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.

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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.

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 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:

Save Money by Purchasing Multiple Subscriptions

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!

If you haven’t signed up for a free Triptico account then why not do it now?

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.

 

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