How I Use It
I used EdPuzzle to help students review concepts we covered in class. The hook for EdPuzzle is that you can use any YouTube video or a video you created yourself and add questions to it. The video will stop at your chosen time and a question you created will pop up. Students must answer the question for the video to continue playing. This is great for the flipped classroom because you can have your students review your screencast lecture and instead of them passively watching (or yawning), they have to stay engaged to answer the questions and move on. I have had students watch a mini lecture at home for homework and when they come back the next day, they are more prepared for in class discussions.
EdPuzzle is great as long as all of your students have access to technology. Working in a 1:1 district, all of our students have Chromebooks, so they have the ability to participate in the EdPuzzle activities at school or at home (as long as they access to the internet). As with all individual activities though, it depends on the student as to the level of engagement you are going to get in return. There are no collaborative aspects to EdPuzzle, so it's a question of will the student pay attention to the video or brush it off? At least there is an element of accountability since students have to answer questions and you get to view the results. It's definitely a step up from just showing a video by itself!