Introducing LIVE SESSIONS on TeachVid

We’ve added a whole new side to *Private Classrooms on TeachVid: Live Sessions !!

(*Private classrooms are classrooms set up just for your students, to whom you provide an access code so that they can join. The difference between Private and Public classrooms is that teachers can see students / student data for Private classrooms, AND they can set Live Sessions.)

CREATE A LIVE SESSION

Live Sessions are accessed via the “Live” tab in your private classroom. If you have a Teacher subscription and you have created a private classroom, this is what that looks like:

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How long should video captions be on TeachVid?

Some questions to consider when creating transcript-based resources on TeachVid:

  • How long should each caption be?
  • Where’s the best place to split text?
  • When should I join separate lines into a single caption?

The image at the top of the post shows step 3.2 of the resource creation process, where every line of text in your transcript (from step 3.1) is shown as a blue “caption bubble”.

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Worksheet improvements :)

We’ve added some new functionality to the TeachVid printables!

Select your own words before printing

Previously, if you clicked on the “Gap fill” button, it automatically printed a random gap fill (with roughly 1 in 7 words gapped, up to a maximum of 30 gaps).

If you click on “Gap fill” now (as of 1st August 2019), you’ll see that the random option is still there, but there is also a new option to select your own gaps. (See image below).

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In support of parallel texts

Plenty has been written about the benefits for motivated language learners of using parallel texts to help learn a language. (Do a quick google search and you’ll see.)

Much of what is written in support of parallel texts is along the following lines:

  • They allow users to access texts beyond their level.
    Readers can read an L2 text and have constant recourse to an L1 equivalent so that they can check that they are understanding what they are reading.
  • They allow users to directly compare the L1 and the L2, which helps promote ‘noticing’.
    The ability to compare the way vocab and structures are formed and combined in the L2 with reference to the L1 equivalent promotes this noticing of differences which may not happen if students only had access to the L2 text.

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“Activity mode” in TeachVid

You may have already come across our blog post introducing “Learn mode” in TeachVid, in which we describe how TeachVid’s unique interactive player + captions + transcript / translation + various other tools combine to help students to engage with the video content even before they embark on any of the activities. (If not, here it is…)

Well, this blog post is all about “Activity mode”, which is arguably where the learning really begins…

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Sharing links to resources & activities

Every TeachVid resource page has a share button (at the top-right of the resource image preview), which allows users to share a link to that particular resource page via Facebook or Twitter (as shown in the image above).

That’s fine if you only want to share a link to the resource page. But we thought it might be a nice idea to allow users to do a bit more than that…

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YouTube Channel page on TeachVid

We recently added a YouTube Channel feature on TeachVid.

If you open any resource page on TeachVid – this one, for example – and you scroll down to below the “Printables” and the “Transcript” section, you’ll see a YouTube Info section.

This section is automatically generated and shows:

  • the “about” information for the YouTube channel to which the video used for the resource belongs (as long as the “about” text is not blank / empty).
  • a Video URL, linking to the video on YouTube.
  • a “More from this channel” button.
  • a button to access the YouTube Channel on YouTube.

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All registered users can now create TeachVid resources

It was previously the case that only those with Teacher subscriptions to TeachVid were able to create resources on TeachVid…

Not any more 🙂

All registered users can now create their own TeachVid resources!!

If you go to the resources section of TeachVid (you’ll need to register – FREE – or log in if you’ve already registered), you’ll see that you now have a “My resources” tab which looks something like the image below:

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Example classroom

Classrooms on TeachVid are set up by teachers, and users normally need to be sent an invitation to join these classrooms along with a password.

But we’ve now added an example classroom that anyone can visit.

The example classroom allows you to see what a classroom looks like – and what assignments look like – from a student’s perspective. (The only difference here is that none of the assignments have a due date.)

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GCSE Spanish Picture Description

One of the simplest ways of creating YouTube video content that you can use with your students on TeachVid is to add a voice-over track to a still image.

Describing a picture is a common assessment method for language learners, so why not make simple video content based on a still image plus your own scripted description of the image content?

Try to include vocabulary and structures that would be useful in as many contexts as possible, and bear in mind that the content should be vocabulary and structures that you would ideally like your students to be able to produce.

Have a look at the examples below. (Click on the links in blue to open the resources.)

Before you look, however, let me quickly explain what you’re looking at…

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