Making Saving Even Easier

I am really pleased to be able to describe yet another new feature to be added to the Triptico website!

This latest addition makes the whole process of saving your activities to the cloud even easier.

In the past, this could be a bit confusing. Sometimes the ‘save’ window would open without you realising – perhaps behind the window you were using – or it would already be open and you would have to click through different tabs to find it.

This will no longer be the case!

When you press ‘Save’ in any resource, the save window will open at the front for you to see. When your file has been saved, you will see the ‘Save successful’ message (as shown in the image above) and you will click ‘OK’ to close the save window and return to the resource.

I hope that this will be helpful.


Top Tip!
If you want to save to a particular folder, you can do this by typing your filename and then clicking on the folder you would like to save to.

You will see the ‘Folder Name’ at the top of the page change to reflect your click.


As ever, if you have any questions or feedback about this (or about any aspect of the website / resources) then please get in touch.

I hope that you are finding the resources to be helpful.

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Thank you for visiting the Triptico blog, David.

 

Task Spinner Update in Response to Feedback

Omar posted the following feedback via the activity feed on the Triptico website earlier this afternoon:

“Hi, on Task Spinner would it be possible to make it so that all learners get chosen at some point?

Currently it’s selecting some learners more than once while others aren’t being selected at all.

Thanks.”

A few other people have mentioned this and so I thought I would have a go at adding a new feature to this resource.

The possibility of selecting the same name more than once would keep students ‘on their toes’, but I can see that it is not ideal in every situation.

So, as you can see in the image above, when a student is selected their name is removed from spinner.

Of course, if you prefer, you can switch this feature off in the ‘Option’ section of the menu. Doing this will mean that names are selected completely at random once again.

I hope that this is helpful – please let me know what you think.

Thank you to everybody who has been in touch with feedback – it is very much appreciated.

I am also working on another new resource – an update to ‘Word Mix’ – and I will hopefully have more news about this soon.


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Thanks for visiting the blog, David.

 

Another New Resource: Image Bingo!

I have added another brand new resource to the new Triptico website: Image Bingo!

You can access the resource by clicking the ‘Resources’ tab and scrolling down to the ‘Quiz’ section.

This new resource is similar to the other Bingo resource except that, instead of adding text to provide clues to the answers, you add images.

As with all Triptico resources, it is very easy to create new interactive activities.

I hope that this resource will be helpful – please let me know if you have any questions or feedback.

Image Bingo takes the total number of interactive resources on the Triptico website to 26 – with more new resources and updates to existing resources to come soon!

If you haven’t already done so, you can visit the site and create a free account here: www.tripticoplus.com

Thank you for visiting the Triptico blog, David.

 

Using Lists Across Multiple Resources

I have updated a number of resources to allow them to make use of lists that may have been created in a different resource.

So, for example, if you create and save a class list in ‘Student Group’, you can use this exact same list with ‘Word Magnets’ or ‘Flip Selector’ or ‘Text Spinner’.

The image at top of this page shows the extra button I have added to the ‘Options’ panel in ‘Word Magnets’ – here is how you load a list in each resource:

Word Magnets

  • Open the Menu
  • Click ‘Options’
  • Click ‘Load a List as Magnets’
  • Select the list you would like to load
  • Make any changes that are required (for example, if a student is absent)
  • Click ‘Done’

Your list will be converted to magnets and you can begin moving them around the screen. This could be an easy way to take a register – ask students to move their magnet to the ‘Present’ side of the board when they enter the classroom:

Using Word Magnets to take a register

You could also use a similar idea to put students into groups, to take a class vote, to make choices, to gauge understanding and so on. You could even flip the magnets over and use this resource as a simple selector. Lots of possibilities!

Other Resources

Where it is possible to load lists with other resources: open the menu and you will see an extra button below the ‘Demo’ button.

Click this to load a list and follow the steps above.

So far, the resources that you can open a list file with are:

  • Word Magnets
  • Student Group
  • Flip Selector
  • Text Spinner

I hope that this is a helpful new feature – please let me know what you think,

David

 

More Feedback – and a One Week Old Website!

Tom posted this feedback about ‘Word Magnets’ in the activity feed:

I tried using this with a couple of my classes and found that it became quite confusing to keep track of which magnets were flipped and which were not because they were the same colour.

So, we needed some way of quickly identifying which magnets have been flipped and which have not.

I came up with the idea of adding two lines to flipped magnets – the idea being that they would look like the magnetic strips that hold the words to the board!

You can see how this looks in the image at the top of this post.

What do you think?


In other news: The site is now one week old!

Thanks to everybody who has visited the site, created resources, shared ideas and posted on the activity feed.

