Module 4 – Embedding
What have I learned about embedding when I thought I already knew most ways? I knew there were different ways to embed images, charts, videos, links, and so on. I knew to even try using a couple different methods such as urls or html code – not that the code means anything to me yet (I know, I know time to get on the coding treadmill that I’ve been putting off). I also know to give credit where credit is due and even how to provide that link back to the original source – all basics at this point in technological time. However, this assignment tested my grit, to use the jargon of the times. I guess I do have a growth mindset because I stuck with it for what seemed like hours (maybe 1). What was that game show where the participants could phone a friend, ask the audience, or have half the multiple choice answers taken away? At any rate, it was to late to phone a friend, half of my choices (all of my strategies I knew of) where already taken away. All that was left was to ask the audience – facebook group. I knew I wouldn’t get an immediate response so I thought, “Wait, I’m the audience!” Thank you you google and people who post help. Viola, embedded – new strategy to try next time.
I have known about Thinglink for a while – when it was all free. I hadn’t dived in. I took the plunge in the free shallow end. I can see how it would be very engaging as well as a tool for creation and collaboration. And now that I know how to embed one, it can be a fun way to engage teachers and parents as well or like the example below, capture learning and bookmarks.
By the way, if you are curious (or this is me reading this later and I’ve forgotten) about how I embedded a Thinglink – I just copied and pasted the url right into this text! Thinglink works with WordPress in that way. No need to click the insert media button nor use html code. Below, with Vimeo, I used embed code and inserted using the html tab and with Slideshare I used their WordPress shortcode and pasted right into this text.
The example below created by a teacher in Thinglink has also been “reblended” by others. I could reblend (adding or changing links) to make it my own and still share the blend with others. This mix stood out to me since I just got back fro #ISTE16 in Denver and these are the hot topics. I learned so much about makerspaces and virtual reality learning and had fun sketchnoting. This Thinglink gave me the idea to create my own from ISTE. It’s a condensed fun visual vs a list of resources, a bunch of clicks to different categories, or even trying to find my notes that I kept in several different digital places, ugh.
This Vimeo below was also from an ISTE16 workshop, The Power of the Selfie presented by Cynthia Merrill, Bonnie Painchaud, and Amy Riley. These teachers have a Selfie Center in their classrooms. They set up an ipad for students to go take selfies about their learning. Sometimes it’s in pictures and writing and sometimes video (selVies-lol). These are moments in time where perspective is captured. They use instagram, vimeo, and storage like dropbox and seesaw. For younger students, I discovered easyblog.org at the start-up area at ISTE Expo. They can snap a pic and record voice or type as they tell about that selfie related to a book they read, how they solved the math problem, their thinking about science, social studies, the world, their friends, life. Check out this READBox idea using selVies and QR codes and Vimeo by a 2nd Grade teacher, Ms. Riley. What I don’t like is that for a class, video is first stored on a device then uploaded, meaning you have to take up space, then organize, then upload, then delete. I would much rather use a platform now such as easyblog where you take pics or vids right in the program and it’s not taking up storage space on a device nor do you have to go back to organize or upload. Vimeo another tool to have in a toolbox, still always first considering “what tool would help me do what I want or learn”, not “what can I do with this tool.”
The Power of The Selfie Center from LivBits on Vimeo.
You have to have a LinkedIn account to upload, create, keep clipboards of other slideshares using the platform SlideShare, however, you don’t have to have an account to view SlideShares. Slideshare is a way to upload powerpoint presentations to embed, share with colleagues or the world (Google slides now has that ability, too) Slideshare has the LinkedIn network to search for presentations on a certain topic.
The Slideshare below is also from ISTE16. I went to a workshop moderated by Vicki Davis (coolcatteacher) featuring tech guru Kathy Schrock (yes I got a picture with her!), sketchnoting queen Sylvia Duckworth and Heck Awesome Carrie Baughcum. Below is the Slideshare about their sketchnoting workshop. Changed my life!
Here’s what I’ve put together this summer so far – I prefer to take written notes and I’m a doodler. My world has been freed knowing that it’s ok not silly and brain friendly to take visual notes. Now, combined with app Procreate (Notes+ works too) and my new Musemee stylus along with wordpress, I can sketchnote on my ipad and upload my notes to WordPress and reflect! WHOA MIND BLOWING! – can you hear the fireworks? Below the slideshare is one of my favorites from Sylvia Duckworth.