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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

 

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.


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Thanks for visiting the blog, 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