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 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 blog – WordPress.com 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!