The Great Outdoors

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I have created a new activity for teachers to use and adapt for their classrooms. It is a simple Card Board activity with twelve cards, all relating to the great outdoors.

On the back of each card is a picture. On the front is the English word relating to the picture.

You can change the text to suit whichever language you are teaching or, in a subject such as geography for example, you could use the cards as the basis for a quiz. A student or team chooses a card (the tent for example) and, when the card is flipped over, a question is revealed.

I hope that this activity will be helpful.

Subscribers can access it by clicking here.

If you have any ideas for templates that you would like me to create in the future then please let me know. You can contact me via the contact form.

Teacher Feature Request

The following request was made via the Triptico Activity Feed by a teacher in Australia:

Hi David, I really love the feature of the Spring Selector that allows me to add an automatic timer. I use this regularly for reading practice at the beginning of a lesson for students to practice the vocab we are currently using in our Language class.

I would love to be able to do the same activity, but with images instead of words.

Is this already possible with any of the current resources or is it something that could be added to, for example, the Flip Selector?

(You can read the whole thread here if you would like to.)

I thought it was a great idea and I was pleased that the ‘auto’ feature on the Spring Selector (more info here) was proving to be so helpful.

So, as you can see in the screenshot at the top of this post, I have added an ‘auto select’ feature to the Flip Selector resource.

It is very easy to use. Simply open the menu, click the ‘Auto Select’ button, move the switch to the ‘On’ position, tap high or low on the panel to set the amount of time between each selection and then press the ‘Start’ button. The resource will begin making selections automatically and you can close the menu.

To stop making auto-selections, simply move the switch to the ‘Off’ position.

As Kathryn stated when requesting this new feature, auto-select is a great way to display vocabulary or key terms at the start of a lesson – and, now that the feature has been added to the Flip Selector, it can be a great way to automatically display longer pieces of text or images.

I hope that teachers will find this new feature to be helpful – and thank you to Kathryn for taking the time to post on the activity feed.

Seating Plan Resource

A new seating plan resource will soon be added to the site and the information below will hopefully help people to begin using it in their classrooms or places of work.

The resource will be a work-in-progress for a while and I will try to add new features over time in response to teacher feedback.

If you have a chance to try the resource then please contact me to let me know what you think of it.

All feedback – positive or negative! – is always very much appreciated.

 


 

Adding Students - Basic

Adding Students - Basic

When adding new students to the seating plan you have two options: Basic or Advanced.

By default, advanced mode is hidden. You can view the advanced options by sliding the blue switch from Hide to Show.

In Basic mode, you simply add the name of a student to the panel and then click the Add to Class button.

The panel will resize to fit with the size of your room and you can drag the student to an empty space on the seating plan.

Continue this process until all of your students have been added to your seating plan.

Note:

You do have an optional additional feature in basic mode: you can use the colour picker to change the colour of a student’s border.

Again, this feature is optional, but it may be helpful to colour code your students (and these colour choices will – in a future update of the resource – be used to make focused selections or to rearrange your seating plan).

 

Adding Students - Advanced

Adding Students - Advanced

With the advanced mode switch set to Show, you will notice that some additional elements are revealed.

Again, they are optional and you are free to use as few or as many of them as you like.

The first additional option allows you to upload an image to appear behind the student’s name.

Click the Upload Image button, select the image that you would like to use and then click Done. Once the image has been added, you can scale it, change its position and – if necessary – delete or update it.

Next, you will see two checkboxes which can be used to indicate if the student is male or female. Ticking one of these boxes will allow gender to be considered when making selections or rearranging the seating plan.

Lastly, you will see two empty tag boxes. You can add tags (for example, the grade that the student is currently working at) which, again, can (in a future update of the resource) be taken into consideration when making selections or rearranging the plan.

As in basic mode, when you are ready to add the student to the class, click the Add to Class button and move the student to a space on the plan.

 

 


 

Making Focused Selections

There are two ways to select students using the Seating Plan resource.

The first way is to press the Quick Select button. This will make a quick selection from your class and, once a student has been selected, he or she will not be selected again until all other members of the class have been selected at least once.

