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:

My resources tab with no resources created

Simply click on the “Create new resource” button to start creating your own resource.

Note that registered users who are not subscribed as teachers (i.e. FREE users) can create up to 5 TeachVid resources.

This new level of access means that FREE users can try out the resource creation process and use their resources in class with their students – either front of class or by sharing a URL link with their students so that they can try the resources on their own devices or devices provided by the school.

So why subscribe to TeachVid?

Well, there’s no need to subscribe if you’re happy with the access level provided via the FREE registration.

BUT here are some reasons why you might want to subscribe if you are a teacher.

  1. Resource creation limits:
    Teachers can create an unlimited number of resources, compared with just 5 for FREE users.
  2. PDF printing:
    Teachers can print pdf worksheets etc for all resources on TeachVid that have pdfs available, whereas FREE users can only print pdfs for “featured resources”.
  3. Classrooms & assignments:
    Teachers can set up classrooms, invite students, set assignments and assessments for in class or at home, get feedback on assignment completion, scores etc. FREE users can’t.
  4. Created resource access levels:
    Teachers can create public resources that others can access via the resource search, allowing them to build up a TeachVid presence and reputation. FREE users can’t.
  5. Resource search:
    Teachers can access an advanced resource search. FREE users can’t.
  6. Copying resources:
    Teachers can copy resources uploaded by other users as “Public and copiable”. FREE users can’t.
  7. Access to other resources:
    Teachers (and Premium students) can access an unlimited number of TeachVid resources. FREE users are limited to featured resources plus an additional 10 resources per month (in addition to any resources they have created themselves).

Have a look at the pricing plans on the TeachVid website for more information.

Find out more about how to create a TeachVid resource by visiting our creating resources user guide.

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.)

Anyone can visit the example classroom by following the link below. You don’t even need to be registered on TeachVid:

https://www.teachvid.com/classroom/example

That said, if you want to try out the assignment activities, you will need to register (FREE) or log in (if you are already registered). This is because TeachVid cannot save your activity progress if you are not set up as a registered user.

For more information about setting assignments in TeachVid, see our setting assignments user guide.

For more information about adding students to classrooms, see our classrooms / managing students user guide.

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…

Every TeachVid resource has its own resource page, which includes things such as printable pdfs, the video transcript, information about the resource, information about the YouTube channel, a link to the video on YouTube, and, at the top of the page, an “Open resource” button which is how you access the interactive resource.

Once you have clicked the “Open resource” pop-up (and before you open any of the activities), you are in “learn mode”. This blog post explains what’s going on in learn mode.

Note that you don’t have to be logged in to try the activities, but it’s best if you are, as then your progress is saved for each activity. (Registration is free and takes no time at all. You can even register via Facebook or Google.)

Now that that’s dealt with, here are the resources…

Let me know what you think in the comments.

“Learn mode” in TeachVid

Every TeachVid resource has its own resource page, which includes things such as printable pdfs, the video transcript, information about the resource, information about the YouTube channel, a link to the video on YouTube, and, at the top of the page, an “Open resource” button which is how you access the interactive resource.

The “Open resource” button

Click on the “Open resource” button to open the interactive resource in a pop-up. On a desktop or laptop screen, it looks like this:

The interactive resource pop-up: “learn mode”

With the resource pop-up open like this, the student is in “learn mode”. Let’s look at some of the key features of learn mode as shown in the image above:

  • Bilingual subtitles: these appear beneath the video. Note to the right of the subtitle (in the image above) there is an Es / En button, which currently has Es (Español) underlined. Students can click this to see the current subtitle in their L1 (in this case English).
  • Bilingual transcript: this appears to the right of the video (or below it on narrow screens). Note that the current caption is highlighted. At the bottom of the transcript is another language selector. Students can click this to see the whole transcript translated in their L1 (in this case English).
  • Auto-scroll: with auto-scroll selected, the transcript / translation will scroll automatically so that the current caption is always visible.

So students can switch between L1 and L2 subtitles beneath the video. They can also switch between a full L2 transcript and a full L1 translation alongside the video, where the specific caption being spoken is highlighted in the text. This allows students to listen to the video whilst comparing the structures and vocabulary used in the two languages.

