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Description and Purpose
The Sentences lesson activity type is a good way to support understanding of compound words, sentence structure, parts of speech, and phrases. It also is a way to preview or review key concepts related to an instructional unit. The teacher or students can arrange words to form sentences and phrases.
How it Works: Play Mode
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 located on the middle of the lesson activity to open it.
After opening the lesson activity, a series words will appear as sentences will appear in rows. In the example, the words are set to appear in the sentences in the correct order. The words can be randomized in the settings. The words in the sentences can be ordered or mixed up and then put into the correct order in the row by dragging them. Words can also be moved between rows. The items on the screen can be moved as a group by dragging the background, or zoomed in or out by pinching.
Sentences is an open-ended lesson activity, so no feedback or points are provided.
(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 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.
How to build
To create a new lesson activity, launch the Lesson Activities app, found in the Tools section of the main Snowflake menu. This will lead you to the Lesson Activities Home Screen. Select the Create New Lesson Activity button, which will lead you to the lesson activity type selection screen, where you will select the lesson activity type.
Manage Content Screen
The Manage Content Screen opens upon selecting the lesson activity type, where content for the lesson activity can be set. Below is an example from a previously created lesson activity.
Type in the title of the lesson activity in the textbox located at the top left-hand side of the Screen, then tap the Create Content button to add each content bar required for the lesson activity. Text is the only content that is handled by the bar in this lesson activity type.
Enter the text for each item in the text boxes. Any text entered in the box will appear in the Preview screen. The handles located on the right side of each text/content bar can be used to move them to a different order. Select the circle icon to the left of the bar to delete the bar.
Customize Content Screen
The Customize Content screen provides a way to change the look of the Sentences lesson activity. Above the sentences, there is a color selection row. The circle located at the far left in the row is the default color. Selecting it will give the word a random color. To set a color for a word, tap a color, and then touch a word. Select the Update Preview button at the bottom of the Customize Content screen to update changes.
The All button will change the words to the selected color. The Random (crossed arrows) will change the color of each word to a random color. Tapping repeatedly on the Random button will cycle through different color pattern for the words in the sentences.
The Undo button located at the right of the color selection row will undo all of the actions that were completed since the last the preview screen was updated. Press the Update Preview button located beneath the sentences in the Customize Content section to see the changes in the Preview screen, located in the top right section of the display.
You can check the "Lock" buttons option to keep the words locked on the row that they are in. Uncheck this option to allow free movement of words across rows
The Preview Screen, located in the top right of the interface will display items as you update your work. After you complete making the lesson activity, the Preview screen provides a way to play the lesson activity 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 activity, 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 wt the words to appear in the same order and the same rows that they appear in the Manage Content screen. The Randomize option will shuffle the word order in each row. All Random shuffles the words all over the rows. In this section, you can activate and set a timer.
The Community button lets you upload your lesson activity directly to the Snowflake Community. Select the Export button to save the lesson activity to your hard drive or other storage location. To interact with the lesson activity in full-screen mode, press Play.
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)