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Community Advocate
Community Advocate

Embedding Content in Canvas, or: How I Learned to Stop Being Bland and Make My Content Amazing

I'm excited to be presenting at InstructureCon 2018. It's one of my very favorite conferences, and this year I get to present a very fun topic: how to embed content into Canvas like a rockstar (or ringmaster). We will discover the latest educational technology products and strategies to improve student experience by bringing teaching to life and fostering a community of learning within the classroom.

Embedding content into Canvas is when you place code from another website into your course content page. This session will showcase educational technology platforms that you can use to enhance your online and blended course content. Learn about the latest developments in the ed tech community and discover a world of free and cheap (with educator discounts) resources. Also, learn about some of the more professional platforms and interactions that are available through licensing. You will come away from this webinar both informed and inspired.

Learning Objectives:
1. Discover various ed tech platforms and resources that you can use in your courses
2. Learn how to integrate ed tech tools into Canvas

Thursday, July 26 at 10am in Gray's Peak 1

Session Details 

As part of the Canvas Community, I would also like to invite you to collaborate with me on this presentation. I would very much appreciate comments on this blog post: are there any ed tech platforms that you use that you think are awesome and worth sharing or is there anything that you would like to explore? I would be happy to research and cover the interests of the community as I refine this presentation.

Photo by John Schnobrich on Unsplash

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Feel free to spread this far and wide. More outreach and info to come.

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Learner II

I'm pretty excited about this session! You may want to look at FlipGrid - today they made all their educator licenses free, so we have access to all the tools!

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Community Advocate
Community Advocate

That's awesome, and I didn't see the announcement.  Thanks for sharing.  I added Flipgrid to my post above

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AND they are prorating refunds for everybody who did have paid accounts: pretty amazing!

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This is how technologies should lay out their business models.  Make a really cool product that's freely available in the education market that students will want to continue using (and start paying for) once they're graduated and in careers.  Teaching and learning should be a social experience that facilitates interaction.

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You have such a great capacity for using lots of different tools, snufer‌, while I am more easily overwhelmed, so I am not always quick to use a new tool... but one of the reasons I got into Flipgrid was that I was so impressed by the way Flipgrid was engaging with users across social media: you could tell they were totally curious in finding out how people were using their product, sharing ideas that they liked, answering people's questions, brainstorming with people about possible uses. Both Padlet and Flipgrid do a fantastic job of communicating with their users. For me, Padlet and Flipgrid are real standouts that way, and their proactive, public engagement is a big part of why I added on those two tools over the past couple of years, and I'm really glad that both of them are so easy to use in Canvas.

I'm also eager to see the new dashboard for Flipgrid that is coming on August 1 so that (I hope!) we can have open boards again; it sounds like they had to do this password thing now as part of the Microsoft integration, and the messages I got back at Twitter made it sound like the open boards will be coming back when the integration is complete and the new dashboard comes out. I was not the only one complaining about the way our open grids are now password-protected, but the people at Flipgrid totally understood our frustration, and I think they have a solution coming. Fingers crossed!

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Community Advocate
Community Advocate

I don't know if people are still following this thread, but after a few weeks of contemplating and chatting with others, this is my shortlist for embedded sources (no particular order):

  • YouTube
  • Sway
  • Thinglink
  • Flipgrid
  • EdPuzzle
  • H5P
  • Poll Everywhere
  • Padlet
  • Quizlet, Kahoot!, or Quizzizz

That gives me a good sample to choose from.  I need to balance between not overwhelming people who are new to embedding and html, but keeping it interesting and showcasing fun ed tech for people who might already be familiar with this topic.  Plus those resources are freemium.  

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snufera super SIMPLE one is Answer Garden. Embeds nicely. Don't need an account. FREE!

It hooks newbies in nicely.

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Community Advocate

That looks interesting. Maybe I should demo that as part of the presentation. I’m planning on using Kahoot! during the session to engage the audience. 

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Kahoot is a great one for hooking peeps in. A bit of a WOW moment sometimes.