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Friday, November 3, 2017

How to Instantly Increase Interaction Using Insert Learning

Many of us are enthusiastic to explore opportunities in flipping, differentiating, and screen casting.

One simple Chrome extension called Insert Learning allows you (and your students!) to do all three, on nearly any page of the Internet.

Insert Learning, previously called Docent EDU, provides instant interactivity on nearly any web page by allowing you to add

  • highlights,
  • annotations and definitions (to accompany those highlights),
  • sticky notes (which can contain links, YouTube videos, or screen casts),
  • open ended questions,
  • multiple choice questions (instantaneously graded), and 
  • discussion questions (the responses to which are visible to all students).
The following video demonstrates the ease with which this extension is used.

What's awesome is that when students load the extension onto any page, even those that you haven't assigned with tasks, they can then highlight, annotate, and create sticky notes with screen cast videos. One student, for example, may visit three different sites to research the traits and habits that make the cheetah such an effective predator. Even after the student closes those sites, she can reactivate all notes, highlights, etc. on that same site, even weeks later, by simply launching the Insert Learning extension again while on that page.

If you scroll forward to the 17 minute mark on the following video, you can see how simple it is for the teacher, or the student, to snap a short video segment of themselves while on a site with Insert Learning running. As this teacher explains, a student-generated video would be a great way for a teacher to hear a student's fluency in reading a passage from the given text.

The free version allows you to create and store five lessons, which provides ample opportunity to see the power of this extension. Go to Insert Learning and give it a go!


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