Speed Read! (text reading activity against the clock :)

Speed Read is a great way of helping students to memorize a text, and of getting them reading and understanding quickly and accurately.

It's simple: students have 3 "lives". The timer runs across the screen while the students decides the next correct part of the text. If they get it wrong, they lose a chunk of time. If the time runs out, they lose a life. Once all 3 lives are lost, the game is over.

The info at the bottom left of the screen indicates the overall score plus the number of times the complete text has been read.

The challenge is to get a high score, by reading the text several times. (The timer gets faster with each re-read!)

The text chunks alternate between 3-word chunks and 2-word chunks with each re-read.

Here's an embedded example:

Parallel texts / extra texts along with a textivate resource

You may be aware that we've recently added the facility to embed an image or a video to appear alongside textivate activities?

(No? Here's some info about embedding videos. And this post is about embedding an image.)

Well, it occurred to us that you could add a parallel text to a textivate resource and have this appear alongside your activities. This would allow for all sorts of possibilities. e.g. guided translation & find the French / Spanish / German etc

We've now incorporated all of these extra features into a new "Extras" tab.

Picture prompt for your textivities - exploiting a picture with textivate

Just as you can add a video to your textivate resources, as explained here, you can now add an image to a textivate resource so that students can view it along with the activities.

As with video and audio embedding, there are 2 methods:

1. Via the "Extras" tab

Simply click on the Extras tab and type or paste the link to your image in the "Image url" box.