Quickly Create Interactive Text Activities with Textivate

Textivate is a simple web tool which allows users to automatically generate a range of interactive browser-based activities based on any text of up to 500 words.

To use Textivate you simply type or paste a chunk of text into the text box on the textivate front page and click on the “textivate now” button to see the available exercises that can be generated from that text. The exercises are generated automatically based on the length of your text. You / your students are not expected to attempt all of the activities available for a particular text. You should choose those activities which are most suitable, taking into account the length and structure of the text, the age and ability of the students, etc.

Various different activities are produced, from drag and drop sorting to fill in the gaps. The activities are browser-based, and as well as your  IWB should also work fine on tablet devices such as iPads.

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Registered users of textivate can upload their texts to the textivate website and share it with others. It’s free to register.

When uploading a text to textivate.com, users can specify a title for the text, they can add tags to make the text easier to find later, and they can choose from 4 text types: Public, Shareable, Private or a special mode called MySite which only makes them accessible from a specific domain name.

Each exercise screen has a share button which gives you access to an embed code which you can use to embed that exercise into a blog, wiki, VLE or web page. You can customize the embed code and change the size of the embedded exercise.

For example :

Click below to access the activity. (Opens in a new window on touch devices.)

Click here to open the above activity in a new window.

You can also share activities via a direct hyperlink, like this: http://www.textivate.com/2×3-24djn1

Textivate is currently in beta, and is free to register. I’d highly recommend taking a look.

Textivate is created by the makers of TaskMagic and creates several activities that TaskMagic does.If you like what it does, you might want to go take a look at the full version of TaskMagic which does a whole lot more. It’s well worth a look.

Let me know what you think of Textivate in the comments.

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Author: Danny Nicholson

Danny is an author, Science teacher, ICT Consultant, PGCE lecturer and computing / interactive whiteboard trainer. He has delivered training courses across the UK, in Europe, and in Canada. Please get in touch with your training requests.

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