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TechKnow Genius!

Subject: Educational Technology
Grade: 3-5, 6-8, 9-12,

Brief Description

Students use PowerPoint to create a game based on the TV show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?

TechKnow Teacher

See today's Education World story Who Wants to Be a TechKnow Genius? A PowerPoint Game for Kids to learn more about teacher Jennifer Wagner.


  • Students locate information about a particular area of the curriculum and identify the most important facts about that subject.
  • Students incorporate those facts, in the form of questions and answers, into a PowerPoint presentation.
  • Students create a PowerPoint presentation.

Key Concepts

PowerPoint, games, computers

Materials Needed

computers with PowerPoint software

Lesson Plan


  • Discuss the game show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? with students. Be sure they understand the rules of the game. Talk about how real contestants "ask an expert," "poll the audience," and "phone a friend," and discuss how that might be done in the classroom.
  • Arrange students into groups, and have each group create a list of questions and answers about a particular area of the curriculum. (The game can be adapted to any area of the curriculum and include as many or as few questions as desired.)
  • Remind students that the game requires three wrong answers for every correct answer. Talk about how to create plausible wrong answers for their questions.
  • Provide students in each group with the TechKnow Genius template.
  • Ask each group to make 14 copies of slides 2, 3, and 4 in the template. To copy the slides, have students go to the slide sorter (the button on the lower tool bar that looks like four little slides) and click slides 2, 3, and 4 while holding down the Shift key. This will select all three slides. Then have students click and hold Control, Shift, and D to duplicate the three slides. Repeat 14 times.
  • Have students enter their questions, answers, and distractors into the correct slides.
  • Help students hyperlink their slides. To do this, students highlight the answer, right click on the highlighted answer, and select hyperlink. Then they choose the correct slide on the hyperlink menu. Remind students to hyperlink the "50/50," "Ask the Audience," and "Call a Friend" slides to the correct icons as well.
  • When the slide show has been completed, have each group test that all the hyperlinks are working correctly.
  • Allow each group an opportunity to present its game to the class.
  • For additional assistance or information about other games and presentations, contact Jennifer Wagner at [email protected].

Activity Time



Evaluate students on the correctness of the questions and answers in the game and on the technology used to create the game.

Lesson Plan Source

Jennifer Wagner, ([email protected]) Crossroads Christian School, Corona, California

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DATE 06/22/2000