This resource shows the different tools available for embedding at Penn State. 

There are several websites and tools that offer embeddable content to enhance your Canvas courses. These tools can assist with enriching content, teaching skills, professional development, and formative assessment.

Embedding a file or tool in Canvas allows your students to view and interact with it without leaving the Canvas interface. Since embed tools are not integrated into Canvas, they offer a quick, informal way to engage and assess your students without tying it to your gradebook. For more details and instructions on embedding content in Canvas, check Module 3 of the Canvas Learning Path.

Below are some examples of embed tools for teaching and learning you can access as part of Penn State or by creating free accounts at individual sites. For additional Embed Tools check out the Canvas Community Embedding Web 2.0 Tools blog post for even more options!

Note: The Web 2.0 tools included in this article may track student information and therefore need to be approved by PSU Purchasing before use. Please contact with any questions.

Office 365

Office 365 at Penn State offers a secure, feature-rich online environment for content collaboration and sharing. Using Office 365, you can embed documents and folders directly into Canvas. This is a quick way to share documents, readings, instructions, worksheets, portfolios, and more with your students.


LinkedIn Learning

LinkedIn Learning is an online collection of high-quality, self-paced videos and courses for all Penn State students, faculty, and staff. LinkedIn Learning allows you to embed individual videos into Canvas, making it easy to share videos with students to help them learn new concepts and skills.

Note: You must connect a LinkedIn profile to your Penn State Linkedin Learning account in order to use the embed feature. If you have already created your Penn State LinkedIn Learning account without connecting a LinkedIn profile, see the article LinkedIn Learning: Disconnect or Reconnect Your LinkedIn and LinkedIn Learning Profiles for information on how to connect your accounts.



Quizlet offers an interactive platform for students to practice concepts, with options like flashcards, writing and listening, self-testing, matching games, and collaborative competitions. It offers several feature options with a free account, including excellent translation and accessibility features.



Educaplay offers a variety of games that can be created for any content area, including fill-in-the-blank games, crossword puzzles, interactive maps, word jumbles, matching games, word searches, quizzes, video quizzes, and more. Tutorials for each game type will walk you through the creation of your activity. You can also access embed codes for previously created games.



This free quiz/feature generator allows you to use text, images, and audio/video to provide a variety of modes to share interactive learning and practice within your course. You can create activities that involve matching, image labeling, number lines, crosswords, word searches, ordering, puzzles, pairing, and much more. Each game type contains examples that you can review to get ideas for how to use the app in your course and the site has an interactive tutorial you can use to help you get started.



GoConqr is a free mind mapping, flashcard, and quiz tool. The mind maps can be animated to show how they were developed. GoConqr provides instructions on how to create each type of resource.


Google Forms

Using G Suite’s Google Forms you can embed quick checks for understanding, surveys, and more into your Canvas pages. Simply create your form or set up a quiz, then get the embed code.

Classtools is a website that allows you to create free educational games and tools for the classroom, including the Connect Fours example below. also offers timeline tools, diagram makers, and more. You can edit existing templates or create your own.



pHET, based out of the University of Colorado, is a resource focused on STEM education and contains a variety of simulations that can provide your students with hands-on opportunities to interact with your content. The simulations include a number of variations, and many offer additional graphical analysis and resources to develop lab analysis activities.

Note: The pHET site offers a variety of HTML 5 simulations, which embed easily into Canvas. Other, older formats are also available, but may not function as seamlessly as HTML 5.

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