Embedding into a blog is a way of bringing all of the different web 2.0 services and tools in one place.
What’s On This Page?
Embedding is the ability to bring in outside pieces from different websites into your blog. It is done by copying and pasting code into the page or post that you want the object you are embedding to appear.
Most popular services have embed abilities including YouTube, Facebook, Flickr, Twitter, and much more. If you want to bring something you use into your blog, look around and there will probably be an embed code for you to use!
Most video hosting websites allow you to click on a button, sometimes called “Share this” or “Embed” which gives you the code to copy and paste. In Edublogs, remember to paste the code under the HTML tab of your post or page editor.
Using Videos In the Classroom
One example of how videos are used is described in the Edublogger post Inspiring Example of Embedding Lessons As Videos On a Class Blog. In short, this post tells the story of how a teacher records her lessons and posts them for her students to review. This is especially helpful for students that are absent or need to hear things more than once!
Creating Screen Captures
Screen captures are one way to create a video of you teaching. Many allow you to record what is on your computer screen and your voice.
One popular screen capture tool which allows for voice recording and easy embedding into blogs is Screen Castle.
School Appropriate Video Services
Here is our list of good places to find videos to use in the classroom and embed in your blog:
Popular Learning Tools
Voki enables you to create an avatar in your own voice using a talking character.
You can customize your Voki to look like you or take on the identity of different characters such as animals, monsters.
- Students can create avatars that are similar in looks or personalities and record a message that tells about themselves.
- Students can exchange these avatars with e-pals either within their own setting or anywhere in the world.
- Students can generate questions to ask their avatar e-pals.
- ESL (English as a Second Language) students can use the speaking avatars to practice and listen to their speech. They may use the computerised voice first then record their own voice when they feel more comfortable. Writing, reading and pronunciation are all practised.
- Students can create an avatar that resembles a character from a story, add a setting and give it speech. The speech could be from the story or a creative point of view (POV) from the character on an event.
Glogster is a combination of the words graphics, blogs, and posters. It allows you and your students to easily create interactive and engaging posters which can then be embedded into your blog.
Here is a post from Danny Maas, 6 Things You Should Know About Glogster EDU
And, a set of 20 training videos from TeacherTrainingVideos.com which walks you through all of the steps of using this tool.
Wallwisher is a tool for collaboration that allows users to create sticky notes and add them to a wall. Perfect for brainstorming, affinity diagrams, and feedback.
Read this post from The Edublogger – Spicing Up Your Posts Part II – Wallwisher
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