The ABCs of Providing CI Through Remote learning: E is for Edpuzzle

One of the technology tools I have been using while teaching remotely is Edpuzzle. Edpuzzle allows you to turn a video into a formative assessment for your students. Teachers can take a video from YouTube or other video sites and edit it. You can trim its length or add written notes, sound recordings, or questions that students can interact with while they watch the video. Teachers can also search the site for Edpuzzles that other teachers have created and they can copy and edit them for their specific classroom needs.

Disclosure: I have no affiliations with EdPuzzle. I just like sharing tools that are easy, free, and/or help World Language teachers provide more CI to their students. 

Edpuzzle is free for teachers. When you sign up, you get space for twenty videos, but teachers also receive a referral link that they can share with other teachers, which helps them earn more space. Entire schools and school districts can also purchase an account that provides additional space.

Edpuzzle is a great way for world language teachers to provide input. I can take a video in which someone tells a story, like Alice Ayel does in French or Pablo Román does in Spanish, add some supports via Edpuzzle, and turn the video into a learning tool for my students. A typical remote learning assignment with Edpuzzle might look like this:

Step 1: Preview new words and expressions in the video using a Quizlet set (During regular classroom instruction, I would introduce new words in conversation, but I can’t do that now because I can’t hold synchronous classes while teaching remotely).

Step 2: Students complete the Edpuzzle. I always recommend that they watch it all the way through first and then go back and answer the questions as they watch it a second time, but I’m pretty sure most of them don’t.

Step 3: Students complete a follow-up activity based on the video. The type of follow-up activity I use varies, but they usually require students to rewatch the video or read a written text of the video and answer some comprehension questions in English.

Edpuzzle has many features that I really like. I can prevent students from putting subtitles on as they interact with a video. This is great, because I have many students who would turn on English subtitles if they had the chance, thus receiving no input at all. I can also link Edpuzzle to my Google Classroom. That’s extremely helpful because any video I assign in Edpuzzle automatically posts on my Google Classroom. Edpuzzle also creates a gradebook on the site using the names of my classes and my students on Google Classroom, which makes assessing student work both easy and convenient (by the way, if you’re concerned about protecting personal information on the Internet, you may want to read Edpuzzle’s robust privacy policy). And most importantly, learning how to use it was very easy, since the interface is user-friendly and many people have made how-to videos on YouTube.

Here is an Edpuzzle I have made recently for my Novice class.

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Friends, how about you? Have you been using Edpuzzle while you’ve been teaching remotely? Do you have any other ways that we can use it while we’re teaching remotely?

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