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Creating a Spinny Wheel Game

Nobody's too old to have fun, and learning can (should) be fun. We make it easy to turn your learning material into games that can be played in group environments such as classrooms, organizational retreats, conferences, seminars, or any other place where people are gathered to learn.

Two Spinny Wheel Game Versions

The spinny wheel game is designed to play in a group environment. Two modes or versions are available.

Version #1: "discussion only" where a discussion question is chosen based on the spin, then discussed. No "answer" needed, and no points—no score is kept. See an example here. This option is best for discussion questions that have no one right answer.

Version #2: "team competition" where a question is chosen based on the spin, then answered. Points are awarded or deducted, score is kept. This option requires both answers and points to be entered for each item. See an example here.

Lesson Games vs. Course Games

You can create a game for each lesson or just one for the course. In fact, you can create a game for each lesson and make the last lesson game a that uses information from the entire course. When in edit mode, each lesson has a tab for "Spinny Wheel Game". Therefore, you can have one game for each of your lessons.

Spinny Wheel Games as Marketing Tools

Under the Instructor Menu > Set Up Course > Other Tool Options, you will see the area where you can make your games public. Each game URL will be listed in that area once they are made public—they will not be linked to your site, so you need to share the links. Players do not have to be registered or be logged in to play. This is a great way to promote your course!

Creating a Game

When you are logged in as the instructor for your course, edit/create any lesson and you will see the "Spinny Wheel Game" tab near the bottom of the page. Expand that tab to enter your information. Follow the tips in the course software.

Tips, Tricks, and Shortcuts

  • Add all lesson terms and definitions as items with just one click. Click that link and all the terms and definitions for the lesson will be added. You will need to go through each item and set the category and adjust the point value if desired (the default point value is 1 point).
  • Add all quiz questions as items with just one click. Click that link and all the quiz questions and answers for the lesson will be added. You will need to go through each item and set the category and adjust the point value if desired (the default point value is 1 point). The quiz questions are added with a specific formatting, so it is okay to edit the wording of the questions and choices, but don't change the spacing or how the answers are displayed. For example, "What is your favorite color? (A) blue (B) red (C) green (D) orange" is the proper formatting. If you try to add spaces or return characters, or change the (A) to A), the formatting will fail in the displaying of the questions.
  • Add all course terms and definitions as items with just one click. Only in the last lesson will you see the option to add all the terms and definitions for the course. When you create course game, it is suggested that you use the lesson names as categories. Then, when you click the link to add in all the course terms and definitions, the categories will automatically be set, saving you potentially hours of having to match them manually!
  • Add all course quiz questions as items with just one click. Only in the last lesson will you see the option to add all the quiz questions for the course. When you create course game, it is suggested that you use the lesson names as categories. Then, when you click the link to add in all the course quiz questions, the categories will automatically be set, saving you potentially hours of having to match them manually!
  • Although you can have up to 100 categories, anything past 20 or so gets a little messy. So try to limit the number of categories you use.
  • Projection size. When plugging your computer into a projector, often the screen resolution makes it so the game is too big without scrolling. Solve this simply by zooming out using your browser's zoom feature - usually under the "view" menu.


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