tag:textivate.posthaven.com,2013:/posts The textivate blog 2018-09-14T11:57:57Z . . tag:textivate.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1313100 2018-08-18T17:30:54Z 2018-08-18T19:18:17Z French alphabet sound match (using TTS) :o)

Some activities to practise the French alphabet.

The activities use TTS to read out the French letters. Students simply have to click on the letter they hear. 

Find out more about TTS in textivate

Find out how to make "sound match" activities such as these

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tag:textivate.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1313008 2018-08-18T11:29:32Z 2018-08-18T19:18:43Z Team Challenges: how to get individual student scores (and see behind scoreboard aliases)

This simple tutorial looks at a new feature (as of 18th August 2018) which allows you to access individual student scores in team challenges.

How to set this up:

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tag:textivate.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1312002 2018-08-15T12:41:39Z 2018-08-18T19:19:08Z TRAPDOOR TRANSLATION: Using Trapdoor in Textivate to make a multiple-choice translation rebuild activity

(Please scroll down to the bottom of the post to try the activity for yourself.)

This post refers to the optional text-based activity, Trapdoor, as introduced in this blog-post / user-guide:
http://textivate.posthaven.com/new-optional-text-activity-trapdoor

The end result of this blog post also requires you to include a parallel text translation in the L1 (which may or may not be divided into "chunks" by adding vertical pipes as in the example shown). See this user-guide on parallel texts and how to add them to your resource:
http://textivate.posthaven.com/parallel-texts-slash-extra-texts-along-with-a-textivate-resource

The procedure...

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tag:textivate.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1306529 2018-07-27T23:03:00Z 2018-09-14T11:57:57Z Textivate Testimonials

The page contains an assortment of quotes from textivate users. Please feel free to contact textivate if you'd like to know the source of any of these quotes.

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tag:textivate.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1286301 2018-05-22T11:36:10Z 2018-08-18T19:19:38Z Some GCSE SPANISH translation resources...

The resources in this post were created based on texts taken from old GCSE Spanish papers, and which featured in a booklet uploaded to the Secondary MFL Matters Facebook group by Kate Jones. Here they are presented in the same order that they appear in Kate's booklet.

The images below are clickable and will open the menu for each resource in a separate browser tab. 

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tag:textivate.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1251949 2018-02-23T20:30:53Z 2018-08-18T19:20:29Z For group subscriptions: sharing resources with group members

A new feature for those with Group subscriptions (23rd Feb 2018)...

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tag:textivate.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1238710 2018-01-27T10:34:48Z 2018-08-18T19:20:55Z The "textivate>>" button

The "textivate>>" button is where the magic happens :0)

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tag:textivate.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1229160 2018-01-09T14:35:19Z 2018-08-18T19:21:47Z Not-quite translation: transforming L1 notes to L2 text

Today I read a blog post on the Language Teacher Toolkit blog by Steve Smith entitled "Google Translate beaters". 

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tag:textivate.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1229091 2018-01-09T12:41:57Z 2018-08-18T19:22:26Z Textivate now served via https (secure site access)

At the end of December 2017 we migrated textivate to new servers, and the site is now also served via https only. 

The pros

The benefits of this are:

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tag:textivate.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1204488 2017-11-10T17:26:04Z 2018-08-18T19:23:18Z Create Challenges based on Textivate Plus resources

Somebody said it would be nice if they could make Challenges based on Textivate Plus resources. So we added that functionality :)

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tag:textivate.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1204244 2017-11-09T16:37:12Z 2018-08-18T19:23:53Z Parameters for Challenges :)

If you edit an existing Challenge or click to add a new Challenge, you can now set some parameters for the activities within your Challenge.

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tag:textivate.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1191479 2017-09-15T16:49:31Z 2018-08-18T19:24:42Z Dual-language parallel texts for vocab-in-context activities

Just something I was playing around with today, sort of based on this idea on "Using mini dual texts to present vocab in context in MFL lessons" from the TaskMagic blog.

