When you create a TaskMagic3 file, remember that, in most cases, you are creating lots of different exercises.
Similarly, when you see a link to download a TaskMagic3 file, remember that this one file provides access to lots of different games and exercises. It's not just one game or activity.
It's easy to forget this. I sometimes come acrosslinks on webpages to a variety of types of exercises - some created with TaskMagic, others not. If there are a dozen links and only 2 or 3 of them are to TaskMagic files, I have to remind myself that each TaskMagic file can contain up to 24 exercises, and typically, every TaskMagic link is the equivalent of up to 15-20 hyperlinks to other resource types.
Maybe it would make it clearer if the activities were listed as separate hyperlinks...?
Since version 2 of TaskMagic, it has been possible to create individual exercise files. (This is much neater and tidier with TaskMagic3). These individual exercise files can be opened via explorer or by hyperlink. When you link to one of these individual exercise files, this opens just the specified exercise rather than the front page with the text etc.
See the screenshot below, which shows the edit screen for Mix & Gap. In the bottom left of the screen there are 2 tabs (one white and one pink), listing the exercise types available within Mix&Gap. These tabs are used for (i) limiting the range of exercises available to the student and (ii) creating individual exercise files.
Limiting the range of exercises available in TaskMagic Play
The pink tab (see below) allows you to specify which exercises are available to the student when they open the main TaskMagic3 Mix&Gap file (mtx3), either by hyperlink or via TaskMagic Play.
Creating individual exercise files
The white tab on the edit screen allows you to save individual exercise files, along with the main file, when you save the TaskMagic file.
So, what are implications of this for hyperlinking...? (NB. links below require TaskMagic3)
Instead of this 1 hyperlink...
...you can have the following:
AS French. Exercises based on a text on holidays and tourism statistics.
(That's just 12 of the 23 that we could make from one Mix&Gap file)
When you create a TaskMagic3 file, it's easy to forget just how many exercises you've created. And when you see a hyperlink to one file, it's easy to overlook just how much practice material is contained within that one file. Saving the exercises as separate files can make it a lot clearer to the student just how much work is available for them to do / just how much practice is available.
Creating individual exercise files also allows you to propose a sequence, as I have done above. Moreover, in this way you can mix various files together, creating a sequence interspersing games and exercises taken from various TaskMagic3 files of different types (Mix&Gap, TextMatch, PicMatch, SoundMatch etc)
NB. All of the above links open with TaskMagic3 (version 3.2.0 and later - if you have an earlier version of TM3 you can update it at http://www.mdlsoft.co.uk/TMUpdate.htm )
If you don't have TaskMagic3, you can download a free 30-day trial from http://www.mdlsoft.co.uk/trialdownloads.htm
See this video tutorial on creating individual exercise files in Text Match:
See this video tutorial on creating individual exercise files in Mix and Gap: