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Description and purpose
The cards lesson is a form of digital flashcards. Each two -sided card can have text, photo, video, and/or audio content on both sides. The cards can be presented in an order, random order, in “flipped”, where the responses are flipped to appear first. Cards lessons can also be used in "Memory mode", see Customize content.
This lesson type can be used for preparing for quizzes, self-quizzing, digital storytelling, paired learning activities, and presentations that incorporate student digital media content. The multi-modal features support Universal Design for Learning principles,as well as differentiated instruction.
How it Works: Play Mode
First select the Lessons icon from the Tools section of the main Snowflake menu. This will lead you to the Lessons Home Screen, where you can search for and select lessons. Press the “Play” icon located on the middle of the lesson to open it.
After opening a previously created Cards lesson, cards will appear in a grid formation. Tapping on a card flips it over, and if audio was set up for the card, the sound will play when the card is revealed. Tap on the card again to return it to the original position.
The grid of cards can be moved by dragging the background and using a pinch and expand motion to zooming in or out. Students can explore educational content and review correct responses by activating the “Hide/Reveal” button from the side menu, activated by the corner menu item, described below.
(first image is of the corner menu in edit state, second image is of the corner menu in play state)
In Play mode, menu items can be accessed by selecting the corner menu icon. The Mute icon can be used to toggle the sound off and on, if sound is available. Tapping the "Start recording" button lets allows the teacher or student to record a video of how they are using the lesson.
Tapping the color overlay button enables you to help add contrast to the screen. Content can be more easily identified in certain cases by children that are visually impaired, suffer from Dyslexia, or have other sight challenges.
The Spotlight button enables Spotlight, which allows emphasizing one part of the screen at a time, whilst hiding the rest of the screen. The Annotate feature can be activated so the teacher or students can write on the screen’s content.
To minimize the screen, tap the Desktop icon. Tapping on the Snowflake application icon will resume the lesson.
If using a display in table mode, the Rotate icon can be used to orient the section in the proper direction. Tapping the Zones icon enables the screen to be divided into sections to run other apps or lessons simultaneously. The Help menu will call up help information.
The Back icon will lead to the lesson’s preview screen, where modifications can be made to the lesson. The lesson can be exported to the hard drive, or exported directly to the Lessons Community, by accessing the buttons located in the lower right section.
The Lesson Home button will leads back to the main menu of the Lessons app.
The Convert icon will lead to the Lesson Type selection screen, where another lesson type can be selected for on-the-fly conversion. More information about lesson conversions can be found in the support documentation.
The Restart icon restarts the lesson. The Description button shows an information dialog of the lesson.
Turn on zoom/Turn off zoom will enable/disable interaction with the background. The Show answers/reset icon will reveal the correct answers, or hide them again.
To exit Lessons, tap the Close App icon.
How to Build
To create a new Cards lesson, launch the Lessons app, found in the Tools section of the main Snowflake menu. This will lead you to the Lessons Home Screen. Select the Create New Lesson button, which will lead you to the lesson type selection screen, where you will select the Cards lesson type.
The Manage Content Screen opens upon selecting the lesson type, where content for the lesson can be set. Below is an example from a previously created lesson.
Type in the title of the lesson in the textbox located at the top left-hand side of the screen.
In the Manage Content screen there are two columns. The one on the left represents images, video, or text that appears on the front side of the cards. The column on the right represents the content that appears on the back of the card.
Tap on the Create group button to create a Cards round. Tap the Create Content button to add each content bar needed for the lesson for that round. You can drag the content bar across rounds. Within each content bar, Items can be set to display as text-only, image only, or text + image/video for this lesson type. Audio can be added to the front and to the back of each card.
Enter the text for each item, and then select the Background button located on the right side of each column to activate a file browser. Use the handles located on the right side of each text/content bar to move them into the order you choose.
From this browser, you can select images or video from your computer, or enter a search term and select images from the Internet. The Sound button will open a similar file browser, where you can search for audio files from your hard drive. A color selection bar at the bottom of the file browser provides choices for card colors if images are not selected.
You can move between the rounds using the next and the previous buttons.
In the Customize content tab, you can switch your Cards lesson to "Memory mode". In "Memory mode", the lesson works like a memory game when playing; all cards are duplicated and placed with the back content face down. The user then turns over two cards at a time and the objective is to find all pairs. This mode works best if the front content is kept empty or the same for all cards.
The Preview Screen, located in the top right of the interface will display items as you work. After you complete making the lesson, the Preview screen provides a way to play the lesson and check if any changes are needed.
In the Text section, located beneath the Preview Screen you can select the font, font size, font color, and font shadow.
In the Background section, under Theme, you can choose a Snowflake theme from a drop-down menu for the background of the lesson, or under Background you can use the green Browse button to open a file browser, and then select an image from your hard drive or from the internet.
In the Gameplay section, you can choose Ordered to have the cards appear in the order they appear in the Manage Content section, which is the default setting. Randomized places them in a random order. The Flipped rule works the same as Ordered, except all the cards are already flipped by default. You can also activate and set a timer.
The Community button lets you upload your lesson directly to the Lessons Community. Select the Export button to save the lesson to your hard drive or other storage location. To interact with the lesson in full-screen mode, press Play.
Video tutorial - How to add video content
Tips and Shortcut
Before starting with Snowflake, make sure that you have registered for the Lessons Community at https://mtlc.nuiteq.com/. Directions for registration can be found on the site.
To access a previously created lesson, launch the Lessons app, found in the Tools section of the main Snowflake menu. In the Lessons Home Screen, a list of previously loaded lessons will appear in the list of lessons located in the middle of the screen.
If a lesson type you are seeking is not listed, you can select the Community Lessons Icon to search for lessons directly from the Lessons Home Screen. Use the drop-down boxes to search by age group, lesson type, subject, and country. The lessons that meet your selection choices will appear in the list column.
Select the green download button located in the center of the lesson’s thumbnail to import the lesson to the Lessons Home Screen.If there is no thumbnail image, press “play”. When you close the lesson, the thumbnail will appear.
For more information about the features of the Lessons Home Screen, view the training video: https://vimeo.com/161928429
While running Snowflake, the following keyboard shortcuts can be used:
Key - Description
Esc - Closes Snowflake
F1 - Shows a help screen with information about the keyboard shortcuts
F2 - Shows FPS (Frames Per Second) which indicates the performance. The higher the number, the better the performance.
F3 - Turns the mouse on/off
F4 - Shows the local IP address
F5 - Shows the Snowflake version number, release date and time
F6 - Shows the connected iOS and Android devices
F12 - Print screen (screenshots are saved in Documents/NUITEQ/Screenshots/ or Documents/NUITEQ Snowflake/Screenshots/ depending on edition)