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NUITEQ Snowflake Lessons (web edition)

Description

With Lessons, in 4 quick and simple steps, teachers can create their own curriculum specific touch screen lessons with custom content for in the classroom.

As a teacher, you can then use your own content with several different lesson types. Your lessons are automatically saved, so you can come back to them anytime, or export them and send them to someone else. If you need to look up any information on this page while using Lessons, please see the in-app help functionality, which can be accessed by pressing the question mark icon in the corner menu in the Lessons app.

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The Help button can always be found in the corner menu of Lessons and lets you search for various help topics. It opens up the Browser app with this page open.

Home (step 1)

Home
Home

Home is the first screen you encounter when running Lessons. The area to the left contains the views menu and two buttons which are used for creating new lessons or importing externally created ones.

Create new lesson

Tap on the 'CREATE NEW LESSON' button to start creating a new lesson. It will take you to the 'Select lesson type' screen where you can choose from one of the 16 lesson types.

Import a lesson

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To import a lesson from your computer or from a USB device, first tap the IMPORT LESSON button in the main menu to open up the import file browser. Browse to the location of the lesson you wish to import and select the correct file.

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If you want to import a lesson exported through the Lessons app, you simply select the .lsns file for that lesson.

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Otherwise, you need to find the lessons folder of the lesson you wish to import. Open that folder and find the file named lesson.lesson. Select that file and the lesson should be imported into the Lessons app.

Community lessons

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The community list displays lessons from the Lessons Community. Lessons in this list cannot be moved, renamed or deleted. Pressing the COMMUNITY LESSONS button in the menu will display the community lessons view. The list shows a default set of lessons from the community, before any search has been performed.

Searching for lessons is done with the search bar located at the top of the screen. Use the drop downs to filter lessons by age group, lesson type, subject and country. To sort lessons, use the sort dropdown. You can also choose to browse lessons by grade, subject and standard.
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To download a lesson, click on the lesson then press the play button.
A warning will be displayed if a lesson with the same name already exists. Downloading a lesson with this warning will overwrite the lesson with the same name, that is already on your computer. A confirmation dialog is displayed to emphasize this.


After you have imported a lesson, selected an existing lesson or clicked new lesson, you go to Select Lesson Type (step 2).

Lessons by standards

Standards-aligned lessons ensure that the students’ learning objectives are met.
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You can search for lessons aligned to a Standard on the 'Lessons by standards' screen. Tap on the 'Lessons by Standards' button on the sidebar on the left to reach here. You'll find a search bar on the top here, which can be used to perform the search.

Tap on the dropdown menus under the search bar to filter your search results by Standards, grades and subjects.

You can tap on a lesson to get more information about it. You will also be able to play the lesson from the information screen.

Lessons view

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The MY LESSONS view displays lessons.
Lessons can be renamed by pressing on the pen button on the right of the name of a lesson.

To remove a lesson, click on the menu button of the lesson then click "Delete lesson". Doing this will delete the lesson from the file system. A confirmation dialog will be displayed to emphasize this.
To sort lessons, use the sort drop down located at the top of the lessons view.

List view

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The list view displays lists containing sets of lessons. The list view can be expanded and collapsed with the "more lessons" button at the bottom right of the list.
Create a new list by pressing the CREATE NEW LIST button. A text field will show up where the name of the list is typed.
A list can be renamed by pressing the pen icon and deleted by pressing the Delete list button. Pressing the pen icon shows a text field where the new name of the list is typed.
Removing lessons from any of these lists will not permanently delete the lesson from the file system. A confirmation dialog is displayed to make it clear that the lesson will be deleted.

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To add a lesson to a list, go to MY LESSONS, click on the menu button of a lesson and click on "Add to List".

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Lessons can exist in multiple lists at the same time. Removing a lesson from a custom list will only remove it from that list.

Save to Community

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A list can be uploaded to Community by tapping on the "Save to Community" button.

