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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:

  1. introduce you to online tools that you can embed into posts and pages.
  2. Embed content into posts.

We’ve embedded examples of each tool in this post to help you work out how each tool could be used with your students. Some of these tools aren’t designed to be viewed on mobile device. These won’t load and you may see a white space in place of the content if you are reading this post a mobile device.

Embedding Content in Posts

If you look closely at class blogs you’ll notice many of have cool interactive tools embedded in posts and pages. Embedding content like slides, quizzes, polls, videos and story books into posts creates opportunities for reader engagement and interaction not achievable using plain text or images.

Most online tools provide embed code that you can use to embed what you’ve found or created into posts.

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 ability to be embedded into posts.

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.

Students under 13 can create their own AudioBoo’s provided it is part of a school led initiative.


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.

Your students must be over 13 if you want them to upload their own audio to Soundcloud.

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.


Fotobabble enables you to create a talking photo.  It 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.  Fotobabble was also used to share their art work.

Your students must be over 13 if you want them to create their own Fotobabbles.


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.  Students under 13 are allowed to have a Voicethreads account provided it is created by the educator or school.


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.

Students under 13 can create their own Vokis.

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.

Students must be over 13 to create their own Popplet.

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. Students under 13 are allowed to create their own padlet provided it is under the supervision of the teacher or school.

Made with Padlet


Book Creation Tools

Book creation tools allow students to quickly create their own beautiful books.  We’ve included Book Creator for iPad in Step 9: All About Video because books created using this app are often shared as a video.


Storybird is an online book creation tool that provides artwork and templates that students can use to create their stories. Students can also browse their Picture book gallery and embed Storybird’s created by others into posts.  You need to be logged into a Storybird account to access the embed code.  You can only embed Picture Books into posts.

Students under 13 are allowed to create their own Storybirds.

We’ve embedded Storybirds: A Simple Guide for Teachers and Students below so you can see what a Storybird looks like.  You can check out some examples of Storybird’s created by students here.

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.


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.  Students under 13 aren’t allowed to create their own ToonDoos.

Students under 13 can create their own comics using Make Beliefs Comix.  Once the student has created their comic it needs to be saved onto their computer and then uploaded to their post as an image.



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

Students under 13 are allowed to create their own Livebinders provided their parent or guardian agrees to their terms and conditions.

Click here to open this binder in a new window.


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 custom-themed Scoop.it! site.  Scop.it! is like a social bookmarking website but with a visual, online magazine-like format.

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

Students over 13 can use Scoop.it! with parent or guardian approval.


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.

Students under 13 can’t set up a Storify account but they could embed storify’s created by other users such as news services into posts.


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 2016 post.

Watch this video to learn more about using Google Forms.


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

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!

Students under 13 are allowed to use Animoto for Education under direct supervision of the teacher within the classroom.

Our trip


Biteable online tools that allow you to make animated videos and presentations easily.  Students under 13 are allowed to create their own Biteable presentation.

Below is an example of a presentation created using Biteable.

Australian Animals on Biteable.

Watch this video to learn how to make a video using Biteable.


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.

Students under 13 are allowed to use the Glogster.

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.

Haiku Deck

Haiku Deck is a tool that allows you to create presentations using their website on your computer or their app on your iOS device.  Haiku Deck works by combining beautiful images with minimal text.  As you type a word(s) on the slide Haiku Deck searches Creative Commons images to find images to match your text.  You can also upload images from your computer.

Below is an example of a Haiku deck created by a student.

Students under 13 are allowed to create their own Haiku Deck presentations provided their parent or guardian agrees to the terms and conditions.

Persuasive Presentation – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires;

For more ideas, check out Haiku Deck’s Pinterest board of Education case studies.


Powtoon are online tool that allow you to make animated videos and presentations easily.  Students under 18 are allowed to use the Education version of Powtoon.

Below is a animated video created using Powtoon.

Refer to PowToon’s quick start guide to learn how to create a PowToon video.


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.

Students under 13 aren’t allowed to create their own Prezzi’s.  Students over 13 are allowed to use provided their parent or guardian agrees to the terms and conditions.


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.

Students under 13 can’t upload slides to Slideshare but they can embed Slideshare’s created by other people in posts.


ThingLink is an 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.  Students under 13 can use Thinglink under supervision of teacher or school.

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

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. Students under 13 are allowed to create their own Photopeach presentation provided their parent or guardian agrees to the terms and conditions.

Watch this video to see how to create slideshows using PhotoPeach.

Embed in posts

Once you’ve created your content using one of the above online tools you embed into a post as follows:

1. Copy the embed code.

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

For example, if you created a Biteable video the embed code is located in the Controls panel when you view your video:

Biteaable embed code

2.  Go to Posts > Add New

Add New

3.  Place your cursor where you want the the video to appear and then click on the Add Media button.

Click an Add Media

4.  In the Add Media window click on the Insert Embed Code tab.

Click on Embed code

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

Paste embed code

6.  When you have finished writing your post click Publish.

7.  You should see your embedded content when you view the published post.

Your Task

We’d like you to add your voice and ideas to our ongoing conversation about student blogging by completing the following tasks:

  1. 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 or add a link to it on your About page.  Leave a comment with a link to what you created or where you’ve embedded the tool so we can check out how you went.
  2. Read through the most recent comments in reply to this step and leave a response to another person’s comment.


