Lessons

This section will list all your lessons. Using the InsertLearning extension on a website will make a lesson.


Examples

English nytimes.com
Math cnx.org
Science realclearsports.com
Social Studies npr.org
English docs.google.com
Math fivethirtyeight.com
Science tweentribune.com
Social Studies docs.google.com

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If you're expecting a lesson you may need to enroll in a class. To do that:

  1. Go to the Classes section of the dashboard
  2. Click the plus button near the top
  3. Enter the Class Code your teacher provided and click Enroll

Classes

Grades

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Select a lesson to see some grades.

FAQ

  • Your First Lesson with InsertLearning

  • Enrolling students

    Give your students the class code (found in the Classes section of the dashboard) and instruct them to sign up by going to InsertLearning and signing in with their Google ID. While signing up students will be asked to enter a class code. Once they have done this they will see a list of assigned lessons. Students must install the InsertLearning extension in order to see the lesson you created.

  • Sending students to their first lesson

    There are three ways students can get to an assigned lesson.

    1. See all assigned lessons in the InsertLearning dashboard.
    2. Link to the page you created a lesson on and add #insertlearning to the end of the URL. This will automatically load the leesson.
    3. Link to the page you created a lesson on and instruct students to click on the InsertLearning extension button to load the lesson.

    If you use Google Classroom, you can assign lessons directly to those classes. First assign to a InsertLearning class and then click “Share to Google Classroom”.

  • What to tell students about InsertLearning

    InsertLearning lets you answer questions, see teacher notes, and take your own notes on any webpage. Make sure you sign in with the correct Google ID, and have the InsertLearning extension installed. If a lesson does not show up, click on the InsertLearning extension button.

  • Creating a lesson

  • How to activate InsertLearning on a webpage

    You can activate the InsertLearning toolbar on any webpage by clicking on the InsertLearning extension button. This button is to the right of your browser's address bar and has the InsertLearning logo.

  • How to assign a lesson in your LMS

    First assign the lesson to your class and make sure students have enrolled themselves into that class and have the extension installed. Second, assign students the link to the website just as you would any other website in your LMS. Add “#insertlearning” to the end of the URL so that the InsertLearning extension automatically loads for students. Students can also click the InsertLearning extension button to load the lesson when they get to the assigned webpage.

  • How to add questions

    Click the question tool on the toolbar and then click on a paragraph to add a question below it. Type in the question, assign the number of points, and then click “Save”.

  • How to add a multiple choice question

    Create a question, click “Save”, and then type the first option in the answers box and press Enter. You can add as many choices as you would like. Click the checkbox next to the question that is correct.

  • How to add a discussion question

    Click the discussion tool on the toolbar and then click on a paragraph to add a question below it. Type in the discussion topic and then click “Save”.

  • How to add a YouTube video

    Add a sticky note and then paste the URL of the YouTube video.

  • How to embed other tools

    Most tools that have an embed code can be added to a sticky note. Create a sticky note and then paste the embed code.

  • How to highlight text

    Choose the highlighter tool and then select the text. You can also first select the text and then click the highlighter tool.

  • How to delete a highlight

    Click on the highlighted text and then click the trash icon.

  • How to edit a question

    Click “Edit” in the upper right of the question box. Make your changes and then click “Save”.

  • How to delete a question

    Click “Edit” on an existing question and then “Delete”. Any student responses made for that question will be lost when it is deleted.

  • How to change the number of points a question is worth

    When editing a question you can change the number of points in the upper right side of the question box.

  • How to add a note to a highlight

    Create a new highlight or click on an existing one, and then click the plus (+). Enter the note into the box that appears.

  • Setting Up Classes

  • How to create a class

    Go to the Classes section of the InsertLearning dashboard. Click on the plus (+) button next to “Classes” and enter the name.

  • How to rename a class

    In the Classes section of the InsertLearning dashboard, click on the class name and change the name. Click anywhere else on the page to save your changes.

  • How to enroll students

    Students can enroll themselves by entering the unique class code found in the Classes section of the dashboard. If you have a digital projector in your classroom, click the binoculars icon to make the code fullscreen. You can also import your Google Classroom roster when you create a new class.

  • How to view students enrolled in a class

    Go to the Classes section of the InsertLearning dashboard and click “View Roster”.

  • How to delete a class

    Go to the Classes section of the InsertLearning dashboard and click the trashcan icon next to the class you would like to delete. Enter the name of the class and click okay. This last step is to prevent accidental deletion of classes. All student responses for the class will be removed. Lessons assigned to the class will remain.

