SMART Tutorial #4: Infinite Cloner

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With the Infinite Cloner we can create multiple duplicates of an object. The infinite cloner is a particularly effective tool for building interactive activities that require the repeated use of the same object. A simple gesture of selecting and dragging is all is needed to create another instance of the object we wish to duplicate.

 Here is how it is done

Select the object you want to clone and from the object’s drop-down menu choose “infinite cloner.” At this point you will see the usual arrow symbol of the drop-down menu being replaced by the infinity symbol. This indicates that the selected object has successfully been transformed into an infinite cloner object. Now, simply select and drag this object to create another instance of it!

 Common Mistakes

  • Infinite cloner objects are locked by default. This is so students cannot accidentally move, rotate, or delete infinite cloner objects. For this reason, you might want to position an object exactly where you want it on the page before you transform it into an infinite cloner object.

 

  • To edit or move an infinite cloner object you will first have to unlock it. Select the object you want to edit. From the object’s menu (infinity symbol) click “infinite cloner” to take this object out of “infinite cloning mode.” Apply any desire edits, and don’t forget to revert this object back to its “infinite cloning mode” after you are done editing.
  • Have in mind that you can create infinite duplicates of an object ONLY from the original source. The duplicates are normal SMART Notebook objects and cannot clone themselves by default.

 

Tips & Applications

Example 1 – Mathematical Operations

In this example I converted mathematical symbols into infinite cloner objects. This way, students can select and drag the correct mathematical symbol directly into the purple box after they solve an equation/inequality.

Also, to distinguish between normal and infinite cloner objects, I have colored the infinite cloner objects red and placed them inside a box.

 

Example 2 – Grammar and Language Classes

I would like to test if my students can distinguish verbs from nouns. So, I built the following exercise where students have to fill-in the answer lines with “verb” if that word is a verb and with “noun” if that word is a noun.

I created a text object for the word “verb” and a separate text object for the word “noun.” Also, I colored the word “verb” red and the word “noun” blue to make it easier for the students to differentiate between the two. Then, I transformed both text objects into infinite cloner objects, so the students can select the “red-verb” and “blue-noun” and drag them onto the answer-lines directly.

 

Here is a tip:

If your objects are locked, you can right-click on a page from the side-bar and select the “Clear Page” command. This will clear all answers, so you will not have to select and delete things manually.

In my example, I locked all text objects, the answer-lines, and the framing box. As I mentioned earlier, I don’t have to lock the infinite cloner objects because they are locked by default. Then, right-clicking on the page (side-bar) and selecting “Clear Page” will remove all answers from the lines.

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