Sorry for the delay, but here is the solution for Challenge #7 - Getting Around.
The challenge was to create navigation buttons on each page of your Notebook file that allowed you to go to any other page in your file to make using the application easier on the SMARTBoard.
The Gold Medal winner for Challenge # 7 is Sherri Fricker and the Silver Medal winner is Tejinder Kaur. Sherri created a wonderful math game that used navigation buttons to get to the various pages and Tejinder created an animal classification review for reptiles, birds, and mammals.
Take a look at the solution video and watch how this technique was used on some actual Notebook applications.
I received some amazing submissions for this challenge. I have chosen three winners for the Best Classroom Application award but I could have easily chosen seven or eight. I'll describe each application and why I chose it.
Lori Reed submitted a book review application for Molly's Pilgrim by Barbara Cohen. She did a great job with the navigation and she also demonstrates a few of the built-in flash objects.
Ann White created a simple but extremely effective way to teach and review Mean, Median, and Mode. Here navigation was great and she used animation from other challenges!
Gerald Logan created a simple application about spider body parts. His method of using blue dots for navigation is very creative.
Lastly, here is Bernard's Notebook file that demonstrates a wonderful navigation template that uses images he got from the Build Your Wild Self website. The application is in Dutch but I think you'll be able to figure out how it works. Here is Bernard's description of the application:
I created a table and a laptop computer. Than created some students (on buildyourselfwild.com), used picture transparency to get rid of the background, and build my own classroom (a little tricky was the layering showing everything on it's place). To save some memory I made the class a background. Than I created 11 question pages and 11 answer pages. And linked them together (to meet the challenge requirements).
I had some problems to find a linkable place for the students (because they are in the background). I ended up making a square, almost transparent in a orange color to click on. If you watch closely you will see it (but on the board it's almost invisible). On the question (vraag) page you should click on the white balloon (not the text, although I could change that eventually).
Thank you to everyone who submitted an entry to this very important challenge. Your efforts in providing students with engaging learning activities continues to amaze and motivate me!
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