Textivate says my score is too low, even though it's higher than the target. (Or is it...?)

"Textivate keeps asking me to do a sequence activity again because my score was too low, even though it was higher than the target..."

I get this sort of query a lot. Look at the image and you can see where the confusion arises: the student is told that the score is too low, because they only got 83%, and the target is 81%. But all isn't quite as it seems...

What is happening here is the following: textivate reduces the target score by 10% each time the student fails to reach the target score. This is so as to avoid a situation where a student is unable to pass an activity because of one little mistake.

It's actually there to help the student!! Without it, he would have to keep on trying until he got the initial target for that activity (which could be anywhere from 50% to 100%, depending on how it was set up by the teacher).

In the example in the image, the initial target was 90%. The student failed to meet the target, as he only got 83%. The target was then reduced by 10% to 81% for the next try. (If he failed to meet this target, it would be reduced again by 10%, this time to 73%, etc, etc.)

I hope this helps explain what's going on when you see this sort of thing. Remember, it's actually there to help the student.

And besides, more practice = more repetitions = better learning / acquisition :o)

Share links with classes / My resources for individual student log-ins

Sharing links with classes

If you are logged on as a teacher on textivate, AND you have one or more classes set up (via the Classes menu), you can click on the share icon on any textivate page, fine-tune the link in whatever way you like, and share this link with one or more of your classes.

(If you are not familiar with the share icon and sharing links on textivate, see this blog post.)

(If you are not familiar with the concept of fine-tuning links on textivate, see this blog post.)

When you click the share icon (and presuming you are logged in as a teacher and you have one or more classes set up) you will see a "Share with class" button next to the Twitter and Facebook share buttons, as shown below:

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:

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:

The procedure...