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 What is the I KNOW! quiz?

 How can I use the I KNOW! quiz at home?

 For which grades can I use the I KNOW! quiz?

 What does a school get when it subscribes to the I KNOW! program for a year?

 What subjects are covered by the questions?

 How often would the school receive the I KNOW! quiz?

 What sources are used for the questions?

 Will I need any other resources or equipment to present the I KNOW! quiz?

 How much preparation is required to present the I KNOW! quiz?

 How do I present the I KNOW! quiz?

 When can I use the I KNOW! quiz?

 Aren't the learners just going to forget everything?

 We have a double medium school. How do we go about it?

 How do I order the weekly I KNOW! quiz and what does it cost?

More about Dawid van Lill

 

What is the I KNOW! quiz?

I KNOW! is a general knowledge and news quiz program, which empowers learners to become more knowledgeable and interesting individuals who are able to communicate effectively with others. It can change their lives!

I KNOW! consists of general knowledge questions, news questions, curriculum questions and vocabulary questions. It also includes interesting trivia snippets with the questions. There are also tips on how to present a quiz.

The I KNOW! news questions cover South Africa, Africa, the world, sport, music and movies.

All the questions are multiple choice, and the answers are given in bold.

I KNOW! is not a quiz competition for only a few learners in the school, but a program which involves ALL learners in the school for the whole year in a way that is structured to improve their general knowledge and news noses continuously.

How can I use the I KNOW! quiz at home?

The I KNOW! quiz is now available for users at home, too. Click on I KNOW! at home to see the different options. You can use the quiz as part of a quiz evening with your family and/or friends. You can also fill in the quiz crosswords. You can also play quizzes on the website. Click here for an example.

For which grades can I use the I KNOW! quiz?

The questions of I KNOW! are for ALL THE LEARNERS of all grades, from grade 1 to grade 12. There are two different quiz programs. There is a Level 1 program and a combined Level 2&3 program.

Level 1 is for grades 1 to 3 (and 4), with about 36 questions per program

Level 2&3 consists of about 80 questions, which are graded EASY, MEDIUM and HARD. The quizzes can be used for Grades 4 or 5 to 7, and for High Schools.

What does a school get when it subscribes to the I KNOW! program for a year?

A year’s program consists of 31 quizzes…

  • 20 normal quizzes

  • 7 revision quizzes

  • 4 Olympiads

A normal I KNOW! Level 1 quiz consists of ...

  • 10 general knowledge questions as well as a Who, What, Where am I?

  • 5 vocabulary questions (mostly on funny stories that happened to people)

  • 20 general knowledge and vocabulary questions or 20 questions on the curriculum or a topic in the news.

A normal I KNOW! Level 2&3 quiz consists of about 80 questions including ...

  • a Who, What, Where am I? question

  • general knowledge questions

  • curriculum questions

  • in the news questions on South Africa, sport, entertainment, Africa and the world

A revision quiz is a revision of the previous two weeks' questions, and it includes a quiz crossword.

An Olympiad is a revision of the term’s questions.

Schools receive the quizzes on Thursday mornings, according to the schedule.

The more or less monthly or 3-weekly revision test on the quizzes of the previous 3 weeks can be used to determine a Top Ten or Top Twenty in a class. The 4 Olympiads at the end of the terms can be used as an opportunity for the different classes of a grade to challenge each other. The Olympiads are a revision of the quizzes of the term. The Olympiad at the end of the year is a revision of the questions of the whole year. All the learners can write the Olympiad, or learners who reached the finals of previous challenges can take part in a quiz show.

What subjects are covered by the questions?

I KNOW! consists of general knowledge and curriculum questions and it covers the news of the week. The news is unlocked with the help of general knowledge and trivia. The percentage of questions in categories such as world events and leaders, national events and leaders, sports, entertainment, geography, history, science, etc. will vary from week to week depending on the news. After their weekly dose of I KNOW!, learners should be able to say, "I know what is going on in the news and the world around me!"

How often would the school receive the I KNOW! quiz?

I KNOW! is compiled according to a schedule (8 times per term, 7 for the fourth term), and schools that subscribe will be able to download the quiz from the website on Thursday mornings, or will receive the quiz as Microsoft Word attachments by e-mail. The quiz crosswords are in pdf format. The pdf reader can be downloaded at http://get.adobe.com/reader/. There are no I KNOW! quizzes during the school holidays.

