EDpuzzle is the answer!
Type of technology: Website
SAMR Model Rating: Modification
Grade level: K-12
Subject area: All
I hate giving notes and lecturing. It’s boring, time-consuming, and I don’t think it’s an effective way to learn. I believe students learn the material and concepts better when they discover them themselves, with my help. But, I also know that lectures are an important way for students to solidify their understanding of concepts.
When I first arrived at SB Unified, another math teacher at my school suggested that I try flipping the classroom. I love this idea! Students watch a video at home and take notes, then practice and use the concept and skill during class. It makes so much more sense than them practicing at home and not having someone to turn to if they get confused. But it all falls apart if they don’t watch the video, and I had no way to know if they did, or if they understood they concepts watched. Then, this past summer, I attended the GAFE Summit here at Dos Pueblos High School and learned about EDPuzzle.
EDpuzzle is amazing. It is an online formative assessment tool where teachers can use videos from YouTube, Khan Academy, Crash Course, TED, or their own video to assess students. Now, I know this doesn’t sound revolutionary, but just wait. The best part of EDPuzzle is that you can embed questions and audio notes right into the video! You can even prevent students from skipping the video, and you get the results of the questions they answered! It’s amazing.
Okay, before I get too excited, here’s how I used it in my co-taught Math 2 class. First, go to EDpuzzle and create a free teacher account.
When you get to your teacher page, you can create classes for each of the periods you teach, or for each subject you teach. I created one for each period so I can look at the data for each period individually (we’ll get to the data part soon!).
To choose a video to edit, you would go to the “Search” button at the top of the page. There you can find videos from different websites, including YouTube, Vimeo, Crash Course, TED Talks, and Khan Academy, or you can upload your own video from your computer.
I created a ShowMe video (and if you don’t know about ShowMe, then you should go to these blog posts here and here, because it’s awesome!) and uploaded it to EDPuzzle. Once you upload or choose a video to use, EDPuzzle takes you to the editing stage where you can crop the video (only from the ends), add an audio track (a voice-over over the entire video), add audio notes (where the video pauses and you add a voice note), and add questions/comments (the best part!).
Once you finish editing the video how you like, you can save it for later or you can finish it and assign it to a class. And when you have your students sign up for your class, all they need is the access code for that class and a username (I recommend they use their first and last names), no email required!
The best thing about EDPuzzle is that you can give feedback to and see what questions students are on in real time. If you assign a video to your classes, you can see a “Progress” button next to the assigned video. If you click this button, you will see a list of the students in your class and their progress and grade on the video.
And if you click on an individual student, it gets even better! Here is a student that watched a video in my co-taught Math 2 class:
From this page, I can see his overall grade on the video, which questions he got incorrect and correct, and even how many times he watched a section of the video! I can also grade any of the free response questions I assigned here. Now, there is a gradebook feature on EDpuzzle where you can see an individual student’s progress on all assigned videos, but it requires a premium subscription from your school. You can get it for free but you need to host an EDpuzzle workshop at your school and show evidence that you did. If you are interested, just go here and follow the instructions.
I loved using this website with my class so much more than just having them watch the ShowMe on NEO. Not only could I see if they watched the video and how much they watched it, but I could easily and quickly see what they understood from watching the video and how they answered the questions. You can even make sure that they don’t just skip through the video by clicking the “Prevent Skipping” button when you assign it. This makes it so they have to start the video from the beginning if they try to skip through it. My students thought I was very sneaky when they realized this happens.
EDpuzzle is the answer to all of those drawbacks of having a flipped classroom. I can’t wait for you to love it as much as I do!