Friday, February 13, 2009

PBS Now Has Widgets!

A "widget" is media that is easily embeddable on a blog, wiki, or web page. If you know how to copy and paste, you can add some really interesting content to your web site very easily. YouTube videos are, in a sense, a widget. One copies the embed code, pastes it into an HTML editor, and VOILA, the video magically appears on your website.

I just learned that PBS now has dozens of widgets, which they are calling "Activity Packs", on their website at: http://www.pbs.org/teachers/activitypacks/index.html

Here's one from the Social Studies area that is appropriate for Black History Month:



Notice that in addition to links to PBS content, there is an "Activities" tab at the top of the widget.


And if you want to add a widget to your website, you just need to click on the "Grab It" link on the bottom right. PBS provides the HTML code formatted for a variety of social networking sites-- simply click on the appropriate button and log in to your account. Or, if your site is not listed, the embed code is easily copied with the Copy button.

1 comment:

Otto said...

I visited the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History on Friday 2/13. It is a remarkable experience and exhibit. It races the African American experience from the beginning of time through modern time. It concludes with the African American influence in southeast Michigan primarily in Detroit. It is something everyone should see.