  • Navigation arrows: arrow buttons either side of the subtitle allow students to skip to the previous or next caption. This makes the video skip to the appropriate point in the video.
  • Navigation within transcript: similarly, you can click anywhere in the transcript to make the video skip to that section.

So in learn mode, students can view the video as many times as they like, with full control over playback, and they can switch between languages for both the transcript and the subtitles, so it’s really easy for students to, say, view the subtitles in the L2 and the transcript in the L1.

This means that meaning is constantly reinforced, and at all times students can compare and contrast the language used in the video with the translation, whilst at the same time reinforcing the link between how the L2 words are written and what they sound like in the video.

But there’s more…

Other features: Auto-pause, TTS, replay caption, etc.

To the left of the subtitle, above the left navigation arrow, is the Auto-pause button (looks a bit like <···>). When auto-pause is switched on (as in the image above) the video automatically pauses at the end of each caption. This gives the student the chance to:

  • stop and study the subtitle
  • compare the subtitle with the translation (provided they’ve set them up as in the image above)
  • repeat the current caption (note the circular arrow in the bottom right of the video pane)

See how the video screen has been darkened and Spanish and English words super-imposed in the above image? Well, this is what happens when you click the words in the subtitle, when the subtitle is showing the L2 (i.e. the language of the video):

  • the video pauses
  • the specific chunk or word is displayed along with its “chunk translation”
  • the word is read out by text-to-speech (TTS)

At the bottom right of the video pane, you’ll also see the word 100%. Students can click on this to change the playback speed to 75% or 50% (these options will depend on the device the student is using).

Learn mode is a great way for students to notice similarities and differences between their own language and the language that they are learning. They can spend as long as they like on learn mode, stopping and starting, comparing and contrasting, repeating sections, changing the playback speed, clicking on specific chunks for more accurate “chunk translations” (and teacher generated notes for specific chunks where these have been added).

And when they are ready to move on to practise with the language, they can click on the “Activities” button at the top right of the pop-up to access a menu of activities. (And that’s arguably where the learning really begins…)

Note that students can switch between “learn mode” and “activity mode” as much and as often as they like.

Note also that when you add a resource preview to an assignment, you are giving them the opportunity to engage with the resource in learn mode.

Here’s a link to the resource featured in this post.

For more information about how learn mode fits in with TeachVid’s overall methodology, see our pedagogy page on the TeachVid website.

Video times: create resources from cropped videos

We’ve added an extra (optional) step into the TeachVid resource creation process: “Video times”.

Even relatively short videos – just a couple of minutes long – can actually involve quite a lot of text if you are making a resource based on the video transcript.

One way of exploiting a longer video is to essentially split it up into smaller sections, or just choose one specific section that contains the language that you want your students to practise. A 30-second snippet of video is often all that you require. And it’s much quicker to create too 🙂

The crop tool (see above) allows you to set a start and end time for your resource, essentially cropping the video so that you only need to use a small part of it with your students.

Simply drag the sliders into position, and the rest of the video creation process will then focus exclusively on the section that you have selected.

(Note that if you are editing an existing resource, any existing caption times and question times will be respected. Note also that it is not possible to crop the video to exclude any existing times / questions, so simply sliding the start time as far forward as possible and and the end time as far back as possible will force the video resource to fit exactly around your existing content.)

Setting assignments

For teachers, TeachVid classrooms are a place where they can assign activities and assessments for their students to complete. Any TeachVid user with a teacher subscription can create their own classrooms, add students, set assignments and assessments.

As a teacher subscriber on TeachVid, you will see a “Set Assignment” button at the top of the Assignments tab. Click this to open the assignment pop-up.

The “Set Assignment” button

Select a resource

The first step is to choose a resource to use as the basis for your assignment. You can use the resource search to search all publicly available resources, or you can select from your list of favorited resources.

Select a resource from search or favorites

Assignments can consist of more than one resource, as explained below. But to start with, click on a resource card to go to the next step, which is to select activities.

Select activities

First, choose an activity from the activity selector…

Select an activity from the Activity name selector

Use the other selectors to set the various activity options, which affect the students’ experience when they do the assignment, then click the button to add the activity. (These are explained beneath the image below.)

