Sunday, January 18, 2009

Looking for Trivia Questions? Look Here

I, like a lot of high school teachers, put "bonus" questions on all the tests or quizzes that I give to students. Usually, my bonus questions are a combination of current news questions and completely random trivia pulled from a Trivial Pursuit card. Today, I discovered a new place to find trivia questions, the Jeopardy Archive. The Jeopardy Archive is a fan generated collection of more than 157,000 questions used on the Jeopardy television game show. The archive can be searched by season and episode. The archive even lists the names of the contestants and who answered which questions correctly.

Applications for Education
If you need to quickly find a set of trivia questions, the Jeopardy Archive is the place to look. If you need an activity for students to do while waiting for others to finish an online test, have them explore the Jeopardy Archive.

On a related note, if you like to use the Jeopardy format to help students review for a test, check out Build Your Own Jeopardy.

10 Questions for Stephenie Meyer

I'll admit to not keeping current on popular children and young adult literature, but I do know that Stephenie Meyer's books are wildly popular with middle school and high school students. In this video, Stephenie Meyer sits down with Eli Sanders of Time Magazine to answer ten questions from readers. In the interview Stephenie Meyer answers questions about the possibility of alternate endings and her writing process. You can watch the video below.

Applications for Education
If you're a reading or literature teacher you probably have students that would be interested in learning a little bit more about one of their favorite authors. If you can't view the video in the YouTube format posted above, try watching it on its original host

Get the Glass Promotes Healthy Choices

Get the Glass is a game produced by the California Milk Processor Board. Obviously, the game is designed to promote milk consumption. The game takes students on a journey with the milk-deprived Adachi family as they try to break into "Fort Fridge" where they will find an unlimited supply of milk. Throughout the game students will learn about the benefits of drinking milk and making healthy beverage choices.

Applications for EducationGet the Glass could be a fun and educational game for elementary school and middle school health classes. The game could be used as an individual learning experience for students that finish other health class assignments before their peers. Get the Glass could also be a fun way to introduce a nutrition lesson.

Update: February 2013 - Unfortunately, Get the Glass is no longer functioning.

American Memory Historical Maps

The US Library of Congress website is a fantastic place to find digital copies of more than ten million primary sources. In the past I've mentioned that the teachers page on the LOC website is a good place to find daily history lessons through the "Today in History" section.

The Map Collections on the Library of Congress website is divided into seven categories including Military Campaigns and Battles and Discovery and Exploration. The Discovery and Exploration section includes maps of the journey of Lewis and Clark. The Military Campaigns and Battles section features an extensive collection of Revolutionary War era maps and charts.

Applications for Education
The map collections hosted on the Library of Congress website is a good place to find original charts and maps which can be used to provide geographic context for history lessons.

Google Earth Improvements - Art and Oceans

Last week Google announced the release of the Prado Museum Google Earth layer that allows users to explore art work through Google Earth. You can watch the video introduction to the Prado Museum layer below.

Today, I learned through the Google Earth Blog that Google has updated the ocean views. The updates include higher resolution imagery and more defined contrast to illustrate ocean floor contours.