SMARTBoards and How to Create Your Own Spinner

NOTE -THE LATEST VERSIONS OF THE NOTEBOOK SOFTWARE HAVE CHANGED THE WAY THE SPIN ANIMATION FUNCTIONS. AS A RESULT, THE SPINNER DOES NOT STOP IN A RANDOM LOCATION. PLEASE CONTACT JIM AT TEACHERS LOVE SMARTBOARDS FOR INFORMATION ON OTHER TECHNIQUES FOR CHOOSING RANDOM INFORMATION. IF SMART TECHNOLOGIES CHANGES THE FUNCTIONALITY OF THE SPINNER BACK TO THE WAY IT WAS, WE WILL POST THAT INFORMATION ON THE BLOG.


Wheel of FortuneI'm excited about posting this week's challenge solution for Creating Your Own Spinner. Not only will I share with you the video tutorial for how to create your own spinner, I will also share two Notebook 10 files that contain various spinners that were submitted in this week's challenge.

That's not all! As promised, I will also share with you an amazing application that uses a customized spinner. It's a Wheel of Fortune game created by Harvey Almarode, an instructor from James Madison University. Click on the picture of the spinner to go to Harvey's amazing website.

The Gold Medal winner for this week's challenge is Kimberly Larkin and the Silver Medal winner is Ann White. Congratulations!

Here is the solution for how to Create Your Own Spinner:

While it is very easy to create your own spinner, I have gathered some spinners and placed them in a single Notebook file. Here is a Spinner LIbrary containing various spinners that were submitted as part of this challenge.

WARNING: Smart Notebook has a bug with the animation. Each time you open the file that contains a spinner, the Repeat setting "until object is clicked" get reset. You will need to apply this animation property before using the spinner.

UPDATE: You can work around this bug by using the Screen Capture Tool to capture a picture of your final spinner and using that object instead of the spinner containing grouped items. Unfortunately, the attributes of the spin animation get lost when you have grouped objects.

Do you want to know Harvey's secret for creating such a cool looking spinner? He set the flash-based spinner in the Gallery to look the way he wanted and then he used the Screen Capture Tool to create an image of the spinner. You will need to color in some of the captured image but it's not difficult. Why not give it a try!?

Want me to share some more?

Okay! Here's a dual action spinner that allows you to select pairs of students. Don't forget, you'll need to reapply the repeat until clicked property.

If you're having problems viewing this video, you can watch it on YouTube.

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