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More IWB tools from Triptico

A while back I wrote a post about Word Magnets, a great IWB tool from that clever man David at Triptico. On re-visiting the site recently, I was struck by how many excellent resources are available on the site. Often just clever packaging in Flash of simple everyday things, there are tools to fit many classroom situations.

I particularly like the random student selector, which will generate lots of tension! Or the score board for team games. There is a nice simple but very clear timer which will count up or down and, for quick activities, a one minute countdown timer. For teaching the time, there is a clock that will generate random times – a simple idea brilliantly done. For those Rolf Harris ‘can you tell what it is yet?’ situations, you can use the image spotlight. If you want a calculator for the IWB, you’ve got one. And then there’s Draft It, one of those tools you think there must be a use for …..

All in all, a really useful site that will help out in lots of situations. And just to show I’m not biased, you might also be interested in what the Sandfields site has to offer, too.


Word Magnets

There are quite a lot of ways of dragging text around an IWB, but Word Magnets is one of the better ones, being simple yet flexible. And knowing how to put a sentence together is an important thing for learners of languages like German, for instance. It’s an online resource made available by the clever people at Triptico who offer a number of other IWB resources, well worth looking at. All you have to do is type in (or copy in) the text you want to play about with.

Create Text Screen

On pressing Next you will be asked if you want to change the background. This throws up lots of options for organising words on the screen, but mostly it’s best just to leave it blank (or blue, as it happens) by pressing Next again. This then brings up a screen with your text chopped up into the separate words which can then be dragged around the screen. So far so good, but fairly unremarkable.

Where I think Word Magnets shows its strengths are in the simple ways it offers to increase the size of your text items if you need to, remove or add text items, and to change the background colour of the items.

Words re-arranged & coloured

The potential of this last action is interesting. If you click on one of the fill colours along the top menu, the next text item you touch will change to that colour. So, say your words are still in their intial state, ie scrambled and with a white background, you can ask a pupil to point out the subject, the object, the verb, the past participle, a TMP element (for Germanists, that one!), whatever you like, and magically their selection becomes the colour you have chosen. You can mess about with this almost infinitely!

The downsides? Well, you are stuck with one font, Comic Sans MS (oh dear), and you can’t save your work. Is it then better than just doing it with the software already on the IWB? I think so, in view of the capabilities for changing things around I have mentioned.

PS. If you like this kind of thing, you will also like (or know) Fridge Magnets, a similar tool which is more suited to spelling than to text manipulation, from those other clever people at Sandfields. This resource needs to be downloaded as a zip file.