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.

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.