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Drop

Purpose and Description

Drop is a multimedia lesson type that supports interactive exploring, previewing, and reviewing a wide range of concepts that require classification, categorization, or sequencing. It can be used for whole-class presentation or with one, two, or more students interacting with the screen simultaneously.

Items on the screen are matched up to target items in the center of the screen. The cards displayed in the ring can display images, text, or both. The cards not attached to the ring can display text, images, or sound. The Drop lesson supports multiple rounds of play, and each round can be titled according to topic.

The Drop lesson works well with many other lesson types and project apps in Snowflake that focus on similar educational concepts.

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How it works: Play Mode

On "My Lessons" page search for the lesson that you want to create. Use the filters to the right to streamline your search. Once you find the desired lesson, touch the "Play" icon located on the middle of the lesson to open it.

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Students drag items on a screen to match them to the correct item on a rotating ring. The rotating ring can be moved by dragging on the background, and can be zoomed in and out by pinching.

The button in the top right corner of the screen can be toggled to display which items are correctly placed, indicated by a small check on each tile. After one round is completed, students advance to the next round.

Some lessons have a YouTube video linked to it and can show up at the beginning of the lesson. The video can be dismissed by pressing the X in the top right corner, or by pressing any key on the keyboard.

How to Build

Manage Content

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.

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Type in the title of the lesson in the textbox located at the top left-hand side of the screen.
Next, tap the Create Round button to enter the title for each round planned for the lesson. For items to appear on the screen, content bars created using the Create Content feature must be placed beneath the corresponding title for each round of the lesson.

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Tap the CREATE CONTENT button to add each content bar needed for the lesson. There are two sections. The one on the left represents images or text that appears on the cards that are displayed outside of the ring. The column on the right represents the images or text content that on the cards that are located on the rotating ring.

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. Items will appear in the Preview Screen, located in the top right section of the display. Enter the text for each item in the text boxes. Any text entered in the left-side box will appear on the cards that are scattered on the screen. Text typed into the right-side box will appear on the cards that display on the rotating ring.

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The handles located on the right side of each text/content bar let you move them into the order you choose. Select the circle icon to the left of each bar to delete the item.

Use the Background button located beneath the left text box to import images for cards displayed on the screen, and the Background button located beneath the right textbox to display images on cards displayed on the rotating ring. Use the Sound button to import audio, if needed. Selecting these buttons will activate a file browser.

Customize Content Screen


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The Customize Content screen for the Drop Lesson provides a tile shape selection for the items in the lesson. To view the updated change, tap on the "UPDATE PREVIEW" button. This will change the shapes of the items displayed in the Preview screen and also when the lesson is in Play mode.

Preview Screen


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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.

The button located in the top right hand corner of the screen, if toggled, it will display which cards are correctly placed, via small indicator on the card. This feature is the default setting and will appear in the lesson in Play mode.

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 you can choose a background for your lesson. Under Theme you can choose a Snowflake theme from a drop-down menu. Under Background you can use the orange button to open a file browser and select an image from your hard drive or the internet.

In the Gameplay section under Rules you can choose Randomized objects, which is the default setting, to have the cards appear in the random order. Ordered arranges the objects in the way they are added. Randomized rounds creates randomized rounds. The All random arranges the objects in random and creates randomized rounds as well. You can also activate and set a timer.

To interact with the lesson in full-screen mode, press Play.

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