Engaging Students with Engaging Video: EdPuzzle

Last month saw Internationella Engleska Gymnasiet host the annual Regional Conference for schools within the IES organisation. The theme for this year’s conference was Educate, Engage, Inspire. The conference keynote speakers included C.J. Simister, David Didau (The Learning Spy) and researchED‘s Tom Bennett. A variety of workshops were held throughout the day exploring subjects such as formative assessment, classroom behaviour, and technology in education. My workshop, Engaging Students with Engaging Video, demonstrated how to get more out of videos through using EdPuzzle.

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We are all familiar with the pedagogical applications of instructional videos and documentaries found on YouTube and in my most recent post I talked about the possibility of teachers creating their own YouTube channels. Typically such videos serve to supplement the teaching in the classroom and are intended to be used by students for revision purposes or even in preparation for future lessons in a ‘flipped classroom’ environment. The problem is, however, that if students don’t watch these videos all our work will have been in vain.

EdPuzzle’s tagline is ‘Make any video your lesson’. It is a web-based platform where videos can be adapted for pedagogical purposes, for example, through embedding questions at key stages during the viewing. Once adapted, videos can be assigned to a class and the progress of students can be monitored by the teacher. Finally, students can receive feedback based on their understanding of the material.

EdPuzzle allows the teacher to get more out of time spent in the classroom

Reasons for using EdPuzzle

There are a number of compelling reasons for using EdPuzzle. First of all, it allows for differentiated learning. Students can view the videos as many times as they wish before answering the embedded questions. Secondly, it allows the teacher to get more our of classroom time: students can concentrate on discussion and analysis in school, having already accrued the basic knowledge outside the classroom. The platform allows teachers to easily track individual student performance and it is free.

The function that I like best is that by adjusting the settings, teachers can prevent students from fast-forwarding through videos or skipping questions. Similarly, through being able to monitor individual student progress through the videos, teachers can be alerted quickly when students may be struggling.

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Students can be quizzed through multiple choice and open ended questions, allowing for the assessment of basic comprehension and even higher level thinking.

EdPuzzle can be used in combination with videos from YouTube, Khan Academy, TEDTalks, National Geographic and more. If you are already comfortable posting on YouTube then EdPuzzle can be used to ensure you get even more out of your videos and your students.

You can learn more about setting up your EdPuzzle account by viewing my Google Slides presentation.

Click here to try an EdPuzzle

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