How can I use a TeachVid resource with my students?

This post looks at 5 different ways of exploiting a TeachVid resource with your students…

The Resource Page

1) The Resource Page

Students (or you) can search the resources to find one that they (or you) want to use. Spend time in Learn Mode listening, watching, pausing the video, comparing the languages, clicking the subtitles for text-to-speech and chunk notes etc. Students (if working individually) can then do any of the available activities in any order and have their scores and progress saved by TeachVid.

Ideal for: Student self-study (at home or in school), prescribed practice in class, front of class work with the resource.

How to access: In class, you can tell students which resource to access and then go around the class monitoring them as they take part in Learn Mode and the various activities.

Availability: All registered users can access all featured resources (those marked with a star) plus an additional 10 resources per month. Teacher and Premium student subscribers can access all non-private resources (plus their own private resources).

Student feedback: Students can see % completion and % accuracy per activity (as long as they are registered and logged in).

Teacher feedback: None, except visual monitoring of students if done in class.

Links: Resources | Learn Mode (blog) | Activity mode (blog)


Temporary Live Sessions via the Live menu button

2) Temporary Live Session

As with general resource practice (above), students can access activities in any order and are free to choose from those available. It is possible to set a Live Session so that students can only access each activity once (and once they have closed it, it is no longer available). Students try to score as many points as possible by completing the activity mini-tasks, with points being added after each video caption. More difficult activities (i.e. those requiring more interactions) score more points. Points scored reflect accuracy and total interactions.

Ideal for: Class competitions (in class or at home) over a few hours; resource practice with a competitive element.

How to access: Set a temporary Live Session via the resource page of your choice, then simply provide students with the Live Session URL, or get them to go to the Live page and enter the Live Session code.

Availability: All registered users can access and set temporary Live Sessions based on featured resources (those marked with a star). Teacher subscribers can set temporary Live Sessions based on all non-private resources (plus their own private resources).

Student feedback: Students see % completion and points scored per activity, as well as total scores for the top 10 students via the scoreboard. Students also see their points scored after each video caption.

Teacher feedback: Teachers can see total points scored for all students via the scoreboard. Teachers and students can see the scoreboard for the temporary Live Session while it is active and for 24 hours after it has finished.

Links: Live Sessions page | Intro to Live Sessions (blog)


Classroom Live Session (showing scoreboard)

3) Classroom Live Session

From the student’s perspective, the only difference between a classroom Live Session and a temporary Live Session is how they are accessed. As the name implies, classroom Live Sessions are accessed via a private classroom of which the student is a member. From a teacher’s perspective, it differs in a few other ways.

  • It can be set for up to a month (compared with 12 hours)
  • Once the classroom Live Session is finished, the teacher has access to all students’ scores via Live Session history, which shows correct vs total interactions and points scored per student per activity. This data is kept until the teacher decides to delete it.

Ideal for: Class competitions (in class or at home) over a longer period, where the teacher wants more feedback.

How to access: Set up a Live Session in your classroom. Students should have been invited to join the classroom. They simply go there and click on the Live tab.

Availability: Since a teacher (or school) subscription is required to create private classrooms, it is also required to create classroom Live Sessions. All registered students who have been added to a classroom can access a Live Session set by their teacher.

Student feedback: Students see % completion and points scored per activity, as well as total scores for the top 10 students via the scoreboard. Students also see their points scored after each video caption.

Teacher feedback: Teachers can see total points scored for all students via the scoreboard while the Live Session is active. Teachers can see per student, per activity feedback on interactions and points scored via Live Session history.

Links: Example Classroom (Live) | Intro to Live Sessions (blog)


Classroom Assignment

4) Classroom Assignment

An assignment is the most prescriptive way of using TeachVid resource. The teacher decides which activities are available for each resource, and they also specify various parameters such as:

  • preview (i.e. learn mode) or no preview
  • video or no video
  • translation or no translation
  • practice or assessment
  • passmark required for success

Ideal for: More formal assignments and assessments (in class or at home).

How to access: Set up an assignment via your classroom. Students should have been invited to join the classroom. They simply go there and click on the Assignments tab.

Availability: Since a teacher (or school) subscription is required to create private classrooms, it is also required to create classroom assignments. All registered students who have been added to a classroom can access an assignment set by their teacher.

Student feedback: Students can see % completion and % accuracy per activity.

Teacher feedback: Teachers can see % completion per assignment. They can also access a breakdown of students’ assignment activity scores via the students tab in the classroom.

Links: Example Classroom (Assignments) | Setting Assignments (blog)


Printables (on resource page)

5) Printables

Of course, you can make use of the many printable worksheet options that are available for most TeachVid resources. You can even set up many of the worksheets to have a specific focus by choosing the words to be affected, e.g. verbs, connectors, keywords, etc.

Ideal for: Working with downloaded copies of a video, or giving out for class or homework, where you want a written copy of student work.

How to access: Via the Printables section on any resource page (where available).

Availability: All registered users can access and print worksheets based on featured resources (those marked with a star). Teacher subscribers can print worksheets for all available resources.

Student feedback: None, as this is not online.

Teacher feedback: Teachers get to mark their students’ work…

Links: Example resource (try printing…) | Worksheet improvements (blog)

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