Flash Player Issue

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A few teachers have been in contact lately to say that they are seeing the following message when trying to use the Triptico resources:

“You need Flash installed to view this resource.”

The issue is a result of a number of browser updates requiring that Flash be activated.

Thankfully this is very simple to do.

Click the following link and follow the steps for the browser that you are using:

Flash Player Help

I hope that this is helpful – if not, please use the contact form to get in touch and I will try my best to help.

This is hopefully just a short-term fix, with the future of Triptico being less reliant on the Flash Player / web browsers to view the resources.

I will keep the blog updated with progress!

Fruit and Vegetable Cards

Hello – and thank you for visiting the Triptico blog.

I have created two new activities which I hope will be helpful for teachers of many different subjects.

They are Card Board activities, one set of cards with fruit images and one with vegetable images. You can see them both in the picture at the top of this post.

How you use them is up to you, but here a few ideas:

– As the basis of a discussion about healthy eating
– To teach young learners about different food types
– To learn the names of foods in different languages
– To create imaginative recipes – and so on.

I hope that these activities are helpful – please let me know if you have any comments or feedback or if you have any ideas for other activities that it would helpful for me to create.

Here are the links to the activities:

Fruit Cards

Vegetable Cards

A Dramatic Spinner

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I shared an idea with a teacher this week that I thought could be applied across lots of different subjects – and so here it is…

The idea uses the Text Spinner – one of the free Triptico resources and therefore this will hopefully be a helpful idea for people new to the site to try.

Please share the idea with colleagues if you think it could be helpful to them.

As you can see at the top of this post, I created a simple spinner containing different emotions.

The idea is that students spin the spinner and then press the ‘Extra’ button once a selection has been made. This reveals a line from a play which they must deliver in the style selected by the spinner.

In the example above, the selected task was to deliver the following line in a excited manner:

“What’s in a name? A rose by any name would smell as sweet.”

This idea would obviously work well in an English or drama lesson, but I thought that it could be applied to other subjects too.

For example, in an MFL lesson, the spinner would select an emotion and the extra information would reveal a sentence for students to translate and deliver.

What do you think? Is this an idea that you could use in your classroom?

As with all Triptico activities, the idea takes very little time to create, save and share.

Flipping Names!

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I thought I would share a simple Word Magnet idea that I used as an introductory activity to a workshop I ran recently.

I began with a ‘Present / Absent’ background and added the name of each participant to the board as a magnet. I was then able to learn a little about each member of the group before moving their magnet across to the ‘Present’ side of the board.

I then changed the background and asked each participant to flip their name over to reveal a word. Their task was to move the revealed word to the correct area of the board. The other members of the group could help them and it was a nice way of introducing the Word Magnet resource and some of its features.

The activity required a little bit of preparation on my part: I had a list of all of the participants and so I was able to use the ‘Load a List’ feature to create the ‘name’ magnets instantly. I then flipped each name over and added text to the back using the ‘Edit’ feature, before flipping all of the magnets back to the name side and saving the activity.

The image at the top of the post demonstrates one way in which this idea could be used: flip over your name to reveal a country and then move it according to the continent it belongs to.

You could flip to reveal a sum which has to be dragged to the correct answer, a word which has to be moved to the correct word class, a trait to be matched to a particular character and so on – the possibilities are endless.

You could also create a similar activity a lot quicker if you left one side of the magnets blank and asked people to choose a magnet at random to flip over and position. The benefit of creating an activity in this way is that it can be used time and time again with different groups – although it does not have the ‘personal’ touch of the name version.

I hope that this is a helpful idea – please let me know if you have a chance to try it!

PS: If you would like to use the background I created for the example above, you can find it here. (It doesn’t look like much, but save it and add it to a magnet board with a dark background and it will show up!)

Key Words

I will try to keep adding simple ideas to the blog for using the Triptico resources – ideas which take very little preparation and which can be used by all teachers of all subjects and in all languages.

This simple idea is a perfect way to revise key terms or vocabulary or dates – or whatever you like!

To create the activity, add a number of key words as Word Magnets and arrange them on the board. Then, simply flip each magnet over.

(You can also add a background to your activity if you like, as I have done in the image at the top of this post.)

To begin the activity, a student or group must select a magnet and flip it over to reveal the word. Once revealed, they must – for example – define the key word or use it in a sentence.

It would also be easy to add a competitive element to this simple activity if required.

The same idea would also work with images – add a number of images, flip them over to hide them and ask students to select one at random to describe or define.

You could also create the same activity with the Card Board resource, adding new cards each week until you have tens, hundreds or even thousands of cards to use in class or to share with colleagues or students.

One of the selectors could also be used to develop this ‘key word’ idea – for example, the Spring Selector. In the video below, this resource is selecting names at random, but it could be used to select key words:

 


 

This is a simple activity that can be created in less than a minute and saved to use again or to share with colleagues. You could even ask a group of students to provide the key words and ask them to judge whether the other students in the class have used the selected word correctly.

The activity could be developed in lots of ways too – perhaps asking students to provide synonyms or antonyms for each of the words on the board once defined.

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

Word Magnet Background

Just a quick blog post with a link to a background that a teacher asked me to make to help with a Word Magnet activity.

