Without a doubt, EdPuzzle has become one of the most used and important educational tools within my classroom. EdPuzzle is a website where teachers can create or find videos to share with their students. Once you pick a video, you can add questions to check for understanding, trim the video, and add notes/comments. In addition to this, it’s easy to track students progress, see how much of the video they have watched, and check their answers to see if they understood the material. It’s extremely user-friendly and (for the most part) free!
You might have noticed that I used the word “tool” to describe EdPuzzle. It’s true – it’s an education tool that can support student learning. It depends on what teachers do with this tool that matters the most.
Here are some ways that you can use EdPuzzle in your classroom:
- Create flipped lessons for your students that include questions to check for understanding.
- Create lessons for your students that you have found online (YouTube, Khan Academy, Etc.), embed questions, and allow students to relearn the material from a different voice.
- Challenge students to create their own videos to showcase their learning and create interactive presentations.
- And more…!
The main purpose of this post is to share with you a little-known feature to EdPuzzle – the EdPuzzle Extension! Honestly, I am ashamed to say that I did not know that this extension existed until recently. But, hey, we are all learners, right?
The EdPuzzle Extension is a simple extension to the Chrome browser that allows you to immediately create EdPuzzle videos while on YouTube. When the extension is installed, a small button will appear underneath the YouTube video that says “Edit with EdPuzzle” (see below). Simply click on that button and you are immediately taken to the edit screen in EdPuzzle! Easy, right?!
If you are interested in seeing this extension in action, I created a short YouTube video:
Do you use EdPuzzle in your classroom? In what ways do you use this educational tool to support student learning? Share in the comments below!