For the first project, you will work with a partner (see Ivers, Chapter 3, pages 41-47 & 53-55) to begin to see what cooperative group work is like. The project itself will focus on using PowerPoints hyperlinking structure than with media elements. (Media elements will come into play much more fully in later projects.)

Whether you choose the Jeopardy or Millionaire option, there is a "starter" file provided from the Finkelstein textbook website. This should help streamline this project dramatically - although the starter files will have to be modified substantially - especially for the Millionaire option. You will need to provide the content, address the special requirements I am adding to the project, and be observant of cooperative group dynamics along with DDD-E strategies.

When finished, these games can be used in several ways.
  1. You may want to use copies of your shell to have students develop content relative to what you are studying to make a game that later could be used with others. You will want to check student developed content for accuracy before using it with other students.
  2. You could play a game with the whole class, if the class is divided into teams of 3 or 4 who could discuss the answers quickly with the quickest team to respond getting the first chance to try for the correct answer. (Obviously, student authors for respective games must be excluded from play.) Normally, incorrect answers have the points deducted for wrong answers that might have been earned for right answers. This should slow down quick random guesses.
  3. If you have access to enough computers, you might send groups of 3 or 4 students to play individual games that have two or 3 contestants and a "Game Master" who keeps the score and reports the scores and winner for upper level, and ultimately champion "playoff" times in your class.
The text below is an earlier iteration of what was prepared for The Black Slide Technique, The Hidden Slide Technique, and Other Navigation Techniques. Feel free to skim over this content, if you feel the readings of these pages as part of the PACE assignments helped you sufficiently.


  • Bullet-proofing - Stacks need to be segregated from other parts of the program by making them hidden slides and putting unhidden black slides after each response slide. If one wishes to be even more safe, a Black Slide card can be placed between the Question and Answer cards, but this introduces a level of complexity in hyperlinking that may be excessive for this project because then the links between a question and its answer have to be custom designed.
  • If one wishes to be even more safe, a Black Slide card can be placed between the Question and Answer cards, but this introduces a level of complexity in hyperlinking that may be excessive for this project because then the links between a question and its answer have to be custom designed.
  • For a small example of the image to the right in a PowerPoint file, click BlackSlideHiddenSlideExample.ppt
  • In Millionaire there will be two single card stacks for each question - one for a wrong answer and one for the right answer.
  • As Finkelstein's download is laid out,there isn't a base screen the way Jeopardy has one. In order to control absolutely where the links go, there will have to be a black slide between every slide.
  • The slides between the Black Slides will have to be Hidden.
  • Since there isn't a common base slide in Millionaire, like there is in Jeopardy, probably the Black Slides all need to be set to link to the previous slide. That may enable you to duplicate that slide without having to set each hyperlink individually.
  • The Answer Slides will need 2 links: one on to the next question slide for Answer Correct and one at the stop sign for Answer Wrong to the appropriate "Sorry" slide. For a small example of the image to the rightin a PowerPoint file, click BlackSlideHiddenSlidemillionaireExample.ppt
  • The Sorry slide should explain a bit further, perhaps, about the right answer and might comment about the wrong answer, since this is an educational review.
  • The Sorry slide has 2 links, also: Continue is if you want the student to have a chance to go on. I understand this is not part of the game - but if you want to use these games as reviews, you might still be willing to allow that. The Exit button takes the student to the Exit slide at the end of the Program, to let the students know they are finished.

  • Use color variation of visited links to make a question value (Jeopardy) or value progression (Millionaire) "disappear" once it has been chosen, so that it will not be chosen again. To do this you will probably need to find the Theme Colors option (under Format on the menubar (in my version of PowerPoint) for link to a window that looks like this:
You will need to make Followed Hyperlink the same color as the background.


NOTE: You may want to establish a shared account with Dropbox or to exchange files back and forth as you work on them. Or, you can upload and download your files on this wiki, but please do not keep more than a couple of file versions on this wiki at a time.

Educational Objectives:
A. Beginning to work with a cooperative education model
B. Understanding and being able to use basic hyperlink features for PowerPoint
C. Use of Color Changes to "disappear" already chosen links.
D. Use of the Black Slide technique
E. Use of the Hidden Slide feature on PowerPoint

Example: China-America Jeopardy.ppsx (If you cannot open that file, try this one, China-America Jeopardy.ppt) While this is a good example. Do.Not.Copy.This.File. Do your own work, please. This example poses the questions the way the TV show does, with each question actually an answer. The "answer," then, is posed in the form of a question. The inversion adds just a little more difficult twist to responding.

I am sorry, although a few people chose the Millionaire project last year, I do not have a really good example to share. With Millionaire, you will need to branch to the 50-50 option for each question (removing the two less likely answers) as well as to the right answer and to an Exit screen or back to a copy of the "original" screen with a different question and choices, but with the point credit increased for the more advanced question.

Performance Record

Due October 21 -
Proposal for Basic AIM Project requires each person report on
  1. The content you have chosen to develop.
    • For Jeopardy, that would be 4 categories with 5 progressively harder single answer questions for each category.
    • For Millionaire, that would be one topic with 13 progressively harder multiple choice questions.
  2. How have you and your partner(s) chosen to divide up the tasks required for your project?
    • Specifically, who is doing what?
    • How did you decide to divide it up that way?
Each person needs to submit these reports to me by email. (These are your respective reports.) I will be looking at
  • the dynamics of how you reached a decision with your partner(s),
  • your rationale for fair distribution of the tasks, and
  • noting who is doing what so that I can know who to hold responsible for what tasks in the finished product.

Due October 28 -
Your final project should be uploaded to the class wiki and linked to the Basic AIM Projects page. I will be using the Content and Technical Rubrics (Ivers, p. 154-155), with selected criteria from the Presentation Rubric (Ivers, p. 157). A particular consideration for observation is whether the project uses the black slide / trough navigation technique specified above. (Screencast on uploading files: UploadingFileScreencast.mp4

Also, I will expect an email from each person addressing these questions.
  1. How did things work out with your partner(s)?
  2. Were you each able to carry out your assignments and bring the project together without any difficulty?
  3. Did you help your partner?
  4. Did your partner help you?
  5. What would you have liked to have worked differently?
  6. How might you work differently with this (these) partner(s) next time?
  7. Are there other points from the Group Self-Evaluation on Ivers, page 151, you would like to address?
  8. Specifically, what is your self-evaluation, drawing from the questions on self-evaluation in Ivers, page 149?

Your grade will be based on how well your project works and on your commentary about working with your partner(s). You will receive a grade on the Proposal/Partnership dynamic report turned in at the end of the first week (see above) on October 21 (or earlier) and separate grades for the Project and Partnership questions (immediately above).