WHO: Teachers that are looking for an interactive tool to help students study spelling words.
HOW: Teachers visit http://flippity.net/ (a bunch of great tools for teachers!), click on instructions under Flippity Spelling Words, then follow the instructions given on the page. Teachers need to have a G Suite for Education (Formerly known as Google Apps for Education) account as this functions through a Google Sheets spreadsheet. After making a copy of the template and adding it to their Google Drive account, teachers will then be able to add in their own words and create their own categories. In the example, flippity.net uses individual students names to have personalized lists. Another option may be to put in the spelling lists by week, this would allow students to work ahead if they would like. The teacher may also decide to put all of their students as the categories and keep the same words in each group, couple this style with the “e-mail to” row in the spreadsheet, and the teacher can have each individual students results e-mailed directly to them.
When adding in words, it is important to note that you can put in a sentence using quotation marks after the word, this will speak to the student and give an example. This is needed in the case of homonyms. Another important note to your students is that in the practice and quiz section, the words are case-sensitive.
Once the words are in place, the teacher will need to go up to “File” then “Publish to web….” and finally “Publish”. The user will be prompted to note the URL, this will need to be copied to the clipboard. Next, go back to the spreadsheet and look at the bottom of the page, there the user will see some tabs. Click on the “Get the link here” tab, and paste the URL into the highlighted cell. Once this is completed, the teacher can click on the “Click here to go to your Flippity.net spelling words” and see their list live in action. Copy and paste the new link from the address bar, share the link with students, and enjoy!
WHEN: This tool is excellent for teachers that would like students to get some help with their spelling words. This is an easy way to get parents involved as well. Send the link in an e-mail to all of the parents and let them work on it with their students on the computer, tablet, or even on a smart phone!
Here are the step-by-step instructions from Flippity.net:
Want to Make Your Own Spelling Words Manager?
Note: Works with Google Chrome and iOS for iPhone/iPad.
Step 1: Modify the Google Spreadsheet Template
- Make a copy of this template. (You’ll need to sign-in with your Google account.)
- Edit the Student names. You can have up to 50 lists.
- Edit the Words lists.
- Add a phrase in quotes to clarify homonyms.
- Note: Practice and Quizzes are case-sensitive.
- Optional: Add an email address in the Email Results to line to automatically receive quiz results.
- (You can have multiple email addresses separated by commas.)
- Optional: Label your spelling words by changing the name of the worksheet (at the bottom).
Step 2: Publish Your Spreadsheet
- Go to File, Publish to the Web…, then click Publish.
- Copy the link under the Link tab.
Step 3: Get Your Flippity.net Link
- Click on the Get the Link Here tab of the template (at the bottom).
- Paste the link in the light green cell (A3) to get the link to your Flippity Spelling Words.
Step 4: Click, Bookmark, and Share
- Click on the Flippity.net link to see, practice, or take a quiz on your spelling words.
- Bookmark the page to find it again quickly.
- Tell your friends and colleagues about Flippity.net.