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What a pleasure it is to be writing to you about The Fall of Jericho CD. It’s very existence as is a testament to the faithfulness of its creator, our persistence and loyalty to the developer, the support of our customers, and our shared belief in the importance of testing and improving student recall. It has been through several versions over the years, each one better than before. The game comes with one big question set, but its value lies in YOUR ability to create your own question sets with the Jericho Question Editor. These teaching tips help you do that.
There are several downloadable question sets you can import into your game. Look for their links in the “Doc Box” on the Fall of Jericho CD description page.
Some Quick Helps
Important Installation and Startup Notes
Jericho installs completely to your harddrive. Store the CD for safekeeping. Remember: one copy of the program can only be copied to one PC! That’s Federal Law, and also the 8th Commandment.
Do not attempt to install the older ‘bonus’ games “Where’s Noah” and “Bible Concentration.” They no longer work and were advertised as non-working.
The Question Editor
Jericho comes with a starter set of general Bible trivia, however, you’ll most likely want to create your own sets using the Question Editor which installs when you install the game. Click Start | Programs | Jericho and select Question Editor to open the editor. In general, you’ll want to create 30 to 35 questions per question set for two teams or more to race to Jericho without repeating questions. This number will vary depending on the difficulty of material and age of players.
Hot Tip: Depending on your system: You may need to Right Click the Question Editor startup icon and select “run as admin.” We also STRONGLY recommend creating new question sets in a different folder than the default Jericho installation folder. See our Tech Notes for the reason why.
Jericho Game Play Options
All games begin with question number one each time the question set is selected at the beginning of a game. Thus, you need only write about 30 to 40 questions on a subject, fewer if you want the questions to repeat.
Hot Tip: If you want a short game and only want to write about 20 questions, select “Short Game” option from the Jericho Options menu so you can also get to Jericho faster.
Hot Tip: Start each question with a NUMBER so that you can see what number question in the set you’re working on.
Transferring Questions Sets to Other Computers
Your question sets can be transferred from one computer to another via flashdrive if you have legally installed another copy of Jericho for that other computer. IMPORTANT: See our tech note below on this page for how to find the actual file! Hopefully you heeded our advice and saved your created set in a different folder than the one Jericho installed itself to.
Hot Tip: In Windows 7/8/10 store the question files in a nutty “virtual folder.” See tech tips below for how to find it.
What is the “Database Converter Utility”?
You probably don’t need to use this! This converter -found in the Jericho program startup menu, is for those of you who may have created a question set under the much older earlier version of Fall of Jericho, and want to import that file for use with Fall of Jericho. If you do not have old sets you want to convert, you do not need to install this utility.
Please note: The “Teaching Tips” found on the CD are a much older version that the one you are currently looking at.
Teaching Tips for Fall of Jericho
Fall of Jericho and programs like it have been in use for many years. Here are some great insights and ideas from years of use.
The Importance of Quizzing
Like many of you, our ministry believes in the power of quiz software to reinforce student memories. For years many Sunday Schools have taught lesson after lesson without helping students refresh those memories over time. The result? — biblically illiterate youth and adults. Early on in the Sunday School computer lab movement, many of us recognized the power of computers to reinforce content and test for comprehension. The Fall of Jericho makes testing and refreshing -fun.
How many Priests Did Saul Kill at Nob?
What kind of questions and answers can best accomplish our teaching goals? The answer, as you might suspect, is not to write mere trivia. Asking about Elijah in one breath and Paul in the next does little to reinforce memories or build comprehension. To illustrate the absurdity of many Bible trivia questions I frequently use my favorite: “How many priests did Saul kill at Nob?” The correct answer: “who cares!”
How to Help Your Students Mine Their Memories
Asking just one or two questions would barely begin to scratch the surface. Instead, we need to create series of questions on subjects that force our kids to mine their memories -dig into them. One good question should be followed by another that digs deeper into the subject. Instead of just asking the trivial question, the question should retell important information and ask more fundamental questions such as “Who was Saul?” “Why was he upset?” and…”What was the effect of his anger?” Good questions are as important as the answers.
