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Step 8: Cools tools to embed

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Welcome to the seventh step in our free professional learning series on class and student blogging!

The aim of this step is to introduce you to a range of easy to use online tools that you can embed into posts and pages.  We’ve embedded examples of each tool in this post to help you work out how the tool could be used with your students.

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Why enhance posts with interactive tools

Cool tools

If you look closely at class blogs you’ll notice many of have cool interactive tools embedded in posts and pages.  Educators do this because things like slides, videos, comic strips, quizzes, polls grab attention, engage and create opportunities for interaction in ways not achievable using plain text or images.

There’s a gazillion online tools nowadays and most of them provide code that you can use to embed what you’ve found or created into your posts or pages.

Below are popular tools used by educators by activity type to help get you started.  We’ve included a brief explanation of why they are used, and embedded examples of each so you can check how they work.

Tools were chosen on the basis of their popularity, easy of use and being able to be embedded into posts/pages.

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Audio Hosting Websites

Audio is used for a wide range of purpose including: grammar and fluency reading practices; delivering content; and engaging auditory learners.

Educators 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 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 students practice learning about nouns and naming words.  You can see how the teacher used Audio boo with her students in her Audioboo – Time for Grammar – Nouns and Naming Words post.


SoundCloud is an online audio distribution platform that allows users to upload, record, promote and share their own sounds.

The Soundcloud embedded below was used by the teacher to engage the students, showcase their creativity while summarizing the essence of a story into something memorable.  You can read more about the activity and check out more of their Soundclouds here.

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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: FotobabbleVoiceThreads; and Voki.

The following websites include an extensive range of audio tools and how to use with students:

  1. 50+ Web 2.0 Ways to Tell a Story Audio Tools
  2. WebTools4U2Use Audio & Podcasting tools


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 find links to all their fotobabble’s in the comments here.

Another tasks the students did was to make one minute Fotobabble review of a book using a book image sourced from Amazon.  You can read more about the process of creating the Fotobabble and check out all their book reviews here.


VoiceThreads is an online media album that can contain any type of media and it allows other people to make comments in 5 different ways (voice using a microphone or telephone, text, audio or video).

Embedded below is a Voicethread created by Michael Graffin’s PLN Voicethread Project.

You can read more about using Voicethreads with students here.


Voki allows you to create talking avatars which is excellent for speaking practice and engaging students.   Teachers and students also like to add them to their blog sidebar to welcome visitors to their blogs. You can embed Vokis in posts and pages.

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Brainstorming Tools

Brainstorming tools help students think up new and creative ideas quickly and easily.  Brainstorming allows students to comprehend connections between concepts and helps them with their thinking process.


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, 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 with students here.

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Comic and Cartoon Tools

Comic and cartoons tools can be very engaging for students, especially visual learners, and are another way that students can enhance their posts with images.


Bitstrips is a web-based resource that enables any student to create their own great-looking, original comic strips without having to draw.

Learn more about Bitstrips with students here.


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.


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Curation tools

Curation tools allows 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 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:

  1. Using livebinders with students
  2. Using Livebinders on iPads!! is a curation platform that enable users to collect news, articles, and other sources found on the Internet, and share them on their own custom-themed! site.! is like a social bookmarking website but with a visual, online magazine-like format.

Some bloggers set up their! account to autopost their scoops to their blog.  You can also embed a link to your site in a post or page.


Storify allows you to curate your own stories from photos, video, tweets, what people post on social media sites and your own narration.

Read more about using Storify with students here.

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Poll, Survey and quizz 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 Google Forms.


PollDaddy allows you to quickly create online surveys, polls and quizzes.

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Presentation tools

Presentation tools allow you to publish and share presentations in a range of formats online.


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 is a web-based PowerPoint presentation sharing platform which also allows you to add audio to your presentation.

3.3 Estimating Decimals Audio

More PowerPoint presentations from Joseph Williams



Glogster allows you to combine images, video, music, photos and audio to create interactive posters.  Glogster encourages students to gather their information, synthesize it, remix it and then create their original presentation. It is an excellent alternative to the traditional classroom poster project by providing an online tool that is fun to use (and it’s not messy or bulky).

Learn more about using Glogster with students here.

Google Presentation

Google Presentation is part of the freeware web based office suite offered by Google within Google Drive.

Below is an example of a Google Presentation.


Prez is an online presentation and story telling tool that uses a single canvas instead of traditional series of slides.  The images, text, videos and other objects are placed on the canvas and users can zoom in and out.

Below is an example of a Prezzi created by a student.


SlideShare is a site where you can host your presentations and share with others.  Slideshare is ideal for those who want to embed Presentations in their posts and websites rather than upload their PowerPoints directly and insert as a link.

