Sharing and embedding textivate activities

All resources which have been uploaded to textivate as shareable or public resources have their own unique URL (i.e. web address). This means that you can share them with others using this URL.

You can share links to resources that you have uploaded (as shareable or public), or to resources that you come across while browsing the public resources on textivate (accessible via the spyglass icon).

To get the URL for your resource (or for a particular activity), make sure it is uploaded as a public or shareable resource, then click the share icon at the top right of the page. Also note that the share icon will not be visible if you have made changes to your resources and you have not saved the changes.

This provides options for copying the resource / activity url as well as for sharing via twitter or facebook.

NB. You need a Premium or Group subscription in order to upload shareable or public resources to textivate.

There are several options in textivate:

Fill-in-the-letters worksheets - new in textivate.

Subscribers can now access "Print worksheet" buttons from another 5 textivate text screens, bringing the total to 23.

It took no time at all to implement these worksheets for use with Chrome, Firefox and Safari (haven't tried with Opera) but we've spent a frustrating day trying to get them to display properly on IE7, 8 & 9 (haven't tried 10), but to no avail.

Our advice, honestly, is to use Google Chrome for all worksheet printing. It even has a built in "Save as PDF" option, which is a great way of saving a worksheet so that you

En la cafetería (embedded resources)

This text was put together as part of a Spanish unit of work which included food and drink, ice-cream flavours, euros, dialogues, pictures, sounds etc and which was combined into a free TaskMagic standalone program (for Windows).

This program contains over 250 interactive exercises and over 60 worksheets, and it can be downloaded completely free from this page on the TaskMagic blog: (lots more info about the resource there too).

The text used for this blog is from 1 of the 16 files that make up that TaskMagic resource. (I've added some vocab matching as well, most of which is from the Find it! exercise for the TaskMagic Mix&Gap file).

Pobre Ana (Blaine Ray's TPRS Spanish story) Chapter 1, part 1 of 5

If you're a TPRS teacher and you've been presenting and practising stories in preparation for the reading of chapter 1 of Pobre Ana, hopefully you'll find this blog post useful.

I just want to show how easy it is to create a range of practice activities based precisely on the language that you want to focus on, using textivate.

To create the resources on this blog post, I typed in the text from the book and added some English to Spanish matching items. (NB: I split chapter 1 of Pobre Ana into 5 parts, and the resources in this post are just based on the first part.)

Using textivate to present and practise a model, before adapting...

N.B. You'll need a Premium or Group subscription if you want your students to be able to create textivate activities based on their own texts or on modified texts.

This seems an obvious use of textivate to me...

Choose a short example text containing key vocab and structures, such as this one, on the subject of "Ma maison" / "Chez moi" for KS3 French:

J'habite une petite maison dans un village à la campagne.
Chez moi il y a six pièces en tout.
Au rez-de-chaussée il y a une cuisine, un grand salon et une salle de bains. Il n'y a pas de salle à manger chez moi.
Au premier étage il y a trois chambres.
Dehors il y a un grand jardin avec beaucoup d'arbres. Il y a aussi un garage.
J'aime bien ma maison parce que j'aime le jardin, et j'adore habiter à la campagne.

Add a glossary of key vocab terms, so that students can understand the text, and add a few extra things that students might want to be able to use to describe their own situation, and you end up with this combination of text + vocab matching activities:

The above link provides access to all activities. You have up to 60 interactive activities to choose from!

Depending on how much work you've already done on the topic, you could start with either the text work or the vocab work. Whichever way you play it, the lesson essentially has 2 parts: