Getting Started with EDpuzzle
Welcome to EDpuzzle! We are excited that you decided to join our community of awesome teachers. Here are six steps that will help you get started to use video-lessons with your students. It should take less than 15 min.
1) Think about your next lesson. Is there anything you would like your students to know in advance? Or maybe a concept you explained in a previous lesson?
2) Search on EDpuzzle or YouTube. Once you have a sense for what topic you want to cover, search for it on EDpuzzle. Don't worry if it's not perfect, you can edit it to make it so!
3) Edit the video with EDpuzzle. Now let's make the almost perfect video, just perfect. Trim and take only the part that you need, record your voice to make it more personal or embed questions to hold your students accountable during the video.
4) Create a class. A class is a place where you can assign videos and any student in that class will receive them. Eventually, when a student completes a task, you will receive really useful information from each one of them.
5) Assign the video-lesson to your class and give the class code to your students. They will create a student account (email is optional) and they will introduce the class code to join your class.
6) Check the progress report. Before the class starts, you can check each student progress on that assignment. Who watched the video, who didn't understand the lesson, and who did a good job.
Here is a quick video that will help you get started: Click Here
How to get started with EDpuzzle and Google Classroom
Getting started with Google Classroom is super-easy. Just create your Edpuzzle teacher account and we will automatically create your classes and enroll your students.
Easy steps to get your department on board
It is usually better to start EDpuzzle with another teacher in the same department. You will save time and you will be able to share awesome ideas with another person. If you want to engage someone in your department we recommend the following steps:
1) Try EDpuzzle in your classroom for a week. You will see amazing improvements in your students. Get the data and show it to your colleagues.
2) Explain the easy steps to create a video-lesson, a classroom and an assignment.
3) Help them get started and brainstorm about the next lesson they can create. We recommend re-using one of your lessons.
4) If they have to use EDpuzzle with a different class, explain how did you got started. It is scary to try something new, so if you explain how you used your time in the first and second class, they will feel more comfortable.
5) Check their progress every week and start sharing video lessons through EDpuzzle.
Flip your classroom
Flipping the classroom is a great way to use the time with your students more efficiently.
EDpuzzle is a fantastic tool to make sure the flipped classroom works. You can save time customizing videos and you will hold your students accountable if they watch the videos at home.
Here is a quick video that explains the basics of the flipped classroom, and there are penguins, which is awesome:
Tips for first time users
1) Focus on one block of content each month. By the end of the year you will have 50% of your content in video-lessons.
2) Better together! Find someone in your school that wants to use EDpuzzle. It's better to share best practices and challenges with someone in a similar context.
3) Share content within your department. If you don't feel comfortable finding video-lessons, maybe someone in your department can create the lessons and you just re-use them. Team-work!
4) Engage the parents. Explain why it's important and how can they help your students: watch the lessons together or make sure they complete the task on time.
5) Introduce Edpuzzle to your students. Make sure you explain how to watch a video-lesson. It's not like watching a music video on YouTube. They have to pay attention, rewatch if they didn't understand something and make sure they answer the questions.
6) Show me the data! Show the information you are collecting to the students. It's a great way to make sure they understand the rules.
7) Use short videos. It depends on your students, but we have seen that 7 to 9 min videos is a reasonable time. Obviously the shorter the better. Trim the videos to make sure they get just what it's necessary.
8) Record your voice. Try embedding an audio-note at the beginning or during the video. Students pay x3 more attention if they hear a familiar voice.
9) Share your excitement! If your students learn through the video celebrate it!
PDF for Students: Register & Add Class
Hello Lovely Teachers!
Attached to this article you will find a PDF document that you can hand out to your students to have them register for their EDpuzzle accounts and add themselves to your class by using the class code (non-Google Classroom only).
Feel free to use this handout as guidance if you would like to have your students register at home instead of during class time as well!
What does EDpuzzle cost?
EDpuzzle is 100% free for teachers and students. The gradebook and all the premium features are built so that schools pay for them, not the teachers. We decided that we will never charge teachers. Education seems to be the only industry where a worker pays for the tools used at work.
As former teachers, we don't think teachers should be an exception.
So if you think the school might be interested, more than happy to help you with that process. :)
Assign a Video Lesson to Your Class
If you want to share a video with your students, you will need to go to MyContent > Select the video you want to collect the students' progress > click "Assign/Share".
Here is a video that will show you the different steps: