Updating the Order Sorter

Yet another ‘legacy’ resource has been updated – this time it is the ‘Order Sorter’ – which means that you can launch, share and manage activities for this resource directly from your ‘My Saves’ tab.

The new version works in much the same way as the previous version:

  1. Drag the panels up and down using the button on the left of each panel.
  2. Drop panels to automatically update and rearrange the activity.
  3. Click the main part of each panel to edit the text.
  4. Click the title to edit it.
  5. Drag panels to the right of the screen to delete them (release the panel when it is red to delete it – as shown in the image above).
  6. Add new panels by opening the menu and clicking the ‘Add New Panel’ button.
  7. Save a snapshot of your board (to use in a blog post or PowerPoint, for example) by clicking the ‘Save an Image of my Board’ button.
  8. Turn the sound on or off as required.

There are also some brand new features:

  1. You can change the font to best suit your learners and the language that you are working in.
  2. You can instantly randomise the panels with a click of a button in the menu.
  3. Following feedback via the activity stream, I have also added a ‘check’ button.
Note 1:
If you are planning to use the ‘Check’ button in an activity, you must make sure that the panels are in the correct order when you save them.
Note 2:
The ‘Check’ button will not work if you make changes during the activity – for example, if you remove a panel or edit a panel or add a new panel then the ‘Check’ button will not work until the activity has been saved and reloaded.

 


 

If you are new to the ‘Order Resource’ and are unsure about how to use it, here are a few ideas that may help:

  1. Put the stages of a process in the correct order.
  2. Arrange a list of directions in the correct order.
  3. Order a list of sums from lowest to highest answer.
  4. Put a list of words in alphabetical order.
  5. Put a list of countries in order of population.
  6. Put a timeline of events in the correct order.
  7. Use the resource to decide on the order of a lesson or workshop.
  8. Puts groups in order according to how well they are working.
  9. Put a poem in the correct order.
  10. Rank statements in order of importance (for example: ‘Why should we learn a second language?’).
  11. Put the characters from a novel or play in order according to various questions (‘Who is most to blame for…’, ‘Who is the most powerful…’).
  12. Arrange a recipe in the correct order before cooking.
  13. Order the most important things learned during a particular lesson.
  14. Order foods according to how healthy they are.
  15. Order a list of sports according to how many people make up a team.
  16. Order the planets by distance from the sun.
  17. Arrange a list of animals by the number of legs they have.
  18. Use the resource to randomly decide the order in which students or groups will deliver a presentation.
  19. Structure a piece of creative writing.
  20. Plan an essay.
  21. Put a sentence in the correct order.
  22. Drag a list of books into the order in which they were published.
  23. Arrange a list of elements by atomic number.
  24. Arrange a list of words in the order in which they entered the English language.
  25. Any of the above, in any language that you like!

 


 

In short, ‘Order Sorter’ is yet another incredibly flexible resource that you can adapt to suit any topic, for any age or ability of learner and in any language of your choice.

You can add as many panels as you like, edit them and remove them and – to push learners – add new panels during an activity.

When you have created an activity, you can share it with colleagues at the click of a button!

If you have any questions about this or any other Triptico resource then please get in touch.

I hope that you will find this new version of the ‘Order Sorter’ to be helpful – please let me know if you use it in your teaching: feedback is always very much appreciated (and may lead to a brand new feature – such as the addition of a ‘Check’ button!).

Thank you for visiting the Triptico blog, David.

 

 

Resource Update: What’s the Question?

I have updated and uploaded a new version of the popular ‘What’s the Question?’ resource.

This means that you can now…

  1. Launch saved ‘What’s the Question?’ activities directly from the ‘My Saves’ tab.
  2. Share saved ‘What’s the Question?’ activities with individuals or groups.
  3. Select the font that is best for your learners and for the language that you are working in.
  4. Add images as answers.

I hope that the last of these improvements will be really helpful and inspire lots of new ideas for using the resource.

In the example above, language learners choose an image and say the word for the animal that they have chosen (an idea which will work in any language).

In a different subject, the images could be parts of the body, bones in the body, foods, chemical symbols, road signs, flags, flowers, sporting equipment, tools, musical instruments – whatever you like!

As with all Triptico resources, you can make the activity as challenging as you like – and to perfectly suit any topic in any language.

The activities above do not fit the traditional ‘What’s the Question?’ format – and I did consider changing the name of the resource – but they provide an opportunity for imaginative teachers to explore different ways of using the resource.

I hope that this will be a helpful and popular update – I look forward to seeing the activities that people are able to create and share with this new resource!

David

 

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Triptico Plus subscribers can use all of the features on all of the resources – as well as saving to the cloud, sharing all types of activity, joining groups and so on.

Subscribers have complete access to all resources and all features of the site.

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Hopefully people can see the effort that goes into creating, maintaining, supporting and improving all of the resources.