I thought it would be nice to make both the L2 and the L1 text available at the same time as a parallel text along with vocab activities, as a way of drawing students' attention to how the sentences break down (and, conversely, how the chunks of meaning are fitted together to make sentences).

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tag:textivate.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1189254 2017-09-06T15:40:20Z 2018-08-18T19:25:09Z Circling questions (just trying something out...)

Just trying something out: activities based on TPRS-style "circling" questions. What do you think? The plan is to make a tool that can help teachers to generate circling questions based on their text, that can be used in the ways shown here. The image (above) includes a parallel text. The circling questions appear in a specific order.

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tag:textivate.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1187609 2017-09-02T09:51:53Z 2018-03-26T20:59:33Z Working with written texts... (inspired by TLTT)

I've just been reading through chapter 10 of the excellent "The Language Teacher Toolkit" by Steve Smith and Gianfranco Conti (available here). 

The chapter is called "Working with written texts" and it gives a list of 30 or so different types of activities that can be done with written texts. As I read through the list it occurred to me that many of the activities listed can be automated and can therefore be delivered via textivate. I thought I'd put together some examples :)

The sections below are: 1. Listen and read; 2. Jigsaw reading; 3. Parallel texts; 4. Find the French; 5. Synonyms; 6. Definitions; 7. Question forming; 8. Completing sentences; 9. True, false, not mentioned; 10. Matching tasks; 11. Multiple-choice questions; 12. "Wh" questions; 13. Gap-filling; 14. Changing the point of view; 15. Translation; 16. Dictation; + Other activities.

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tag:textivate.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1184740 2017-08-18T16:36:25Z 2018-08-18T19:25:40Z Working with chunks :)

It was suggested to me recently that it would be really good if textivate could provide text re-build activities based on chunks specified by the teacher. The rationale behind this is that it is better for students to work with words grouped in meaningful chunks rather than in isolation or in randomly generated segments.

Textivate has always had re-build activities based on letters, words, sentences and randomly split sections of text, but until now, there was no way of specifying chunks. 

Follow the instructions below to set up reconstruction activities based on your own user-specified chunks:

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tag:textivate.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1171852 2017-07-09T09:10:04Z 2018-09-03T14:48:48Z Manage classes and students for individual student log-ins and sequences which can be completed on multiple devices

The post discusses the student password options in textivate and shows you how to set up classes and individual log-ins for your students. (Premium / Group subscribers only.)

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tag:textivate.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1166167 2017-06-21T16:52:14Z 2018-08-18T19:29:28Z New optional text activity: Trapdoor :)

If you open a text resource or type in some text in the text tab on the textivate edit screen, you'll see a new "Trapdoor" button. Click this to add a Trapdoor activity to your resource.

A Trapdoor activity is a multiple choice activity where students click their way through the options to (re-)build the text. It is called Trapdoor because if they get a section wrong, they fall through the trapdoor and they have to start again.

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tag:textivate.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1154969 2017-05-18T15:37:22Z 2018-08-18T19:29:53Z New search functionality, plus views and likes

Several small updates and improvements:

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tag:textivate.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1154956 2017-05-18T14:53:27Z 2018-08-18T19:30:30Z Set and enforce your own team names for scoreboard challenges

New feature as of May 2017

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tag:textivate.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1153232 2017-05-11T12:06:48Z 2018-08-18T19:31:40Z Exploiting texts

This is a step-by-step user-guide which demonstrates how simple it is to exploit a text with textivate.

Each of the steps below has an ">>> our resource so far" link at the bottom. Simply click this to see what the textivate resource would look like if you followed the instructions in each step. 

Note that many of the steps are optional: a text-based resource is in fact ready to be used after step 2. (It just needs to be uploaded, which isn't mentioned in this post). The optional extras (steps 4+) add all sorts of extra features to your text resource, such as vocab activities, text-to-speech, parallel text, etc.

