EDpuzzle: Engaging Students with Interactive Videos

-By Ashley Canning, Educational Technology Instructional Designer

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The first thing you see when accessing EDpuzzle is “make any video your lesson.” That is a great summary of what this tool has to offer. In short, EDpuzzle is a video curation tool that allows you to turn videos into  interactive lessons by cropping them, adding audio, and embedding short quizzes and comments.

First, let’s take a look at EDpuzzle’s various tools and how to use them.

Selecting a Video

edpuzzle_videosearchEDpuzzle allows you to choose videos from a wide variety of sources, including YouTube, TED Talks, National Geographic, and Kahn Academy. You also have the option to reuse lessons created by  other EDpuzzlers.

To get started, simply log in to EDpuzzle as a teacher, click the Create button, and select New Video. From there, select the source you wish to search, enter a search term into the Find a video field and go! While searching, you are able to view the various video options, preview videos, save videos to your “My Videos” library for later use, and select a video to edit right away.

Editing a Video

Once you have selected a video for editing, the video editor will appear. Toggle between the various edit tools to crop, add audio, and embed quizzes. EDpuzzle allows you to:

edpuzzle_edit

edpuzzle_cropCrop the beginning/end of a video.

edpuzzle_audiointroAdd your own audio track over the video.

edpuzzle_audionoteAdd an audio note within the video.

edpuzzle_quizAdd open ended or multiple choice questions or comments within the video.

Anytime you select a tool, EDpuzzle provides little tips and reasons to use the specific tool along with a Show me how button that will walk you through the process of adding the tool to your video.

Creating an Assignment

Creating an Assignment allows you to assign your edited video to a class. While you do not have to create an assignment in order to share a video with your students, doing so does allow you to collect data and track student progress and understanding.

edpuzzle_createassignmentYou will be prompted to create an assignment as soon as you have edited and saved a video. Simply choose which class to assign it to (see below for how to create a class), select whether you want to prevent skipping, assign a due date, and save.

You can also create assignments later by selecting My Content from the menu bar located at the top of the page, hovering  over the settings icon (edpuzzle_settingsicon) of the video that you wish to assign, and selecting Assign video.

Creating a Class

edpuzzle_classesEDpuzzle allows instructors to create classes so that videos can be turned into assignments (see above) and student progress and understanding can be tracked.

You are given the option to Add a new class when you create an assignment. You can also create a new or manage an existing class by selecting My Classes from the menu bar located at the top of the page. When you create a class, you will be provided with a code that students can then use to sign up for the class.

Sharing a Video

EDpuzzle allows you to share videos with anyone by providing them with a link or embedding it within an LMS like Blackboard, or any other website. Note that sharing a video, as opposed to sharing an assignment (see above) does not allow you to track student progress.

edpuzzle_sharingTo share a video, select My Content from the menu bar located at the top of the page. This will take you to a list of all of your videos. Hover over the settings icon (edpuzzle_settingsicon) of the video that you wish to share and select Share video.  You will be provided with a weblink and embed code that you can copy and paste into a sharing location of your choice.

Sharing an Assignment

If you’ve created an assignment, you can share it with students in a similar way that you share a video, by either providing a link or embedding code into an LMS or webpage. Unlike sharing a video, sharing an assignment allows you to track student progress.

To share an assignment, sedpuzzle_sharingassignmentimply select My Classes from the menu bar located at the top of the page and select the class that contains the assignment you created previously (see above). Next, click the share icon (edpuzzle_shareassignmentbutton) of the assignment that you wish to share. You will be provided with a weblink and embed code that you can copy and paste into a sharing location of your choice.

When students view an assignment, they will be prompted to sign in (or sign up if they’re new to EDpuzzle) and join the class before they interact with it.

Analyzing Student Data

edpuzzle_studentdataEDpuzzle allows you to track students’ progress and understanding of shared assignments. You can view who has watched an assignment and how each student has done on the quizzes you added to an assignment. You also have the option to reset an assignment for an individual student in order to give them another opportunity to complete it.

To view student data for assignments, select My Classes from the menu bar located at the top of the page, and click the Progress button for the assignment you wish to analyze.

The Verdict

In short, EDpuzzle provides instructors with an easy way to turn a sit-and-watch video into something far more interactive. It takes only a few minutes to get signed up and is relatively easy to learn and use. EDpuzzle also provides a variety of options for sharing videos and assignments and gathering student data.

From the student side, EDpuzzle provides a more interactive learning opportunity than just watching a traditional video. It also allows students to check their own understanding by answering and reviewing embedded quiz questions.

If you’re looking for a fun, easy way to spice up your course, I’d say EDpuzzle is a great option!

To learn more or to give EDpuzzle a try, visit edpuzzle.com.

Images from edpuzzle.com
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