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This series is designed to guide students step by step through the process of learning to blog. The activities can be completed at your own pace and in any order.

The aim of this eight activity is to:

  1. Learn how to embed content from other sites into your posts and pages.
  2. Embed content into posts.

Embedding Content in Posts

Embedding content like slides, quizzes, polls, videos and story books into posts creates opportunities for reader engagement and interaction not achievable using plain text, images or videos.

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

Below are examples of embedded content created using online tools:

Animal Quiz on PhotoPeach

Australian Animals on Biteable.

Create Content Using Online Tool

There is a wide range of online tools and apps that you can use to quickly create content which can be embedded into posts.

Many of these tools require an account to be created and some don’t allow the site to be used by a person under 13 years of age.  You need to check their Terms of service or privacy page to make sure you are allowed to use the site before creating an account

The following are a few online tools that can be used by students under 13 for you to try:

Photopeach

Photopeach is used for creating slideshows and quizzes.  Watch this video to learn how to create a Photopeach slideshow.

Biteable

Biteable online tools that allow you to make animated videos and presentations easily.   Watch this video to learn how to make a video using Biteable.

Storybird

Storybird is an online website that allows you to quickly write your own books.  You can’t upload your own photos or artwork to Storybird. Instead you use the gorgeous illustrations they’ve provided to focus on writing stories using their art work.

You can only embed picture books into posts.  Longform books can’t be embedded.  You 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.

Watch how to create a picture book to learn how to create a Storybird.

Embed in Post

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.

If you created a Photopeach you click on Embed in blog icon when you view your slideshow

Click on Embed icon

then copy the story embed code.

Photopeach embed code

If you created a Biteable video the embed code is located in the Controls panel when you view your video:

Biteaable embed code

If you created a Storybird, or want to embed someone else’s Storybird, you need to click on the Share icon underneath the Storybird and copy the embed code from the pop up window.

Remember you can only embed picture books from Storybird and need to be logged into your Storybird account to access the embed code.

Copy the 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 video when you view the published post.

YOUR TASK

Complete one or more of the following tasks:

  1. Create some content using PhotopeachBiteable or Storybird, and embed it into a post.  You could write about the decisions you made when creating it, write a review of tool or use it to share information with your readers.  Check out Thanumi’s review of three websites for creating animated videos and her comment starter video for ideas.
  2. Leave a comment on this post and tell us how you went embedding content from another website into to your post. Remember to leave a link to your post in your comment so we can check how you went embedding content into your post.

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