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!)

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.

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:


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



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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

Magnetic Register

Another nice idea from the workshops I ran last week – a magnetic register!

Word Magnets is a really flexible resource: it can be used for grouping, ordering, sorting, sequencing, labelling and so on – and it can even be used as a very simple means of taking a register.

Simply load your class list into the resource and arrange all of the magnets under the ‘Absent’ heading. As students enter the room, they simply drag their name to the ‘Present’ side of the board – leaving the teacher free to begin the lesson.

A simple idea – but really effective.

If you would like the background I created for the example above then please click the link below to launch it in Word Magnets:

Absent or Present Background

Alternatively, click the thumbnail below to view and save the image:








Here is an extra version of the background – this one with a panel for ‘Present, but Late’ students!


Simple Starter Idea

I shared an idea for a simple starter activity on the site recently and thought I would write a quick blog post about it.

The activity requires students to label an image using the Word Magnet resource – and I have added a competitive, team element to it.

Idea One

Upload an image as a background to your Word Magnet board and add labels as I have done in the example below:

Labelled Image

A student from team one must choose a label and drag it to the correct place on the image. If they do this correctly, they win a point for their team. If they do this incorrectly, the label is returned to the side and the opposing team (or teams) win a point.

The game continues until all of the labels have been positioned correctly.

Idea Two

This is the same as the idea above, but with a twist…

As you can see in the example below, I have flipped the magnets over and so the teams do not know what their label will say until they choose it and flip it over:

Flipped Magnets

This adds a random element to the game and an extra challenge for the students.

Idea Three

Another twist on the original idea – this one requires no preparation at all for the teacher and will really challenge each team!

You begin the game with a blank board and each team must add labels of their own and position them correctly:

No Labels

If a team is unable to add a label then they are out of the game!

At the end of the game, you should have an image full of labels. You could save the activity at this point and use it again in the future… or publish it for students to access at home and use for revision!

Developing the Idea Further

This simple idea could be developed even further.

For example, in the example below, I have created ‘anagram’ magnets. Students must solve each anagram before they are able to place the magnet – and then flip the magnet to discover if they were correct:

Anagram Magnets

As with all Triptico activities, this idea will work with all languages and in all subjects. For example, in a geography lesson, a map could be uploaded as the image background and labelled. In biology, a diagram of a heart could be used. You can make the activity as simple or as complex as you like.

If you have a chance to try this activity – or if you have any ideas for how it could be developed further – then please let me know.

I hope that this idea will be helpful!

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,



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,



A Guide to the New ‘Word Magnets’ Resource | Basic Mode

The new ‘Word Magnets’ resource – pictured above – is packed with improvements and new features. This short guide will help to get you started with the basic mode of the resource.

(Note: Subscribers can switch to advanced mode for lots of extra features: resize magnets; colour magnets; add image backgrounds; use the background templates; create image magnets; change the font and so on. In short, there are lots of extra features for subscribers!)

1. Launch the Resource

Sign in to the Triptico Plus website.

If you don’t have a Triptico Plus account then you can create one for free on the website. It only takes a few seconds.

Once you have signed in to the site, Click the ‘Resources’ tab and, from the ‘Tools’ section, click the ‘Word Magnets’ panel. It looks like this:

The Word Magnets Icon
Each resource is launched by clicking a panel in the ‘Resources’ section.

2. Add Some Magnets

When the resource has loaded, open the menu by clicking the button at the bottom left of the screen.

Click the ‘Add Word Magnets’ button and type some words into the text box on the right. I typed the words:

London Paris Berlin Washington Tokyo Beijing Canberra

You can copy and paste the same words into your text box if you like.

You should see:

Word Magnets - Adding Text
Type or paste the text that you would like to convert to magnets in the text box.

Click the green ‘Make Word Magnets’ button to create your magnets.

Top Tip!
The green ‘Make Word Magnets’ button will make a new magnet each time it encounters a space in your text.

Sometimes, you might like to make longer magnets. For this, you would use the blue ‘Single Magnet’ button.

For example, if you wanted to add ‘New York’ as a single magnet then you would click the blue ‘Single Magnet’ button.

You should now be able to drag your magnets around the screen.

If you created the same magnets as me, you could try putting the cities in alphabetical order or ranking them by population.

