How Transforming Materials Can Maximize Student Learning Part 3

By David Kwan

Our creative teachers have found additional ways to embed external tools and resources for students…

1) Choose compatible learning tools and resources to embed

If you are trying to embed content into Formative, make sure it has an “https” as opposed to “http” at the beginning of the web address. That indicates the external site will work with Formative. Here is a video example using an awesome recording tool (

Using sites like Speakpipe in combination with Formative is great for any class where you want your students hear audio or record audio as they complete an assignment. David Platt, a 9-12 World Language Teacher, records audio using Sound Cloud and embeds it in Formative exit tickets and shares it all through Google Classroom. Other users create recordings using similar sites and embed them in their Formative assignments so students can choose to have directions or questions repeated. You can also post links to recording tools like Speakpipe within your Formative assignment, have students record their own audio responses, and quickly act on their recorded responses from the Live Results page.

2) Embed Videos When Youtube is Blocked

Chad Ledune, an 8th grade Science teacher, has been searching for a way to add videos to Formative despite Youtube being blocked at his school. While Youtube is blocked, you can use other major video sharing sites like Khan Academy and Vimeo. Check out how to embed videos from these sites into your Formative assignment below:

3) Embedding presentations from Office Mix

Eddie Carillo, 8th grade Math teacher, likes using Office Mix (a free extension for Powerpoint)to create his own slideshows with recorded audio, drawings, and video. You can embed your presentation into your Formative assignment so your student can easily access it.

4) Take screenshots and uploading them

Lastly, many users like to take screenshots of things they see on the web and upload them to Formative. On a Mac, you can use (command+shift+4) to take a screenshot and add this to your Formative. On a PC, you can use (PrtScn) or (Alt+PrtScn).

There are a few products for taking screenshot that work on multiple devices. Kimberly Vitatoe likes using Snagit to take pictures and videos from the web, save them as documents, and uploading them to Formative. Eddie Carillo likes to use Microsoft OneNote since the clipping tool allows him to take screenshots of anything. You can create a default folder for all your screenshots on a Mac or PC and upload them directly to Formative using the “Upload & Transform” or “Add an Image” option.

Post other types of tools, resources, and media you add or are interested in adding to Formative assignments in the comments section below