Triptico – an essential resource for the interactive whiteboard

Triptico is an excellent resource for teachers to use in conjunction with their interactive whiteboards that currently contains around 20 different interactive resources - all of which can be easily edited, adapted and saved for later use

Triptico is an excellent resource for teachers to use in conjunction with their interactive whiteboards that currently contains around 20 different interactive resources – all of which can be easily edited, adapted and saved for later use.

Because Triptico is an application that runs in your computer (it runs on Adobe Air, so it’s compatible with both Macs and PCs), it can be used with any make and model of interactive whiteboard. This and the fact that it is free makes Triptico an absolute must have for every teacher wishing to make better use of technology in the classroom to engage students and foster classroom participation.

Once you have installed and launched the application, you can explore the different activities available by scrolling from left to right in the main screen or simply by clicking on favourites, which returns an very handy navigation pane.

From there you can easily navigate to any of the different interactive activity makers and you can then customise your own activities to suit your subject and lesson. As you can see, the resources on offer are often game-show inspired and range from (relatively) simple timers, image spinners and student selectors to games, quizzes and text analysis tools. The screenshots below give you an idea of the plethora of classroom-based interactive activities available:

Team Scorer
Team Scorer
Student Selector
Student Selector
What's The Question?
What’s the Question?
What's in the Box?
What’s in the Box?
Student Group
Student Grouping
Flip Timer
Flip Timer
Image Spinner
Image Spinner
Find Ten
Find Ten
Word Magnets
Word Magnets


The brains behind the Triptico resources is a very talented chap named David Riley, a teacher himself who aims to provide “inspiration for imaginative teachers”. If you think that these resources are a must have – and why wouldn’t you – then consider following David’s work on Twitter or subscribing to his blog.

What do you think about these resources?

José Picardo

José is Assistant Principal at Surbiton High School and a Fellow at Naace. He is interested in improving education and the way technology can be used to enhance and transform teaching and learning. José has been curating Box of Tricks since 2007 and holds a MA in ICT and Education.

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  • Ray Tolley

    A brilliant set of tools.  Question:  Will these apps work on a touch-screen such as a tablet?

    • José Picardo

      So long as the tablet is compatible with Adobe Air, yes. This, however, rules out the iPad, I’m afraid.

      • David

        Not necessarily – many of the top apps in the Apple store were created using Adobe Air.

        The app would work perfectly on the iPad – but I would need to purchase a developer certificate from Apple before I could begin adapting the resources for the iPad, iPhone etc.


  • Ingrid Gustafson

    This looks extremely useful – thanks for posting the screenshots!

    • José Picardo

      You’re most welcome Ingrid. Thanks for your comment.

  • Jmcgee

    Is there a way to save what you create?

    • David

      Hello – thank you for your question.

      Any activities that you create with my app can be saved. These saved files are just simple text files and you would use whichever resource the saved file is for to open the saved activity again in the future.

      A saved file can be used with any copy of my app – and so you can share all of the files that you create with colleagues. It also means that you – or your students – could create activities at home and use them in the classroom.

      I would also, when I have the time, like to add an area to my website for people to share activities that they have created. I think this could be useful and I would be interested to know what people think of this idea.

      I hope that this answers your question,


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  • Neils Clemenson

    Triptico is a great tool, but offline use as a pay option would be great.

    • John Simmons

      I have the same problem. The fix is to load the s/w before you leave home and put the PC on sleep.
      I asked David if it would be possible to have the option to download the prog but he explained that it costs him everytime the prog is downloaded.  (I offered to pay)

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  • Jeannie-n

    This looks great but when I went to download it on my school computer, it wouldn’t load. Kept telling me to try again. I tried on Explorer and Firefox to no avail.  Any tips?

    • José Picardo

      Hi Jeannie, some of my colleagues at school found a similar problem. Nothing appeared to have happened after they clicked on the link. However, it turned out that the programme had downloaded and installed correctly, it just didn’t trigger a pop up window to say it had.

      If you’re on a Windows PC, click on Start (bottom left hand side) and search for Triptico, see if it’s there after all.

  • Vast Talent

    Looks like a really great learning resource for those looking for a web based tool that can create some unique student interaction. 

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