EdPuzzle – Interactive Tool with Boring Name

I LOVE EdPuzzle. I try to weave one EdPuzzle into each Project Based Learning with Math unit I plan. It’s 100% free for teachers!

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EdPuzzle is an engagement tool for videos. You can take any video, including all the ones you are already using, and ramp up the engagement factor by editing, cropping, adding audio, and adding questions.  When you are done customizing your video, you are left with an interactive tool that students cannot ignore. I like to use music videos or add some silly trivia questions to keep students interested along the way. You can also ask an self-assessment question at the end to get students reflecting on their learning.

Roadrunner Physics EdPuzzle
Roadrunner Physics EdPuzzle

Here is how EdPuzzle works. You take any video and crop it to the length you want students to use. You can then dub audio over the top, like you would if you were showing the video in class and talking over the top of it. The best part is that you can insert questions that the student must stop and answer. Students cannot skip the question, but they can go back and re-watch the video to look for the answer. The student will immediately see if their answer is correct. If it is not, the student is given the correct answer and allowed to proceed. This continues until the video has been finished and the questions answered. The student sees their final score and the teacher is sent the score. If the teacher chooses, the student can repeat the assignment for a better score. The second opportunity can have the same questions or different questions, it is up to the teacher.

Math Dude Systems EdPuzzle
Math Dude Systems EdPuzzle

EdPuzzle was brought to my attention by another math teacher at my school. He uses EdPuzzle with videos he creates himself. He knew that I used videos often in my class and showed me this resource. We both use EdPuzzle in completely different ways. He uses the videos to “flip” his classroom on a regular basis. If students do not watch the assigned video at home the night before, he ‘gives’ them the opportunity to complete the EdPuzzle in lunch detention. He uses these videos as formative assessments and students are not allowed to progress to the summative assessment until they have successfully completed all the assigned videos with 80% accuracy.

Graph! music video EdPuzzle
Graph! music video EdPuzzle

I use the EdPuzzle videos as a supplement to my other teaching. When completing one of my EdPuzzles, students are reviewing information they have already learned. I use these a lot when I am subbed out of the classroom, so that I make sure the students are reviewing the material in a way that fits with our unit plan. Students can access these at home if they have been absent or just want some extra practice or review. Parents can also access EdPuzzle to see what is being covered.

Edit page of an EdPuzzle
Edit page of an EdPuzzle

To see how my EdPuzzles work, click on one of the three pictures above to watch the video and see the questions.  Although this viewing option allows you to skip questions, when I assign the video to students they are not allowed to skip questions. The Roadrunner video is the video I use to teach students “how” to use EdPuzzle before I give them an actual EdPuzzle assignment. The Math Dude Video is pretty typical of a non-music video that I use. The “Graph” video is an example of how I use a music video. This is especially helpful for students who are musically gifted.

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