Thank you Insert Learning for unblocking my blog writer’s block! I figured since I can’t stop talking about this Chrome extension, I might as well write about it! If you don’t know what Insert Learning is, it allows you to turn any webpage into an interactive lesson…how awesome is that?! So, that is why I ask, what are you waiting for?! Don’t walk, run and install this extension!
Since I am currently not in the classroom, I have been using this extension to help deliver content in my PD sessions with teachers. The response has been incredible. They are so excited to learn about it, and most of them immediately use it within a few days of the introduction-talk about successful PD!
With a FREE account, you are able to create 5 lessons, however, Insert Learning gives you an opportunity to earn free months by sharing a unique link to their extension with others. In fact, it gives you and the person you share it with, a free month. You can tell this was created by teachers…always thinking. If you choose to purchase a license, it really isn’t expensive ($40/year, at this time) and compared to other tech tools out there and the benefits of Insert Learning, it would be worth every penny.
So, let me start gushing over all the fabulous things you can do with Insert Learning! Here is the toolbar you will see when you open a webpage in Insert Learning:
The next tool is a Post-it note-this is soooooo versatile! At the most basic level, you can type on the Post-it and leave directions or provide information for your students. You can also paste things onto the post-it: images, links to videos, embed codes… Last, but not least, you can record your own video for your students.
As you keep moving down the toolbar you get to the question tool. You can easily add open-ended questions, as well as multiple choice questions (these can be auto-graded). You can add point values to the questions as well. This explains how to view and grade student answers and students can go to their dashboard to see their grades.
The last option to start a discussion. This allows students to respond to a question and allow everyone to see their response.
Also, if you happen to have any Google Docs, Sheets, Google Drawings, Slides…that you would like to ‘insert learning’ into, all you need to do is PUBLISH IT TO THE WEB and you will be able to use all of these great features on your own resources as well.
There is one more menu to take a look at:
Your Teacher Dashboard is your ‘control center’.
From here you can access all of your lessons, see how your students are doing on your assignments, and find the class share codes (and even add in a co-teacher!)
If you are currently using Google Classroom, Insert Learning integrates with it and allows you to share to Google Classroom. If not, have no fear, you can create classes within Insert Learning and give your students a join code to access your lessons. Be sure they are signed into Chrome and have installed the Insert Learning extension prior to starting your first lesson.
Their support area is very informative. There are a number of articles that answer many of the questions you may have when you are getting started. In addition, there are many videos that go step-by-step if you need additional support. If none of these resources helps you, they are great about getting back to you if you contact them with a specific question. Here is a quick guide to get your students started using Insert Learning.
As I mentioned before, this is such a versatile tool, with applications in so many aspects of our daily life in a school. It has worked out so well to use with teachers during professional development sessions and the feedback I have received is that they have had great success using it with their students.
Have you used Insert Learning? What are your thoughts? Have you found other uses for it?