Rotating Content Tool

Ways To Use This Tool

There are many different ways that you can use the Rotating Content Tool to create materials that are useful for your students or just fun to add to your websites. Here are some suggestions and examples:

  • Texts. Use the tool to create fun content for your students to read, such as stories and tales. See an example: Fairy Tales.
  • Images. Use the tool to create random picture libraries that you can use to illustrate a website. See an example: New Testament Images (the images appear at random in the upper left-hand corner).
  • Background Material. Use the tool to create background materials to supplement what your students are studying in class so that they are constantly given the opportunity to explore and learn more about the subject. See an example: Mathematician Biographies.
  • Live Updates. Use the tool to gather "real time" information from sites with RSS feeds (if you convert the RSS feeds to javascripts, you can then use the Content Tool to select from those javascripts at random). See an example: News Headlines.
  • Day-by-Day Reading. Use the tool to break up a long text into smaller, easy-to-read chunks spread out over a specific time period. See an example: Perpetual Gospel Calendar.
  • Assignments Calendar. If your school uses a course management system and you also maintain a website for your class, you can have the Calendar of Class Assignment content appear in both places without having to duplicate the content. See an example: Class Assignments Calendar (the calendar is included at the bottom of the page).
  • Progress Meter. Create a Progress Meter to let students know how much time they have left to go for the year, for the current marking period, for a sports season, etc. See an example: Progress Meter for the Year .
  • Random Games and Decisions. For example, you can have students "roll the dice" in order to see which group they belong to, which role they will take in a group assignment, etc.. See an example: Dice.