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It’s no puzzle, EdPuzzle is the missing piece for sharing video content with students


Do you show videos in your classroom?  Do you assign the watching of videos as homework?  Have you been yearning for a way to check for each student’s understanding/impressions throughout these videos?  Then I have just the tool for you!


EdPuzzle lets you take any video (even one you have created – a screencast for example) and:

  • crop it so you get just the segment you want,
  • add your own narration to the entire clip &/or audio comments throughout the clip,
  • add text notes at any point during the clip, and
  • add questions throughout the clip (true/false, multiple choice & short answer) that students must answer to continue watching the clip.


Watch this Intro Video to learn more, or  check out some examples.

How do you get started?

  • Create a free account.
  • Add a class.
  • Invite students by providing a link specific to your class and asking them to sign up with their MPSD Google accounts.
  • Create video lessons for your class.
  • Grab a link or embed code & add the video lesson to a module or page in Canvas.

Once students have engaged with the video lesson, log into EdPuzzle to check progress and get data – see who watched/didn’t watch, identify how did individual students responded to questions, and view response statistics by question.


Summer Tech List

Summer break is just around the corner!  I am a  list person, each summer I create a  summer reading list for myself.  I think it dates back to the summer reading programs I participated in at the local library while growing up!  My criteria is pretty flexible, though I try to include one completely mindless novel and one book that will somehow stretch my thinking professionally.  Last summer I met neither of those criteria, reading all historical fiction.  If you are looking for a couple of good ones, I recommend The Kitchen House and The Other Boleyn Girl.  I haven’t settled on anything for this summer, so if you have any recommendations, I’m looking for a few good books!

The other thing I have been inspired to do is try a new technology each summer.  I think other people do this stuff year round, but in the world of an educator, the summer seems to be the time that the world slows down a little to really engage in some personal learning. So, if you are looking to add to your lists and want to create a Summer Tech Lists, here are some things you might consider:

  • read a book on a Kindle, Nook or iPad … I enjoy sitting down with a paper book, but I have to say I enjoy reading digital books with options to change the screen background, font size and access a glossary.
  • explore Pinterest or Twitter  – You can spend hours finding ideas for projects and interests, school and personal!
  • try a new app – Waze might be a good one if you are on the road traveling and Animoto is a great way to create short videos with text, images & music.
  • Get in the Cloud – experiment with Google Drive – it is a great way to backup files and access your files from anywhere, anytime!
  • check out a new technology – Chromebooks can be signed out for the summer in the Library.
  • start a is easy to use!
  • try using a social bookmarking tool like diigo – save your bookmark to the web so they are available anytime, anyplace and can be annotated!

Book List, Tech List, No List . . . I hope you have a great summer!


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