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.

"Your site is the only one I know that reflects my ideas about language learning / acquisition."

"In an era when there are probably too many gimmicky uses of ICT in MFL, this is a package which will stand the test of time, provide a good mental challenge and support any language course you can imagine. It appeals to the teacher who values analysis in language learning, but also provides good comprehension material which you can grade to the needs of your class. Crucially, it is a super time saver, being quick and easy to use, even for any technophobe teachers. You can probably guess that I recommend it highly."

"What I like most about textivate is that you can add vocab alongside the texts so students can play in a wide of range of activities and games with a format such as a booking letter / email or an account of a holiday and then separately deal with say the key verbs in a specific tense. The vocab / verbs or whatever are highlighted in the text. Personally I think that is a pretty devastating combination."

"Creating computer based materials can be incredibly time consuming and also very frustrating as websites and web based content can change so quickly, that's why it is always so nice to discover tools like Textivate which can enable you to create instant interactivity using almost any text you find from around the web."

"This is a remarkable find, not only because it is indeed a useful tool, but in that it recapitulates a bygone era in CALL, that of text manipulation. [...] I think text manipulation is a venerable technique, and it's nice that virtually unlimited home-grown materials can now be only as far away as your browser."

"I LOVE Textivate! Textivate is a website that allows students to manipulate texts in various ways. And it’s SO easy to use. You paste in your text, hit “textivate” and you have 20+ activities ready made to give your students repetition in reading, but in interesting ways."

"Textivate is great tool when you would like students to review a story. This is obviously very relevant for my students learning a foreign language as repetition is key. Whenever we read or create a story, it is important to follow up on it with more practice and more repetition of the vocabulary structures that I want them to learn."

"Textivate is an amazing tool. If you have a story, all you need to do is copy and paste it into your textivate account and it automatically creates online games for students. They can put the story in order, fill in the blanks, matching, etc. It's a wonderful tool for review and a great time filler if you have a few extra minutes at the end of your lesson. Or, it can also be used to review a story from the day before or as a formative assessment. All around, its a great tool!"

"This is the best 2.0 tool for comprehensible input classrooms. I only say that because I can’t think of one that I like better. This is EASY for teachers and easy for students. It takes less than a minute to “Textivate” a text, and there are twenty-seven different activities that your students can complete while interacting with the text and getting reps and reps and reps and…."

"I LOVE textivate, and can't imagine teaching without it."

"I can whip up a new textivate in class while we are telling the story and have it ready to go as soon as we wrap up the story, now that I've been using it for a while. A HUGE time saver when you need sub plans in a crunch (assigned on google classroom, or printed out and ready to go!) or you finish early and suddenly have 10 minutes you didn't anticipate (whole class game projected on the smart board!)"

"Textivate is my favorite favorite favorite thing ever."

"I like the way it gets students thinking about sentence structure, parts of speech, and grammar without it being explicit."

"It really helps my students to write for mandated department testing."

"Textivate is the best, 100%"

"Textivate is amazing - it's hard to explain why, without writing paragraphs worth of things, but you should check out the blog."

"There's definitely a learning curve when trying to learn all of those features. It's a powerful tool once you learn its quirks. Check the user guides and examples in the Textivate blog."

"I am not a fan of most tech in the classroom. [...] That said, I do like using Textivate, which is a platform that allows you to upload stories (or whatever you use in your target language), and then have students do stuff with these activities. [...] I like Textivate because it involves students reading and processing meaning, it is relatively low-tech, it is simple and reliable, and kids don’t need accounts, apps etc (it is doable on a phone)."

"I love your site!  I teach 4-6th grades using TPRS in a private school in California, USA and think that what you have done is amazing for my students!"

"Thank you so much for all your work. Textivate remains the best and the best value language-learning resource available as far as I am concerned."

"I absolutely love Textivate and my students really enjoy it!"

"I love this site and the excellent customer service."

"My students LOVE Textivate and it is my 'go to' for sub days. Thanks for all you do!"

"I am the department chair for World Languages. We love your service!"

"I love Textivate and will use it a lot this year! Thanks for always making it even better!"

"Thanks for offering Textivate to the world. We love it."

"Textivate is fantastic! I, and my students, love it!"

"Thanks again! I love Textivate!!!"

"Thank you for such an excellent resource! I love using textivate for my students."

"First of all, I would like to thank Textivate.com. It answers my need to do differentiation in classroom. The TTS of Chinese is 99% near native speaker. Just love it."

"I got a lot of mileage out of Textivate last year, at a point in my career when it was tough to push myself to do anything new. [...] I love the possibilities you've created for the tool, with all the thought and hard work you've poured into it!"

"I can't thank you enough for adding in the classroom piece to Textivate. So excited to try it out in the Fall. I don't think you realize how much Textivate gives me a platform to make my classroom more practical for student practice of personalized CI. Truly amazing. Thank you!"

"Textivate motivates even students with only 7 days of class instruction to want to read and write in Spanish like no other product I have seen."

"One of the many things that Tina (Hargaden) and Ben (Slavic) mention in their book ("A Natural Approach to Stories") is Textivate. I love Textivate! I have used it in the past as a way to review stories. I like it because it is easy differentiation and students can go at their own pace while reviewing stories."

"The challenge gets everyone engaged. We do it as teams. My classroom gets so quiet you can hear a pin drop and then there is raucous uproar when someone on a team dumps a chunk of points. The kids get so intense. It is a great wrap up activity after a story has been told and I've done everything I want to with actors and re-tells, etc. this is my final push and we end with a bang!"

LOVE textivate! Just type in your text and then create games for language practice. Good for working with music lyrics, too! You can allow students to decide how to play with the language or assign specific tasks / games. The subscription is worth every euro.

I hesitated for a long time, wondering whether or not it was worth it. I got a subscription this year and it was honestly a lifesaver.

It’s a brilliant resource, particularly if your school is keen to tick the box for tech - this is a really useful tool. I love Textivate!

I really rate [Textivate] as a productive use of simple tech for providing input and practice. So adaptable and easy to use.

I love Textivate! It's a great sub activity or can be used for a change of pace. It's also really easy to differentiate activities. I use it a lot to review a story, reading, or Movie Talk.


Textivate - Notable mentions so far...

I'm pretty pleased with the response since textivate was launched. (Updated 19th Sep 2012)

Notable mentions include: 

Create Instant Interactive Text Based Activities from Nik Peachey's QuickShout blog. Some nice comments here beneath Nik's very positive review. This review in particular was widely reproduced and re-blogged, scooped etc...

Top Technologies for Language Learning - the Tools section of the Speechy Project website. (Gold medal / 1st position last time I looked). You can see the full review by clicking on the image, or click here.

Using textivate.com for simple interactive tasks from Baiba Svenca's EFL blog "B's Life with English" - a great example of one way of approaching the teaching of a text using textivate.

"textivate" has potential, BUT... in which Larry Ferlazzo says that the downside of textivate is that it doesn't allow teachers control over things such as gapped words. I've replied to him on the blog post, if you're interested.

Textivate - a review by Steve Smith of frenchteacher.net - this was the first review to appear, just one day after textivate was launched, and I think Steve's assessment of what textivate does and how it compares with TaskMagic is pretty good.

Have you tried it yet?


(Image above shows the menu screen - each 'button' links to an automatically generated interactive exercise based on the text.)