  • How to assign a lesson to a class

    From the lesson, click on the InsertLearning icon on the toolbar and choose the class(es) you want to assign it to. If you are assigning to a Google Classroom class, first assign to the class in InsertLearning and then click “Share to Google Classroom” and follow the steps.

    From the dashboard, click the assign button next to the lesson and choose your class(es).

  • Google Apps

  • How to use InsertLearning with a Google Doc

    Google Docs must first be published before using with InsertLearning. If you click on the InsertLearning extension button, the extension will prompt you to publish the Google Doc. After confirming with Google Docs that you want to publish, you'll be sent to the published link and InsertLearning will load there.

    Make sure you give students this published Google Doc URL and not a link to the editable Google Doc.

  • How to assign a lesson with Google Classroom

    It is important to assign a lesson to the class in InsertLearning before sharing to Google Classroom.

  • How to add videos to a Google Doc

    Publish the Google Doc and load InsertLearning on the published link. Add a sticky note and paste the YouTube URL.

  • Grading

  • How to grade a class

    Go to the Grades section of the InsertLearning dashboard, and then select the class and lesson you would like to grade. You may then choose to grade by student or by question. Type in the score in the box provided. Multiple choice questions are automatically graded. Discussions are not graded.

  • How to grade by question

    In the Grades section of the dashboard, choose the class and lesson and then the question to view each student’s answer for that question. Type in the score to give it a grade.

  • How to grade by student

    In the Grades section of the dashboard, choose the class and lesson and then the student to view all of their responses in a lesson. Type in the score to give it a grade.

  • How do students see their grades?

    Students can see their scores by going to the InsertLearning dashboard and clicking on Grades.

  • How to see student answers

    Go to the InsertLearning dashboard and click on the Grades section. Select a class and lesson to view student answers.

  • How to see discussion responses

    Go to the discussion on the lesson to view responses.

  • For Students

  • How students find their lessons

    If you use an LMS such as Google Classroom or Schoology you can assign a lesson directly from there just as you would any other website. Add “#insertlearning” to the end of the URL to automatically load the lesson. Students can also view all of their assigned lessons by going to the InsertLearning dashboard by opening a new tab and clicking on the extension or by going to insertlearning.com and clicking on "Dashboard" in the upper right corner.

  • How students sign up

    Students should go to insertlearning.com and click on the sign up button. This will walk them through connecting their Google account, enrolling in a class, and installing the extension. Be sure to give students the class code so they can enter this while signing up.

  • How students view a lesson

    Students can view a lesson by going to the assigned webpage and clicking on the InsertLearning extension button. The extension must be installed for students to view the lesson layer and they must be assigned the lesson for it to appear.

  • How students answer questions

    Students can type their answers directly below the question in the space provided. Their answers are automatically saved and viewable to teachers in the dashboard. Students can go to the lesson and view their answers at any time.

  • How students view their grades

    Students can view their grades in the InsertLearning dashboard.

  • General

  • How do I create a lesson?

    Browser extension: Go to a website and click the InsertLearning extension button.

  • Where do I find text to use with InsertLearning?

    Almost any website works with InsertLearning. We have made a collection of quality, free online text that works great with InsertLearning.

  • What does it look like for students?

    Once students load the InsertLearning extension on an assigned lesson they will see all of the notes, questions, discussions, and embeds that you have added. They answer questions, participate in discussions, and take notes on the page along side what you have added. Students have their own toolbar with the highligher, hightlight note, and sticky note tools. To help differentiate notes, all teacher highlights are green, and student notes are yellow. All student notes and answers are automatically saved.

  • How do I get to the dashboard?

    The fastest way is to open a new tab and click on the InsertLearning extension button. You can also go to insertlearning.com and click on “Sign In” in the upper right corner.

  • How do I share a lesson with other teachers?

    Each lesson you create has an ellipsis to the right of it in the dashboard. Click that and select Share. A box will appear with a share link that allows other teachers to preview and copy the lesson while keeping all student data private. Do not use this share link for students.

  • Why isn’t InsertLearning working on a particular website?

    Most websites follow Internet coding standards and InsertLearning uses that to identify important information on the page. A small number of websites do not follow these standards because they are outdated or experimental. If a website is not compatible with InsertLearning, you can copy and paste the text into a Google Doc and then publish it for use with InsertLearning.

  • Can I use PDFs with InsertLearning?

    PDFs must first be converted to standard webpage for use with InsertLearning. We recommend using Google Docs to convert the PDF or copying and pasting the text into a Google Doc.

  • Does publishing a Google Doc create a new copy of the original?

    No, a published Google Doc is directly connected to the original. There is a 15 minute time delay between edits to the Google Doc and the published page. InsertLearning relies on how your document is ordered so it is recommended that you do not modify a Google Doc after you have used InsertLearning on it.

  • Does assigning a published Google Doc in Google Classroom make a copy of it?

    No, published Google Docs are treated like a regular webpage. This means that when you assign a lesson that has been created on a published Google Doc, students will not have a copy of that Google Doc in their drive. Nothing new will be added to the Google Classroom’s folder. Students can view their lesson by clicking on the assigned link in Google Classroom and answer the questions right on the page.

  • Can students come back to a lesson and finish it later?

    Yes, students can pick up where they left off by going back to the lesson via the original assigned link or going to the page and clicking on the InsertLearning extension. Student answers and highlights/notes are autosaved as they type so even if they accidentally close the tab/window, their work has been saved.

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Text Sources

Here are some places you can go to find great free text.

Resource Type Age level Reading level(s) Great for Good to know…
TweenTribune News Middle School, High school Grades 3-12 Daily news stories are selected by professional journalists working closely with teens, tweens and teachers.
Newsela News Middle School, High school Grades 3-12 Engaging students in relevant, recent topics Can create classes and track student progress
CK-12 Textbook Middle School, High school Grades 6-12 Open source textbooks for most subjects and grade levels.
OER Commons Textbook Middle School, High school Grades 6-12 Repository of open sources text and curriculum. A good source for finding free textbooks
OpenStax Textbook High school, College Grades 10-12 Free, open source college level textbooks
Boundless Textbook High school, College Grades 10-12 Free, open source college level textbooks
Big History Project Textbook, Nonfiction Middle School, High school Grades 6-12 Online textbook that covers the history of the universe and life
Ozy News, Nonfiction Middle School, High school Grades 6-12 News and magazine site aimed at teens
Lit-Hum Literature Middle School, High school Grades 6-12 Collection of stories and poems
Project Gutenberg Literature, Nonfiction Middle School, High school Grades 6-12 Large collection of free classic texts. Works best if text is pasted into a published Google Doc
Literature.org Literature Middle School, High school Grades 6-12 Find the full and unabridged texts of classic works of English literature
UMN Open Textbook Library Literature, Nonfiction High school, College Grades 11+ Find college level open source textbooks. The library is organized by the Univeristy of Minnesota.
CommonLit Literature Middle School, High School Grades 6-12 Collection of poems, short stories, news articles, historical documents, and literature for classrooms. PDF Articles: copy and paste text into a Google Doc and publish for use with InsertLearning.
Google News News Middle School, High School Usually Grades 5-12 Searching for multiple sources You can search for specific topics and even by source and geogprahical point and time
NPR News News Middle School, High School Grades 5-10 Relevant, recent topics Majority of stories include audio
NY Times Learning Network News High School Grades 8-12 Bringing relevant news to your classroom Has pre-made lesson plans using news articles; includes some video and audio for differentiation
NPR Goats and Soda Blog News Middle School, High School Grades 5-10 News stories about living life in a life-changing world. Inspiring students through the news Usually has audio for differentiation
NPR Code Switch Blog News Middle School, High School Grades 5-10 Engage students in difficult topics in an accessible manner Usually has audio for differentiation
TED News, Nonfiction Middle School, High School Usually Grades 5-10 Great ideas to change the world. Inspiring students and making them think Includes time-stamped transcripts of every talk including video
The Big Think Nonfiction Middle School, High School Grades 5-10 Articles from experts about world-changing ideas and policies. Inspiring students and making them think Every article chosen for significance, relevance, and application
This I Believe Literature Middle School, High School Grades 5-8 Personal Essays about life. Using memoir to engage students Has audio of every story for differentiation
NPR History Dept. Blog Nonfiction Middle School, High School Grades 8-12 New research to inform history Brings new insights into historical concepts
Daily History Nonfiction High School Grades 9-12 Teaching history using primary sources Includes primary source images as well as documents; publishes one new concept every day
American Rhetoric Top 100 Speeches Nonfiction High School Grades 9-12 Inspiring students while teaching history and rhetoric Has audio/video as well as text for most speeches

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