EDpuzzle: Kids Watch, You Assess!
Most students love watching videos, and we teachers like to think that a conscientiously selected video is a valuable use of class time. But is it? Are students really paying attention? Did they learn? How do we know?
EDpuzzle is how we know. This web-based app empowers teachers to turn any video into an engaging and effective lesson. Simply pre-select videos from Khan Academy, Crash Course, YouTube, National Geographic, TED Talks and more. A few clicks give the teacher access to several simple video-editing tools such as shortening the video, pausing it at specific junctures, posing an open-ended or quick multiple-choice question plus powerful analytics about students’ progress. Teachers will “then always know which students [actually watched the video], understand that lesson, who needs help, if there are any misconceptions about the material, etc.” (EDpuzzle website). There are several lessons that teachers have already created as well.
This is a great tool for a flipped classroom, but I’ve used it during class with my English Learners. This is especially effective for differentiating instruction since students can watch the lesson on Chromebooks (using headphones), pause to re-watch and answer the questions at their own pace. When everyone is finished, we can proceed to a class discussion or continue with another aspect of the lesson. EDpuzzle breaks down the analytics of my students’ responses so I know what to reteach. Absent students can easily complete the assignment at home.
This app is so user-friendly, that I heard about it, searched it, created a class and set up my first lesson in less than an hour. The only critique I have is that you are not able to upload your own videos. If it’s not in the EDpuzzle Library, then you cannot use the video. However, there are still a ton of choices to peruse.
So, next time you want to incorporate video into your lesson, check out EDpuzzle!