"If we teach today's students as we taught yesterday's, we rob them of tomorrow." --John Dewey

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Triptico: Interactives for Any Board

On a beautiful day like today (80º and sunny in Chicago, mid-March) I'm reminded of the expression, "the best things in life are free."  Although usually the things to which this statement refers are in the realm of the philosophical, on the rare occasion, some of life's freebies can be quite tangible.  Such is the case with the gems from Triptico.
If you are lucky enough to have an interactive whiteboard in your classroom, be sure to seek out the treasure available free for the taking at http://triptico.co.uk.  With a single multi-platform download, you will get a collection of more than 20 interactive resources that are versatile, customizable, inspirational . . . invaluable!  (What?!  No IWB in your room?  All you really need to take advantage of many of the Triptico resources is your computer and a projector.  Honest.)

Upload a class list and make use of the Student Selector, Student Order and Student Group applications.  Use the same class list to create Class Magnets for taking attendance or organizing teams for games or projects.  Ready to play a review game with your class?  Be sure to start the Flip Timer or the Hourglass, and one of the Team Scoreboard apps.  Have a little extra time to prepare?  Create some custom activities for your class using the Text and Image Spinners, a Random Task Generator, quiz generators, matching games and so much more.
Like any real treasure, this resource may require a little more digging than your average search, but once uncovered will have definitely been worth the extra effort.  And, best of all, this is one chest that will still be full no matter how many treasure-seekers claim it as their own.

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