Have you heard of Insert Learning? Insert Learning is a simple yet effective program that can turn any website into an interactive lesson. Here’s how it works: first you go to Insert Learning’s website or the Chrome Webstore and download the Chrome extension.
Next, go to any website, say, for example, cnn.com–> and select an article. Once on the webpage, click on the insert learning Chrome Extension and the toolbar will appear on the left side of the screen. From here you can: insert a question, highlight text, insert a discussion, add a sticky note, embed a video, embed various other tools such as Padlet boards, Thinglinks, Quizlets, NPR radio broadcasts and so on. Once complete, you can assign this activity/lesson to your class (which you do at the beginning by creating a class in Insert Learning). Even cooler? You can copy the url to this lesson just by copying it and adding #insertlearning to the end of the url, then pasting this code/inserting it into Schoology. If you are a Google Classroom user, you can just select Google Classroom from the Insert Learning toolbar, and assign it there.
This is a simple and effective way to turn any passive article or website into something interactive and more engaging!