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Thursday, April 19, 2012

Quit Wasting Paper!

I have been using KIDBLOG.org this year with grades 2-5 and have thoroughly enjoyed seeing our students have the opportunity to express themselves on a platform that is truly authentic.  The great thing about KIDBLOG is that it allows you the opportunity to embed HTML (HyperText Markup Language).

Many of the Web 2.0 sites out there today allow you to copy the HTML code of the product you created.    This is a great thing for not only the environment (saves paper), but for you as an educator (creates a paperless classroom).  Why not take that HTML code and embed it into your students blogs?

At the end of the year, your students will have a digital collection that they can review and reflect on what they learned.

Here is a very easy embedding activity to get you started using Wordle.

Create your Wordle 

Once you are done with your Wordle, click on "Save to public gallery":

I advise students to save the Wordle as "Untitled" or some other simple title:

When you see this prompt, scroll to the bottom of the page to get the HTML code:

Your HTML code will look something like this:

Copy the HTML Code, go to your KIDBLOG account and click on "New Post", which will lead you to a screen like this:

Make sure you click on HTML:
Paste your HTML Code into the body of the blog post

Make sure you title your Blog Post, and then after you have pasted your HTML code into the body of the blog post click on "Visual".  Be ready for this because your kids will be amazed when the Wordle appears!

Congratulations!  You have just taught your students how to EMBED.  What a truly authentic experience.  Instead of "turning it in" you just "embedded it!"

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