How to embed in posts…

How to embed in posts…

Teaching Tips & Resources
HOW TO EMBED EXTERNAL MEDIA IN POSTS: Adding external media sources such as Google docs, One Drive files, Animoto presentations etc is a great way of enhancing the content you put in you blog posts. This can be a really effective way of both engaging your audience and presenting your content in ways you would otherwise be unable to do. Embedding external content in your posts is easy. Follow the steps below and your posts will soon be the talk of your school! 1.   First, create your post including adding title, text, images, featured image and categories. 2.  Click on Save Draft (saving as a draft will save your work without posting to your blog page straight away). 3.  Locate the embed code for the media you created or want to embed. The example below…
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Embedding slideshows

Embedding slideshows

Teaching Tips & Resources
SLIDESHOW TOOLS: Slideshow tools allow you to create and share slideshows.   PhotoPeach PhotoPeach allows you to quickly upload photos to create great looking slideshows and even simple quizzes.  Refer to these instructions for creating PhotoPeach quizzes.
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Presentation tools

Presentation tools

Teaching Tips & Resources
PRESENTATION TOOLS: Presentation tools allow you to publish and share presentations in a range of formats online.   Animoto Animoto is a great site for quickly creating professional looking videos from your images.  It is a great tool to use with students because it allows them to focus on content creation rather than trying to learn an editing or manipulation tool. In the school context, Animoto For Education is ideal tool for students to create their own booktrailers, digital stories or music videos. Below is an example of a student created animito.  Check out more student work here and learn more about using Animoto with students here! Make a video of your own at Animoto.   AuthorStream authorSTREAM is a web-based PowerPoint presentation sharing platform which also allows you to add audio…
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Poll, survey and quiz tools

Poll, survey and quiz tools

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POLL, SURVEY AND QUIZ TOOLS: Online polling and survey tools help you gather opinions, collect votes, and see and share results immediately.  Some of these tools can also be used to create quizzes.   Google Forms Google Forms is part of the freeware web based office suite offered by Google within Google Drive.  Google Forms can be used for planning events, surveys, student quizzes, and collect other information in an easy, streamlined way. The Google Form embedded below is an example of how you can use it for a simple poll.   You’ll find an example of a more extensive Google Form embedded in this post.  Graphs and data generated from this form were compiled into our State of Educational Blogging 2013 post. Watch this video to learn more about using…
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Curation tools

Curation tools

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CURATION TOOLS: Curation tools allow you to collect, preserve, maintain, archive and share information.  The goal of content curation is to find the most relevant content pertaining to a specific category and funneling this information for yourself and your readers in a very targeted way.   Livebinders Livebinders allows you to curate webpages, PDF, document, image, or video into a digital 3 ring binder.  Content can be curated by tab and subtabs within tabs. The Livebinder below is used by the teacher to share resources from classes. Check out the following for more information: Using livebinders with students Using Livebinders on iPads Social Studies     Scoop.it! Scoop.it! is a curation platform that enable users to collect news, articles, and other sources found on the Internet, and share them on their own…
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Comic strips and cartoons

Comic strips and cartoons

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COMIC AND CARTOON TOOLS: Comic and cartoons tools can be very engaging for pupils and are another way that students can enhance their posts with images.   Bitstrips Bitstrips web-based resource that enables any pupil to create their own great-looking, original comic strips without having to draw. Learn more about Bitstrips with students here.   ToonDoo ToonDoo is a comic strip and comic book creation tool. We’ve embedded examples of a Toondoo comic strip and comic book below. Learn more about using ToonDoo with students here. By whatedsaid | View this Toon at ToonDoo | Create your own Toon TeacHer toons by whatedsaid | Make your own at www.toondoo.com
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Brainstorming tools

Brainstorming tools

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BRAINSTORMING TOOLS: Brainstorming tools help pupils think up new and creative ideas quickly and easily.  Brainstorming allows pupils to comprehend connections between concepts and helps them with their thinking process.     Popplet Popplet is a popular collaborative brainstorming tool that can be used to create graphic organizers, timelines, and many other visual organization forms.  Popplet is also a powerful presentation tool.  Students can create popplets on their computers or using the iOS app. The popplet embedded below shows how it can be used for maths. Watch this video on how to use the Popplet lite app.   Padlet Padlet, originally known as Wallwisher, is an online notice board creator.  Padlet’s popularity is how fast and easy it is to create engaging activities to use with students. You can read more about using Padlet…
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Audio presentation tools

Audio presentation tools

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AUDIO PRESENTATION TOOLS: Audio is used for a wide range of purpose including: grammar and fluency reading practices; delivering content; and engaging auditory learners. Audio presentation tools allow you to combine images (or videos) with audio.  Popular audio presentation tools include: Fotobabble; VoiceThreads; and Voki. The following websites include an extensive range of audio tools and how to use with pupils: 50+ Web 2.0 Ways to Tell a Story Audio Tools WebTools4U2Use Audio & Podcasting tools   Fotobabble Fotobabble enables you to create a talking photo.  This is excellent for speaking practice and students find it engaging. The Fotobabble embedded below was created by an ESL student.  Their task was to choose a photo from a field trip and use Fotobabble to talk about what they like about the trip and what they learnt.  You”ll…
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Audio hosting websites

Audio hosting websites

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AUDIO HOSTING WEBSITES: Teachers use audio hosting websites when they want to embed their audio within embedded players rather than uploading them directly to posts as a link.  Audio Boo and SoundCloud are the most commonly used audio hosting websites.   AudioBoo AudioBoo is a website, and a smartphone and tablet app, which allows users to post and share sound files. The AudioBoo embedded below was used by the teacher to help pupilss practice learning about nouns and naming words.  You can see how the teacher used Audio boo with her pupilss in her Audioboo – Time for Grammar – Nouns and Naming Words post. listen to ‘Time for Grammar – Nouns or Naming Words’ on Audioboo SoundCloud SoundCloud is an online audio distribution platform that allows users to upload, record, promote and share their own sounds. The Soundcloud…
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