Activity options

The options available depend on the activity and on whether or not the resource includes a translation. For all transcript-based resources with a translation, the options available are:

View mode

  • Video + translation: the activity will appear along with the video and a translation of the transcript. The activity is broken down into mini tasks, each linked to a section of the video. The video pauses at the end of each section, while the relevant part of the translation is highlighted. Students combine listening, translation and context cues to complete each mini task.
  • Translation only: the activity is broken down into mini tasks, and the relevant section of the translation is highlighted, but students have no access to the video. Students use translation and context cues to complete each mini task.
  • Video only: the activity will appear along with the video. The activity is broken down into mini tasks, each linked to a section of the video, but no translation is available. The video pauses at the end of each section, and students use listening and context cues to complete each mini task.
  • Activity only: the activity is broken down into mini tasks, but with no access to the video or the translation. Students must use context cues alone (and memory) to complete the activity.

Activity mode

  • Practice: practice activities work in exactly the same way as activities accessed via the Resources section. The focus is on language practice and students are expected to keep trying until they get the answer correct. Students can correct themselves and learn from mistakes.
  • Assessment: assessment activities accept the student’s first answer in all cases, and the focus is clearly on finding out – and reporting back to the teacher – exactly how much the student knows.

Pass mark

By default there is no pass mark, but you can set a pass mark anywhere from 40% to 90%. Adding a pass mark for practice activities means that students cannot simply guess randomly until they get the answers correct. A pass mark should not be necessary for an assessment, as the idea is that you want to know how much the student knows, but it may be useful to set a low pass mark for the same reason as for practice activities.

Assignment activities

You can add as many activities as you like to the assignment, and you can use the back button to go back to the resources list and add activities based on a different resource.

You can also edit, delete or change the position of the activities in the list. Once you are happy with your list of assignment activities, click on next (or finalize) to go to the final step.

Finalize

In the last step, add a title, add some instructions for your students (optional), set a due date and time, and decide whether or not a resource preview will be made available to your students.

A resource preview means that the students can open the resource in Learn Mode, so that they can engage with video content, listen, pause, replay, read and compare language structures and vocab etc., before they do the activities.

The end result can be seen below. The assignment has a preview + three activities. One activity is “Video only”, one is “Video + translation”, one is an assessment.

Assignment example

To see what the various assignment activity types look like from a student’s perspective, visit the example classroom on TeachVid. (You’ll need to register / log-in if you want to try the activities.)

Classrooms – managing students

For teachers, TeachVid classrooms are a place where they can assign activities and assessments for their students to complete. Any TeachVid user with a teacher subscription can create their own classrooms, add students, set assignments and assessments.

This post deals with how to invite and manage students in private classrooms.

(Public classrooms can be accessed by all premium students, but teachers of public classrooms have no control over those who join.)

Once you have created your private classroom, open the “Edit” tab, and you should see something like the following:

The classroom edit tab.

To add students to your class, simply click on the “Invite Students” button, and you should see a popup containing the “join” url for the class, a classroom code and password.

Inviting students.

Copy the url from the pop-up to share with your students along with the password that they will need to join the classroom.

Or tell them to go to the classrooms page, click on the “Join classroom” button and key in the classroom code and the password when prompted.

Once they have joined your class, your students will see the classroom listed in their classrooms list whenever they go to the classrooms page (accessible from the main navigation menu).

You can also invite teachers to join your class as additional teachers, giving them the same level of access and control as you have. (This works by sending an email. The recipient of the email must have a teacher subscription in order to join the class as a teacher).

By default, the students will be displayed in your classroom using the names that they used to register themselves with TeachVid. You can change the names that appear in your student list — to make them more consistent, for example — by clicking on the “Change student list” button, changing the names and then saving the changes.

If you’d like to see how classrooms work in TeachVid, as well as trying out assignments which are intended to demonstrate the various assignment activity options available, please visit this Example Classroom, which has assignments similar to those shown in the images above and below. (You’ll need to register / log-in if you want to try the activities. You can register for free.)

Assignments list on “French Example Classroom”