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Then log in with your account and password and proceed by tapping the "Upload" button.

Export/Import Lists

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A list of lessons can be exported by tapping on the Export button inside the list card.

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The exported list can be imported by tapping the "Import list" button. Then choose the desired list.

Play list of lessons

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If you are a geography teacher or if you teach any other type of subject, you might really like the play lists. Create your own list of lessons and you can let students work through a range of curriculum material.
You can randomize the lesson playing order using the "play shuffled" button.
If you want to go back in a list to a previous lesson, you can use the Previous button. You can also skip a lesson by pressing the Next button.

Favorite list of lessons

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List of lessons can be added to the Favorites section in the MY LISTS view by tapping on the "Favorite" button in the list's menu.

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The lists added to the Favorites section can be edited accessing the MY LISTS view, by click on the unfavorite/favorite button.

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Favorites View

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The favorites view shows your favorited lessons. You can play, edit, export or manage lessons on lists in this screen.

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A lesson is marked as favorite by toggling on the star in the top left corner of the lesson. All the marked lessons will show up under the Favorites list.

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Teachers can favorite lessons in the Lessons app, so that they show up in the main menu. This way it is easy for students to play apps from the main menu for example related to geography or biology. You can add up to 100 Favorite lessons.

Select Lesson Type (step 2)

Selecting a lesson type
Selecting a lesson type

Click on one of the links below to find out more about that specific lesson type:

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Bugs

Cards

Drop

Einstein

Geometry

Groups

Guess

Match

Quiz

Scramble

Seats

Sentences

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Tags

Words


After having made a lesson type selection, you go to Edit Content (step 3).

Edit content (step 3)

Edit content
Edit content

The Edit content window is divided into two main areas.
The left side is where you edit the content of the current lesson and customize special settings for the current lesson type.
The right side contains general settings for the current lesson type and a preview that shows the changes you've made so far.
The bottom right has buttons for exporting the current lesson and starting a session with the current lesson type.
The PLAY button will be disabled if no content has been added.

Manage content

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The MANAGE CONTENT tab lets you edit the content of the lesson. Pressing the CREATE CONTENT button will create a new object, while pressing the CREATE GROUP button will create a new group. The exact text on the button might be different, depending on which lesson type you are using.

Groups and objects appear in the list below and objects can be sorted by moving them around. To move an object, you have to start dragging on the text field or grab the handle on the right side, doing so anywhere else will simply scroll the list. To insert an object into a group, just drag and drop the object over the group it should be inserted into.

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To remove a group or an object, press the button to the left of the text field. To add text, select the text field and type using either the virtual keyboard or a physical one.
A small keyboard button appears under a text field whenever it is activated. Pressing this button will bring up the virtual keyboard.

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Objects can also have media content added to them, depending on the lesson type. To add a background or a sound to an object, press the corresponding button on the object. You can add images, videos and GIFs as well. This will open a file browser showing only compatible files. After selecting a file, you can see that the content was added by checking for the remove content button which shows up to the right of the content button. Images added as a background will also change the Background button to a preview of the image.

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Create Lesson entries by importing a .csv file. The format of the csv should be: front-text,back-text,front-color,back-color,front-image-path,back-image-path,front-audio-path,back-audio-path,front-video-path,back-video-path
Specify RGB values for color with the values separated by a space. For example, 0.5 0.5 0.5 for gray.

Customize content

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Some lesson types have additional settings that you can edit in the CUSTOMIZE CONTENT tab. Please look at the pages for the appropriate lesson type to learn more about them.

Lesson information

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The Lesson information tab lets you edit information about the lesson which can be accessed from the corner menu when playing the lesson. An example on how it looks like can be found in the Description dialog section.

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Provide a description of the lesson to give more details of the content or added complementary information.

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Add a YouTube video that can be set to play at the start of your lesson, as an introduction or a simple kickstart to the lesson. You can search for a youtube video by pressing the "search" button and then selecting a video from the popup.