They have gone from being resources that I created for use in my own classroom to resources that are now used by educators and students in many different countries, with many different languages, to teach a wide variety of topics to students of all ages.

Compare ‘Word Magnets’ then and now:

Image showing Word Magnets Then and Now

The change is vast – and the image does not show the many stages that the Triptico website has been through (to now include logins, save to the cloud, create groups, shared folders, the activity stream and so on and so on).

All this has taken a huge amount of time and cost and, to keep driving forwards with new ideas and to meet all costs – Triptico needs your support.

There is also the time spent answering emails (I answer all emails!) and supporting users via the activity stream. I hope you will see that a Triptico subscription is fantastic value for money!

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Triptico has not stop evolving – I have notebooks full of ideas for resources I would like to create and new features that I would like to see added to the website.

My latest idea is to create a ‘Triptico Academy’ – working title! – with a series of mini learning modules to guide teachers through the process of creating their own interactive learning resources for their own classrooms.

These will range from the basics (signing in, opening a resource, saving an activity and so on) to the more advanced (using images, recording audio to use in your activities, combining many resources and so on).

So, are you ready to join Triptico?

If so, you have two options:

1. Purchase an individual subscription

Subscriptions run for a full year and are processed via the site using PayPal.

This means that we can support many different currencies around the world.

A one year subscription costs UK £15 / US $22.25 / EUR €20.55.

(Prices correct at time of writing.)

To subscribe or renew your subscription, sign-in to the site and click the ‘My Details’ tab.

2. Ask your school or workplace to purchase a subscription on your behalf

If they agree, and if there are other people who would like to create engaging learning with Triptico, then they can make some huge savings!

You can visit the Triptico home page and click the ‘Multiple Users’ tab to view a slider demonstrating the massive savings that schools and businesses can make on behalf of their staff:

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The more people that sign up, the more interactive resources that can be created, the more resources can be shared amongst groups, the more the school can make the most of technology they own in an active, engaging way!

If you have any questions about supporting Triptico, please get in touch.

Thank you for your support, David.

Circle Timer – Another New Resource for the New Website

I have finished and added another new resource to the Triptico website: Circle Timer.

It is an update of an existing ‘legacy’ resource and it has lots of new features – including the option to add an image to the background of your timer.

The image at the top of this post shows you the various options that you have when creating timers – in seconds! – for your classroom or workplace.

If you are finding the Triptico resources to be helpful and would like to see more and more new resources and features added in the future then please consider supporting the site by purchasing a subscription.

If you would like to save some money, you can ask your school or organisation to subscribe on your behalf to take advantage of Triptico’s huge discounts.

You can view these by visiting the home page and scrolling down to the ‘Multiple Users’ tab. The slider shows the huge savings that can made:

Save Money by Purchasing Multiple Subscriptions

I hope that the ‘Circle Timer’ will be another helpful addition to the website.

If you have any questions about this or any other Triptico resource – or if there is ever anything that I can do to help – then please get in touch.

Thank you for your support, David.

Word Mix – A New Version!

I have just created a brand new version of the popular ‘Word Mix’ resource and added it to the website.

This new version of the resource has lots of new features that I hope will helpful for teachers and students.

In short, you can create an activity in seconds using a list of words or phrases (for any topic, in any language and for any age / ability of learner).

You can then provide clues for each of these words or phrases – the task for the students is to rearrange the letters to spell the answer.

For example:

Word Mix - Text Clues

When creating an activity, you have three choices for providing clues:

1. Audio Clues

You – or your students – record clues to the words.

The clues could be spoken in one language with the answer in another, they could be questions with the jumbled letters providing the answer or they could simply be recordings of the word to be spelled (perhaps with a sample sentence demonstrating how the word is used).

2. Image Clues

With image clues, you provide an image for each word or phrase (as shown in the sample activity at the top of this blog post).

This could be simply a picture of the word to be spelled or something a little more abstract. As with all Triptico activities, you can be as creative and imaginative as you like.

3. Text Clues

As in the example above, you provide text to act as a clue to the word to be spelled. This could be a question or a sentence with a ‘missing word’ – so, if the word to be rearranged was ‘because’ then you could provide the following clue:

‘He was late _______ he missed the bus.’

When you open the menu, you can decide which type of clue you would like to use to create your activity:

The Clue Options

I hope that this will be a helpful addition to the Triptico website.

If you have any questions about this – or any other – Triptico resource then please let me know.

I hope that you will enjoy creating and sharing learning activities with ‘Word Mix’ – David.

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.

If so, please consider subscribing to ensure that you will never miss out on any new features or resources to be added to the Triptico website!

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.


To make sure that you don’t miss out on all of these updates and new features, please consider subscribing to Triptico Plus.


To those who have already subscribed, your support is very much appreciated and will enable the site and resources to go on improving!

Thank You!

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It is completely free, no credit card required, and you will even receive a 30 day free trial of Triptico Plus!

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.