Classroom Jeopardy prepares students for battle with our computer overlords
Watson, IBM’s Jeopardy-playing super computer, recently dominated its human competitors in the first ever human vs. machine competition on the popular TV quiz show. But should we humans just lay down and welcome our computer overlords? Not if Educational Insights, a California-based toy manufacturer, has anything to say about it.
The company’s Classroom Jeopardy game, pictured above, made its way through the FCC today. The game provides students with a complete Jeopardy-like experience, including handheld buzzers, automated scorekeeping, and a TV-based scoreboard.
Teachers can download questions to Classroom Jeopardy from the Internet or create new questions through the device’s Windows or Mac app. Video or audio files can even be uploaded to the device to create multimedia questions.
It’s clear that our current human Jeopardy champions are unable to compete with Watson, but perhaps Classroom Jeopardy will create a new breed of contestants that will some day be able to match wits with the computer. You can order your own Classroom Jeopardy system from Educational Insights here for $500.