We have several options for including longer passages into online activities. While we can do this in COLE 3.0/Schoology, this could work in other spots as well, as long as you can edit HTML code or embed.
Single Source Text Example (add div code to HTML)In the example below, I added a scrolling text box by switching to HTML and adding the following before the text: <div style="width: 100%; overflow-x: hidden; max-height: 200px;">. After the text, I added </div>. The result is below (you can add other code for the background color and other style elements, which I didn't include above):
If you're adding scrolling text into Schoology, you can "switch to HTML" to add that code above the text you want to scroll. If 200px is too short, just adjust the length as needed (we used 450px in some other sources). Once you add that line at the top of your window, you can switch back to the regular editor and paste in your text. Schoology will add the </div> code at the bottom for you automatically.
Update: As of February 2015, you can also use the "Insert Content" tool to embed a Google Doc or you can see this blog post on how to embed PDFs that you have saved into GoogleDrive. However, this will not allow you to use an online annotation tool, like Scrible.
Multiple Source Text Example (Google Presentation & LiveBinders)
We posted previously about embedding Google Presentations into assessments or an online activity to have interactive tabs. The default setting for Google Presentations works well for shorter passages, but it's difficult to add longer passages into a Google Presentation unless you customize the Page Setup to 8.5 x 11 (or whatever size works). Thanks to @DenverUbow/+NateUbowski for the following tip at the #gafesummit (see his post about using Google Presentations for doing newsletter layouts here).
Want to use our templates so you don't have to create your own? If you are a CCSD teacher, you can find these in the CCSD Template Gallery. If you aren't a CCSD teacher, here's the public folder link.
Another option for multiple tabbed sources is LiveBinders, which you can also embed into Schoology and other web pages. (You can see it here since I can't embed it into Blogger: http://www.livebinders.com/play/play?id=1539691&present=true.) This is a very flexible tool -- you can add your own text (it will create scroll bars automatically for longer passages), embed items from sources other than just YouTube, and you can add as many tabs as you need.
Be Thoughtful About Copyright
Whenever we want students to read online, we need to be mindful about where we get our passages. Remember that just because it's on the internet doesn't mean you can take it and republish it elsewhere. The sources here are in the public domain or embedded from original sources (like YouTube). We'll be posting some suggestions about finding open educational resources, but in the meantime, you may want to consider checking into Fair Use before you copy, paste, and publish.