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Start and end times can be set to be able to pick the relevant content from the video.
The video can be set to automatically play at the start of a lesson, for example as an instruction, or if it is particularly important for the content.
If your school has no access to YouTube or internet, you can use the green import button to upload a MP4 video file from the computer hard drive. Please note that if you upload a MP4 video file, you can not select a start and end time, like with YouTube videos. Also important to note is that while linking YouTube videos in the online mode is 100% legal importing videos that you have downloaded from YouTube is a breach of copyright.

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Add links to external resources related to your lesson to help getting a more complete learning experience.

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Add keywords to the lesson, so it can be more easily found on the Lessons Community after being uploaded. For example related to specific state standards.

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Add curriculum standards to the lesson to help other educators find the right content for the subject they're teaching.

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Use the standards dialog to easily search and add standards that fit your lesson. You can have up to 50 standards per lesson.

General settings

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These settings change the look of the currently selected lesson type. The first three settings are all drop down menus. Font, Color and Size are used to change the style, color and size of the text.

One in five students, or 15-20% of the population, has a language based learning disability. To address this the Dyslexic font was added to the Lessons app, to increase readability for persons with dyslexia with the 5.6 release. To select the font open the font dropdown and select "Dyslexic".

The check box activates shadow under the letters of any text in the lesson type. This can be useful if the color of the background is close to the text color.

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The Theme drop down allows you to select a theme for the current lesson type. A theme changes the background and various other small things, such as line colors. The themes are sorted in alphabetical order but with animated themes first.

The second option, Background, allows you to override the theme background and instead choose one yourself. Pressing the button opens up a file browser with Internet search.

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You can choose how custom backgrounds will be displayed. There are five options to choose from.
Fill: will enlarge the background to fill the screen completely, which may result in parts of the background being out of view.
Stretch: will stretch the background and fit it on the screen but may distort it.
Center: will center the background on the screen. Smaller images will show up in the middle with a border whereas larger images will display only the center part leaving the rest out of view.
Fit: will enlarge or shrink the background according to your screen’s size to get a proper fit. The resizing is done with proper related perspective and the background may get horizontal or vertical borders.
Tile: is best used with small images and will place the image side by side in a repeating pattern.

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These settings appear depending on the lesson type. The Rules drop down will appear if the lesson type supports different rule sets, such as placing objects in the order they were added or placing them in a random order.

The check box is used to activate a timer that will appear in the play mode. The timer counts down to zero and starts on the time that has been entered into the minutes and seconds fields.

Export a lesson

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To export a lesson, press the EXPORT button in the bottom right of the edit step. This opens up the export file browser. Browse to the location you wish the lesson to be exported to, and then press the SAVE button in the bottom of the file browser. A .lsns file and a screenshot of the lesson will then be saved.
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Uploading to the community

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To upload a lesson to the Lessons Community, press the COMMUNITY button in the bottom right of the edit step. This opens up the upload dialog. Description, age group, standards etc. can be edited in the Lesson Information tab in the edit step.

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Using the Lessons Community for the first time within Lessons will bring up the login dialog. Log in with the email and password for an account in the Lessons Community. Lessons can not be uploaded without an existing account.

Managing accounts and lessons on the Lessons Community is done on the community web page at mtlc.nuiteq.com .

Fill in the form in the upload dialog with desired information and press the SUBMIT button at the bottom of the dialog. The lesson will then be uploaded to the Lessons Community.


After you have edited and managed your content, you can go the Play mode (step 4).

Play (step 4)

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When you are done editing your lesson, press the play button to get to the play state. Your selected lesson type will be displayed in full-screen with the content that you entered and some additional icons will be available in the corner menu.

You can now open the lesson description modal with one touch from within the play state using the 'i" icon next to the lesson name in the top left corner.

Corner menu buttons

Information about the corner menu and the default buttons can be found here.

