Widgets are a great way to personalize and add new features to your blog. Whether you’d like to display your visitor statistics or add a simple search tool, you can do it with widgets.
We’ve assembled a list of popular and most useful widgets used on class blogs, student blogs and personal educator blogs for your pleasure.
Many of the widgets have been embedded in this post to show how they work.
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Author widgets are a handy way of providing a link to posts by different authors on a shared blog or individual student blogs.
Author widget – Provides a handy link to authors’ posts on a group blog. Reader click on the authors name to view their posts.
Clocks and Calendars
Clocks are great for displaying the time in your location which helps when you are trying to develop connections with classes in other countries. They also help younger students learn about time and time zones
Clock Link – 100’s of different and unique clocks of all types.
Local Times – Wide range of different types of clocks including clocks that display times in different locations.
Human Calendar – Adds a cute calendar composed of photos of people.
My Calendar – Used to display a monthly calendar.
Google Calendar – Embed a list of upcoming events or a month view of a public Google calendar.
Countdown clocks – Displays a countdown clock for an event such as time until Christmas.
Time And Date Countdown Widgets – Displays a countdown clock for any event.
Helpful for Readers
Blogroll – Display a list of the blogs you like to read or share links to resources.
Box – Provides a file dropbox or upload widget for students to submit files for your review.
Email Subscription – Adds email subscription to your sidebar so readers can subscribe to email notifications of new posts.
Google Maps – Embed a Google map complete with directions, street views, and more.
Google Translate – Instantly translate your blog into many different languages.
Sweet Search – Place a search box for a trusted and safe for students search engine.
Dogo Content Widget – Display engaging content from one or more DOGO websites.
Feed Wind – Display the latest posts from another blog anywhere on the web.
Recent Comments Widget – Displays links to the most recent comments left on your blog
Social Media Icon Widget – An easy way to add icons for your social media networks to your sidebar or any other widget area.
Wonderopolis – Adds a wonder of the day. Very popular on primary class blogs.
Virtual Pet – Add your own virtual pet to your blog sidebar. Younger students love choosing, customizing and naming virtual pets.
Wolfram Alpha – Wolfram Alpha contains hundreds of customizable widgets from a wide range of subject areas, including unit converters, weather tools, graphing calculators, problem solvers, and much more.
Images and videos are great ways of sharing visually what is happening in your classroom and class. They are also a good way of delivering content and engaging visual learners
Image Widget – Easy add an image with text to your sidebar.
Instagram – Displays your latest instagrams on your blog.
Flickr Badges – Add a link to your Flickr account
Flickr – Display your latest Flickr photos on your blog.
Gallery Widget – Display a photo gallery or slideshow in your blog’s sidebar.
Metaslider Widget – Display a slider in your blog’s sidebar.
Photo for Class – Enables students to search safe images that are available to be used in the classroom and for educational purposes. All images downloaded automatically cite the author and the image license term.
Visual Editor Widget – Allows you to easily insert rich text, media files and shortcode into your sidebars.
YouTube – Grab the embed code from any YouTube video or playlist and add it to a text widget in your sidebar.
GoodReads – A GoodReads book shelf widget is a good way to share your favorite books or provide recommended reading lists.
Talking avatars fulfill a range of purposes including grammar and fluency reading practices, delivering content and engaging auditory learners.
Voki – Add a speaking and highly customizable avatar to your blog. Record you voice, create a character, and much more!
Read The Words – Human avatars that will read text or recorded audio right in your blog.
Site Pal – A paid widget that can make scarily realistic avatars using uploaded photos of you or students.
Visitor tracking widgets display the visitors to a blog. Not all blog visitors leave comments.
Visitor tracking widgets are an important for making students aware that they are interacting as part of a global community. This is incredibly motivating for students and provides built in opportunities for geography and maths lessons.
It’s common to see a range of visitor tracking widgets used on class and student blogs.
ClustrMaps – Displays a small map with “dots” for each of your visitors.
Flag Counter – Lists the most common countries that your visitors are from and shows the flag from each country.
Top Countries Widget
Flag Map Widget
Feedjit – Displays visitors to your blog in real time and includes: which city and country your visitors are in; which website they arrived from, if any; which page they visited on your website; which external link they clicked to leave your site.
Revolver Map – displays all visitor locations and recent hits live and in realtime on a revolving globe of the Earth.
Who’s Among Us – With an account, includes some nice stat collection tools.
Weather widgets help classes from other countries learn about weather and seasons in your area while helping teach younger students more about weather and how temperature is measured in different locations.
AccuWeather – The most complete collection of weather widgets to show current conditions and forecasts.
WeatherBug – Displays live, local weather conditions and forecasts.
YR Weather Widget – YR is very accurate and provides the data for 6.3 million weather stations worldwide.
There is a wide range of widgets you’ll find in your dashboard which we haven’t include in this list and you can read more about each widget here!
The handiest widget you’ll find in your dashboard is the text widget.
You can add any other widgets you find on the Internet by pasting their embed code into a text widget in your sidebar.
This is how you add widgets from Voki, GoodReads, Flag Counter, Feedjit Live Traffic Feed, Google Calendar and more!
You add these widgets as follows:
1. Grab the embed code for the widget you want to add.
2. Go to Appearance > Widget.
3. Drag a text widget into your sidebar.
4. Paste the embed code into the text widget.
5. Click Save and Close.
6. You should now see the widget in your sidebar.
Want even more ideas for widgets that are a little more unique? Check out 10+ Cool Widgets For Your Blog
There are so many different widgets out there. Leave a comment below and tell us what your favorites are.