How I Use It
I have been floored by this tool's use in my classroom! I teach many digital courses that require me to create video tutorials and or deliver pre-made videos to students for instruction. In the past I have struggled with getting kids on board with viewing the videos and freeing up my time in class to help students instead of teaching, then reteaching constantly. One prime example would be in my animation course where we are covering Adobe After Effects which is a complex app that can be intimidating to new students; I commonly create tutorials on how to do small parts or all of a project. When students get to class i expect them to have watched the video or at the very least use the video while they are creating their own projects. Many times I have found that students don't want to take the time to pre-watch the vid and instead rely on me to sit with them and walk them through the project while a dozen other students need help with other aspects of their work. EdPuzzle allows me to assign the video as a small assignment or portion of their grade as they are required to watch the video. Edpuzzle will pause (where I have created questions) and the student will have to answer the questions before the video resumes. When they finish, their scores are tabulated and results are visible to me where i can then choose to use this as a small part of their grade, or even a quiz grade!
I believe this app is a jewel in a digital learning age! I like that it is simple to set up with very intuitive controls, and best of all it's free!!! This app enables me to assess student's learning when viewing digital instruction via videos I have made or found. This has been a time saver for me as I no longer have to re-teach what I have made a video for in the first place! My only complaint is I wish this could be integrated into my learning management system that we use (Canvas) instead of having to make my students keep track of one more site, one more login, one more web tool.