Let’s dive into some ideas for student-created EDpuzzle’s in this post! I have written a couple of blog posts on how I use EDpuzzle in my classroom (how I use EDpuzzle analytics; favorite tools for teaching online AP Calculus). I am beginning, now, to turn my attention to a topic I began exploring last year with Zaption — digging into uses beyond a flipped classroom tool. When I ask most people to describe EDpuzzle, they respond with something along the lines of: “a tool for teachers to embed questions into videos, primarily to be used to assign homework.” What’s missing here is the power of EDpuzzle as a student creation tool. In this post, I want to highlight its potential for project-based learning. By creating “Student projects” in EDpuzzle, teachers can allow students to do the authoring.
If you’ve never used the Student Projects feature in EDpuzzle, I’ve written up a tutorial to help you get started. This tutorial includes both directions for teachers to set up and manage projects and also screenshots of what the student experience looks like — Tutorial: Allowing Students to do the Authoring in EDpuzzle
I also want to share some examples I’ve created for a variety of subjects to hopefully empower teachers of all disciplines with ideas to get started.
Math Example: This lesson is an idea for how teachers can encourage their students to use EDpuzzle to break down a math solution. Teachers can create a math screencast or find a video on YouTube that they want the class to analyze. This formative assessment requires students to describe, with written text, how to complete an example.
Public Speaking Speech Self-Reflection: In this lesson, students will learn how EDpuzzle can be used to self-critique a performance. This idea can be used in a performance-based class such as music or public speaking, where students might benefit from reflecting on a video of their work.
An example of student work can be found here: Demonstration Speech Self-Critique
A more detailed analysis of this project (originally done in Zaption) can be found here: Putting Students in the Driver’s Seat: Public Speaking Self-Critiques
Physical Education / Sports Team Example: This lesson is an idea for how coaches can encourage their athletes and team managers to use EDpuzzle to break down and analyze film by using text to highlight notable plays.
Science Example: This lesson is an idea for how teachers can encourage students to use EDpuzzle to explain a class lab. The lab can be recorded using a phone and the video uploaded to YouTube. Using EDpuzzle, students can insert vocabulary, equations, and relevant visuals.
French Example: This lesson was completed by students in French class during their Science and Technology unit for their pen pals in Toulouse. Students created a video to explain their experiences using various forms of technology to their French peers. To make things more of a two-way exchange, EDpuzzle was used to create an interactive experience within the video by adding text, images, and quizzes. In this way, students could ask questions and have their pen pals respond directly in the video.
Translation Example: This lesson is an idea for how teachers can assign an activity using the Audio Track option to mute the original sound in the video and have students record their own voiceover for the video.
Some other ideas for using the Audio Track option are:
- For students to do a voiceover for a lesson they’ve found in YouTube
- Have students record the narration for a science lab, talk through a math solution (so while somebody else is writing, they are explaining how to get from step a to step b), or describe scenery from a pre-recorded video
- For students to translate a video
- With the audio track option, have students find a video in YouTube and translate the audio to another language
- For teachers to re-explain a concept in their own words
- This is a way for teachers to take a pre-made video and truly give it a voice of their own. For example, if a math teacher finds a well worked out solution on YouTube but would rather talk the students through the solution in their own way, the teacher can do this using the audio track option to replace all audio with their own voice recording.
I hope this post will inspire you to start using EDpuzzle for student projects if you have not done so already. And if you are having your students use EDpuzzle to create projects, please share some ideas or examples in the comments!