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  1. the information presented on this page is awesome. As I have used almost all of the Technologies suggested here. This year I want to develop and electronic portfolio that I started last year. I would like for it to be more interactive where I am able to display data and information collected each month. An example would be an upload of a widget for my reminder 101 class announcements, a widget for dial my calls sign up for parents or students. There are many resources that I use however I want to display them in real-time or embed them in an area where blogs can be shown. I also would like to put all of my weekly newsletters that I send out on a page so that the student can go directly there instead of me using embed to send them in like mass emails. This year I have begin using Microsoft Docs as well as ways because it gives me the ability to track if my emails or post or PDFs are actually being seen. I have a lot of ideas however I need help to put it together. Here is an example of what I have developed so far https://sites.google.com/view/electronicportfolio/home?authuser=3. In the end I want a centralized place for everything instead of different things. Please help!!

    • Samantha Moore VALENTINE
  2. I’d like to try Padlet for vocab review. Is it available for free blogs or is it necessarily embedded? PJ Liebson (mrsliebson.edublogs.org)

    • Hi PJ Liebson

      Unfortunately, for security reasons, the embedding of code into Edublogs is restricted to Pro Subscriptions.

      Eugene Brown, Edublogs | CampusPress

  3. This step has exposed me to a lot of options for a more interactive blog. I like the Poppet app for creating graphic organizers. I think my students will enjoy embedding audio into their posts and using Bitstrips to create their avatar.
    I collaborated with my class to create a survey for spirit wear orders – I embedded a Google Form on the blog.

    • Hi Ms Layne

      You blog is really coming along nicely!
      Have you thought of adding the Subscription Widget so site visitors can follow your progress?

      Eugene Brown, Edublogs Support

      • Thanks, Eugene! I do believe the blog has potential. I am going to consult with the students on what other widgets to use so that they have some input as well. I like the idea of a subscription widget.

  4. Loads of cool tools here indeed! Reading the post I had loads of ideas to use audios, to work on data and share knowledge in my classroom… I also enjoyed looking at other edubloggers use of the tools, and surely I will use a google form soon. However I chose to embed a prezi presentation I made last year. It looks quite good! http://tiradelalengua.edublogs.org/2016/09/12/sabes-cuantas-lenguas-se-hablan-en-espana-y-en-que-lugares-del-mundo-se-habla-espanol/
    I can’t wait to start using the new ones I discovered, and will certainly do it this term!

  5. Hello, thank you for these great ideas.
    Any help on how to create my own verb drills in order to embed them into our website please?
    I have found Drillster, but it requires a user name and I would like my students to be able to use grammar drills without any password (or predictable excuses).
    Thank you !

  6. Honestly, there are so many options that it’s a little overwhelming. I love what several of the teachers have done, and I’d like to have the kids use Bitstrips, Audio, and Video tools. I’ve embedded a google form quiz to find out a little about the kids in class and any parents who read the blogs. I also created a google form survey that I need to ask the kids, but I’m putting it in our google classroom.

    I used Padlet a few years ago and liked it, so I’ll try it again soon as an embedded tool. Thanks for all the ideas!

    Here is the post in which I embedded the survey: http://almasiscience.edublogs.org/2016/08/22/hello-world/

    • I think it is a nice idea to embed a google form like the one you used. You can learn a lot about your students and they will feel really part of the blog. I also like the questions and the wording of them. A bitof humour is always engaging. I think I will embed a google form for the same purpose soon! Thanks for sharing it!

    • This page will serve as a reference page for cool embed tools. I like the YOU Survey – it gave me an idea to make use of Google Apps on my class blog. Google Forms a great tool for learning about visitors to you site. I also noticed the date tool and flag counter on your blog.

  7. This step was particularly difficult, as we have to go through a lot of wonderful tools, so I must come again and keep learning. I couldn’t create a popplet, but I managed to embed a padlet. Although I didn’t embed it in the best way, because I only read the final part of the article after completing the job. I also downloaded Audacity for a very specific purpose and I hope my students will love it. http://cadescrita.edublogs.org Thank you for the inspiration.

    • I would love to hear how the Audacity project goes. Can you post a link to that specific post, if you do one?

      • Thank you, Ms Almasi, for your interest. As soon as I get more acquainted with audacity, I will write a post about the project and share the link with you. In our school, last year we have been doing wonderful poetry sessions in the library, with students, every month, and I would love to register them and publish them in our school website. http://cad.edu.pt
        I’ll go visit your site too and I wish you a great new school year!

