EDpuzzle is a FREE interactive website (and app) that allows a teacher to take almost any video from the internet, edit it to include only the parts wanted, add audio commentary and questions for students, and create a virtual classroom to track student work. Click HERE for an EDpuzzle welcome and to give EDpuzzle’s tools a trial run.
Once teachers have created accounts, they may create their own content from videos already on EDpuzzle or may create content using an online video from elsewhere. Additionally, all created/edited videos are public, which allows teachers to use content created by others.
This is a great tool for using the “flipped classroom” model, but it has many other applications as well. In my class, I have shown an EDpuzzle video on my SmartBoard that included embedded questions for my students. I had edited the video to pause and display a question at several different points. My students answered these questions in an Edmodo assignment on their computers. I have not sent out a video to my students individually yet, but I plan to try it soon.
I also see this as a good tool for a teacher to use when he or she is planning to miss school. The substitute teacher can show a teacher-created or teacher-chosen EDpuzzle video on the SmartBoard and students can answer questions either on paper or digitally. The pauses and questions are built into the video, which can encourage better student engagement. As mentioned above, EDpuzzle also allows teachers to crop videos to show only specific parts, if needed.
EDpuzzle integrates with Google accounts, which allowed me to import my Business Management students directly from Google Classroom. It was a one-step process, and all of those students are now set-up within EDpuzzle. I do not currently use Google Classroom with my other classes, but it will be relatively easy to give my students a class code and have them create their own student accounts. Students are not required to have or use an email address to register. In addition to watching teacher-assigned videos and answering questions, students can create their own private videos using EDpuzzle’s tools.
If you are interested in learning more about EDpuzzle, I would suggest taking a look at these two blog posts:
Catlin Tucker provides step-by-step EDpuzzle instructions HERE.
Richard Byrne’s video shows the main features of EDpuzzle HERE.
This is a tool I plan to use more frequently this semester!
High School Business & Technology Teacher in Skiatook, Oklahoma.
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