Understanding Web 2.0 Embed Codes

Embed Code Primer

In the world of educational technology, embed codes are often overlooked. However, the more you work with Web 2.0 sites, the more you need to know about embed codes. Embed codes are those really long strings of code that allow you to embed one site into another. A typical example would be embedding a Youtube video into your blog.

I use embed codes, or parts of the code, for all sorts of purposes but the main reason is to strip out all of the extraneous parts and only focus on the main content. For example, I might want to share a YouTube video but not include all of the suggested sites and other content. I might want to share a Slideshare presentation but I want the link to only be to the presentation…nothing else. As a teacher, this is a very helpful technique and I use it to bring focused content to the students.

Also, by using embed codes, I create a list of URL’s, perfect for classroom use, that bypass going to the homepage of a site. This is a huge time saver because I save these URL’s in a spreadsheet. No searching, ads, etc…just straight to the content.



In some embed codes, you can find the salient part and copy, paste it into your browser. In others, your have to build the URL you want.


Here’s a screenshot of a Youtube embed code. Note the code you want to copy and paste.

Youtube Embed Code


TIP: To cut out all the ads and related videos and create a classroom friendly url, do this:



Next, take a look at this code from Slideshare.net. Note the code you want to copy and paste.

Slideshare Embed Code


For some sites, you must build the URL. Look at these two screenshots for building a URL for a Prezi.

Prezi Embed Code 1

Prezi Embed Code 2


Let me know if you have any questions and please post your ideas below. Thanks for reading the educational technology blog Teach Amazing!