A few years ago I downloaded a classroom resource application called Triptico. It had a great graphics look and some nice and easy tools to use in my classroom. Recently Triptico launched a web-based application where you can save your activities to the cloud for easy use anywhere. It’s great!
There are tools in Triptico that any teacher can benefit from—regardless of content area or age group. All of the resources are dynamic and visually appealing to your students. So besides being useful, they are fun to look at.
Below are some of my favorite uses of Triptico:
- Student Groups I created a class list for each of my classes. On days when we do group activities, I bring up the Triptico Group Maker resource, load that class list and remove any students that are absent. Then I tell Triptico how many groups I want and it will randomly generate them for me. The kids love watching the colors pop up and waiting in anticipation to see who is going to be with them. And it’s very easy for me to use.
- Timers There are a lot of online timers and stopwatches out there. These timers are dynamic and visual. I like the hourglass timer because it doesn’t show students the exact amount of time they have left (or that you set the timer for) so instead of being focused and worried about seconds, they can just get a visual snapshot of time remaining.
- Selected Spinner I’ve only used this one recently but it has been fun! I put in a list of questions and answers. Then when I’m ready to run the activity for a class, I put in the names of the students. With the click of the button, Triptico will randomly choose a question and then randomly choose a student to answer it. It’s fun to watch, totally random and the kids were glued to the board. A great way to do a simple review for any test or quiz.
Check out Triptico for these resources and more!