Back to School: Getting Students Engaged

A tool that makes any video interactive.

August 08, 2016
Erin Wilkey Oh Executive Editor, Education Marketing
Common Sense Education

CATEGORIES Assessment, In the Classroom, Tools

Hooking kids up front is always a goal when introducing new content, and video is a tried-and-true method that appeals to many learning styles. But when students passively watch a video, it can be challenging for them to comprehend and critique the material. EDpuzzle can help solve this problem. This website offers teachers a series of tools to make videos more interactive, from inserting pauses for reflection to adding questions that get students thinking critically about what they watch. Best of all, students can make their own EDpuzzles to demonstrate learning.

Common Sense Rating: 4
Grades: 3–12
Platform: Website
Price: Free

Digital Citizenship Connection 

Each of the videos in our free, research-based K–12 Digital Citizenship Curriculum has accompanying questions that can be found in an accompanying Video Discussion Guide. Use EDpuzzle to insert these questions (or some of your own!) at key points throughout each video. Then watch the videos as a group or individually, encouraging students to reflect on the challenges and opportunities of their digital lives. 

K–5: Pause & Think Online

6–12: Oversharing: Think Before You Post

Want more? 
  • Looking for advice on taking classroom video to the next level? Watch this three-minute video for ideas on helping students be active and reactive viewers.
  • Check out this Top Picks list for other great interactive video apps and websites.
  • Read this blog post for more tips and tools to fuel student engagement.