It’s also an excellent site for locating Presentations created by others.


Scribd allows you to upload your MS Word documents, PDFs, PowerPoints and then share them within an embedded viewer on your blog.

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ThingLink is a free, easy to use online tool that allows you to make any graphic or photo interactive. With ThingLink you can create multiple hot spots on specific parts of your image that link to a website, video, music, text, or audio file.

Read more about using ThingLink with students here.

Hover your mouse over the ThngLink below to check out how it works.

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Slideshow Tools

Slideshow tools allow you to create and share slideshows.


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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How to embed in posts

Adding embed code to posts or pages is as simple as:

1.   Completely write your post including adding title, text, images, tags and categories.

Write post

2.  Click on Save Draft.

Preview post

3.  Click on Preview to previewed your post.

4.  Check your post and make all necessary edits.

5.  Locate the embed code for the media you created or want to embed.

  • Websites use a range of different icons to represent Embed code.
  • Look for icons like </>, the word Embed or hover your mouse over icons until you see the word Embed.

6.  Copy the embed code.

Copy embed code

7.  Place your cursor in the post where you want you it to be embedded and click on Add Media button.

Click an Add Media

8.  Click on Insert Embed Code.

Insert Embed code

9.  Paste the embed code into the Insert Embed code box and click Insert into post.   

Paste embed code

10.  When you have finished writing click Publish.

Click Publish

11.  You should now see your embedded media when you view your post on your blog!

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Your Task

We’d like you to add your voice and ideas to our ongoing conversation about student blogging by undertaking one or more of these challenges:

  1. Have we missed one of your favorite tools that you like to use with students?  Tell us about it!  Why do you use it with students and leave a link with an example of how you used it with your students.
  2. Choose one or more of the cool tools embedded in this post, grab the embed code and try adding it to a post on your blog.  Here are the instructions for embedding it into a post.  You will find the embed code by either clicking on the link that takes you to the original website that is hosting the media or it will have a share option on the embed.  Leave a comment with a link to where you’ve embedded the tool so we can check out how you went.
  3. Choose one or more of the cool tools embedded in this post and try using the tool with your students or try creating something using it.  For example, you could create a Fotobabble or Voki to introduce yourself to your students and parents then embed it into your About page.  Leave a comment with a link to where you’ve embedded the tool so we can check out how you went.

Also feel free to leave any questions you are having (or tips/advice) as well.

91 comments for “Step 8: Cools tools to embed

  1. June 1, 2015 at 10:07 am

    I have added a little Popplet to my new summer page…but I also tried Glogster…I tried chatting: “Michelle:I am doing a “teacher challenge” w/ edublog and they say to make sure I sign up to the FREE Basic Teacher account and complete my details.”

    but no one came on to assist me…

  2. Barbara
    April 26, 2015 at 2:48 am

    I am trying to catch up with this course so I haven’t tried any new tools yet. I have learned about many interesting ones though!
    I have tried to embed a paddle that I have already used in my class, but it seems to be a problem. I don’t think its working properly!
    This is my link

  3. mrsdeespencer
    April 24, 2015 at 3:31 am

    I have created a few slide shows using photo peach and photostory. However I would
    have to upgrade to pro edublogs to upload. I had no problem creating each project and found
    those two extremely easy to use.

  4. woodsscience
    April 18, 2015 at 3:06 am

    I made a survey and attached it to my page. There were some of the links that i was unable to find but I really like them,

  5. April 15, 2015 at 3:09 am

    I just upgraded to Pro so I could make a fotobabble for my latest post. I like this widget, but cannot figure out how to make it smaller. Hopefully, I will find the time to explore some of the others.
    I also found this article (from Edublogs), about some other great widgets

  6. Miss Wells
    April 11, 2015 at 11:22 am

    Hi Sue,

    Some of the tools I like to use with the students include Tagxedo/Wordle, Storybird, WordFoto and Incredibox. An example of Tagxedo can be found on my class page. Storybird has been used for writing prompts to create sizzling starts (as part of the 7 steps to writing success). Students choose an image and create a short piece of writing. The focus is on quality not quantity and students are encouraged to include dialogue, adjectives and onomatopoeia. Students used WordFoto as part of the visual arts program to create a textograp. Students learnt about the basic functions of an iPad and used adjectives to describe their likes/dislikes. As a teacher I have also used WAV to split and convert music to Mp3 for dance performances and school events such as Easter Hat Parade.

    I am interested in embedding a video as we have create a short video in class to show how to make a thaumatrope. Students used iPads to take videos and photos of each other. We then uploaded these to iMovie to create a short video. I attempted to upload this video to the class blog but it is too large. I guess I will need to fix it before school resumes.

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