Neil MacQueen (me,
myself and I) is the
author of Bongo, the original 80 questions, and the new 80
questions on this CD.
This 80 Question Expansion
Pack CD features many of the original 80 questions that come
with the Bongo Loves the Bible CD, but I have reformatted
them, improved them, and made them look nicer.
I also made some of the questions a little easier to answer
based on the fact that some of our customers have younger
kids using Bongo, or students with less Bible knowledge.
I also create TWO
NEW Question Sets for
this: Funny & Famous, and Super Bongo Bible Freak.
These two new sets were created
especially for our Bongo customers who have "played through"
the original 80 set and are looking for something fresh.
I've been teaching &
testing students at the computer in Sunday School since 1990.
I've written extensively about the importance of testing &
refreshing student memories, including reading and highlighting
the brain research about how our memories work and how teacher's
can use this knowledge in their teaching. I've also been stressing the
importance of writing "good" questions and not merely trivial
ones. The original questions and new set were compiled based on
research, reading, and my years of experience as a children
and youth pastor.
question about Paul here on the right >> is a good example of my question writing strategy
and the graphic improvements in this new set:
Rather than simply asking "Who
in the Bible was shipwrecked 3 times?" as some trivia games do, I
include additional information about Paul to TRIGGER
additional memories from past lessons that can help them
answer the question, AND learn something new.
This approach is especially
important for the student who was never taught about Paul's
shipwrecks, and may only remember that Paul had a helper named
Silas. This approach accesses and refreshes their
"associative memories" about Paul, and adds
new content to those memories. This simple idea is based on
real research and experience, but it's something you rarely
see in Bible trivia games.
We don't want to STUMP the
kids. We WANT them to know or learn the answer! So if
they get it wrong, Bongo must try again until they get it
Most of the questions in the
80 original or 80 new questions are designed like this. Even the answers have been
carefully selected to trigger memories and help students
decide. (And the new set has some fun stuff in it too.)
80 original questions and 80 new are based on a list of
things about the Bible every Sunday School student should
know which we gleaned from numerous books,
curriculums, teacher input, and my three decades of
experience in Sunday School.
<>< Neil MacQueen,