Behold, the future!

February 5, 2012 in Interactive, Quizzes

Here it is.  The buzzer with which my team took part in last Friday night’s quiz in Ballyhaunis Golf Club.

The quiz was a fundraiser for Gorthaganny National School for, as the headmaster said at the end of the quiz, it’s now a case of “back to the ’80s” in the schools sector with fundraising events becoming common once again.  The money raised at this event will go towards the purchase of the this very buzzer system.  If it provides the school children with as much entertainment value as we got on Friday night, it will be money well spent.

The quiz itself was broken up into four sections: 40 trivia questions, 10 picture questions, 40 trivia questions and 10 music questions.  The trivia questions were, as I predicted, just like questions on Who Wants to be a Millionaire?, with four options.  The picture round was funny but a tad easy, as each question showed a famous person and a professional look-a-like, with us having to enter A or B to identify who was the real deal.  The music round showed off another of the buzzer’s modes.  Each of the songs featured a number in the title and we had to type this number into the device.

On the whole, it was a very enjoyable quiz which is testament to the school staff who created it.  The first 40 questions dragged on a bit as no time limit was enforced on the participants.  However, after the interval, they did introduce a limit of 30 seconds on each question so they obviously had noticed the slow pace themselves.

All eyes were on the big screen to see each question's options listed.

As each question was asked, the options appeared on the big screen, along with a list of which tables had yet to submit an answer.  This is what caused things to dawdle in the first half of the quiz as the quiz-mistress patiently waited for every team to enter an answer.  Embarrassingly for those involved, the system did identify three teams as being the last to enter an answer on almost every occasion.  That’s something you don’t have to worry about in a regular table quiz!

"Who was mortally wounded by an arrow fired by Paris?" You can also see the tables who have yet to submit an answer listed on the left-hand-side.

At the end of each round, the questions were cycled through once again with a pie chart indicated how many teams entered each answer (and the correct answer being shown as a green wedge).  Finally, the system then showed what the overall team scores were – albeit these were, unusually for a quiz, presented as a percentage.  I can see how that would make more sense in the classroom, of course.

In the first of two quizzes, here are a selection of the trivia questions asked on Friday night.  I will post the music round, as an interactive quiz, tomorrow sometime.

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