My challenge for CESImeet participants tonight in Galway is to complete
a #cesi40 Tarsia Triangle. Each team gets 16 small triangles, on which clues and
answers have been printed. Joining the clues to the correct answer results in one
big triangle jigsaw being formed. Finished product is then posted to Twitter at
the #cesimeet stream. First one I see here at home is declared the winner!
(If my punky VOKI avatar seems reluctant to appear in the space above use the link to give her a nudge!)
Tarsia is a free download
from Hermitech Laboratories, and one of the most
powerful learning tools I use. Eternal thanks to Mary Lee and the Biology Support
Service CPD session where I was introduced to it.
The teacher inputs a series of clues and answers, and the software generates the
jigsaw (or dominoes) for students to complete using their collective knowledge,
creativity or a healthy blend of both. It is a great example of WORM technology
(you will not regret the initial time spent with scissors, labels and envelopes),
and one of the best analog-digital mash ups I know of for the classroom. And
Math teachers rejoice – input can be in equation or symbol form also.
Solving the Tarsia puzzles in teams can promote Cooperative Learning,
assessment for learning, inclusion and differentiation in an engaging and fun
way. It is a great lesson starter, ender or midway energizer. I love it!
(Downside – I can’t find a Mac version).
Two pictures to update – thanks to Hellie Bullock for the CESI Flickr picture of Cara, Mary and Catherine tackling the Tarsia mentioned above, and thanks to my fabulous 5th yrs for becoming so immersed in their heart puzzle they didn’t notice me and my camera.