Sunday, September 27, 2015

Promoting Classroom Engagement with Technology

I have recently discovered what has become one Edpuzzle, so I couldn't wait to share it with all of you!!
of my favorite go-to teaching tools EVER...

Edpuzzle is a website that allows users to customize videos from Youtube, Learnzillion, TedEd, National Geographic, Vimeo, and many more (videos for ALL subject areas).  You can even upload your own videos and then have the ability to crop, record audio, add comments, and my personal favorite, add questions for the kids to answer.  The best part of all--it's completely FREE!!! 

After you create your teacher account, you then can create the number of classes, based on however many you teach.  In my case, that's 5, so I created 5 classes.  Once you create a class, a class code is displayed, and this is what you give your students when they're creating their accounts, so that they can "join" the class.

How I'm currently implementing this in my class is by using the audio version of the book, Wonder, by RJ Palacio, which I found on Youtube.  The full audio is close to 8 hours, so I cropped it into sections.  For those of you who have read this amazing book, you know that it's written from different characters' perspectives.  For ex, the first section is from the main character, Auggie, the second is from Auggie's sister Via's perspective, and so on...  So I cropped the video so that my students can listen to a section at a time.  Once you crop the video, then you'll have the option to add audio of yourself, or add questions that you'd like your students to answer.  This is a great way to assess their understanding of the topic you're currently working on.  The questions can be multiple choice or short responses.  You can also insert links in your questions and comments.  For example, I wanted my students to be able to access the book online in addition to being able to listen to the audio, so I inserted a link to the book.  If you look at the picture that appears directly under the pic of my students using Edpuzzle, you can see the question and the link to the book (which is the blue text that says Wonder).  Where you see question marks below where the video is normally displayed, that means that's where questions will appear while students are listening to the audio.  Students can access the assignments from their laptops, phone, etc.  They can also watch the video as many times as they need to until they're comfortable enough to answer the question.  Not only is this great for regular ed students, but it's also a terrific way to differentiate for ESL and Special Ed, as well!

Another great feature is that it provides immediate feedback once students complete the assignment, particularly if your questions are multiple choice.  This is b/c you're able to choose which answer is correct when you're setting up the assignment (see example of what this looks like in picture).  If you're having students answer with short responses, then you'll have to grade it.  Because of this, I typically make the questions multiple choice.  This serves as a quick way to analyze data regarding whether students are actually paying attention and comprehending the material.  There are also tons of videos available where others have already created questions to go along w/ it...in ALL subject areas.  So far, every time I've searched for a particular topic, I've had no trouble finding at least 20+ videos that are available and ready to go.

I hope you're able to find value in this amazing resource!  It's too good not to share, and I'd love to hear from those of you that try it!  Please let me know how you're using Edpuzzle or if you have any questions!




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6 comments:

  1. I've never heard of Edpuzzle before, Lyns, but it sounds fantastic! I'm going to have to check it out. Thanks for the info!
    Maryann
    (Secondary Strategies)

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    1. I haven't either until this year! I'm crazy over it!

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  2. This looks great! So glad to learn of a new way to engage the students!

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  3. Looks like a great resource. The ability to easily crop videos could be really time saving for future lessons.

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    1. It is! I can't say enough about it!!!

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