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Description and Purpose
The Seats lesson activity 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 activity 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 for the score to the correct answer.
How It Works: Play Mode
To open up a lesson activity, select the Lesson Activities icon from the Tools section of the main Snowflake menu. This will lead you to the Lesson Activities Home Screen, where you can search for and select lesson activities. Press the “Play” icon to open it.
After opening the lesson activity, a grid of cards are displayed in the center of the screen. In the example, each student in the class is represented by their name. The cards can be text only, picture only, or picture with text. Audio can be added to the cards. Cards with the student’s pictures, paired with text for their names, can be useful to a sub if the teacher is away.
The seat cards can be arranged in a traditional formation, in groupings, or other patterns. 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 seat card’s location. When unlocked, seat cards can be dragged to different locations. The Shuffle feature quickly randomizes seating arrangements. You can also use the Shuffle feature to experiment with student groupings.
When the seating arrangement is complete, the app can be activated to select a student randomly. Various seat cards are highlighted until the randomization process stops.
The cards can be enabled to display score. For example, each student card can be assigned 10 points at the beginning of the instructional session, and if the student responds to a question correctly, or contributes an idea towards the class discussion, a point is added to the card with a swipe to the right. Points can be subtracted as needed with a swipe to the left.
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. Points can be given 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.
(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 activity.
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 activity.
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 lesson activities simultaneously. The Help menu will call up help information.
The Back icon will lead to the lesson activity’s preview screen, where modifications can be made to the lesson activity. The lesson activity can be exported to the hard drive, or exported directly to the Snowflake Community, by accessing the buttons located in the lower right section.
The Lesson Activities Home button will leads back to the main menu of the Lesson Activities app.
The Convert icon will lead to the Lesson Activity Type selection screen, where another lesson activity type can be selected for on-the-fly conversion. More information about lesson activity conversions can be found in the support documentation.
The Restart icon restarts the lesson activity. The Description button shows an information dialog of the lesson activity.
Turn on zoom/Turn off zoom will enable/disable interaction with the background.
To exit Lesson Activities, tap the Close App icon.
Customize Content Screen
Tapping the "Customize content" button on the "Manage content" screen opens a screen with some additional settings for Seats.
If more room is needed for displaying the seats, the "Rows" and "Columns" sliders can be used to adjust the size of the grid.
The "Start score" slider can be used to make seats start with a certain score.
The "Score multiple" slider decides how many points should be added or removed from the score each time.
"Desk style" has options for changing the shape of the seat cards.
Unchecking the "Snap to grid" checkbox allows the seats to be moved around freely across the screen.
Tips and Shortcuts
Before starting, make sure that you have registered for the Snowflake Community at https://mtlc.nuiteq.com/. Directions for registration can be found on the site.
To access a previously created lesson activity, launch the Lesson Activities app, found in the Tools section of the main Snowflake menu. In the Lesson Activities Home Screen, a list of previously loaded lesson activities will appear in the list of lesson activities located in the middle of the screen.
If a lesson activity you are seeking is not listed, you can select the Community Lesson Activities Icon to search for lesson activities directly from the Lesson Activities Home Screen. Use the drop-down boxes to search by age group, lesson activity type, subject, and country. The lesson activities that meet your selection choices will appear in the list column.
Select the green download button located in the center of the lesson activity’s thumbnail to import the lesson activity to the Lesson Activities Home Screen.If there is no thumbnail image, press “play”. When you close the lesson activity, the thumbnail will appear.
(For more information about the features of the Lesson Activities Home Screen, view 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)