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Purpose and Description
The Seats lesson template provides teachers a way to create and experiment with seating arrangements. It also provides a way to manage and track classroom discussions. It can be used as a visual cue on a front-of-class display.
Seats lesson can be used to support learning of basic math facts. Instead of student names, the teacher enters problems for the students to solve. Students respond to the problems by swiping the numbers and increase their score with the correct answer
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.
After opening the lesson, a grid of cards are displayed in the center of the screen. In the example, each student in the class is represented by their picture. The cards can be text only, picture only, or picture with text. Audio can be added to the cards. The seat cards can be arranged in a traditional formation, in groupings, or other patterns.
When unlocked, seat cards can be dragged to different locations. Placing one card over another switches the seat card’s location. Selecting the Shuffle feature quickly randomized seating arrangements.
The cards can be enabled to display score. For example, each student card can be assigned a score of 10 at the beginning of the instructional session, and if the student responds to a question correctly, or contributes an idea towards the class discussion, the score is incremented on the card with a swipe to the top. Score can be reduced as needed with a swipe to the bottom.
The Select button can be used to randomize the order that students are called upon during a group discussion, for example, in preparation for a quiz or an exam. Score can be changed accordingly. This provides teacher with way to check for understanding and at the same time, ensure that all students are have the opportunity to share what they’ve learned in an equitable manner.
Cards with the student’s pictures, paired with text for their names, can be useful to a sub if the teacher is away.
Seating Arrangement Features: Move, Shuffle, Unlock/Lock
The Move feature lets you move student seat cards from one location to another by dragging them across the seating grid to the desired location. Placing one card over another switches the students seating. The Shuffle feature quickly randomizes seating arrangements. You can also use the Shuffle feature to experiment with student groupings. You can set the app to unlock the seats from the grid to arrange students into groups, or lock to set them.
How to Build
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 text box located at the top left section of the screen. For Seats, the name of the class or class period is suggested.
Tap the Create Content button to add each content bar needed for the lesson. Within each content bar, Items can be set to display as text-only, image only, or text + image, and include audio, for this lesson type.
Use the screen to select seat rows and columns, set and adjust score, select desk styles, snap seats to grid, and adjust other settings.
Select the “Customize Content” button to access the next screen.
To change the number of rows and columns in the seating arrangement, use the sliders located next to the Rows and Columns icons. Select the “update preview” button, and your changes will appear on the Preview screen.
To enter the student names to the empty seats, select the manage content button, then tap the Create Content button to add the number of text entry boxes needed, then type the names.
Return to the Customize Content screen to select desk styles. Update the preview after each selection.
Navigate to the Manage Content screen if you’d like to delete student names and return to the original seating arrangement.
Then go to the Customize Content screen to adjust the number of rows and columns to the original settings,
and then select update preview.
If you’d like to use the score feature, use the slider to allocate the score to each student, and then update the preview.
The Preview Screen, located in the top right of the interface, will display the current state of the lesson as you update your work. After you are done 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 you can choose a background for your lesson. Under Theme you can choose a Snowflake MultiTeach® theme from a drop-down menu. Under Background you can use the green button to open a file browser and select an image from your hard drive or the internet.
In the Gameplay section, you can set the application to display items in ordered or random, and activate and set a timer. To interact with the lesson in full-screen mode, press Play.