Slide to Delete – or Not!

I was very grateful to have been invited to Derby last week to present two workshops about using Triptico’s interactive resources in the classroom.

I really enjoyed presenting the workshops – it was great to hear how teachers were already using the resources in lots of inventive ways across lots of different subjects.

I also received some feedback which has resulted in a new addition to the ‘Order Sorter’ resource: a ‘Slide to Delete’ option.

Some people told me that their students had accidentally deleted panels by dragging to the right and releasing the panel when it was red.

In response to this, I have added a new option which allows you to turn ‘Slide to Delete’ off.

As you can see in the image above, ‘Slide to Delete’ is set to off and the panel I have dragged to the right of the screen has not turned red. In other words, it cannot be accidentally deleted.

I hope that this is a helpful new feature.

Thanks again to Derby ALS for inviting me to present the workshops and to the participants for their enthusiasm and feedback.

 

Resource Update: Class Count

I have updated the ‘Class Count’ resource and uploaded the new version to the site.

There are some new options which I hope will be helpful (such as the ability to change the font) and I have also changed the layout.

You can now include much more text in the voting options – with the old version, you only had space for a word or two.

I plan to continue working on the resource and want to add the option to hide the current standings (to make the vote a little more ‘secret’ if required). UPDATE: I have now added this feature!

Please let me know if you have any questions or feedback about this resource.

Note: The site will be changing over the next few days. Now that I have updated the majority of the resources, there will be a shift in the number that are free and the number that are a ‘thank you’ to subscribers for supporting the site.

 

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Resource Update – Task Generator

I have just uploaded a new and improved version of the ‘Task Generator’ resource.

You can launch it from the ‘Tools’ section of the ‘Resources’ tab – and any activities that you have saved for this resource can now be launched and edited directly from the ‘My Saves’ tab.

There are some new features – including the option to use a different font to best suit your learners and the language that you are working in.

Creating new tasks is easy – and, as with all Triptico resources, the topic and level of difficulty is completely up to you.

You can even load different tasks for different groups – so, for example, you could give an advanced group a more challenging set of tasks. This is done by pressing the ‘Settings’ button (located at the bottom right of each group’s panel – see image above) and choosing a different set of tasks for the group.

I have also added a demo to this resource – it may be helpful if you are running a Triptico workshop as all of the tasks are related to the Triptico website and resources.

I hope that you will find this new version of the ‘Task Generator’ to be helpful – please let me know if you have any questions or feedback.

David

 

 

Triptico Groups and Shared Folders

It is really easy to create groups with Triptico and to invite colleagues to join.

When a group is created, all members of the group have access to a shared folder into which they can drag activities for the rest of the group to use. You can create sub-folders within the main folder and, if you drag an activity to a shared folder, you retain the original copy of the activity in your own area.

The members of a group can also send messages or questions which are only ever seen by the other members of the group.

The image above shows the folder belonging to the Japanese Teachers’ Group.

This group is really popular – it currently has 72 members and over 50 shared activities.


How do I create a new group?

You can create a new group by signing-in to the Triptico website and clicking the ‘My Details’ tab. You will see the heading ‘Create New Group’ and a space for you to type a name for the group:

Create New Group Button

That was easy!


How do I invite people to join my new group?

Next to your group you will see an ‘Edit’ link – click it and you will see the following:

Edit Link

You can invite people to join your new group – when you do, they will see a message in their activity feed asking if they would like to accept your invite:

Accept Invite

If they accept, they are added to the group and are able to access and add activities to the group’s shared folder.

You can invite as many people as you like to join a group – they could be colleagues in your department, in your school or from all around the world.


I hope that is a helpful introduction to groups on the Triptico website.

This is an aspect of the site that will be developed further in the future and so, if you have any questions or feedback, please post below or get in touch via email.

Thanks for visiting the Triptico blog – I hope that you are finding the resources and all of these new features to be helpful.

David

 

 

Triptico Prizes and a Resource Update

I have designed some postcards (currently at the printers) to send to people requesting prizes for their event.

Lots of people get in touch to say that they are running a workshop or a TeachMeet and would like a prize for the draw.

It is nice to be able to help such events – and soon I will have something a bit more professional to send out to the lucky winners!

If you are running an event and there is anything that Triptico can do to help then please get in touch.

If you are running a workshop about Triptico and you would like some ideas then, again, please get in touch.

Please also feel free to use any images or videos from the site that could be helpful.


Resource Update

I have started work on a new version of the popular ‘Card Board’ resource.

If you have any ideas for features that you would like to see added to this resource then please let me know and I will try my best to include them.

I am thinking of redesigning the cards slightly – at the moment, they have a front and back and you can flip between the two. I am thinking of making the cards more like those on ‘What’s the Question?’ – a card within a card.

This way, you will be able to see both parts of the card at the same time. From a learning point of view, I thought that this would be beneficial.

Any comments, please post them below or send me an email or Tweet.

David

 

New Resource: Task Timer

I have added another new resource to the Triptico website – a brand new version of the popular ‘Task Timer’ resource.

If you have not used this resource before, it is a simple timer – with a difference.

You can add a number of tasks and set a time limit for each. When the time for the first task reaches zero, the resource automatically moves to task two – and so on, until all tasks have been completed.

There are many ways in which the ‘Task Timer’ can be used – and using it allows you to move around the classroom helping / checking / questioning / encouraging your students.

You could even use it to run a quick quiz – with each question appearing for a number of seconds before automatically moving to the next question.

If you have used the resource before, any activities that you created with the old version will work with this brand new version. Simply load them from your ‘My Saves’ page.

I hope that this will be another helpful addition to the new website.

‘Task Timer’ brings the number of brand new interactive resources to nineteen, with seven ‘legacy’ resources left for me to update.

Please contact me or leave a comment below if you have any questions or feedback about this resource.

Thanks, David.

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

 

Triptico – Why Subscribe?

A Triptico Plus subscription is a great way to make the most of the resources, to support the site and to ensure that you have instant access to new resources and features as they are added.

Make the most of the resources...

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.

Support the site...

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!

Instant access to new resources and features...

As a subscriber, whenever a new feature or resource is added to the website, you will have instant access. This is the Triptico way of saying ‘thank you’ for your support!

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 you have colleagues who would also like to create engaging learning with Triptico, then the organisation can make a huge saving by purchasing a site licence!

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 organisation can make the most of the 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.


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.