I hope that you have enjoyed the new features on the site and the new resources.

The site will continue to be updated, with new features and new resources added regularly, and so please get in touch if you have any questions or feedback.

Enjoy the weekend, David.

 

More Feedback, More Updates!

Once again, in response to feedback, I have made some changes to the resources.

Word Magnets

I have changed the way in which magnets are resized to a method which will hopefully be easier to use. The old method made use of a slider:

Resizing Magnets with the Slider

For some people, the slider was too ‘sensitive’ and not very precise – so I have replaced the slider with a series of buttons:

Reszing Magnets with Buttons

As you can see, you select the magnets that you would like to resize and then click a button to increase or decrease their size. The bigger the icon, the more the size will change.

I hope that this will be helpful – please let me know if you have any feedback about this update.


Student Group

This morning, Robin posted the following on the activity feed:

Is it possible for the highlight tool to work on student groups without having to sort them into groups?

So, I have added an extra feature to ‘Student Group’ that allows you to make a selection before you have actually grouped your students.

You can now use the resource as a selector prior to sorting your students into groups if you like:

Student Group Resource

There were also some ideas added to the activity stream about using this resource with words rather than names. Feel free to visit the Triptico website and join in the conversation!

Thank you for visiting the Triptico blog,

David

 

Text Spinner – Feedback and Update

I received an email yesterday from a teacher who had made lots of activities with the previous version of the ‘Text Spinner’. These resources were very popular with colleagues and students and yet – with the new version of the resource – there was a problem. An oversight on my part…

One of the improvements that I tried to make to the new version of the resource was to allow teachers to add as many segments as they wanted to a spinner. With the old version, a spinner had to have six segments. However, you could add many more labels and the spinner would randomly choose six to display.

When these activities were loaded into the new version, the spinner displayed all of the labels rather than just choosing six and, as a result, the segments were tiny and the text within them even smaller. This was not good – and thankfully the teacher emailed me to make me aware of this issue.

So, in response to this feedback, I have updated the resource.

You can now open the menu and tell the resource whether you would like to display all of the segments or just a random six – as in the image above.

You can change the six segments that are displayed by sliding the switch on and off – although I may add a button near to the spinner itself to make this a bit easier.

Show All Slider
The ‘Show All’ switch – located in the ‘Settings’ section of the menu.

So, thanks to feedback, this resource has hopefully been improved.

If you have any questions, comments or feedback then please let me know.

You can post comments below, use the activity stream or click the ‘Contact’ link at the top of the Triptico website.

Thank you for visiting the blog and I hope that you are enjoying the new site, David.

 


Update!
I have now added the ‘Refresh’ button.

Press it to randomly reallocate the labels on the spinner.

Refresh Button

 

An Interactive Starter in Less than 50 Seconds!

It is easy to create interactive learning resources with Triptico.

The video below shows how I was able to create the resource in the image above in less than 50 seconds!

What’s more, once I have saved the resource, I can easily share it with other teachers. They can use it exactly as it is – or perhaps adapt it slightly to suit the requirements of their learners.

Teachers of other subjects may take the idea and apply it to their own subject…

English
Find the ten verbs
Science
Find the six noble gases
PE
Find the eight muscles located in the upper body
Geography
Find the ten landlocked countries
Food Technology
Find the five foods which are high in vitamin C

Very easy to create, very easy to adapt – interactive, engaging activities on any topic, in any language and for any age or ability of learner.

Some of the activities above could even make use of the option to add images to your Find Ten panels. For example, the Food Technology activity could have pictures of fifteen foods, but no text. Students would need to first identify the food and then decide if it was high in vitamin C.

If you have 50 seconds to spare, you can watch the video below and see how simple it is to create, save and share interactive resources of your own:

Can’t see the video? Click here.

Please post questions or comments below.

Thank you for visiting tripticoplus.com,

David

Flip Selector Feedback

Kathryn sent the following feedback to me via the Activity Stream:

I like to be able to set up my ‘Flip Selector’ Class Lists for each class at the beginning of the day as there is no time between lessons – but without a title, I have no idea which is which.

So, as you can see from the image above, I have added the option of a title to this resource.

It is hidden by default, but you can view and edit it by opening the menu and choosing ‘Options’ > ‘Show Title’ and then sliding the switch across or clicking the tick.

I hope that this will be a helpful addition.

Thank you to Kathryn for the feedback – it is always very much appreciated.

If you have any feedback, please let me know via the activity stream or by using the contact form.

Issues
I am also aware that there are a few issues with the site at the moment – some resources are not loading as they should, for example. This is linked to the switch from the old website and will hopefully be resolved soon.

Thank you for your patience.

I hope that you are enjoying the new site,

David

 

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David