See how easy it is to create activities with Triptico?!

You can close the menu by pressing the arrow button to give yourself as much screen space as possible.

3. Selecting Magnets

Draw out a rectangle on your board to select multiple magnets:

Select Multiple Magnets
Drag out a rectangle around the magnets that you would like to select. You can also tap magnets to select / deselect them.

A star will appear in the corner of all selected magnets.

You can also tap magnets to select them.

Dragging one of the selected magnets will move all of the other selected magnets too.

Top Tip!
You can deselect magnets by clicking them or by clicking in an empty space on your magnet board.

4. Flipping Magnets

Click and hold above one of your magnets and swipe downwards across it. The magnet will flip over.

Top Tip!
In advanced mode, you can add text to the front and back of a magnet – perhaps a word in one language on one side and in a different language on the other?

There are lots of ideas for using ‘flipped’ magnets in this blog post:

60 Ideas for Using Word Magnets.

5. Removing Magnets

Select one or more of your magnets (by clicking them or by drawing out a rectangle over them).

Open the menu and click the ‘Remove Magnets’ button.

Press the red ‘Remove Selected Magnets’ button to, well, remove the selected magnets from your board.

Top Tip!
If you remove a magnet by mistake, you can press the ‘Undo’ button to bring it back to your board.

6. Saving Your Activity

Click the ‘Save’ button to save your activity.

You will be taken to the following page on the Triptico website:

Save Screen
The new save method will help you to manage and share your activities. Anything that you save can be accessed at any time and on any computer that you use to sign in to the Triptico Plus website.

Type a name for your activity in the ‘Filename’ box.

You can add some notes about your activity too if you like. For example, the topic it is related to, the age group that it is aimed at and so on. This can be helpful – particularly if you share the activity with others.

If you want to save the activity in a particular folder then click on it. Otherwise, click the green ‘Save’ button. Your activity is now saved and can be accessed on any computer that you use to sign in to the Triptico website by clicking the ‘My Saves’ tab.

All of your saved activities – as well as any activities that people have shared with you – will be displayed here when you sign in.

Top Tip!
You can also save your Word Magnet board as an image on your computer. Click ‘Options’ followed by ‘Save an Image of my Word Magnet Board’. You can save the image for use in, for example, a presentation, document or blog post.

Here is a short (silent) video showing the steps outlined above:

No Video?
If the video does not display, click here to view it on YouTube.


You can now use ‘Word Magnets’ to create word magnets, create longer magnets, move magnets around, flip magnets over, remove magnets and save your activity.

Don’t forget to check the following blog post for lots of ideas for using this resource in your classroom or workplace:

60 Ideas for Using Word Magnets

Enjoy using this versatile interactive resource – and please post any questions below, or send them to me via the contact form or via your activity stream.

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60 Ideas for Using Word Magnets

Word Magnets is an incredibly versatile resource which is used in lots of different ways, in lots of different languages, to teach lots of different topics to students of all ages and abilities.

Here are 60 ideas for how you might use Word Magnets – free on the Triptico Plus website – in your classroom:

