Many online tools provide embed code that you can use to embed them into other web sites. The good news is that Edublogs allows you to add almost any embed code into blog posts, pages and text widgets.
This means there are lots of online tools that you can embed to really spice up your posts — providing more variety for your readers and engaging your students!
Let me show you how easy it is to set up a Wallwisher and add it to a blog post.
Wallwisher is an online notice board creator.
It’s a really fast and easy way to create engaging activities to use with students.
It’s as simple as:
- Create your Wallwisher
- Add some sticky notes
- Embed into your Blog Post
- Add more sticky notes
The sticky notes can be as simple as text only OR very creative with images, audio, video, SlideShares, Google Presentations, blog posts (basically almost anything you can link to via their URL)!
And students don’t need to have a Wallwishers account to use it!
Here’s examples how you can use with students:
- Frieda Foxworth’s Wallwisher’s in the classroom – includes a great ‘How to’ Wallwisher video
- Ann Leaness’s Wallwisher and Stupeflix in the Classroom - make sure you check out the video at the end to see how she uses a Wallwisher to gather images to create a video with Stupeflix
- Tom Barrett’s 19 Interesting ways to use Wallwisher in the Classroom
- The Conch’s online “post-it parking lot” for pop culture points. Students earn extra credit when they make connections to what they are learning in class. Click on each post title to check out their different wallwishers.
Below is a Wallwisher I’ve created:
I’ve set up this Wallwisher as a sandpit site.
Click on ‘Post a Sticky’ to add your own notes to the wall — why not add your thoughts on how it could be used or share links to your Wallwisher!
How To Create a Wallwisher
1. Go to Wallwisher and click on ‘Build a wall‘
2. Select your Wallwisher image, add your title and your subtitle
2. Add your name and email address
3. Choose your Wall URL, who can view, who can post sticky notes and decide if you want to approve every post before it is added to the wall.
4. Select your preferred theme and click Done.
5. Presto! Your Wallwisher is created and you can now start addding some sticky notes.
Adding and Viewing Sticky Notes on Wallwisher
1. You just double click any where on the Wallwisher to add a new sticky note
2. When the sticky note opens up add your text and/or the URL location of any images, audio, video, SlideShares, Google Presentations, blog posts etc you would like to include in your sticky note and then click OK
1. To locate the URL of an image just right click on the image and select:
- ‘Copy Image location’ when using FireFox
- Properties and then copy the Address (URL) when using Internet Explorer
2. When viewing a sticky note with an image embedded – click on ZOOM if you want to enlarge the image
3. When you link to the URL location of audio, SlideShares, Google Presentations, blog posts etc it shows that link using a View icon. Clicking on VIEW opens up the item on your Wallwisher.
Embedding a Wallwisher in a blog post
Edublogs and Edublogs Campus blogs have been customised so that users can embed almost any HTML code into posts and text widgets.
To add any type of object that uses HTML embed code into a post it is as simple as:
- Grab the HTML embed code
- Click on the HTML tab
- Paste the HTML embed code
- Click Publish
Embedding a Wallwisher is the same as any other embed HTML code:
1. Completely write your post including adding title, text, images, tags and categories.
2. Click on Save Draft, previewed your post and make all necessary edits.
3. On your Wallwisher go to Do More and select Embed.
4. Copy the embed code
5. Click on HTML Tab on your blog post.
6. Paste the embed code for your Wallwisher into your post where you want it to appear then immediately click Publish
- Don’t click back to Visual Tab before hitting Publish as it can break the embed code.
Immediately close your post once you’ve published.
- Change back to Visual Editing mode when you write your next post by clicking on the Visual tab.
Presto! Your Wallwisher is embedded in your blog post and others can view and/or add to it!
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