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…
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:
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 and Live Sessions look like – from a student’s perspective. (The only difference here is that none of the assignments have a due date, and the Live Sessions are auto-generated roughly every hour.)
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…