Teacher Review For EDpuzzle

Flipped Classroom, Individualized Instruction, Assessment...Wow!

Rachel M.
Classroom teacher
Cornell Senior High School
Coraopolis, PA
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My Grades 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
My Subjects World Languages
EdTech Mentor
My Rating 5
Learning Scores
Engagement 4
Pedagogy 5
Support 5
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time 5-15 minutes
Great for Further application
Knowledge gain
Small group
Teacher-led lessons
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
I pulled videos off of YouTube and inserted questions (multiple choice and open-ended) as well as comments to draw students' attention to key points in the video. Using EdPuzzle, students watched on ipads (could be smart phones or computers, too) and worked at their own pace, back-tracking in the video as needed. Especially watching video in a foreign language (Spanish), students loved being able to do that as opposed to watching the video as a whole class. I showed two videos in the same lesson. The first was filled with questions to prompt them to figure out a new concept (guided discovery). After the lesson, we discussed the concept as a whole class. The second video asked questions to encourage practice. It was great to see all of the data at the end! Note, that filters may be an issue in your district. I have access to YouTube, fortunately. Despite this, when I tested this on a Friday it worked, but when I re-tested Monday morning, it did not. I was lucky enough to have tech support help me and allow all that I needed!
My Take
This is a fantastic tool. As I always say, it is only as effective as the teacher makes it. For learning support, a different video could be created with a different set of questions. The ability for students to play back segments of the videos as needed is great for special needs as well as ELLs. The visual context of video is obviously helpful, as well. By the same token, advanced students can finish quickly and move on to something else, or you could even make a separate set of questions targeting those advanced students. Encourage students to bring their own headphones the day you use these. I have extras on-hand, but I and they prefer if they use their own when possible. This would be a great tool for flipped learning. Requiring students to answer questions along the way helps them stay more engaged. There is also a feature in Edpuzzle that allows you to prevent students from skipping ahead through a video. I plan on using Edpuzzle a lot, mainly to let students have a more individualized and interactive experience with the videos we watch and as a formative assessment tool.