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Website Update

The Triptico website has been updated – here’s what has changed and how you can make the most of the new features…

 

Redesigned 'Resources' Tab

 

The ‘Resources’ tab has been completely redesigned to make it much easier to find the resource that you are looking for.

I realised that, especially on IWBs where only two columns of resources were visible with the old design, it took an awful lot of scrolling to find the resource you were looking for.

With the new design, all of the resources are instantly available without the need for any scrolling at all. Simply choose a category and all of the resources in that category will be displayed.

Each resource is also accompanied by an image and a short piece of text – helpful, I hope, to people visiting the site for the first time and wanting a quick overview of what each resource does.

Newly designed resource tab

The response to this change has been overwhelmingly positive which is great news!

 

Restore Deleted Items

 

A simple, but powerful, new addition to the site.

If you ever delete a saved Triptico file or folder by mistake then you can restore it at the click of a button.

Check the ‘Show Deleted Saves’ box, find the deleted item and click the ‘Restore’ button.

Show Deleted Items Checkbox

 

Redesigned Top Bar

 

The bar that is visible when signed-in to the site has been redesigned too.

It has been split into two parts.

The left-hand section links to important announcements, offers, information and so on.

The right-hand section displays key information linked to your account. This includes the number of days remaining in your trial or subscription (as well as a button to add more days), the number of saved activities that you have and the number of groups that you belong to.

The new Top Bar

 

Note: You don’t need to wait until your trial or subscription has expired before adding more days. You can do it at any time – to take advantage of a special offer, for example – and all purchased days will be added to the number of days that you had remaining.

 


 

If you have any feedback or questions about any of these changes then please get in touch.

Thank you for visiting the Triptico blog.

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.

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.

100,000 Saves!

Today was a big day for Triptico…

Just a few moments ago, saved file number 100,000 was added to the Triptico database.

Thanks to everybody for all of their support and feedback.

I hope that you are finding the resources to be helpful – if you are, please tell your colleagues all about Triptico too!

If you are new to Triptico, you can sign up here and begin creating interactive learning resources of your own – in any language, on any subject and for any age of learner!

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:

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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.