Jeopardy Anyone?

Jason Gots, a blogger for Big Think talked about teaching with, not to the test (standardized tests).  He points out that tests can be a valuable learning tool when used effectively, particularly when the testing is low stakes, and the learning environment is enjoyable and interactive.  I have been doing quite a bit of research on games-based learning, and this sentiment seems to be echoed by many experts in the field.  Jeopardy Labs has created a format that is ridiculously easy to use.  In fact, when I break my kids up into groups in IB Biology to differentiate learning for the different levels, I occasionally have my Standard Level students create their own jeopardy games.  I then have them play and edit another student’s game.  I have also broken the entire class into teams and used it to review before tests.  Here is an example of one that I created for a unit over the Chemistry of Life