Jennifer Hogan’s recent post inspired me to write about my experience with EdPuzzle.
I’ve used EdPuzzle in facilitating PD. We may use it a bit more as a staff later this year. Edpuzzle is really powerful. It allows you to clip videos, add in audio, and insert questions directly into an instructional video, providing an opportunity for formative assessment. There are a number of “channels” available to pick and choose videos.
I signed up as a teacher using my Google account. I used the one-click Google button to sign in. You can see from the image below there are a variety of channels available.
In the next image, you’ll see the dashboard. From here you can apply due dates to the assignments (videos) you create. You can also view the progress of students who have completed the assignment, and you can prevent or allow skipping (fast fwd) during the video.
In the next image you see who has watched the video till the end and you’ll see their score. By clicking on a name you get a more detailed view of their responses, how many times they’ve viewed the video, etc.
This is an individual student’s view provided to the teacher. You can see this student of mine viewed this video 2 times after the question was proposed. You are not limited by the numbers of questions you can ask.
So here’s the most important question: why would a teacher incorporate videos into their instruction?
- Videos give students an opportunity to learn in ways that are relevant and important in the year 2016 and beyond. Ask your students how many have watched a video to figure out how to fix a 4-wheeler, braid hair, or flip a bottle. Give a man a fish, feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, feed him for a lifetime.
- Videos can liberate you to provide the support that is difficult to provide when you’re instructing the whole class. So many times I hear teachers say it’s difficult to teach their class because the skill level gap is so wide. Videos can actually carve out MORE time for you to do what you do best, support students.
- EdPuzzle is like videos on steroids because you can insert questions to check for understanding and guide thinking. The charts that are provided after your learners complete the videos can inform you about what to do next.