What is the Potpourri Challenge?

The Potpourri Challenge is a school vs school, fun academic competition! The quiz module is made up of 20 multiple choice questions, a player scoreboard, and a 30-second timer for each question.

What are the Classroom Games?

The Classroom Games are provided in two different formats. The games are weekly publications of current events for teachers to play with students.

How much teacher preparation is required for NewzBrain?

There is no teacher preparation!

To setup a teacher account follow these steps:

  1. Login with your "Start Up" code you received in the mail/email.
    Login Screen
  2. Once you login with the "Start Up" code, click "Create Teacher Account."
    School Home Page
  3. Create your teacher account. This account will be used by only you for the rest of the school year. You no longer need to use the "Start Up" code.
    Create a Teacher Account
  4. You will automatically be logged into the Teacher Home Page. From here you will have access to the NewzBrain products.
    Teacher Home Page

To begin, the teacher must login to their Teacher Home Page.

  1. Once the teacher logs in, the teacher will need to give each student the "Student Potpourri Signup ID."
    Student Potpourri Signup ID
  2. In the top right of the NewzBrain site, hover over "Potpourri Signup" and select "Student Signup."
    Potpourri Student Signup
  3. Enter the Student Potpourri Signup ID and fill out the rest of the form.
    Potpourri Student Signup Form
  4. The student will automatically be logged into the Student Home Page. From here they will have access to the Potpourri Challenge, Students Speak, Newz Stories and State Knowledge.
    Student Home Page

To begin, the student must login to their Student Home Page.

  1. Once the student logs in, the student will need to give each parent (max of two parents) the "Parent Potpourri Signup ID."
    Parent Potpourri Signup ID
  2. In the top right of the NewzBrain site, hover over "Potpourri Signup" and select "Parent Signup."
    Potpourri Parent Signup
  3. Enter the Parent Potpourri Signup ID and fill out the rest of the form.
    Potpourri Parent Signup Form
  4. The parent will automatically be logged into the Parent Home Page. From here they will have access to the Potpourri Challenge.
    Parent Home Page

Once a student creates a student account linked to the teacher, they will have access to the following:

  1. The National Weekly Potpourri Challenge.
    National Weekly Potpourri Challenge
  2. The National Weekly Potpourri Challenge Questions and Answers after the test has been completed.
    National Weekly Potpourri Challenge Q&As
  3. Students Speak. Students can post short responses to a Newz Topic of the week. The teacher can then post these responses to the NewzBrain site.
    Students Speak
  4. Write on a Newz Story. Students can pick a current events newz story to write about the story and summarize it in their own words.
    Write On A Newz Story
  5. State Knowledge. Students can document and test their knowledge on state officials. Students can also document different state symbols.
    State Knowledge
Each student's raw Potpourri Challenge score is the same as if your varsity team plays a Friday night football game. The result will be a wild card point value to determine rankings in your state.

So, each student's raw score gives your team (school) wild card points for the overall school score. Each perfect raw score (400) give your school 50 wild card points. Each student score lower than 400 gives your school a lower amount of wild card points.

NewzBrain, in real time, takes the individual student’s raw score, interprets it into a wild card value; and then calculates your school total wild card points, divides it by the number of students who have tested for your school, and your school receives a national wild card standing! All in real time!!!!

In high school, sports bonus points are awarded if your team defeats a team that is a bigger school in class size; in the Potpourri Challenge your team gains "Bonus Points" by having extra players on your team. So, if you have 20 students play the Potpourri Challenge, you are receiving "Bonus Points" above a 5 player team.

Lastly, a team does not receive a wild card score unless they reach a minimum of five players. Remember, a team is a grade level in your school! (i.e. Callaway Middle School 7th Grade or Callaway Middle School 8th Grade)
There is no limit to how many students can play as long as they are from one school.
The Potpourri Challenge features a fun, 8-minute weekly quiz module with interdisciplinary content for grades 4 - high school. Each grade level is a separate division in your school. The quiz module is made up of 20 multiple choice questions, a player scoreboard, and a 30-second timer for each question. A perfect score is 400 points.
The Potpourri Challenge can be played on a computer, tablet or smartphone! Potpourri may be played anywhere, anytime!
Each teacher will have their own gradebook. This gradebook consists of all their students' scores for the Potpourri Challenge.
You will receive the following:
  • Student access to the National Weekly Potpourri Challenge
  • Teacher access to the National Weekly Potpourri Challenge
  • Student's Parents access to the National Weekly Potpourri Challenge
  • Students Speak
  • Students Write on a Newz Story
  • Students Test their State KNowledge
  • Teacher Gradebook
  • Potpourri Certificates and Stickers
The games are used to enhance current events knowledge for the students and to give the teacher an interactive activity between the teacher and the students. The activities are exciting for the students!
We have a two tiered pricing plan. NewzBrain may be purchased for 1-2 teachers, or 3 or more teachers.
The NewzBrain Print Version is a weekly publication of current events consisting of 70 questions.
The NewzBrain Weekly Interactive is an Adobe Flash game consisting of 35 questions that can be played on an interactive whiteboard, video projector or computer screen. The Weekly Interactive is tailored for grades 6 - high school.
The NewzBrain Weekly Interactive is an Adobe Flash game consisting of 25 questions that can be played on an interactive whiteboard, video projector or computer screen. The Weekly Interactive is tailored for grades 3 - 5.
NewzBrain has a list of different game rules that teachers have implemented and shared with us for others to use. Click here to view the different game rules.
You can play as little as 5 minutes at a time or play the whole game in a 30 minute period.

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