The following three questions are pulled from twenty-five questions I wrote about Joseph that illustrates “mining” student memories. This technique can also be seen in the set of questions about the Bible that follows.
13. How did Joseph get to Egypt? He was sold as a slave He went there to find food He went to free the slaves He went there on business
14. Who sold Joseph into slavery in Egypt? Jacob, his father His enemies His brothers Pharaoh
15. Why did Joseph’s brothers sell him into slavery? Joseph was mean They were jealous of him Joseph was the youngest Money for food.
Stick to the Subject
You can spot trivial questions sometimes by the way they bounce from subject to unrelated subject. But in the Joseph example above, you can see how the three questions are related and take the student deeper into the content. This inter-connects their memory, -allowing one memory to trigger another (and get stored as connected. Science!) Also note how the questions get at both the content and the meaning of the content.
The following quiz set illustrates several important quiz writing techniques.
Notice how one question builds on the preceding question rather than jumping into a new subject. Notice also how the answer to a question can be found in the preceding question and how a preceding question’s answer can be reiterated in the follow-up question.Read through the following questions and answers to see these concepts in action.
1. The Bible is really not ONE book but many books in a collection.
What does the word “Bible” mean? book collection God’s Word The Word
2. How many different books are there in THE BOOK? 33 36 66 73
3. The 66 books of THE BOOK (The Bible) were written by: Moses The Disciples Several people Many people
Skipping to question 6….notice how the content comes back around:
6. God’s Spirit guided ____ writers to write ____ books for the bible. A few/36 a few/66 many/66 many/63
7. The two main parts of the Bible are: The Old and New Testaments Genesis and The Gospels Psalms and Gospels Christmas and Easter
8. The word “Testament” means: “part” “book” “covenant” “inspiration”
9. A “Covenant”: is “a holy book” is “an agreement” is “a history” is “an inspiration”
If you just skimmed over the above questions, let me suggest that you go back and read through them. Notice how the question content can end up in a later question answer, and vice versa. This kind of attention to question set construction helps your students learn better.
How to Help Your Students, and not answer for them…
When they are stumped, you want your kids to ask each other and ask the teacher for help. Too often, however, teachers don’t offer help, they instead offer the answer! Counsel your teachers to view every “I don’t know” response as an opportunity for discovery. The best way to help is to have the students re-read the question and the possible answers, discussing each one.
Question: In what book of the Bible can you find the story of Noah?
Possible answers: Genesis, Exodus, Mark, Acts
Student Response: “I don’t know this one.”
Teacher Response: “What is the story of Noah about and when does it take place?” “What is the story of the Exodus about?”
** Try and limit the number of possible answers to around three for 3rd through 6th grade and two for Kindergarten through 2nd. Yes, I did say Kindergarten, –they can’t read, but they can be read to! They enjoy the game play and can understand simple questions and answers. You can put an ‘*’ in the editing field for answer number four.
Humor is essential to the quizzing enterprise. My quizzes were peppered with jokes, puns, and other goofiness. I once asked “What’s on the top of the church’s steeple?” …only to have the entire class rush out the door to go see!
Lesson Strategies for Using the Fall of Jericho
Depending on many factors, you can use Jericho throughout the year, at the end of every month, or during every class. Try several strategies to see what works best for you. Question sets can be created for general review, to test student competency, to find out how well your lessons are being taught (!), and just for fun. Create questions sets that quiz students on content from other software, such as, Awesome Bible Stories CD. Plan out the question sets you will need over the course of the year. I have always found it easier to create several question sets in a row rather than piecemeal throughout the year.
As you begin to create various question sets, keep track of who has done which on a poster board near the computer. Many churches let their young people create their own question sets. This can be an extremely effective way of reinforcing content in that the students have to think through the content before creating it. Kids like seeing their handiwork on the screen too. While they won’t have time to create an entire set, they will enjoy adding several questions to a question set you have prepared in advance.
Last but not least, you’ll find that adults enjoy playing Jericho a lot. Come up with a fun question set and run it during fellowship time on Sunday morning.
