A Powerful Way to Teach With Videos

Someone in a Facebook group suggested a website at  www.edpuzzle.com.  So I, of course, checked it out.  I am so happy I did!  If you teach with videos in your classroom then YOU must check it out, too!

In a nutshell, EdPuzzle allows you to add audio notes, audio tracks, clip videos and even questions to the video!  The process was very easy and intuitive and within 15 minutes I had created my first lesson using EdPuzzle.  I’ll show you how so you too can teach with video today!

teach with videos in the classroom

This post will get you started on EDpuzzle.  Just a note, I have NO affiliation with the creators of EDpuzzle.   I did ask for their permission to post screenshots (which they gave me permission to do).  It’s just such a cool site, I had to share!  Also, I’m in a 1:1 classroom with Chromebooks, so each of my students has access to technology daily.

sign up with Google or Edmodo

HOW TO GET STARTED SO YOU CAN TEACH WITH VIDEOS

Let’s get started with signing up.  Just go directly to EDpuzzle and choose Teacher to sign up.  As you can see, if you already have a Google account, just sign up with Google.   If you don’t have a Google account, I would recommend getting one (it’s free!), so that you can also use Google Classroom.  The best part about signing up is if your students also have a Google account, they will also sign in using Google.

Import your students from Google Classroom

The next step you’ll want to do is to set up a class.  You can set up as many classes as you want.  If you have Google Classroom, you can just import your classes from Google Classroom like I did.  Even though I teach third grade, I make many different classes for my students based on the subject so it is easier to find assignments.

Then, you’ll want to check out the dashboard.  From here you can navigate to search for content, your own content, your classes and your account.

Find videos to use in your classroom

WHAT TOPIC ARE YOU GOING TO TEACH WITH VIDEOS?

Searching for content can be done in several ways.  Click on the Search tab and search for a topic. Immediately, you’ll be shown available videos from YouTube and other channels that connect with your topic.

Lots of of ways to search for videos

As you can see from the picture, you can search for content by topic, by video channel or if you know which video you want and have a URL, you can just type in the URL.  That is important to me because in my district if I want students to be able to watch a YouTube video, I first have to approve it for watching in my district.  If I don’t do that, the video will not play on their Chromebooks.  So I always search for content directly on YouTube first, then approve it, grab the URL and type it into the search bar on EDpuzzle.

However, EDpuzzle gives you lots of different channels for you to teach with videos.  There’s also Vimeo, TED talks, National Geographic to name a few.

Videos can be cropped

LET’S MAKE AN ASSIGNMENT

Once I’ve selected my video, I can now work on creating an assignment.  EDpuzzle gives you several options for your assignment:  cropping the video, adding audio notes, adding an audio track and adding questions.  To crop the video, just move the red markers to the point you want the video to start or to end.

add your own notes or audio to the videos

I have not yet played with this option of adding audio notes and an audio track.  One very excellent feature about EDpuzzle is that there are video tutorials available at each step in the process of creating an assignment.  So if you get stuck, just watch the tutorials because they are linked on the same page.

Adding an audio track or notes is a wonderful option to have especially if you have English Language Learners.  If the video uses vocabulary or has a concept that is difficult or abstract, adding your own audio explanation to make it more comprehensible is an important option to have.

add your questions to each video

HOW IS TEACHING WITH VIDEOS DIFFERENT ON EDPUZZLE?

Here is the feature that truly transforms video watching.  I have already been using video in my classroom since the beginning of the school year.  I create many Interactive Digital Notebooks that integrate the use of videos for content.  My resources have linked videos that were carefully chosen by me to make sure they have the content necessary for answering research questions.  I have taught my students how to take video notes and provided them with graphic organizers to do this.  Over time, they’ve gotten very good at using their video notes to construct short responses to questions.

add different kinds of questions to videos

But with EDpuzzle, however, you can now use video as an assessment! As the teacher, you can decide where in the video to add the question.  Just pause the video at the selected point, click on the green box with the question mark and you are ready to add your first question.  It’s that easy!

TYPES OF QUESTIONS YOU CAN ADD

You can also select the type of question you want to add:  short response or open-ended and multiple choice.  The multiple choice questions can also have more than one correct answer (great for practicing those questions that say MARK ALL THAT APPLY).

add multiple choice or short response questions to videos

Another nice option is that you can also add images and links in the question box as well.  If you look at the above picture, you’ll see I added some clip art of a Viking longboat to the question about how the features of a Viking longboat allowed the Vikings to travel to many places far away.

ASSIGN THE VIDEO IN GOOGLE CLASSROOM

You’re ready to teach with videos but first, it’s time to assign it to students.  If you are using Google Classroom, it’s a snap.  First, you will select a class to assign it to by just clicking on the checkbox for that class.

assign the video to your class in Google Classroom

Then it’s time to just post it on your Google Classroom with just 3 steps.

using videos in the classroom to teach

Once in Google Classroom, you’ll just create a new assignment and fill in the details.  Click Assign and it’s done!  Your class will now be able to use the assignment from Google Classroom.  Google Classroom takes them directly to EDpuzzle to log in once they click on the assignment.  Students will just click on the RED button to log in with Google.  From there, they go directly to the video assignment.

Students must answer the question to move on in the video

As the students work on the video assignment, the video will automatically pause at each place you’ve inserted a question (green boxes).  Unless students answer the question, they can’t continue.  They can rewind the video to watch that segment again if need be.  You as the teacher have the option to click on a settings box to prevent skipping or going ahead (highly recommended).  Once the student answers the question, they continue until the assignment is complete.

HOW DID THE STUDENTS DO?

But wait!  Don’t you want to know how they answered? Of course!  EDpuzzle keeps track of answers and will automatically score the multiple choice questions.  For the short response or open-ended questions, you can score those directly from your screen.  EDpuzzle will give you a snapshot of how the student did.

see your class results

There are options to download the scores and data as .csv files.

There you have it!  You are ready to teach with videos! I asked my students after they had done two assignments this way if it was easier to have the questions come up during the video or have to answer the questions after the video had ended.  Without hesitation, they all said it was easier to answer questions while watching video segments.

Here’s a video of a student watching then answering a question:

So that brings up an important idea.  Why do I teach with videos? On the SBAC test, students sometimes have to watch a video or listen to an audio file.  By using sites such as EDpuzzle, students get practice with this new way of learning.

Don’t Go Yet!

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If you're wanting to use videos in the classroom to teach students, then you'll want to use edpuzzle.com. Choose videos from YouTube or other channels, add questions directly to the video. The see the results all in one place. #video #videointheclassroom #teaching #technology #classroom

As always, I welcome your thoughts and suggestions!