Creating Video Lessons
How Do I Search For Videos?
There are a number of ways to find a video for your next lesson on Edpuzzle. Just click the Content tab to get started, and select a section to search from the menu on the left side of the screen.
This is the default section. Here, you can search through videos you already have stored in your account.
To find new content, click the blue “Add Content” button and select “Create a Video”, OR choose a popular channel to search on the left-side menu:
- Edpuzzle’s Curriculum is a curated collection of thousands of ready-to-use assignments, organized by subject and unit. It's a huge time saver and a great jumping off point since you can always modify the questions in Curriculum videos after you’ve copied them to your Content.
- Choose either “Elementary School”, “Middle School”, or “High School” and navigate through the folders to find great lessons for your students!
- This is where you can view and copy lessons that other teachers at your school have used. The My School channel is like a video-library for your school.
- To see content from teachers registered on Edpuzzle outside your department, click the teacher counter (“__ teachers on Edpuzzle") and select another department.
- The Edpuzzle Channel will show you video lessons that other teachers have created. You can always edit them to make them more relevant to what you're teaching!
- Type your keywords into the search bar, and Edpuzzle will display the top results. Not finding what you're looking for? Feel free to get more specific with your search words!
Other Popular Channels (YouTube, Khan Academy, etc.)
- Search videos from YouTube, Khan, National Geographic, and other channels. None of the videos you find on these channels will have questions added to them by other teachers.
Finding videos directly in Youtube
You don’t have to search the YouTube channel to find your favorite YouTube videos to use as Edpuzzle lessons. Just copy the URL of a video on YouTube, and paste it into the Edpuzzle or YouTube channels to start editing.
If you're browsing YouTube and come across a video you'd like to share with your students, you'll definitely want to install the Edpuzzle YouTube extension for Google Chrome so that you can quickly and easily bring the video to your Edpuzzle library directly from YouTube.
Check out our article on what to do once you've found your video: https://support.edpuzzle.com/hc/en-us/articles/360007501731
I've found a video, what do I do now?
Now that you’ve found a video, there are three things you can do: edit the video, watch the video, or copy the video. You can choose any of these by hovering over the video and clicking on the icon that you want.
1. Edit the video
Clicking the pencil icon will allow you to edit the video and customize it for your students. You can shorten the length of a video, add questions, add audio notes, add an audio track, or change the title!
Editing the video automatically saves it to your content and takes you directly to where you can customize it.
2. Watch the video
Clicking the eye icon will allow you to preview the video, you can check whether it would be a great video for your students.
3. Copy the video
Clicking the paper icon will allow you to copy the video to your content. The video will be automatically saved to your content. This allows you to edit it at a later date and gives you the opportunity to continue searching for videos.
So, once you’ve found a video, you can edit, view or copy it!
If you'd like to learn more about what type of questions you can add, read this article: https://support.edpuzzle.com/hc/en-us/articles/360007501671-What-type-of-questions-can-I-add
How do I trim a video?
Found the perfect video but only need to use part of it? Then trim it with Edpuzzle! You can use the crop feature in the editing section to include only what you need for your lessons and assignments.
To trim a video, follow the instructions below:
- Once on the editing page for a video, click the button with a scissors icon, in the top bar
- Next, move your cursor to the video timeline underneath the video
- Drag each red tab to choose which section of the video you want to show
Now you can trim videos into lessons like a pro!
TIP: We recommend shorter video-lessons for your students to stay engaged and focused. Multiple small assignments can be more palatable than a single larger one.
Now that you have your video lesson at the perfect length, check out the article below to learn what questions you can add to engage your students: https://support.edpuzzle.com/hc/en-us/articles/360007501671-What-type-of-questions-can-I-add
What type of questions can I add?
Edpuzzle allows you to customize your lessons to fit your class by letting you create your own quiz questions and comments. You can add:
1. Open-ended questions
Great if you want your students to have space to give a free response. These are not automatically graded since each student answer will differ.
2. Multiple choice
Here you can select which answers are correct and incorrect. Test your student's understanding with all kinds of question formats, like true/false, single answer, multiple answers, and more. These are automatically graded.
This is your tool for letting your students know anything you need them to know about their video. Add context, give instructions or anything else you'd like them to know!
If you'd like to add rich text, embed images, or other engaging media to your questions, check out this article: https://support.edpuzzle.com/hc/en-us/articles/360009934172
How do I add questions to my video?
If you'd like to embed a question in your video, click the Content tab at the top right of the page and hover your cursor over the video you'd like to use. Click the pencil icon to open up the editor, then follow these easy steps:
- Click on the "Quizzes" button at the top of the editor
- Using the 'timeline' below the video, find the spot in the video where you'd like to pause for a question and click the green Question Mark in the box below the timeline.
