InsertLearning can help you deliver digital content to your students and also provide data to help you guide instruction.I believe InsertLearning will be a game-changer in digital and blended learning!
The extension allows anyone to take any online content (including content that you might have on a published Google Doc) and insert annotations, sticky notes, open-ended or multiple choice questions, and discussion forums. The best part about this new extension is its seamless integration with Google Classroom. That's right, you can build an entire online lesson in minutes and assign it to your students enrolled in your various Classrooms!
How can I get started?
If you have not already done so, sign-up for a free account and install the InsertLearning extension with this link. Use your G Suite account when you sign up and don't forget to indicate that you are a teacher!
In order for the extension to work properly, all of your students will also need a free account. When they sign up with their G Suite accounts, they will have to indicate that they are students.
This is a "freemium" product. This means that you will be able to create 5 lessons using the extension. If you want to create more, the cost is $40 for the year. You can earn free months by sharing a link with your colleagues. As they sign up, you and your colleagues will receive free months.
After you have signed up and properly installed the extension, navigate to any webpage then click on the InsertLearning extension button from your browser. The toolbar pictured on the left will show up on webpage you navigated to.
What can I do with it?
The InsertLearning toolbar will let you "insert learning" onto any webpage to make it more interactive. Before you assign anything to your students, however, you do need to put in a little elbow grease to increase the interactivity.
You can direct your students' attention to a specific passage in a reading and even add your own commentary with the pen highlight tool. To show you how easy it is to use this tool, I created a simple lesson using a Nevada Ready 21 blog post. Take a look at the looping gif below to see how to highlight text and create an annotated note using InsertLearning.
Remember, these elements inserted into the webpage will only be viewable to your students with the extension installed, so don't think that you are changing the actual code of the original webpage. Rather, you are creating a transformative resource that you can use to drive your instruction. Take a look at the looping gif below to see how easy it is to insert an open-ended question into a webpage.
Whether you are creating your own lessons or using one of the lessons another teacher created on the platform, you can blend instruction easily and effectively. Give it a try today!