What sources are used for the questions?

The questions come from various South African papers, radio and television news programs and news magazines like Time and Newsweek. We use reference works like Encarta, Encyclopedia Britannica and other encyclopedias and a whole library full of reference works. The answers are given with the questions.

Will I need any other resources or equipment to present the I KNOW! quiz?

Teachers do not need any equipment, except something like a blackboard to keep score. If the learners should be interested in something that was discussed, they would probably want to visit the media centre. A map of the world is a must to be able to show the different places to the learners.

How much preparation is required to present the I KNOW quiz?

There is no preparation for the teachers! The quizzes are printed from the website or e-mail and can be used just like that in the classrooms. Only the teacher has a copy, with the answers, of course! Teachers can share the same file or keep one in the media centre. The school does not need to waste a lot of paper by photocopying the questions for the learners. The learners should be encouraged to keep their eyes and ears open as a kind of preparation. We will supply you with hints about how to present the questions, and hints from teachers from other schools would be published on the website at Teachers say...

How do I present the I KNOW! quiz?

Remember, I KNOW! is meant for ALL THE LEARNERS, not only for those who already know...

The teachers ask the questions orally.

  • The learners could take part in their groups or in rows, or girls against boys. A group gets an opportunity to answer. If they answer correctly, they get 2 points. If the answer is wrong, another group gets a chance. If their answer is correct, they get one point. If they still can't get the answer, the teacher gets the point!

  • If the whole class takes part, they should not just get the answer if they do not know. The teacher can give the clues which are sometimes provided after a question.

  • The teacher can also give the 3 choices in the multiple-choice questions, and the learners can choose the correct answer.

  • The teacher can play hangman with the learners. Draw a line for each letter of the answer and give the learners the opportunity to guess letters until they can make out an answer. If the idea of hanging is not acceptable, just draw the man without the gallows! 

  • The teacher can write the answer on the board, but in jumbled letters, e.g. emkib for Mbeki. The learners can then try to unjumble them to get an answer.

 

When can I use the I KNOW! quiz?

There are certain periods that could be used to present the quiz.

Some schools already have news periods, while others have reading periods or media periods where it could be accommodated.

All the questions need not be asked at once. They can be used for different days of the week, even at the beginning of the day.

The quiz can be used as a filler for any subject, or when learners have supervision periods.

The quiz is especially useful for practising listening skills, and it is quite an experience to observe the learners listening for a clue to get to the right answer. The interaction is also very valuable as part of teaching a second language.

Aren't the learners just going to forget everything?

Every third week the learners get an opportunity to turn back their brain cells, when they do the revision quiz. In this way the teacher can identify a Top Ten or Top Twenty in the class. Some of the Top Ten learners could get an opportunity to compete against the other classes and grades at the end of the term as part of a quiz show. It is optional to have the quiz show, but it provides an opportunity for schools that want to stage an event at the end of the term or year. Learners will most probably not remember everything, but when you ask the I KNOW! questions on a regular basis the learners pay more attention to what goes on in the world around them. This is a skill of immense importance!

We have a double medium school. How do we go about it?

The questions are available in English and Afrikaans.

How do I order the weekly I KNOW! quiz and what does it cost?

To subscribe, click on SUBSCRIBE for the necessary details about the cost and payment method.

More about Dawid van Lill

Dawid van Lill is a quiz specialist who has compiled and presented more than 2 000 quiz programs for radio and television. He was the winner of the quiz series Flinkdink in 1986, and is the author of many quiz and trivia books. He was also involved with popular TV programs like Greed, Going for Gold, Blitsvinnig, Flinkdink, Weakest Link, Genius, Mega Minds, Whizz Quizz and 100%. He compiles the questions for the annual Brain of Cape Town and Brain of Johannesburg on Radio 567 and 702.

Dawid is also the author of a few books on Africa, including Amazing Africa, The Wonders of Africa and Man-made Wonders of Africa. Dawid was also the editor of the new Afrikaans encyclopedia for children, namely Britannica Junior.

I KNOW! is a general knowledge and news quiz program developed by Dawid van Lill and his team. Dawid has had a keen interest in improving general knowledge since the days when he took part in Flinkdink, and I KNOW! is a concept that he has developed to bring the wonderful world of facts, information, news and trivia to learners of all age groups, and to teach them that knowledge is fun. And who knows, maybe they will win big prizes with the correct answer to a question one day!

 

 

 

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