Today in my college Ed Tech course, I finally had a chance to test run the website EDpuzzle. I came across this website on Twitter when EDpuzzle started following me, and as a result, I checked out their product. I’d say this site is still in its start-up phase, but it has lots of potential, especially in the world of “flipped classrooms”. Basically, the website allows you to personalize any video from the web by shortening it, adding voice-over content, and embedding comments or quiz questions.
Earlier in the semester, I had hoped to try it out with a grade 10 video on globalization, but it just wasn’t quite the right assignment. This week, I came up with a solid place for a trial.
While tweaking my “movies in education” lesson for pre-service teachers, I modelled the use of EDpuzzle by shortening and adding project-related comments to an iMovie tutorial. The video that I personalized could be reached by a URL, and did not require log-in to view….all excellent features. When my inserted comment points were reached, the video actually stops and shows the comments in a speech bubble to the right of the video. Students must then choose ‘continue’ or ‘ replay’ in order to finish with the video. I imagine that some students will find this annoying, but as a teacher, I love that I can have students get my explanations or reminders at the relevant point in the content.
I haven’t yet tried the most intriguing aspect of this product. If you create a Class and have students login and launch their video watching from the website, it will track their views. Did they watch the whole thing? Did they review certain parts? And while logged in, they can then also do video quizzes WHILE they watch the video. Like the comments feature, the video stops, presents the questions (multiple choice or short answer) and students must answer the quiz before they can continue. This will allow students to go at their own pace and re-watch as necessary. Think of the value of this for flipped classrooms or virtual/online course work!
I haven’t done any test runs with this quiz feature, but I am quite excited to try it, and I’m sure I will be compelled to discuss my experience here! (Click here, and you might be able to try an interactive video quiz that I eventually created.)
EDpuzzle is new and growing. One of the downfalls is that you can only clip or shorten content from the beginning or end of a video. The video tutorial that I was using about iMovie had some content from the middle portions that wasn’t as relevant to the class project. I couldn’t figure out how to clip this middle content, so I “asked” EDpuzzle if this was even possible. Turns out, the answer is “not yet”, according to the Co-Founder who responded by email to my query. This is evidence of a being a new ed start-up — when the Co-Founder is answering client emails! It will be interesting to see how EDpuzzle changes as it grows.
EDTS 325 students, if you are reading this, I would be very interested in your take on the EDpuzzle experience in the comment section way below.