Automatic word clouds in textivate (Sort of)

You may have come across this blog post based on using an image of a wordcloud to support a textivate resource.

Well I think that, essentially, the main benefit of a wordcloud is that it provides the student with a record of all of the words in the text, so that they have a reference for spelling, and so that if they are doing an activity such as the one shown in the above image, they can look at the list if they are stuck on a particular word.

Then this got me thinking that it would be even better if the list was in alphabetical order...

Fine-tuning your activity URLs for sharing and embedding

Most textivate users will be aware that you can share links to textivate (shareable & public) resources in a number of ways, as explained on this post:

textivate.posthaven.com/sharing-and-embedding-textivate-activities

To recap, you can share a link to...: 

  1. the home page (i.e. the edit screen containing the text). e.g. www.textivate.com/aocjn1
  2. the menu page (with the thumbnails for all the activities). e.g. www.textivate.com/menu-aocjn1
  3. an activity page. e.g. www.textivate.com/3x4-aocjn1

You'll notice that all of these end in a 6-character resource identifier -- in this case "aocjn1".

This blog post looks at how you can fine tune the urls for individual activities (case 3 above) to configure the exercise screen when the student lands on it. This fine tuning involves adding extra info to the resource identifier, and we've now added this functionality to the share box.

If you open the share box for an activity which has fine-tuneable aspects (which is most of those on the text side, and many of those on the matching side) you'll see a link to fine-tune the activity url. (See above)

If you click on this link, you'll see another box with options for fine-tuning the activity. (See below)

2014 - año del selfie

Suitable for AS Spanish?

Here is the resource on textivate: http://www.textivate.com/menu-5rljn1

See the pdf resources below - plenty of sequencing activities to choose from, plus a gapfill, a separate the words activity, and anagrams text, an initials text and a fill in the vowels text.

Here's a link to the full article, from which an extract was taken for the resources below: http://www.bbc.co.uk/mundo/noticias/2014/12/141210_trending_selfie_2014_gtg

Here are those 11 pdfs (in no particular order):

Making a Multiple-Choice Quiz with Textivate

In a recent post, I explained how it was possible to add your own incorrect answers for use in the multi-match activities in textivate.

Here is that blog post, in case you missed it.

This essentially means that you can create multiple-choice quizzes or tests. You can even specify whether the questions should be presented in sequence or in random order.

Here's an example. (I've protected the resource, so you can't get back to the original to get the answers):

Printing textivate worksheets in Internet Explorer

Previously, worksheet printing in IE didn't really work on textivate.

It's fixed now :0)

You now get the activity opening in a new screen, with a print button.

You can click the print button to print the content, OR right-click the page and choose "Print preview" if you want to change the margins, zoom etc and remove dates, headers, footers etc.

It works great on the versions of IE that I've tried it on.

The print preview feature with the zoom etc means you can get much more precise worksheets than you can even with Google Chrome!

Colour schemes (not so blue any more)

We've added a "palette" icon to the home page and menu screens on textivate. It looks like this:

If you click on it (on textivate, not here) it will change the colour scheme, background colours etc. 

You can also specify a colour in your resource links / embed codes etc.

We'll add more colours later.

See the examples below. Open each activity to see the different colours.

Multiple-resource sequences

This post explores a new feature in textivate sequences. (Don't know what a sequence is? Look here for starters.)

>> TRY THIS SEQUENCE <<

The above sequence (in French) is based on 9 separate resources, each one dealing with a different section of the same story. (It's a description of the action from a Simon's Cat video called Fly Guy -- the sequence is actually made up of all of the activities featured on this blog post.)

If you try out the sequence, you'll see that as you complete one activity and click on the "Next" button, you are taken to a different activity based on the next piece of text -- each piece of text is actually a separate textivate file.

So how is this done?

Well, the easiest way is to open textivate in 2 separate browser tabs: one with an empty text box so that you can create your sequence and one that you use to open resources and get the urls.

Start by typing the following into your empty "Show all" text box: