This post is aimed at those who may be considering creating TeachVid content based on their own YouTube videos, and it is divided into 2 sections: first, some general principles for producing content that we feel will work best on TeachVid; then, some simple low-tech ideas for the sorts of videos that will work great on TeachVid.
1) What sort of video content works best on TeachVid?
TeachVid is not really about extensive listening. Nor is it primarily about comprehension questions (although that is one of the many activity options available).
Primarily, TeachVid resources are aimed at getting students to engage with the video transcript via a range of interactive text-reconstruction activities, with each activity broken down into several mini-tasks directly linked to the video sections / captions.
This is a question that gets asked quite a lot on social media, and the simple answer is: well, yes, and no…
This post looks at what you can do for FREE on TeachVid.
1) FREE, but without registering
Anybody can go to the TeachVid site and do the following, without even registering or logging in:
• Public resources Browse and search through the many publicly available TeachVid resources via the resources page, using the selectors available to search by video language, translation, category, level, etc. (No advanced search though: this is available to subscribers only.) See the TeachVid resources page
Clipchat, or Movietalk (as it is often called, apparently incorrectly), is a technique used by teachers who embrace a comprehensible input approach to language acquisition, whereby they provide students with tons of comprehensible input by asking questions and talking about stills or short sections from a short video.
The short videos used often have no dialogue, which means that they can be used to teach any language, and that the level of the “chat” can be adapted to suit the level of the students in your class.
This post looks at 5 different ways of exploiting a TeachVid resource with your students…
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.
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…
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…
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 Continue reading ““Learn mode” in TeachVid”→