Introducing Talk or Type

Create voice-based activities with immediate feedback that empowers students to engage and learn

 

 

Introducing Talk or Type, a new feature that enables students to answer text based questions through speech. We have updated our Tap n’ Type feature to allow students to answer based on their learning styles and writing abilities.

 

Writing an answer is not always ideal for all students. Many are still learning how to write and those new to a language are discovering new words. Now students can practice spelling and pronunciation through voice-based activities that allow them to answer through speaking. 

 

Empower Students and Provide Feedback with Talk or Type Activities

 

Enable students that can’t write to answer text questions. Now students can interact based on their abilities; create spelling activities, read-along games and counting that allow students to recite their answers verbally.

 

Add a level of engagement with verbal interaction. Bring an extra level of participation to science diagrams and storybooks with fill in the blank activities that allow students to answer through speech.

 

Practice pronunciation with verbal feedback. Learn new languages independently with lessons that provide feedback on pronunciation. And, utilize Talk or Type for speech therapy lessons that allow students to hear words and practice intonations and proper pronunciation, while learning how to spell the phrases correctly.

 

Discover how to use Talk or Type to add voice based activities to your TinyTap lessons:

 

 

Introducing TinyTap Courses

Combine lessons to teach comprehensively and promote mastery of knowledge

 

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Create comprehensive learning units for students by leveraging TinyTap lessons and games. With TinyTap Courses, teachers can design lesson plans to ensure student comprehension and mastery of knowledge.

 

Ensure Subject Mastery with Score Thresholds

Student understanding can be fully measured because they are only able to proceed to the next game once demonstrating a solid understanding of the concept. This ensures students are able to build on related concepts in the future.

 

Teach subjects more comprehensively by selecting 3 or more TinyTap activities in a related subject area. For example, when teaching students about grammar, you can include separate activities for nouns, verbs, and sentence structure, allowing students to process related subject matter.

 

Content Discovery

You can share TinyTap Courses publicly to allow other users to discover your lessons. Courses make it easier for teachers, parents and students to find the educational content they need, and also make it easier for the TinyTap community to discover your content. Interested in selling your lessons to a global market? Learn more about creating on the TinyTap Market here.

 

When to Use Courses 

  • Introduce students to a new subject through a selection of related lessons
  • Empower students to learn independently with a structured lesson plan
  • Assess students’ understanding through fully measurable courses 

Check out how to create your own TinyTap Courses: 

 

 

 

 

Explore TinyTap Courses and start independently mastering concepts today: http://www.tinytap.it/activities/

 

 

Shared iPad Now Available for TinyTap

Sync lessons between multiple devices for easier sharing of lessons, resources, and group work

 

Introducing shared iPad on TinyTap, a new feature allowing teachers and parents to share lessons and devices, collaborate on projects, and sync activities.

 

Here’s how Shared iPad makes it easier than ever to take advantage of TinyTap’s features:

 

 

Create activities on multiple devices: Lessons you are working on will be saved to all devices connected to your Apple ID, allowing you to easily switch devices. This feature means you don’t have to worry about accessing activities if students return to class and grab different devices. Teachers are able to sign them into the correct accounts remotely.

 

TinyTap now supports Apple Classroom, making it easier for teachers to manage students’ iPads. Now teachers can easily switch between student accounts on multiple devices.

 

Collaborate on group projects: Changes to projects are saved in real-time, allowing multiple creators to work on the same activity simultaneously on separate devices.

 

Teachers can also create templates for activities and monitor student progress in real-time as students create and interact with lessons.

 

Sync activities for classes and groups: Share activities for all your students on one account, allowing a fast and easy way for your entire class to access lessons. Simply make sure all devices are connected to the same Apple ID and the activities will be synced across all devices.

 

Start syncing now: Simply select TinyTap in the settings on your iPad and make sure the Save to iCloud feature is switched on. This allows you to decide when you would like to enable Shared iPad, so you can manage your iCloud quota and classroom WiFi as you see fit.

 

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How to Create Captivating Images for Your TinyTap Activities

By Moses Sia

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One concern when introducing screens in learning is that young learners will lose touch with real things and only deal with the virtual and digital. The two are not mutually exclusive. Instead, when paired well, digital tools enrich the learning experience.

 

Using TinyTap, instead of using digital illustrations, I have used sketches, collages and real objects.

 

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I have attempted to create a sample of what it might look like in An ABC Meal, a game I created on TinyTap.

 

 

How to Create a Custom Image

If the actual objects needed for a scene can be found, it would make it so much easier to use a good photo of that. If not, a learner could certainly draw and color, or look for images in magazines, cut these out and assemble their images before taking a photo for use in their TinyTap creation.

 

For the ABC Meal game, I have also created a reusable “backdrop” to set new scenes such as the table, fridge, cupboard and garden. Again, something that could be considered by any teacher.

 

In this game, I have also used a photo from a magazine to create the main character, and made the arms changeable so as to get different poses, much like a puppet. For a very personalized game, teachers can use a student’s photo, and her/his name can be used as the main character. Wouldn’t that be very unforgettable for players?

 

What are other ideas that could use this approach? How do you feel about such an approach?

 

Even when we decide to use digital images in TinyTap, we can involve students when creating.

 

There are also many digital drawing tools which even young students can handle well. One of my favorite would be Paper53.

 

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To start, I highly recommend the use of the sponge tool. In the Paper53 tool box, swipe to the right to see this tool which looks like a paint roller. When you draw a shape, it fills with colour right away and after that other drawing tools can be used to add details and shades.

 

I used this when creating Love Bugs.

 

 

When you import the drawings into TinyTap, the Remove White feature is a cool tool to use when composing a few drawings into one image. Double tap on the drawing and you will find this tool. This way, you can create a background and then add various characters.
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It’s wonderful when young learners are able to add their own drawings into the game, and there are many ways to do it, including directly drawing using the TinyTap drawing tools.

 

Moses Sia is an educator and lifelong learner. He creates interactive lessons for kids and runs TinyTap workshops for teachers. Check out his TinyTap collection