I have written about Triptico before when I first discovered it because I thought it would be a good way to make more and better use of my interactive whiteboard. With technology you need options and choices which meet the needs of students and the day. I like a bit of a change and so do they. I downloaded the free version onto my MacBook and have created resources to test out the available options in the free version. I tried it first with my year 8s. We started with the find 10 because it was easy. They still had to think but it was not too hard. They loved it . I have a big class and they were all concentrating and interested. We moved on to Question/Answer. We did it using the rows as teams and they lit up. They were so enthusiastic and, at times, hurting their heads with learning. We allowed the option of cheating a bit with the mobile phone apps I recommended to them earlier this year. They loved that and the game started to lift as did the learning. It is not easy for year 8s to find questions to answers and that is what they are required to do. It was a great way to revise what we had been learning and to consolidate their learning. They wanted to change the rules. I asked them what rules they wanted and today ,when I played the Question /Answer game with them, I had another set of questions and we changed to their rules. They performed really well. Their French was really good and again, they wanted to modify the rules. It made them real partners in learning. I tried it with my year 9s too in a lesson which can often be a bit hard because it is at the end of the day. They loved the Find 10. We then played the Question /Answer according to the year 8 rules but I used it as a vocabulary tester. They did not like the rules. They, too, wanted their own rules . We tried it again with another set of words and the whole big class was totally switched on to learning. They thought it was cool and that it really made them learn. I noticed it brought a number of students out of themselves and they became more confident with their French. I shall use Triptico now for the rest of the term to see what happens. I am confident it will be a success and a set of tools which will help my students learn more effectively in an engaging way. I have found it very easy to make up my own resources and the one thing I can say is that it displays really well on the whiteboard. The colours are clear. The layout makes good use of the board and the very fact students feel confident enough to negotiate their terms of learning is a big plus for any learning resource. It means the students belong to the content and can see the value in learning and then want to work out better ways of learning. Triptico has tools suitable for all subjects. It is well thought out and the tools work!
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