How I Use It
EdPuzzle is the perfect tool for allowing students to watch and engage with videos while the teacher gathers data throughout the lesson. As teachers dabble into the flipped classroom philosophy, EdPuzzle is the perfect enhancement tool for videos to be watched at home instead of eating up valuable class time. EdPuzzle allows you to take a video from Youtube, Kahn Academy, Learn Zillion, Crash Course or you can upload your own video and manipulate the portion that you need. Once you have uploaded the video you can crop the video to remove or shorten the video to be an appropriate length for the lesson you are teaching. The teacher then has the capability to record their voice on top of the video, allowing the teacher to maintain a voice in the lesson. The quiz feature allows you to embed questions as students are watching the video. On the teacher account you can see the progress that the student has made on the questions and the amount of time the student has taken to complete the lesson. Teachers can also place restrictions on the video, so students can not fast forward through the video. Videos can be easily embedded onto learning management systems such as Edmodo, Schoology, Moodle, etc.
From the start to finish EdPuzzle is extremely user-friendly. Once the video is uploaded the features are simple and very easy to use. You can enhance your videos with just a few simple touches or embed many questions and voiceovers throughout the video. I would suggest using the audio voiceover at least once because students respond positively to hearing your voice in the video. The company is very responsive and if you have questions they do respond very quickly through email and Twitter.
I use EdPuzzle in my ELA classroom for grammar videos. I have found an amazing stockpile of videos on grammar but noticed the videos were too long to keep the attention of my students. The cropping feature is perfect for allowing me to choose the exact piece of video that I want. The quiz and voice features keep my students in check with completing the assignment. Allowing students to watch the video the night before a lesson and quickly looking at the results is beneficial for utilizing class time efficiently. As I move towards flipping more of my lessons, I would like to start screencasting more of my lessons and enhancing them with EdPuzzle.
Students can also upload their videos enhancing Project Based Learning presentations. Allowing students to create their EdPuzzles and using their videos in class is an extremely nice feature for collaboration and enrichment projects in the classroom.