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.

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