Sometimes those micro-decisions that you make in your class on a daily basis can eat up a lot of your teaching energy without you knowing it. For instance, those seemingly mundane tasks such as selecting a student to answer, a place to go to, or labels to name a group can exert tremendous decision power and sack your energy. Hence the importance of spinner wheel tools.
Spinner wheel tools or picker wheels are online tools that enable you to generate random output for various types of activities. Instead of labouring over which student name to call, you can simply input students names in the spinner wheel and pick a random name. Custom spinner wheel tools take charge of making those tiny decisions while you focus on what matters most: quality teaching.
Spinner wheel games
One of the interesting ways to use online custom spinner wheel is to create educational spinner wheel games to integrate in your teaching, regardless of the content area you teach. Spinner wheel games are a great way to engage students and drive their participation. They add a higher dose of interactivity (and fun) to your lesson and make learning more fun and exciting.
The same activity can be used in speaking or oral discussions in class. Lawrence calls this speaking activity Don’t Say it and it involves students talking about the randomised keyword without actually saying the word.
Spinner wheel games can also be used as ice breakers at the beginning of the class. Teachers can type in (fun) questions on the wheel and spin it. This can be used both in remote or in-class settings. Brainstorm dump is another good way to use spinner wheel games in class. You can input different topics into the wheel, spin the wheel and let students come up with ideas (individually or in groups) about the topic.
Minute spin, as Lawrance calls it, is another way to engage students using spinner wheel games. “Fill the wheel with questions. Give each student 1 minute to spin the wheel and answer as many questions as they can.”
Spinner Wheel tools
There is a wide variety of online spinner wheel tools to use with your students in class. Below is a collection of some of my favourite tools:
1. AhaSlide Spinner Wheels
AhaSlide offers this interesting collection of spinner wheels that you can use to get random output from sets of options. The way these spinner wheels work is easy: Simply type in your entries and press the play button in the middle of the wheel to start the spin. Besides being able to share your wheel via a URL link, AhaSlides also allows you to invite participants to join your wheel, type in their entries and generate random output. Examples of spinner wheels offered by AhaSlides include:
1. Name Wheel Spinner
2. Yes or No Wheel
3. Alphabet Spinner Wheel
The number wheel generator, as its name indicates, randomly generates numbers for you. Whether you want to choose a winning number for your students in class or spin random numbers for contests or bingo games, this number wheel does a good job. You can add your own numbers and spin the wheel.
There are various other ways to use number picker wheel with students. For instance, you can use it in number guessing games. “You first choose a number generated from the number wheel and the class will have to guess which number it is by asking you five questions. A very strategic but simple game to grab everyone’s attention.”
5. Harry Potter Random Name Generator
6. Prize Wheel Spinner Online
6- Google Spinner
Google offers a very handy spinner available right from its home search page. Simply type in Google Spinner in the search box and you will access it right away. Google Spinner offers two main features: numbers and fidget. For numbers, you can select up to 20 numbers. Unlike the the spinners featured in this list, Google Spinner does not offer much customization options. For instance, you can not add custom numbers and the spinner does not support letters and words.
Random Name and group Pickers
These tools are simple and easy to use. They are ideal for both online and in-person instruction. Here is how they generally work:First open the tool, type in your input (e.g., students names, words, number, etc), hit to spin the wheel, get random results.