You can access all the default buttons after pressing on the button with the arrow that shows to the top which is placed above the default buttons. The additional corner menu buttons list then becomes scrollable.

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Below you can find all additional corner menu buttons that are present in Lessons.

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The screenshot button allows the users to take a screenshot of the lesson and then send that screenshot to an app that runs in a different Zone or another computer on the local network that is running Snowflake.
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The Help button can always be found in the corner menu of Lessons and lets you search for various help topics. It opens up the Browser app with this page open.
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The Back button takes you back to the previous step.
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The Edit button takes you back from Play to Edit.
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The Lessons Home button takes you straight back to the home step.
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The Convert button, lets you use the same content with another lesson type, without going through the edit step first.
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The Restart button restarts the lesson.
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The Description button shows an information dialog of the lesson. It can contain a YouTube video, a small description, links to external web pages and keywords.
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The Turn on/off zoom button is used in some lesson types to lock or unlock the background. With the background unlocked you can touch it to move the lesson around or swipe with both fingers to zoom in or out.
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The Show answers/reset button is used in some lesson types to reveal the correct answers (open eye), or hiding them again (closed eye).

Description dialog

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Here is an example of the dialog opened by the description button in the corner menu, or from the icon on the top-left corner of the screen (see image below).

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Auto sync content across and Snowflake(web)

Snowflake(web) is the browser based version of the Lessons app in Snowflake. It allows you to access lessons at any place, anytime, anywhere and from any device.

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You can now sign into your Snowflake(web) account from within Lessons app inside Snowflake. You can also sign in to Snowflake(web) using google sign in with the an email that has Snowflake(web) account. The lessons from your Snowflake(web) account will now be available in the Lessons app and any lessons you create will automatically get updated and synced to your Snowflake(web) account. This way you will always have your latest curriculum specific touch screen lessons within reach. To sign in, use the 'Sign in to Snowflake web' button on the sidebar on the main screen in the Lessons app. You can also Sign up for Snowflake(web) at this point by tapping on the Sign Up button. Enter an email and choose a password to sign up.

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Once you are logged in, you can see your account email on the top in the sidebar on the home screen of the Lessons app. You'll also see the current status of the sync (Syncing, or Up to date if the syncing process has completed)

You can actively trigger the syncing process anytime you want by tapping on the check mark icon next to the status text.

To sign out, use the 'Sign out' button.

Any lists of lessons that you have in your Snowflake(web) account will be synced with Snowflake and any lessons that you create in Snowflake will also automatically be saved in the Snowflake(web) account, so that you can easily access your lessons at home

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A search widget is available that allows you to search for free lessons from the Lessons Community. Once you find your lesson, you can simply tap on it to launch that lesson.

Lessons main menu search results

A list of lessons matching the search query can be seen in the results screen. The results can be sorted either in chronological or alphabetical order.

Multiple filters are present to further narrow the search results. Filters can be of the following types:

  • Age groups
  • Subjects
  • Lesson types
  • Countries


Lessons main menu youtube search results

Tap on the Youtube tab button to view Youtube search results for the search query. You can tap on any of the results to open the video in Youtube website on the Browser.

Video Tutorials

The Lessons app explained

Arrange

Bugs

Cards - How to add video content

Drop

Einstein

Geometry

Groups

Guess

Match

Quiz

Scramble

Seats


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Sentences and Zones

Spinner

Tags

Words

How to import a lesson

Corner menu

How to search, download, and save lessons from the Lessons Community

Uploading a lesson to the Lessons Community

Export and save lessons

Lessons homescreen tutorial

The Pair category lesson types

The Order category lesson types

The Choice category lesson types

The Keyword category lesson types

The Tools category lesson types

Sign up for the Lessons Community

Access Video Linked Lessons from the Lessons Community

Use Video Linked Lessons in the Classroom


You can also have a look at our video tutorials page for more Lessons tutorials, like how to use Lessons together with our Lessons community.

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