I love the power of sharing. Carol Ann was asking for some creative ways for middle school kids to gather information from video for a teacher that she would be working with in New Mexico. There were so many great suggestions like Three Truths and a Lie, notetaking with Notability and Corkulous apps, predicting, Video 4 Square, AEIOU and then Kimmy posted EdPuzzle and VideoNot.es. I had never heard of them and of course it was Tuesday so my interest was peaked. I had just been introduced to EdCannon by one of the teachers I was working with in Miami and realized that EdPuzzle was a similar opportunity and then I had to choose. We may be having a series on these types of creative websites over the next few Tuesdays, but for now, I am really jazzed by the potential of video editing on the web. This “tuesdays” will be the beginning of these.
A creative website
EdPuzzle is a new, FREE adventure for teachers to use video in the classroom much more powerfully. Showing an instructional video full-length is difficult, time-consuming and generally does not yield the intended student engagement and learning. You will love EdPuzzle because you can crop a video to its essential parts, add your own voice with directions specific to your students, embed quizzes and track your students’ progress. Crazy, huh? I tried to create a video tonight to see if it was worth your time and I was amazed. I uploaded a rather large video of my grandbaby using the trackpad on my Mac for the very first time. It uploaded without issue. In fact, their video size limit is 1G – more than generous. I was only able to add a small voice narration because I ran out of time, but can see the huge potential for the classroom. Videos of your own can be uploaded or you can link to YouTube, Teacher Tube, School Tube, Khan Academy or other web-based video. Congratulations to EdPuzzle for creating a solution to video integration that has the highest potential to increase student learning if used to encourage key learning.
Using a trackpad at 23 months
Everybody’s a filmmaker today.
Reaching our students is becoming more and more difficult in their clickable world. However, a point of connection is definitely video. Have you ever wondered why the room becomes quiet when you initially put on a video in the classroom? They get that glazed “zombie” look and you have to wonder if they are actually learning anything. Chances are, they are not. The absolute worse thing you can do is to ask them to take notes while they are watching a movie. Can you take notes? Really? Unless they can pause and play at their own pace, notetaking is an act of futility. Using appropriate graphic organizers is a great improvement, but EdPuzzle has the potential to take video learning to a whole new level. I want to encourage you to take a good look at the new website and share the potential with your staff. It’s the perfect solution to the flipped classroom so that a teacher can actually see who watched the video, who answered the embedded questions correctly and who is really learning. I also want to encourage you to use professional ethics when it comes to cropping or editing someone else’s video. Without permission, I would stay away from using others’ works and stick to original or copyright free materials. Please share your video if you make one! This is the video of my grandbaby I uploaded and honed down to 50 seconds for this “tuesdays.” Potential, potential, potential.
How do you do that?
How do you use EdPuzzle? They have done an excellent job providing video and printed tutorials that you can download and/or share with others.
Essentially, these are the steps:
Step 1: Create an account
Step 2: Upload your video or search for one you have online
Step 3: Crop the video to just the essential portion.
Step 4: Add your voice.
Step 5: Add voice notes for clarification.
Step 6: Embed quiz questions.
I look forward to the day when all our video providers can help us to embed great questions to our instructional videos. Well done, EdPuzzle. I look forward to learning more.
As always, I am