I was missing a C …

I have created five content types for H5P so far: Agamotto, Bingo (should be released shortly), Dictation, Essay and Juxtaposition. For some reason I noticed that those begin with A, B, D, E, and J — so it felt natural that my sixth content type should begin with a C to close one of the gaps 😉 Here it is …

Say hello to H5P Cornell Notes

I felt that the H5P content type family might need a new member that can help students with synthesizing and applying their knowledge. Well, that’s where Cornell notes may come in handy, and now you can provide a text, a video or an audio file that students can study and that they can attach their notes to directly. It’s not a spectacular content type, but hopefully you can put it to good use.

On this site, the available width for the content is small, so you will have to use the button in the upper left corner to toggle between the exercise and the notes. If the host system provides enough space or if you go to fullscreen mode on this page, both the exercise and the notes can be displayed next to each other — which is a little more convenient.

If you’re using H5P on your own system, the notes can be saved and retrieved later, of course. In order for this to work, users have to be logged in however, and H5P’s save content state feature has to be enabled.

It’s still a beta version, and some things may change, but feel free to download this content demo and upload it to your system in order to play around with it before the final version arrives. If you want to peek at the source code, you can find it on github, of course. It’s open source software.

I know there are some features that you may feel are missing … Stay tuned for some more info on that!

Videos in H5P Dialog Cards

Flash cards are a pretty common tool for learning languages. But what if you want to learn a sign language? I’ll tell you. Take a paper flash card and write down the word or phrase that you want to learn on one side. Now turn the flash card and put a video that shows how the word or phrase is “spoken” onto the other side. Wait a second …

Paper may have some shortcomings here. Luckily, there’s software that can help you out with digital flash cards that can handle audio and video as well. Alas! My beloved H5P offers a content type called Dialog Cards, but it cannot handle videos. Yet! Have a look at what feature I have just completed in my spare time …

Might not only be useful for sign language, but also for referee signals in sports, flag alphabets, tie knots, … Anything that could benefit from more dynamics than images can offer.

The feature seems to working, although I have not yet tested it on all major browsers and operating systems. Also, please don’t expect it to pop up in the official version of Dialog Cards within the next couple of days. First of all I don’t know if the feature will be accepted, and furthermore the H5P core team is very busy finishing other things and will probably not have time to do a code review soon.

Code: branch on github (until included in official version)

Credit where credit is due

Sure, H5P lists all the license information anyway, but why not mention here that the videos that I used were created by Henrike Maria Falke and are licensed under the Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 3.0 license?

I got the inspiration for adding the feature to H5P Dialog Cards from Sebastian Morr aka @blinry. He created a script that can pull resources from SignDict, a video dictionary for sign language, and automatically create flash card sets for the tool Anki.

Hmm, there’s no such script for H5P Dialog Cards yet … 😉

Blockchain … disruptive … bingo!

It’s time for a new content type — or at least a demo version of it. It’s nothing super duper fancy. But it’s a little different than existing content types, because it doesn’t feature any kind of automated checking or feedback. So … huh … yeah … what is it good for? Absolutely nothing …

Nah, maybe it is good for something. If you know that you’re going to a boring conference (meeting, lecture, webinar, movie, … ), why not set up a nice game of buzzword bingo with H5P and share the link with other participants?!

A more “serious” approach could be to use it for ice breakers. Just prepare a bingo sheet that goes like this: “Find someone who …” and then list a bunch of attributes such as “listens to podcasts regularly”, “wears green socks” or “had to travel more than 10 kilometers today” – and let people get a bingo …

Normal bingo works, too, of course. You can define a set of numbers or phrases or words, the size of the bingo board (3 to 7 columns and rows), put an optional image or video on top, and you can even set a joker in the center. Well, and that’s basically it. Oh, sure, the most important thing for so many people: Yes, I’ll probably also add some options for visual styling such as changing the colors 😉

Of course, this might become more entertaining when the multiplayer API for H5P is ready one day, but maybe this is already useful for some of you 🙂

Feedback and suggestions are welcome as always! In what kind of scenarios could you use this content type? What should be improved?

Feel free to download this content to play with the demo or to have a look at the source code on github. If it’s worth a coffee, check out my Patreon page.