It is imperative these days for teachers to create and maintain a website and/or portal. Communication, interaction, information, collaboration, and many other -ation’s are now requirements for these sites now that there are so many other multimedia options out there, fighting for our students’ attention. If only teachers could compete without knowing advanced coding.
Well, luckily, the developers of all this multimedia want their tools to be fully accessible on your sights and blogs. The feature that makes this possible is embedding. Basically, copy the embed code of almost any online media and it will magically appear on your site or web page. Blogs make this easy as all you have to do is switch to the HTML view and paste the embed code in the editor*. The same process works the same in any free website service with editable HTML such as Google Sites and Weebly.
For those of you who are editing the HTML using a web editor like Dreamweaver or NVU, the process is a little trickier. I have found the best way to do this is to type something like “PUT CODE HERE” in the design view where you want the embedded item to reside. Then, switch to the code view and paste the embed code over “PUT CODE HERE”.
For specific embedding information, check the links below:
- How to embed almost anything…
- How to embed a calendar
- How to embed Tweets
- For those with some HTML knowledge
- How to embed YouTube video
What are other valuable media you have been able to embed on your site? How can embedding on your site be preferable to simply linking to outside sites?
Zac Early is an instructional specialist with the eMINTS National Center and he embeds Google Presentations in his Moodle courses for teachers as an agenda alternative.
*This does not work consistently on WordPress blogs. For more information on embedding in WordPress, go here.