Some of the more powerful tools for designing engaging resources for students lie in the world of video editing. With powerful programs like Windows Movie Maker and iMovie, teachers are creating wonderful anchor videos for PBL lessons in addition to original video content to flip their classrooms or offer students Affirmation of their work. But let’s face it, we don’t always have time to get our Steven Spielberg on! You might have found a great video to use to teach an important concept, but the time just isn’t there to drop it into WMM or iMovie to edit and add the necessary components you want to stress. In addition, the copyright world is downright confusing and the very idea of downloading an existing video and editing it is scary.
Enter EDpuzzle. This programs allow for quick video trimming on the front and back end. This means you can essentially make a video shorter, start the video anywhere you want, or cut a clip out of a video. But where EDpuzzle really rocks is here: a teacher can pause the video to add audio comments and questions! These tools allow a teacher to increase clarity in a video which may address a student’s need for Clear and Compelling Product Standards. This feature also allows a teacher to modify and organize a video’s content in a manner that may address a student’s needs regarding Organization of Knowledge.
Think about it. Lots of research says that students engage with video content. If you have confirmed that with your own students, a program like EDpuzzle allows you to edit a video with text or audio and emphasize key points. And unlike creating a video from scratch, EDpuzzle is a very quick process.
EDpuzzle also has impressive student data tracking. There is a classroom panel so that teachers can easily see how and what students do. Students enroll in the class with a simple classroom code, like in Edmodo. Students can enroll with no personal information; they don’t even have to give a full name.
EDpuzzle is a quick and powerful tool for addressing multiple Design Qualities in the classroom.
Here is an example in EDpuzzle using audio and multiple-choice quiz features. The learning objective is to develop a working definition of student engagement. A great video from Phil Schlechty addressing this content already exists online. Now, look what can be done with that video in EDpuzzle!
We hope you enjoy working with EDpuzzle.
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