One of my favorite web-based tools for the classroom is EDpuzzle.   When you think about watching a video clip in the classroom, you probably picture something like this:  The teacher starts the video, but occasionally pauses to ask comprehension questions, to make sure students are paying attention, and to draw attention to important points.  Either that, or there is a worksheet full of questions from the video.  The worksheet has the advantage of holding everyone accountable, but loses the laser-pointer effect of the teacher pausing and drawing attention to things as they come up.

EDpuzzle moves the video to individual student devices, and embeds questions and comments into the video.  That way, everyone has the questions to answer individually, and you can pause the video at just the right time to ask the questions.

Sample EDpuzzle video screenshot
Teacher view of video with 3 questions embedded

One of my favorite features of EDpuzzle is that you can customize feedback for each answer choice.  As I write this feedback, I try to think of it, “If I were standing right next to this student and they chose this answer (right or wrong) what would I say to them?”  And that’s what I type.

Sample question showing feedback for each answer choice
Sample question showing feedback for each answer choice

Another of my favorite features of EDpuzzle is its UDL-friendly format.  I can insert an audio comment at a certain point (“Pay attention to ____”), or I can insert that as a written comment, or I can use both.  You can also add an image to each question and each individual answer choice!  How cool is that for your struggling readers and ELLs?


Answers with pictures
Answers with pictures and text

You can also include links to questions, so they can mimic your state assessments, in our case PARRC, by requiring students to answer a question using multiple sources of information.

EDpuzzle draws from YouTube and Vimeo, but also a half-dozen other video sources, like Crash Course and Khan Academy. You can also search right on EDpuzzle for already completed videos that have been cropped and have the questions already added.  You can then edit them to fit your class and curriculum.

Channels to draw videos from
Sources of videos

Of course there are always multiple products that do similar things (think Nearpod and Peardeck, or Socrative, Kahoot and Quizizz), but I prefer EDpuzzle over similar products like PlayPosit (f.k.a. Educanon) because of the selection of features, most notably the ability to upload your own video, one of my favorite features of EDpuzzle.  This means you can record your own lecture or screencast, upload it to EDpuzzle, and add the same questions you would ask a live class, for another tool to flip your class.  Of course there is also data collection, so you can see how your students did.  And don’t you wish you had a way to tell if your students ever re-read a passage before answering a question?  EDpuzzle has that built in, so you can see how many times a student watched or re-watched a segment before answering the question at the end of that segment.

Oh, and did I mention that it integrates with Google Classroom?  That’s one of my favorite features of EDpuzzle.

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