knew I had the most important piece to make this work.
The free buzzer web app at QBBuzzer.com is a great tool for a Family Feud-style game.
If this didn't work, you could always use a backchannel tool like TodaysMeet.com and have students type their responses in and click submit to ring in and answer. This would clearly show you who answered first and could work as a buzzer.
Want to display the responses like Family Feud does? All it takes is presentation slides made with Google Slides, PowerPoint or something similar.
Here's the template link to my Google Slides presentation of "Teacher Life Family Feud." NOTE: PLEASE don't request edit access to it. You can make your own copy instead. I can't give edit access or people start changing it around. Thanks for understanding. 🙂
I created the boxes for the answers by using the shapes tool. I started by making the colored, numbered boxes first.
To display the answers, I just added another shape on top with a white background and the response in the text. This way uses a lot of slides, but it's the way I'm most comfortable with, so that's what I chose to do.
PRO TIP: This could have easily been done with slide animations. I could have put the boxes with responses under the colored boxes with the numbers and had the colored boxes disappear with animations. If that's your preferred way, it would probably be easier to build that way.
I did a lot of copy/pasting slides and copy/pasting text to make all of those slides. It takes some time, but it's worth it in the end!
What fun would this game be without the theme music? (OK, it would still be fun, but the music is the icing on the cake!)
Now, whenever I open up the file and click "Present," the music will play! I can click to the next slide to make the music stop whenever I want.
NOTE: If you autoplay music on the first slide, it means it will start playing that music as soon as the presentation loads. That's why I have a duplicate of the first slide in my deck, so I can click to start the music. Some programs offer a "Play on click" option, which would do the same thing.
PROBLEM/SOLUTION: I embedded my slides (above) in this post by going to File > Publish to the web ... and clicking the "Publish" button and copying the embed code. The problem: With an autoplay video on the first slide, it started playing the theme music as soon as the blog post loaded up. I would find auto-playing music annoying if I were loading that page. The solution: Put the autoplay video on the second slide (see note above).
It wouldn't feel like Family Feud if there weren't a "ding" sound for a correct response or a "buzz" for a wrong response.
There's an app for that! I found a free app for my Android phone called Game Show Host. It has a dozen game show sound effects you can use. The buzzer (thumbs down icon) and the correct answer dings (thumbs up icon) are pretty close.
If you have an iPhone or iPad, the Free Gameshow Sound Board app seems promising. I haven't tried it, but it looks very similar.
If you don't want to use a mobile device, this Host Your Own Game Show page has lots of sound effects and could work. (I really like the "tap to play" functionality of the app for this, though.)
It makes life much easier when you have cards with the question and the answers! There are a few ways you can do this ...
Here's what my cards look like ...
Here's how gameplay works ...
Want to have more than two teams?
Want to do a different style of questions?
Want to add the fast money round?
This game can be customized in so many ways!
That's where we need your help. If you have any other ways it can be done -- or other apps/tools to use or different rules or anything -- PLEASE leave them in a comment below!
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