  8. I have been experimenting with Google Forms and Google Drive for the last couple of months. I feel that Google Forms have many features and add ons/plug ins that can be useful – I am still experimenting with this app. I am interested in a self-grading quiz through Google Forms, this will be my next experiment. I have found out how to insert images into Google Forms which can allow for an engaging activity. I created several quizzes for my computing class (students asked for more), we went through many of the quizzes as a class activity http://prepareforcomputing2016.blogspot.com.au/p/quizes.html

    • Hi Dwilling, I agree on the fact that Google forms have many great features to engage students. I’ve been sharing Google Hyper Docs Lessons with some friends just to surprise our students in the coming year.

    • Hi Gill

      I look forward to hearing their progress!

      Eugene Brown, Edublogs Support

    • I love it. Students can hear their progression and share with family and friends. I came across https://answergarden.ch/ and asked my students to give me their top 5 apps taught during the term. Each student could see everyone’s answers grow on their screen when they refreshed their webpage.

  9. I got some of the classes to have a play with photo bubble. They love recording text to go with the photos of their work. I am also getting some of the children to use Bitstrips for schools to illustrate the Science Lab rules. It has been a lot of fun.

    • G’day BossCody,
      Great mindmap about Halloween. Which tool did you use? Glad you included the link to where you found the information.

  10. Hello, Mrs.W!

    I had a lot of fun with this project and learning about all kinds if Halloween celebrations. I hope everyone else did too! This was a great way to learn about different cultures and different celebrations of the wonderful holiday of Halloween. Halloween is my all time favorite holiday because I can act like an idiot and not get looked at weird.

    Happy blogging!
    Austin W.

    • sorry about this but i must of forgotten to put my url in. Here you go!

      Halloween in Japan – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires

      • G’day 20Willas,
        I liked your Haiku Deck about a form of Halloween in Japan. The Obon festival is looking after the souls of the dead and celebrating their lives.

    • G’day 20whitle,
      Looks like you enjoy trick or treating in your house. We have balloons on our letter boxes if children can come knock on the doors in our neighbourhood.

    • G’day 20allelc,
      Looks like you had great fun using Bitstrips to create your Halloween post. Well done.

  11. Hello,

    There are so many cool tools!

    Today, I have embedded my grade 4 class’s first Padlet. It was a very effective way to work on improving the mechanics of our commenting skills: msboychuk.me/2015/10/21/introducing-our-first-padlet/

    This year I started using Popplet also. I love it as an brainstorming tool/organizer in class but wish the embedded Popplets were visible on smart phones as many families are accessing blogs more frequently on phones than on computers.

    Here is a Popplet that organizes elements of quality posts: msboychuk.me/quality-posts/

    I hope to try Storybird and Voki this year, also.

    Thanks, again!
    Ms B.

    • Hi Maria, I loved your Voki!
      Eugene Brown, Edublogs Support

    • Hello,

      Your Voki is fantastic! I hope to learn how to use Voki sometime during this school year. Thanks for the inspiration!

      Ms B.

  12. Strangely enough, just today another teacher at my school was showing me her Haiku deck she had embedded in our LMS. Little did I know that that afternoon I too would be haikuing my merry way. I found Haiku deck to be brilliant at being able to present simple pieces of information and it was so easy to find relevant images to use as backgrounds. Even the ease with which I could embed the deck into my blog was amazing. Below is a link to my blog using a Haiku deck to present the questions that my students came up with for our Climate Change STEM unit.


  13. I found the Toondoo and the explain it all app on the iPad amazing for making my own cartoon videos for teaching second languages. http://boogiebloggers.edublogs.org/2015/09/12/leamh-mo-bhreithla/ I can’t wait to use tools such a Voki with the children and letting them use video tools to present their work in different ways. So far I’m just modelling the possibilities for them on the blog. I would have liked to use Glogster as an interactive way to practice our language lessons online, but it won’t embed properly (part of the Glogster poster is cutoff). Has anybody successfully embedded a poster? I’m pretty sure it’s easily changed with the code.

    • maistirscoile
  14. I forgot Quizlet! A fantastic tool that can be embedded, definitely should be on this list.

    • Hi Christian, I had not even thought of being able to embed Quizlet! I used to use it for spelling words a few years ago but then other things took over. After reading your comment I think that I may have another go and use it as a type of weekly quiz in the class blog. Thanks for posting for your comment and helping me to remember a very useful tool.

  15. Great Post, a wide variety of things to embed!! Not many teachers realise that if you use Blackboard LMS you can also paste in embed code by clicking the HTML button in the editor.
    If you need to resize the embedded objects most code has a “width” and a “height” section and you just need to change the numbers before you paste in the code. I just paste the code into Windows Notepad to do this usually.

    Some other embed resources I use:
    * Lynda.com videos (only public ally available ones allow this)
    * YouTube and Vimeo
    * Embed.ly (allows you to embed any webpage or web based content)

  16. 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…

  17. 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

  18. 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.

    • mrsdeespencer
  19. 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,

  20. 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.