Using video in the classroom to help teach ideas is not a new concept. Teachers are now using videos found on the Web or creating videos for students to use as part of a flipped or blended classroom. For many students, learning through video is a relatively passive activity. They might take notes if they’ve been required to do so, but those notes may not capture the intended learning. How can teachers solve this problem? Enter: EDpuzzle, a web-based tool that allows you to embed voice-overs and questions into pre-made videos. Scroll to the bottom of this post to see an example.
How Does EdPuzzle Work?
After registering for an EDpuzzle account, you will be guided through creating your first EDpuzzle. You’ll be asked to choose a video from one of a variety of channels, including YouTube, LearnZillion, Vimeo, and more.
You can search for a video just by clicking through and exploring what is available in the channels, or you can type some specific content into the search bar. Once you’ve found a video you want to use, click on the Use It button (to immediately begin editing the video) or Copy (to save it to your content). By clicking “Use It,” you will enter the editing area, and you will begin in the cropping section. This is where you can trim the beginning or ending of the video you are going to use. Some of the videos available are quite long and you may need to crop the beginning or the end. Of course, if you upload your own videos you most likely won’t need to crop the video. *Pro tip: record a few extra seconds on the end of your video so that your voice won’t get cut off at the end the way mine did!
You can click on any of the icons at any time throughout the process to toggle between cropping, inserting questions, or inserting audio tracks.
Each time you click on a new icon, there will be help text to guide you along the way, and it will also offer you a short video to watch the process.
The real key to using EdPuzzle is adding questions throughout the video to check for understanding and to see how students are thinking about the content. There are two types of questions you can add– open-ended questions and multiple choice questions. You can also add a comment. Adding a comment means that the video will pause and students will read your comment on the section. Then they get the opportunity to re-watch the previous part or continue to the next part of the video. Just click the Questions icon, play the video or drag the playhead to the point where you want to add the question, and click on the green question mark at the bottom of the screen.In addition to being able to add in assessment to the video itself, you can prevent students from skipping through the video and only answering the questions if you choose to do so. In your teacher dashboard, after your students have registered for the class you will create when you “Finish” your video, you’ll be able to view student data to determine who watched the entire video and who skipped through parts.
If you use Google Classroom, you are still able to assign EDpuzzle videos by creating an assignment and including the link as part of your assignment in Classroom. Taking this route, however, means that data from answering the questions won’t be saved.
EDpuzzle offers a student iPad app for those classes that use iPads. Students are able to sign in using Google accounts, Edmodo accounts, or with an Edpuzzle account. Students do not need to have a valid email address to sign up. Once they’ve created their account they can enter your class code to access videos you’ve assigned the class.
If your school uses a Learning Management System such as Haiku Learning, you can embed your EDpuzzle videos directly into your class. When students go to watch the video, they can sign in and enter your class so that their progress is saved. If you use another Learning Management System you will probably have similar integration.
Common Core Connection
One of the great things about using a tool like EDpuzzle is that the videos you create or choose can help you to address standards, while the questions you ask can help you to quickly assess whether students are meeting the standard. You are able to customize the questions you ask your students, which means that you can also address questions of varying Depth of Knowledge levels. And, better yet– students are able to make their own EDpuzzle videos when you assign them a project to do! They locate a video based on a topic or upload a video they’ve made themselves, and then they have the same tools that teachers have to add comments and questions to a video. This will give students practice with asking purposeful questions about a text.
Here’s an example of an EDpuzzle I made to teach you how to use EDpuzzle.
What Do You Think?
Have you used EDpuzzle with students? Please share how you’ve used it. Links to videos would be awesome :).