(Note: If a student is added or removed from the class then the quick selections will be reset.)

The second way is to use the Focus Select button.

This feature will be added to a future update of the resource. My plan is that you will be able to make a selection based on a number of criteria. For example, a selection based on gender or any tags inputted when the students were added to the class.

A selection could also be based on any colour-coding used when adding students.

I need to think further about how this will work best. If you have any ideas or feedback then please let me know and I will take this into account when updating the resource.

 

 


 

Making Focused Changes

It is very easy to rearrange your class quickly with the seating plan resource. As with making sections, you have two options.

The first option is to press the Quick Change button. This will randomly move all of your students to new seats.

The second option is to press the Focus Change button.

This feature will be added to a future update of the resource. My plan is that you will be able to rearrange your students based on a number of criteria. For example, rearrange the class according to gender or any tags inputted when the students were added to the class.

A new classroom arrangement could also be based on any colour-coding used when adding students.

I need to think carefully about this feature will work. If you have any ideas or feedback then please let me know.

 

Feature Requests

I have added some new features to two of the resources in response to feedback via email and the activity feed.

Tre posted the following to the activity feed:

I’ve played this a few times this week with my college students (studying A levels). They really love the game and, together with all the other Triptico resources, it has given us a welcome break from past paper questions during revision.

If anything, I would say the time to display the answers could be even shorter! The students have got so good at working in teams that they split the board up and memorise a section each, so maybe as little as 5 seconds would add a bit more challenge.

So, I tried to think of ways in which the activity could be made a little trickier – and added an ‘Advanced Difficulty’ option.

With this option switched on, two of the cards will swap places after a match is successfully found:

findAnswerIdeaTricky

In the example above, a match has been made and cards seven and nine are about to swap places. This will hopefully add an extra level of difficulty to remembering where each answer is located!

The second new feature request arrived via email:

The latest activity that I have discovered is the one where students have to put the panels in the appropriate categories (Connections).

This is great for vocab – but I wanted to take this one a little further and adapt it to a game which I call “La Phrase Secrete” (The Mystery Sentence).

I tried creating short sentences in French but, when the four cards line up, they are not in the order that I selected them – leading to a sentence with the correct words but the wrong order. Can this be tweaked?

I thought that this was a really nice idea for using the resource and it was not one that I had ever thought of.

With the previous version, the four panels would be grouped when they were put into the correct category – but the order in which they would be displayed was random.

I have now changed this so that the panels will display in the order in which they were added during the ‘create’ process. So, if you too would like to create a connection game which uses sentences then you can do this.


Thanks to everybody who contacts me with feedback – it is very much appreciated!

I will now get back to working on the ‘Seating Plan’ resource and will hopefully have a basic version of this resource added to the site soon for people to begin experimenting with.

Triptico Workshops and Training

Did you know that I run workshops about making the most of Triptico’s interactive resources in the classroom?

As the creator of the resources – and as somebody who has used the resources in his own teaching for many years – I have lots of tips and creative ideas to share.

Triptico can be used in any subject, with any age or ability of learner, and in any language – and a workshop can be a great way to generate lots of exciting ideas and create interactive learning resources to be used in the classroom and shared with colleagues.

If you would be interested in arranging a Triptico workshop for your department, school or event then please get in touch.

Find the Answer – A New Triptico Resource

I added a brand new resource to the Triptico website last week – it is called Find the Answer and I hope that it will be helpful.

The game begins with twelve answers displayed on the board. Teams must study the board to try to memorise the position of each answer. When the music stops, the panels are hidden and the first question is revealed.

The first team must try to find the answer that matches the question. They select a panel and then must decide if the answer they have revealed is a correct match. If it is, they are shown a new question and their turn continues. If not, play passes to the next team.

As with all Triptico resources, it is very easy to create your own activities, for any topic and in any language. You can add images as answers too, as I have done in this Food and Drink activity:

Food and Drink – Find the Answer

Food and Drink Screenshot

The version of the Food and Drink activity would be helpful for students learning English, but it could be edited and adapted to work with any language in minutes:

Same activity in different languages.