1. Create a new resource

Click on the New Resource icon to clear the contents of all of the text boxes before you start.

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tag:textivate.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1149119 2017-04-25T09:25:27Z 2018-08-18T19:32:15Z Configuring match resources based on sentence halves

The key thing to remember when making matching resources based on matching sentence halves is that the matches should be exclusive - i.e. you should make sure that there is only one sentence end that could possibly go with each sentence starter. It's no good making a resource based on the following data:

Je fais partie d'un club >> de foot
Je fais partie d'un club >> de tennis
Je fais partie d'un club >> de rugby
etc...

...because any of the ends can match perfectly well with any of the starters.

Instead, you need to do this sort of thing:

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tag:textivate.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1146266 2017-04-13T21:14:03Z 2018-08-18T19:33:15Z Access textivate free this weekend (free student access)

** NOT AVAILABLE RIGHT NOW :(

Want to try out textivate this weekend? (until Sunday 23rd April 2017)

Go to http://www.textivate.com/?new=1 and click the "Log in / subscribe" button. Select "Log in" and enter the following:

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tag:textivate.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1142506 2017-03-30T10:06:07Z 2018-08-18T19:33:44Z How to make vocab resources with a production / output focus

Vocab resources with an output focus ask the question "how do you say ...?" rather than "what does ... mean?"

The focus is on students' productive skills (speaking, writing) rather than on receptive skills (listening, reading), so they are more challenging for students.

The screen image above shows a textivate Match resource which has the following characteristics:

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tag:textivate.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1142077 2017-03-28T10:50:13Z 2018-08-18T19:34:04Z How to make vocab resources with a receptive focus - good for GCSE R/L revision

Vocab resources with a receptive (or input) focus ask the question "what does ... mean?" rather than "how do you say ...?"

The focus is on students' receptive skills (listening, reading) rather than on productive skills (speaking, writing), so they are less challenging for students. We want to know what they can understand rather than what they can produce themselves.

The screen image above shows a textivate Match resource which has the following characteristics:

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tag:textivate.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1141109 2017-03-23T22:12:04Z 2018-08-18T19:34:55Z How to exclude activities from the textivate menu

How to exclude activities from the textivate menu.

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tag:textivate.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1139255 2017-03-16T17:59:52Z 2018-08-18T19:35:41Z Copy name from scoreboard feature added to challenge login -- good for Team Challenges :)

We've added a new feature allowing users to select from names that are already on the scoreboard when they log in to a challenge.

Why? 

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tag:textivate.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1138686 2017-03-14T17:08:02Z 2018-08-18T19:36:06Z GCSE French essays on textivate plus :)

Have you seen the GCSE French essays section on textivate plus?

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tag:textivate.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1133892 2017-02-24T11:23:46Z 2018-08-18T19:36:47Z Exploiting songs with textivate

This blog post looks at some of the sorts of activities that you can do with textivate to exploit a song. The song itself can be embedded as a video, or as audio, or students can access it in a separate browser tab or window.

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tag:textivate.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1131331 2017-02-14T20:08:52Z 2018-08-18T19:37:26Z What's the difference between textivate and TaskMagic?

What's the difference between textivate and TaskMagic?

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tag:textivate.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1128211 2017-02-02T14:54:42Z 2017-02-02T14:55:59Z New menu screen

We've completely revamped the menu screen (above). 

This new version makes it much easier to read the text / matching items on the menu screen.

It also has words on the menu, rather than images intended to represent each activity.

And many activities that are essentially the same, such as all the tile activities, are now accessed in submenus.

Here's what it used to look like (if you've never used textivate, or if you've forgotten already...):

Here is a link to the menu as shown in the first image above. Have a play with it: http://www.textivate.com/menu-7rfjn1?colscheme=blue

We hope you like the change.

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