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:

The ‘Live’ tab with the ‘New Live Session’ button.

Click on the “New Live Session” button to begin.

The next step is to choose a resource for your Live Session:

Live Session – Select a resource

Choose from the public resource search as well as your favorite resources list. Click on a resource to select it as the basis for your Live Session.

Live Session – Session data

On the next step (above) you need to do the following:

  • Set the end time for the Live Session
    By default, 1 hour is added to the current time, but a Live Session can last for anywhere between a few minutes and a couple of months. Use the Date / Time input to change the date and time. (Note that you can end the session manually at any point, so the time that you set is not set in stone.)
  • Select the activities for the Live Session
    By default, all available activities are selected. Deselect those that you don’t want to be included in your Live Session.
  • Decide on access for Live Session activities
    You can click on the checkbox to “Allow students to only access each activity once.” By default, this is not selected, so students are free to open and close any of the activities as many times as they like, and each time they access an activity that they have already started, it jumps to the correct place. However, if this checkbox is selected, students can only open each activity once. This means that once they have closed an activity, they will not be able to open it again, irrespective of how far through the activity they had progressed.

lAUNCH THE LIVE SESSION

Click on “Go Live!” to launch the Live Session. It will look something like this when it starts:

Live Session – started

The “End Live Session” button shows if you are the teacher of the class. You can click this to end the Live Session at any point.

The 3 white blocks contain information for the user. So in this case, I am told that:

  • I have scored 0 points.
  • There are 0 students currently connected. (This will show my position relative to the rest of the class once people are connected. See the scoreboard image below.)
  • There are 56 minutes and 47 seconds remaining before the Live Session ends.

GAME PLAY

Students can access the available activities in any order. They score points based on their interactions (clicks, letters, etc) with the activities. And this happens on a per caption basis, so after each TeachVid mini-task, the student is awarded points based on how accurate their interactions were. They can see immediately…

  • The number of additional points (+500 in the image below)
  • The total points for this activity (500)
  • The total points for their live session, in brackets (800 below)
Live Session – Scoring points

Since points are awarded based on the number of interactions, some activities can score way more points than others. Those which score the most points will be the Initials-100 and Spell-100 activities.

THE SCOREBOARD

Live Session – teacher view with scoreboard

The image above shows the scoreboard, which appears for the classroom teacher, and which updates automatically every few seconds.

(Students do not see the scoreboard on their screens – they just see the white info boxes which tell them their score, their position and the time remaining.)

LIVE SESSION HISTORY

A classroom teacher will see a list of all Live Session history for their classroom, which appears below any current Live Session data. e.g.:

Live Session History

Teachers can delete Live Session data, and they can also access scoreboard data for the finished Live Session:

Live Session – Scoreboard history

So you can see the total score achieved by each student during the Live Session. If you then click on the + symbol at the end of each row, you can see much more in-depth data about each student’s interactions within each of the Live Session activities:

Live Session – Student activity data

GIVE IT A TRY!

So if you have an active Teacher (or School) subscription, go and create a private classroom, and have a play with this new feature. We’d love to hear your feedback.

And if you don’t have an active Teacher (or School) subscription, remember that all our subscriptions come with the 1st month FREE (provided you haven’t previously set up and canceled a subscription), so you pay nothing if you cancel in the first month.

UPDATE (23/09/2019) – LIVE Sessions via Resource Pages!

So you’ve got this far and are wondering how you get to try this out without subscribing (yet!) to TeachVid?

Well, we’ve added a few more features:

All registered users can set temporary Live Sessions based on “featured” resources and active Teacher subscribers can set temporary Live Sessions based on any non-private resource.

Temporary Live Sessions are set directly from a resource page. Simply click on the Live Session icon that appears on the resource preview image (if available). See image below:

The Live Session icon on a resource page

This will allow you to set a Live Session which…

  • has its own unique URL / identifier
  • can last for up to 12 hours
  • can be accessed via the new Live option on the main menu, which opens the Live Sessions page
  • allows you to see the scoreboard scores for up to 24 hours after it has finished
  • can be ended by you at any point

Note that you need to be logged in to create a temporary Live Session, and your students need to have registered and be logged in to take part in it. (No subscription is required to create Live Sessions based on featured resources.)

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