Exploration of EDpuzzle

I love to use videos to engage my students and have used KidsHealth videos when learning about “Body Systems” in Science class before but was searching for a way that I can make them more interactive.

Enter EDpuzzle 

This app makes “videos into lessons” by enabling you to crop videos and insert questions to check for understanding. Our next body system in Science was the Nervous System so I found the video that I usually use via YouTube and created 5 questions for students to respond to which included a True/False question, a multiple choice question, and an open-ended question.

Here is a short video explaining EDPuzzle:


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The students were not only engaged in this task but actually said they preferred this assignment independently rather than watching it as a whole class. The feedback from students included: “I liked that it was easier to watch it on my own and having questions during the video instead of after so that you don’t forget at the end”. and “It was better to use my headphones on my own so I could listen to the information better”.

The results are even scored for you if you select a correct answer but you can score the open-ended answers yourself. Here’s an example of how I could see my students answers:

Oh and if you are a Google Classroom user than you will LOVE that assignments can be posted to your account for students to easily access. This is a great feature and one of the reasons I chose this app for my final project.

When reviewing the Privacy Policy I found this information interesting:

How does Edpuzzle use the information it collects?

First and foremost, you should know that Edpuzzle does not sell or rent any of your, or your student’s, personal information to any third party for any purpose – including for advertising or marketing purposes. We use the information we collect from you to provide you with the best Edpuzzle experience. More specifically, this information is used to:

  • Provide and improve the Service, for example by developing new products and features
  • Respond to your requests for information or customer support
  • Customize the Service for you, and improve your experience with it
  • Send you information about new features and Edpuzzle products we believe you may be interested in
  • Most crucially, to protect our community by making sure the Service remains safe and secure

We use automatically collected information (described in the “Information collected automatically” section above) to provide and support our Service, and for the additional uses described in this section of our Privacy Policy.

Can I opt-out of providing information

You can always decline to share personal information with us, or even block all cookies. However, it’s important to remember that many of Edpuzzle’s features may not be accessible, or may not function properly.

Although I don’t like the idea of an app collecting information about the user or your use of the app, I do see the value of companies using the information to improve their product.

How do you use videos in your classroom? Will you try EDpuzzle to improve your lessons?

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