I have tried a new tool this week. It is called Jigidi and it creates free online jigsaw puzzles.
It is simple to use. You can go to the site to access the expanding library of jigsaw puzzles created by others. You can search for puzzles based on a theme, by puzzle difficulty (easy is 60 pieces or less and challenging puzzles have 240 plus pieces).
In the puzzle work space, you can zoom in or out to give yourself more room to work. The ‘full screen’ mode removes other distractions and helps to focus on the challenge at hand. The site requires the Flash plug-in to make the puzzles interactive.
If you create an account (it’s free) you can upload your own images to make your own jigsaw puzzles to share. This will also remove ads from the puzzle pages. The tool does not require an email address to register.
Once created you can add extra data such as title, description, attribution and if you are happy to make it public, category and copyright details.
Click on Solve and the puzzle comes up. You can have a timer added if you want and can enlarge to fit the whole screen.
It is fun to see how many solves you get. my Radcliffe Camera puzzle had 74 in just over an hour and the Ford Anglia from the Harry Potter films had an interesting comment about the car.
You could use it with classes as a way of introducing a topic via images or as a review activity at the end.
You could have mystery images of places and see how quickly students realise where they are eg. geography or language studies. The timer could be used to see how fast someone can finish the puzzle.
Students could take some relevant (topic) photos, upload their images and shared the puzzles with their classmates or even parents.