My love affair with Textivate began over three years ago. You can read about it in my blog archives, or you could hop over to the iFLT/NTPRS/ CI Teaching group on Facebook, or the MoreTPRS listserv, or Cynthia “The Queen of Web 2.0 Tool Reviews” Hitz’ blog to read about how other TPRS®/CI teachers are using this excellent resource to benefit their students and keep their sanity.

On this fifth night of Hanukkah, you have the chance to win a one-year, premium-level subscription to Textivate so that you can experience first-hand the reasons that so many TCI teachers happily spend their own money to be able to use this resource!

But how do teachers find out about resources like Textivate? Well, first, someone has to “discover” the resource. Then, that someone has to share it. If we don’t take the time to share what we are doing and using in our classes with other teachers, many great resources and ideas will be left hidden. So…your mission for today…leave a comment or post on ANY teaching blog, Facebook page, listserv…any online forum…that shares something that you are doing or have done in your classes. (If it’s a comment, it should obviously be in response to whatever the original post was about; if it’s a new post, then it can be about anything.) Once you’ve left your comment or published your post, click here to enter the giveaway and possibly win a year-long subscription to Textivate (if you already have a subscription, consider gifting your subscription to another teacher OR saving it for next year!). All entries must be received by 10:00pm EST on Friday, December 11, and the winner will have 24 hours to claim his or her prize.

And oh by the way, congratulations to Nancy Wallace, winner of The Power of Reading  and up to $30 of novels from TPRS Publishing, Inc!

Click on the image to enter the giveaway!

16 replies on “On the fifth night of Hanukkah…

  1. This is the most obvious but iFLT/NTPRS/ CI teaching on facebook is full of educators sharing research and lesson plans and ideas. It is a must for any teacher on the journey.

  2. I wanted to thank you for running this contest! It is so generous of you to give away things, and to give back to the community in another way by having us all share materials and ideas to enter!

    My students have always seemed reluctant to draw so I have in the past shied away from activities like your class mural. Anyway, after reading days one’s entries, I decided to give pictionary a try. I used sentences from a student-written story that we had been working on as the prompts. The students had to pick a sentence, draw it, and their teammates had to guess the line of the story that they were drawing.

    The activity worked wonderfully and everyone was rushing to reread the story in order to find the correct sentence before the time limit (I gave them a minute to come up with the answer before the other team got an opportunity to guess).

    I should probably reread the comments from the first day to give the proper credit, but I just wanted to let you know how well it went. Thanks Martina! And thanks everyone else for sharing the great ideas!

    1. I love success stories! And so true for me that it often takes hearing about an activity a few times before I get brave enough to try it. One more reason to share what we’re doing in our classes with other teachers!

  3. OK, I’m out of the loop on the moreTPRS listserve, so I’m posting something I just learned about here. It’s called EDpuzzle. It enables you to easily put quiz questions, audio notes, or your own soundtrack on a video and assign it to your students. It’s a great way to leverage more learning out of a song video or MovieTalk lesson. Maybe you already know about it, but if not, it’s worth trying. Go to My first project was Q&A on the Kaay song “Nunca,” which I was using as part of teaching your “Cierra la puerta” unit. My students liked it.

  4. is a great website, similar to Kahoot but the kids play and answer the questions at their own pace. Teachers gets data from the website, so they know which questions kids the most and which were easily answered. Also, the kids get to see a meme after they answer each question, which they love. is another good one. I use it for story asking as well as for formative assessment or review. Kids really enjoy it! The only thing, if you use it for story asking, since you have to give students options, you need to make sure that the questions and answers flow together, that takes some planning, but at the end you have something that you can use over and over. Also, now they have created folders for your questions, which helps you to keep them organized.

  5. I’ve been loving Zaption this year. It allows you to embed questions in YouTube videos and best of all you don’t see the you tube ads when your students watch the videos. Teachers need an account (basic is free) but students do not need an account to use it. It can be linked to google classroom as well if you’re using it. I’d forgotten about textivate — I’m going to revisit that one. Thank you for the reminder.

  6. When I want to review some concept, vocabulary or frequent expressions, I sometimes do it through a plickers. This game does not require students to have an electronic device or access to internet which is great when teachers do not have these tools.

    I went to the webpage and downloaded the app on my phone. I created a class and uploaded my roster. Then, I added questions. I also printed the cards that have a different printed QR Code for each student. Each of my student gets one of those. On a separate internet device (I use my iPAD or phone) open the Plickers APP and select the class. The question will appear on the projected screen. When I post a question, students look at their card and find the answer. The printed QR Code has four sides. Each side corresponds to a letter: A, B. C or D. Then, they hold up the card putting the side that has the answer up. With my phone I stand up on a chair and scan their answers. I t takes me seconds. In the meantime on the smart board, student see if their answer was already scanned or they need to keep their card up. Then , as a class, we identify the right answer and make further clarifications. This gives me feedback on my students understanding and students get to enrich their insights.

  7. Kahoot is a fun resource and there are many teachers who are awesome and are sharing their hard work. There are many ‘already created” Kahoot games that go together with Elena Lopez’s stories/Movietalks under the lecturas tab.
    Dustin Williamson also has incorporated lessons with Kahoot that are already finished and ready to go and he shares them on his blog. He has a Felipe Alou Kahoot game posted on this link.

  8. Love love love everything that you are doing for us! Mil gracias! I do have one question and that is where do we find/all the entries and wonderful ideas that people are posting?

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