Laura Gibbs

A New Canvas Widget: Very Short Aesop's Fables

Blog Post created by Laura Gibbs on Jun 19, 2017

I've written several posts earlier about my Aesop project for the summer, (see list at bottom of post) including a post about the Canvas Widget with the random illustrations: New Canvas Widget: Aesop Illustrations . That widget now features over 1000 illustrations (I got a big boost from adding the Grandville illustrations to La Fontaine; there are over 200 of those), and I also have about 700 posts at the blog with the actual texts of the fables. So, that inspired me to make a new widget: very short Aesop's fables! I used my spreadsheet (this whole project is being run out of Google Sheets) to sort the fables, prose only, by length, and then I made a widget with the 100 shortest fables. That widget is available as a javascript, and also as a copy-and-paste Canvas iframe that anybody can use in any Canvas Page. Here is a screenshot of the Canvas widget as it appears in a page at my Widget Warehouse:


Aesop's fable widget screenshot


In the CanvasLIVE I did last week about content development, I was really glad to have the chance to talk about "content at scale," and building content projects that can scale up quickly and easily, which is certainly the case with my Aesop project. I really don't believe in big classes... but I believe in big content, libraries of wonderful stuff that students can explore on their own, asking their own questions and following their own interests. Randomizers like these are a fun way to surface the contents of that library... in this case, the contents of an Aesop Library to which I will be adding new books all summer long! And as I keep adding new fables, thanks to the magic of RSS, they are showing up automatically in this Canvas page: Aesop's Fables. (You can see there that I've been working most recently on Grandville's edition of La Fontaine and, if you scroll down, Bewick's beautiful 18th-century fable book.) Like randomization, RSS is another great way to bring fresh content to a Canvas Page because it shows the newest additions to a project; here's how that works:

Blog Labels + Inoreader + Redirect Tool = Canvas Magic! 


Aesop's Fables page screenshot



And here are my previous Aesop posts if you are curious:

Blog Labels: When you want students to explore... 

The Power of Tags and Labels for HYPER Content 

Aesop... and a Canvas-Creighton Connection!