Introducing SEQUENCES on textivate


Textivate has a facility for creating a sequence of activities, which students must complete in the order that you specify. For most activities, you can also specify a target score which the student must achieve in order to pass on to the next activity.

You can have as many activities as you like in a sequence (or just one if you like). Students are invited to log-in using your (Premium or Group) textivate username plus the shared student password for your account, or their individual passwords (if you have set these up). 

If logging in using the shared student password, students will be required to enter their name (which they should preferably do in a format specified by you) and a group (optional) when they finish the sequence, so that a record of their work can be uploaded.

If logging in using individual passwords, students' progress is updated to our servers after each activity is completed.


You can then access student scores etc via the new gradebook icon on textivate. You get a global score, total time taken, plus a breakdown of scores and time taken for each activity, including how many times each activity was repeated.

This is a great way of checking that students have completed their homework, as well as giving you all sorts of info about their performance.

More importantly, it's also a great way of ensuring that students are exposed to lots of repetitions of your target structures and vocabulary, whilst giving you a way of checking that they are putting the work in.

Here's an example of a sequence of 5 very short French activities:

Another thought: if you set a sequence of 1 activity, with no "pass target", this could be used as an assessment, where students' scores are recorded online...

Here's an example of a 1 activity sequence, where after spending a bit of time on a text such as the students could then do this as an assessment:

By the way, you can also embed a sequence. See the example below. (You can close the log-in box to have a go at the sequence.):

I'm sure you'll agree, this adds a whole new dimension to textivate. Please let us know what you think via email or via our twitter account (@textivate).

Video tutorials that deal with sequences (NO AUDIO):

1. How to create a textivate sequence.

2. Sequences from the student's perspective - completing & submitting a textivate sequence.

3. Gradebook on textivate - accessing sequence results submitted by students.

Related posts:

More on textivate sequences

LIGHT - an embedded KS3 Science sequence of 10 activities

Chez moi (a textivate sequence = a substantial bit of homework)

How to submit work at the end of a textivate homework sequence

Resource preview option.

"Protected" resources.

Sequences based on activities from more than one resource



9 responses
I'm confused about this: "When students have completed a sequence, they are invited to log-in using your (Premium or Group) textivate username plus the shared student password for your account". Wouldn't they have to be logged in already to access the sequence?
Hi Angie. Originally it was set up so that they only had to log in at the end, then I added a log in at the beginning. It's still possible to do a sequence by closing the log-in box that appears at the beginning (and which will appear for each sequence activity if you are not logged in) and then log in at the end, once you've completed the sequence. Whichever way you do it, what happens is that once the sequence is completed, students are asked to type in their name (and group) so that their teacher can identify their results.
Do you have any Chinese samples. I am really keen to experiment further with Textivate and would benefit from seeing samples of work.
I'm afraid not. If you want to send me a short Chinese text via the contact or email on the textivate website, I can set something up for you, so you can see how it looks.
I will do that later this week. I would like to see how each of the things looks like, particularly the more difficult ones. I have done the cloze activity and the paragraph jumble and I love them but haven’t experimented much with the others. The Chinese Teachers Association of Queensland is having a conference mid 2016 and I want to be able to give examples etc so that everyone can see the various aspects of the program. So, if you have something new happening, please let me know. Many thanks Kay Bence From: [] Sent: Sunday, 13 December 2015 8:13 PM
I have created a lot of activities which I think are particularly useful for Chinese and these are attached. If you can demonstrate how the sequences thing works that would be great. Many thanks Kay Bence From: [] Sent: Sunday, 13 December 2015 8:13 PM
Attached? Please send to textivate at gmail dot com
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