John Deway once quoted ‘If we teach today’s students as we taught yesterdays, we rob them of tomorrow’. This is why I think it is substantial to be aware of new teaching’s methods. This week, I want to talk about an online tool which is by far one of the most useful teaching application. It is called EDpuzzle.
What is it ?
Larry Ferlazzo describes EDpuzzle as an innovative online tool which allows its users to take just about any video off the web, edit it down to the portions you want, add audio notes and questions for students, and create virtual classrooms where you can monitor individual student work. Moreover, it is free. With EDpuzzle, you can take video from Youtube, Khan Academy, Learn Zillion, National Geographic, TED Ed, Veritasium, Numberphile, Crash Course, Club Academia, Vimeo and TeacherTube, then, instead of taking the whole video, you can simply take parts from it, create a video with as many parts that you want. Then, you can add your voice, keep the original audio track, insert audio notes and even insert quizzes.
How does it work ?
First, you have to sign as a teacher or as a student. Then, on the website, you can search for any videos that you want and it will suggest you different browsers or you can simply click on youtube or another one and write the title of the video you’re looking for. For instance, if you’re looking for a video explaining a specific English rule, you can type something like the difference between this and that. When you have chosen the video, you can simply crop the video and take the part that you need. For example, if you only need the first two minutes of the video, you can cut it after two minutes. Then, if you want to add your voice, you can click on the microphone directly on the website. If you want to record yourself, the original audio track will be removed. Also, you have to record during the whole video. Otherwise, the recording won’t work. The next step is to add audio notes. For example, instead of recording your voice during the whole video, you can insert short audio notes at any moments during the video. The next step consists of inserting questions at specific moments in the video. You simply have to click on the question mark and choose where do you put the questions. Then, you have to type the questions. When you’re done with the video, you can upload it in your private session and even share it with the community on EDpuzzle. On that website, teachers can create classes and invite their students to join the class by giving them the number of the class which is given by the website at the beginning. You can assign your videos to your classes ask your students to watch it and to answer the questions. You can even put a due date for watching the videos.
How would I use EDpuzzle in a ESL classroom ?
First, as mentioned by EdTechReview, I would assign to students some videos in the target language. Then, they will be able to wach them until they get comfortable with the language. When you’re teaching verb tenses, it would be very useful to use a video made by a professional explaining the particular verb tense. Then, you could also insert questions during the video to have your students practice. I would also use it to track my students’ progress. Suggested by Duqetech, I would see which students watched the videos and I would also track if their understanding. Another way to use EDpuzzle in the classroom is to share your videos with other teachers. On the website, you can privately share your videos with teachers. This way, you can get new ideas.
The benefits of using EDpuzzle in the classroom :
First, it is free which is a great advantage. Second, it allows teachers to track their students’ progress. EdTechReview reported that using Edpuzzle in the classroom boosts classroom engagement. Adam Watson supports that Edpuzzle enables students to actively use critical and high-order thinking skills. Another nice benefit of EDpuzzle is that it allows its users to quickly create videos.
The Verdict :
EDpuzzle is a great application for teaching. I think that most of the teachers should use it in their classrooms.