You also have the option when setting up a new game to display the answers at all times rather than hiding them.

I hope that this new resource will be helpful – as ever, all feedback will be very much appreciated.

The Versatility of the Word Magnet Resource!

I thought I would write a quick blog post following a request via the activity feed.

Andy asked:

Any chance you could create a 3 by 3 grid for a noughts and crosses game?

The easiest way for me to do this was to use the Word Magnet resource.

I began by creating a background image containing the grid and uploaded this to the resource using the ‘Add Image Background’ option.

When an image is loaded as a background it cannot be dragged around the screen. This is perfect in this case – I want for the O and X symbols to be dragged, but not the grid.

Next, I created an O image and an X image and added each to the board five times using the ‘Add Image Magnet’ option.

I then arranged the symbols ready to be dragged by each player during the game.

That’s it – I saved the board and the activity was ready to use. Here is a short animation showing the activity in action:

OandX Animation

You could use the same idea to create lots of different types of games or to create activities of your own (matching words to a photograph uploaded as a background, for example).

Word Magnets is a really versatile resource and it is one that teachers have found lots of different uses for.

I wrote a blog post a while ago containing sixty ideas for using this resource. Noughts and crosses was not on the list, but you can view all those that were by clicking here.

Thank you to Andy for posting to the activity feed – I hope that this new activity and blog post will be helpful.

Triptico users can view the completed ‘Noughts and Crosses’ activity by clicking the link below:

https://www.tripticoplus.com/share/230584

You can also view a series of tutorials about using the Word Magnet resource by clicking here.

 

 

Thanks for visiting the blog.

My next post will hopefully be ready in a couple of days with news of yet another brand new interactive resource for teachers to use called Find the Answer.

Here is a preview picture of my progress so far:

New Resource Preview Pic

Connections – Image Update

The following question was posted recently to the activity feed:

Activity Feed Question

So, as you can see in the image above, I have now updated this resource to allow you to add images to ‘Connections’ activities that you create.

You can add as many images as you like – in the example above, I have created an entire board of images.

If you are signed-in to the Triptico website and would like to try the activity above then you can click the following link:

Image Connection Example

Thanks to Philip for posting this question to the activity feed – I hope that you will find his idea to be helpful in your own classrooms.

Connections

Following a request via the activity feed, I have created and added another new resource to the site (the 36th!) called Connections.

The activity begins with sixteen panels displayed on the screen. The challenge for students is to find the four groups of four within these panels.

Here is a short video showing the resource in action:

Here is a screenshot of the completed activity – as you can see, tapping a row of connected panels reveals the connection:

Connection Complete

As with all of the Triptico resources, you can create activities for any subject, on any topic, in any language and for any age or ability of learner.

Here is an idea I had for a simple numeracy activity:

Link to the Numeracy Activity

Creating activities of your own is very easy. The activity above took me less than a minute to make and save.

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

I hope that this new resource will be helpful – please let me know if you have a chance to try it in the classroom.

Promo Codes

Another quick blog post about another new feature for the Triptico website: promotional codes!

If you have a promotional code then you can use it when signing-up to the Triptico website to take advantage of a special offer.

This special offer may be seasonal or it may have been provided as part of a workshop or training session that you have attended.

To use your promotional code, complete the following field when choosing your username and password:

The promo code text field

 

 

Just for reading this post, if you subscribe to Triptico before the 7th March 2016 (or add 12 months to your current Triptico subscription) using the promotional code  blog  then you will receive an extra three months of membership – absolutely free!

Click here to take advantage of this great offer now!

(Note: Existing subscribers can extend their subscription – and receive an additional three months for free – by signing-in to the site, clicking the ‘My Details’ tab and pressing the ‘Renew’ button. You can then enter the promo code when requested. You can renew at any time and take advantage of an offer – the extra months will be added to whatever time remains on your subscription.)

Another great reason to subscribe to the Triptico website and begin creating and sharing interactive learning resources of you own.

(Don’t forget that we also have great offers for whole schools – contact us for more information!)