This week’s Articulate challenge, with a nod to the latest National Spelling Bee, is to build an interactive vocabulary quiz. It’s a great challenge because you can take it in so many directions.
I looked at a lot of interaction types, but when nothing struck me I thought I could at least start by choosing characters to work with. That’s when I remembered I’ve got good stock images of children. When I started looking at extremes (who’s the youngest?) then thought about an opponent (who’s the most unlikely?) I suddenly had my theme.
Going for ridiculous words and context sentences was the only way to do it, and the greater the contrast between the participant prompts, the better. Unfortunately, I have far more knowledge of goofball cop humor than little girl references, so I just had to wing it on the kid side.
I focused on designing a quick, clean interaction because it’s funnier. I’m pretty happy with it, given the time frame, but with more time I’d aim to go for something closer to this spelling bee interaction I found as I was looking for inspiration. Just love it.
I always have to go back to refresh my memory about how to engineer these things:
- Each question slide is actually a fill-in-the-blank graded quiz slide.
- To capture the running game scores I created variables for KidTotal and CopTotal.
- To add points to their scores, on the “correct” feedback layer I added a trigger that adds a value of 1 to the appropriate KidTotal or CopTotal variable at the beginning of the timeline.
- To display their scores, I inserted reference fields on the scoreboards to show the current value of KidTotal and CopTotal.
- I also created variables to take you to one of three possible endings based on the final score.
- I couldn’t get the text entry screens to refresh after hitting Replay. Those kept holding on to whatever was entered in the prior round. I ended up adding a hidden results slide to create the needed variables so I could add a “reset results” trigger to the Replay button. That worked.
I think it’s funny. My clue is when I can’t stop laughing long enough to record audio, but it was pretty late at night, so maybe I was just punchy. Anyway, I hope you enjoy it! You can see it right here.