Tooltips are a powerful tool that can be used to allow readers to have a greater interaction with their readings. This is especially the case for students developing their language.
You can use tooltips to hover over words showing definitions, or asking questions, etc. Tooltips are a bit complicated the first time around however, become very easy to do. Be aware that tooltips might not work with all WordPress Templates.
The first step is to go to your “Plugins” menu and add the plugin “Simple tooltips.” There are other plugins to do this, but I think this is the most straight forward. This will allow you to add tooltips to your webpages. You do this by adding simple code into your HTML Text Box which is located on the top right of your page editor. It is next to the option “Visual.” It will look like this.
The code is very simple. Paste the following code into the sentence where the word you want tool tipped. For example, if the sentence was……”He lived in extreme poverty. The code would look as follows:
He lived in <a title=”It is the most severe state of poverty where one cannot meet basic needs such as food, water, shelter, sanitation, and health care” href=”#”>extreme poverty</a>
Below is a sample screen capture of the tooltip I created above. Students will appreciate your support in preparing tooltips for them! Especially when using the complex terms throughout IB Economics.
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