The background can be used for any activity which requires students to position magnets according to whether they are positive or negative and to what extent.

For example, the activity in the title image is all about the connotations of various words.

If you would like to download the background to add to your own activities then you can do so by clicking the link below:

Link to the Background

I hope that this will be helpful – if anybody has any ideas for other backgrounds that I could create then please let me know and I will try my best to help.

Website Update

The Triptico website has been updated – here’s what has changed and how you can make the most of the new features…

 

Redesigned 'Resources' Tab

 

The ‘Resources’ tab has been completely redesigned to make it much easier to find the resource that you are looking for.

I realised that, especially on IWBs where only two columns of resources were visible with the old design, it took an awful lot of scrolling to find the resource you were looking for.

With the new design, all of the resources are instantly available without the need for any scrolling at all. Simply choose a category and all of the resources in that category will be displayed.

Each resource is also accompanied by an image and a short piece of text – helpful, I hope, to people visiting the site for the first time and wanting a quick overview of what each resource does.

Newly designed resource tab

The response to this change has been overwhelmingly positive which is great news!

 

Restore Deleted Items

 

A simple, but powerful, new addition to the site.

If you ever delete a saved Triptico file or folder by mistake then you can restore it at the click of a button.

Check the ‘Show Deleted Saves’ box, find the deleted item and click the ‘Restore’ button.

Show Deleted Items Checkbox

 

Redesigned Top Bar

 

The bar that is visible when signed-in to the site has been redesigned too.

It has been split into two parts.

The left-hand section links to important announcements, offers, information and so on.

The right-hand section displays key information linked to your account. This includes the number of days remaining in your trial or subscription (as well as a button to add more days), the number of saved activities that you have and the number of groups that you belong to.

The new Top Bar

 

Note: You don’t need to wait until your trial or subscription has expired before adding more days. You can do it at any time – to take advantage of a special offer, for example – and all purchased days will be added to the number of days that you had remaining.

 


 

If you have any feedback or questions about any of these changes then please get in touch.

Thank you for visiting the Triptico blog.

Feedback

A quick post to say thank you to everybody who takes the time to share feedback about the site and resources.

Positive or negative, it is always very much appreciated and it all helps to shape and secure the future development of Triptico.

If you have any feedback – or if you would like to learn more about Triptico – then please get in touch.

Thank you for visiting the blog.

New Resource: Seating Plan!

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I recently added another brand new resource to the Triptico website – bringing the total number of resources to thirty-seven (yes, 37!).

This latest resource allows you to create seating plans for all of the classes that you teach. It is called, as you might expect, Seating Plan.

You begin by choosing the size of plan that you would like to create – in this example, I chose to create a 5 x 5 plan and I added six students.

I also added an image for each student (I used ‘cartoon’ images for this example, but you can use actual photographs). Adding images is optional, but it could be a helpful feature (especially when learning the names of students in a new class):

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With my six students added to the class, I can move them around by clicking and dragging or, if I click the Quick Change button, the resource will reposition the students for me at random.

I can reward or warn students by dragging either a star or an exclamation mark over them. If I do this, I also have the option to add a little note about why the award or warning was issued. This may be helpful when reviewing a student’s progress with other teachers or with parents or guardians – or with the students themselves.

I can also use the resource to select students for me – perhaps selecting a student to complete the next task or to answer the next question. As you can see in the image below, I have pressed Quick Select and the resource is in the process of selecting Ivana at random.

Pressing the Quick Select button again will select a different student, cycling through each student in a random order until they have all been selected:

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It is very easy to add new students to a class too.

As well as adding an image for the student, you can add colour-coding. You will see that the border for each student is a different colour – this is helpful when needing to identify certain groups of students and also, as will be shown later in the post, when wanting to make a focussed selection.

I can also choose to show the Advanced elements and tick either male or female, add a numerical tag and / or an additional tag.

Again, this is optional, but it will be helpful when making focussed selections.

With all of the information added, I can click Add to Class and move the student to the seat that I would like them to take:

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The next image shows the Focus Select screen.

I can now make selections based on the colour-coding I have used, any numerical tags that I have added (by moving the switch from Colours to Numbers), by gender or by using one of the additional tags:

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Finally for this blog post, you can Edit your class.

You can change the size of the plan or edit the details of individual students – as show in the image below.

Clicking on a student when in Edit Mode will allow you to change any colour-coding used, edit any tags added and also add some notes.

You will also see an overview of any awards or warnings issued to the students, along with a reason and the date / time issued.

Finally, if a student leaves your class, you can delete them from your plan on the edit screen:

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So, that is a very quick overview of this new resource – I hope that you will find it to be helpful!

If you have any questions or feedback – or if you would like to learn a little more about Triptico – then please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Thanks again for visiting the blog,

David.

100,000 Saves!

Today was a big day for Triptico…

Just a few moments ago, saved file number 100,000 was added to the Triptico database.

Thanks to everybody for all of their support and feedback.

I hope that you are finding the resources to be helpful – if you are, please tell your colleagues all about Triptico too!

If you are new to Triptico, you can sign up here and begin creating interactive learning resources of your own – in any language, on any subject and for any age of learner!