  1. Add the names of your students as magnets and take a register by asking each student to move their name from ‘absent’ to ‘present’ as they enter the room. You can save the ‘name magnets’ to use again in lots of different activities.
  2. Using the name magnets, take a vote by asking students to drag their name to a particular point on the board.
  3. Put students into groups using the same name magnets.
  4. Order a sequence of events.
  5. Order a list of statements.
  6. Display key words.
  7. Colour code key words as they are used during a lesson.
  8. Create a list of plenary questions and flip them over to hide the text (students choose a magnet to flip at the end of the lesson and respond to the question).
  9. Upload a diagram as a background and label it with magnets.
  10. Upload a photograph as a background and challenge students’ vocabulary by asking them to label as many items as they can (in whichever language you choose).
  11. Display a sport team (a football team formation or the fielding positions in cricket, for example – again, an image background could be used effectively here).
  12. Sort words in categories.
  13. Create as many words as possible from a selection of single letter magnets.
  14. Unscramble a series of anagrams.
  15. Demonstrate spelling patterns, word endings, tenses and so on.
  16. Create a Venn diagram (there is a preloaded background to help with this – in fact, there are lots of preloaded backgrounds in the resource for you to take inspiration from).
  17. Use ‘flipped magnets’ to create and save a cloze activity.
  18. Use ‘flipped magnets’ to reveal the words in a spelling test.
  19. Colour the background to reflect how the class is working – for example, red is ‘too noisy’! You could also do something similar by moving a ‘noise level’ magnet up and down the board.
  20. Upload a diagram of the arrangement of tables in your classroom and create your own ‘easy to save and adapt’ seating plan.
  21. Make a board game and use the magnets as counters.
  22. Display a list of words and translations – jumble them and challenge students to match them back up.
  23. Display a set of instructions.
  24. Display your lesson objectives – colour code each as they are met.
  25. Create a mind map of ideas.
  26. Upload a picture of a person (real or fictitious) and surround it with key ideas, vocabulary and quotes.
  27. Arrange fractions or quantities in size order.
  28. Use the pre-loaded A to Z background to create a vocabulary challenge quiz.
  29. Move students or groups up or down the board to illustrate how well they are working.
  30. Display key words and delete each one as it is used in a sentence by a student.
  31. Remove words from a sentence and challenge students to remember what was written – remove more words (or simply flip them over) until none remain! Can they remember the whole sentence with no prompts?
  32. Teach grammar and sentence structure.
  33. Arrange a list of words in alphabetical order.
  34. Create a timeline.
  35. Display a list of facts or statements – delete those which are incorrect.
  36. Display a piece of text with errors – colour code the incorrect parts red.
  37. Keep a check of who has completed a particular task by moving names around the board.
  38. Open the same activity on two different copies of the magnet resource and challenge students to be the first to complete it – you could even use one of the scoreboard resources to keep a record of scores.
  39. Display a list of questions which students should be able to answer by the end of the lesson. Colour code them as they are answered correctly and save them for review at the beginning of the next lesson.
  40. Create lots of number magnets and generate random sums – perhaps use a spinner to decide whether the numbers should be multiplied, added and so on.
  41. Display a group of letters and challenge students to make the longest word.
  42. Create a quick matching game – for example, matching countries to capital cities.
  43. Create an essay plan.
  44. Upload a painting as an image background and use magnets to pick out key features and techniques.
  45. Use the ‘split screen’ background to display the two sides of an argument.
  46. Ask students to drag their name to a position of the board to reflect their view on a topic or confidence in a subject.
  47. Colour code a sentence – giving nouns, verbs, pronouns and so on an individual colour.
  48. Develop vocabulary by using magnets to create a basic sentence and then replacing words with more ‘interesting’ alternatives.
  49. Add a word to the board – and then surround it with words it rhymes with, its synonyms, antonyms and so on.
  50. Jumble and then reconstruct a line from a poem, novel or play.
  51. Create a ‘wall of words’ on a particular topic for students to use in their speech / writing.
  52. The reason I initially created this resource: allow students to experiment with different combinations of words and comment on the imagery, impact and effectiveness. If the words don’t work together, simply drag them apart and try a different combination!
  53. Add a flipped magnet with a key word for each day of the month. At the start of each day, the class can choose a magnet to flip and learn the meaning of the word that is revealed. A simple ‘Word of the Day’ style activity which you can save to use again and again or share with colleagues.
  54. Illustrate which side is winning a debate by moving a magnet left and right across the screen.
  55. Use ‘flipped magnets’ to randomly allocate rewards for good work.
  56. Use a mountain background to illustrate levels of understanding.
  57. Use flipped magnets to hide letters in a series of words – ask students to fill in the blanks and check their answer by flipping the magnets.
  58. Write the numbers from one to ten on magnets (in a different language perhaps) and ask students to put them in the correct order – for a simple starter activity, language teachers could widen the boundaries (writing ten random numbers between one and one hundred perhaps, or one and one thousand).
  59. Display a selection of words or name, for example, and size them according to how important they are to a particular topic.
  60. Use the resource in a staff meeting or training event to keep track of (and sort, rank, group etc) key words and ideas.

Hopefully there will be lots of ideas in the list above which you can use (or adapt slightly) in your own teaching.

If you have some additional ideas of your own, why not add them in the comment section below?

As ever, if you have any questions or feedback then please get in touch.

You can send an email via the contact form or post a message via your activity stream.

Enjoy ‘Word Magnets’!