Tips on Game Play and Question Writing
- It takes about 40 questions for two or three teams of fourth graders to get to Jericho and see the walls come tumbling down without repeating questions. Of course, this depends on the difficulty of your questions and how well your students remember your lessons. I recommend sets of 35 to 50 questions set to run in the game’s sequential mode. If nobody is at Jericho after the last question, the questions recycle.
- To play a short game, or if you only have 20 questions in your set, SELECT “Short Game” Option from the menu bar of the program.
- Include verse chapter and book in your questions to get student to look up the answer. (The Question Editor does have a separate field to input verse info, but it will only show in the answer.)
- Having four teams can slow play down significantly. Many will have student teams play only a ONE player game with all students at that computer working together.
- If you have multiple copies of Jericho at different computers with the same question set, the one player computer teams can race each other to see which computer gets to Jericho first.
- Try not to pit individual players against each other. Teammates can teach each other as they work together.
- Mix it up from time to time. Instead of teams competing against each other, consider having the ENTIRE CLASS compete as one team.
- You can also have up to four teams each WRITE DOWN the answer they choose, then select the right answer in the game to make the player(s) advance. Keep track of individual team scores on a separate sheet.
- Another fun variation on play is the RELAY game. Line up the entire class or two teams. One by one the players come up to answer their question and try to advance their player. Keep the question set short so that questions repeat themselves often. This makes each person on each team pay attention to all the questions, not just their own.
- Have two teams of students do some research and then type in 10 questions per team at the end of a question set you have already begun. They’ll enjoy seeing their material come up added to your own.
- When one team is trouncing another, swap some members. The more you do this, the more they’ll get used to it and enjoy the game rather than worrying about who is winning.
- Create True/False questions by typing True in answer field #1 and False in answer field #2. Place asterisks in fields 3 and 4.
- Use Jericho in combination with other programs to test what they learned in those programs. If you have time, have the students research and add several questions of their own to the question set you created on that material.
If you ever plan on copying a question set from one computer to another, or copying one of our downloadable sets to your computer, then we strongly recommend SAVING your new question sets in a folder OTHER than the default folder that Jericho uses. Windows does some strange things to files in that folder. See our Tech Notes Page for more details, or consult the graphic at the top of this page.
Using Fall of Jericho with younger children and non-readers
- Have someone read the questions, and if necessary, simplify them as they read them.
- As you read the possible answers, HELP them eliminate two, and narrow it down to two possibilities for them to choose from. This is a great way to continue to teach and interject content, though they think you’re just helping them.
- If you’re creating new questions for younger children, use True and False for your first two options and simply type an ‘*’ in the field for answers 3 and 4.
Important Technical Notes about the CD
The Fall of Jericho CD loads it’s entire contents right onto your hard drive. Remember to store your CD in a safe place.
To move question sets, go into the Jericho Folder on your harddrive and copy the TXT files which have the names you gave your question sets. However, in Windows 7/8/10 you will need to know where Windows has stored that text file (it’s put in a virtual folder, which is odd, but see the tech note below).
To delete/edit HIGH SCORES, open the HighScores.txt file in the Jericho folder and edit carefully.
You can edit the TEXT that appears in each of the Sinai Landscape scenes! Open up the Descriptions.txt file in the Jericho folder.
COPYING SETS BETWEEN COMPUTERS
…and an important note for W 7/8/10 Users about where that file is located.
Yes, you can COPY question sets you create to another computer where Fall of Jericho is legally installed. However, please note….depending on your system, ‘finding’ that file might be a little tricky.
Please read our full Tech Notes on this subject if you are copying/pasting question sets from one location to another.
If you heeded our advice to always create and save your sets OUTSIDE of Jericho’s folder, you don’t have to wonder “where they are” or deal with Window’s “virtual storage” issues.
Jericho & Vista/W7/8/10 Compatibility Note:
If you get a Memory Error, or in order to be able to work in the Question Editor, you may need to Right click the JerichoEditor.exe startup icon, and select “run as administrator” prior to running the Jericho Editor. It depends on your system and security settings. See graphics BELOW…
Note about Older Versions of Fall of Jericho:
If your main screen looks like this:
—then you have the quite-a-bit OLDER version of Fall of Jericho and it doesn’t run in newer versions of Windows.
You need to order new copies of Jericho.