- The question editor will appear to the right of the video.
- You can enter:
- Open-Ended Questions
- Multiple Choice Questions
To add a second question at the same point in the video, click the "+" icon at the top-right of the question editor (next to where it says "1 of 1")
After you've added your question(s), you can click the Play button to confirm that they appear in the video at the right spot. If the timing is wrong, you can drag the question box along the timeline to the left or right until it's perfectly timed!
To learn how to grade those questions once your students have watched the lesson, please check out this article (https://support.edpuzzle.com/hc/en-us/articles/360007261192-View-Students-Progress-and-Grade-Questions).
Can I embed formulas, images, links, or pdf's, to my questions and comments?
A great way to enhance your questions and comments is by adding pictures, websites, documents, and even formulas to your video-lesson! To enhance your questions and comments, click on the "Quizzes" icon on far right after you've trimmed your video.
You can do this by clicking on the corresponding icon when adding a question or comment. When adding a question, you can also:
- Embed links
- Insert images
- Make formulas
- Add rich text
You can include a link to another website like Google Drive or a relevant article. To do so, follow these steps:
- Add a new question by clicking at the time-stamp that you want the question to appear
- Choose whether you want to add an open ended question, multiple choice question or comment
- Above the typing area, click the “link” icon
- Next, type/paste in the URL for the website you want to share, and what text you want to be shown
- Click “OK” and you’ll be returned to editing the question/comment
Great, now you can embed a link in your question/comment to enhance the material.
You can insert a picture in a question or comment by uploading it from your computer or using a website URL. To do this, here are the steps:
- Above the typing area of your question or comment, click the “image” icon
- You can choose whether you upload a picture from your computer or type/paste in a URL
- Next, you can choose the title and size of the picture
- Click “OK” and you’ll be returned to editing the question/comment
Yay, now you can add pictures to further engage your students!
You can make a formula in a question or comment using the CodeCogs equation editor. To embed a formula, follow these steps:
- Above the typing area of your question or comment, click the “fx” icon
- Use the math symbol buttons to type your formula
- Click “OK” and you’ll be returned to editing the question/comment
Awesome, now you can embed formulas, ideal for math lessons!
Add Rich Text
You can add rich text to a question or comment: bold, underline, italicize. This is a great way to emphasize certain parts of the text. To do this, follow these steps:
- Above the typing area of your question or comment, click to add bold, italics, or underline
- Type what you want in that format
- Click the corresponding icon again to reset to normal text.
Now you can add rich text!
If you'd like to learn more about how to add questions, check out this article: https://support.edpuzzle.com/hc/en-us/articles/360009934152
Can I add multiple questions at the same point of the video?
Yes! If you want to add multiple questions at the same point, follow these steps:
- On the lesson editing page of the video, click the “Quizzes” button above the video
- Add your first question or comment
- Once finished with the first question or comment, add another question or comment in the same spot by clicking the “+” icon to the far right, next to the text displaying the number of questions you've created in that spot
- You can add more questions and comments at the same spot until you're finished by repeating step 3 after completing the previous question
- Click "Save" at the top right of the browser and you're all set!
Great, now you can add more than one question at the same time stamp in the video! Check out the screenshot below to see where exactly to click to add a question!
How do I record an audio note?
Why would I add audio? Studies show that students pay more attention to information if they hear it from a familiar voice. An audio note is a short voice clip; we recommend recording a short introduction or a brief comment to engage the students.
To record an audio note, go the editing page for the video and follow the instructions below:
- Find a video you'd like to use for your lesson.
- When editing, click the button with a speaker icon, in the top bar
- Next, move your cursor down to underneath the video and click and drag the top part of the yellow microphone icon (the part that’s a darker yellow/orange) to the position in the video where you want to add an audio note
- Click the black microphone icon to begin recording your voice
- If it is your first time recording audio on Edpuzzle, a pop-up window will appear in the top left of your screen; click “allow” so that your video can be recorded
- Start talking
- When you’ve finished speaking, click the black microphone icon again to stop recording.
Awesome, now you’ll be able to record an audio note like a pro on the editing page for the video!
If you'd like to record your voice throughout the video, check this article out: https://support.edpuzzle.com/hc/en-us/articles/360007543872
How do I record a voiceover?
Why would I add audio? Studies show that students pay more attention to information if they hear it from a familiar voice. An audio track is a voice track for the entire duration of the video.
To record an audio track, use the video editing page and follow these steps:
- In “My Content”, hover over the video you would like to edit and click the pencil button
- Click the button with a speaker icon, in the top bar
- Next, move your cursor to below the video and click the blue microphone icon next to the play button. This will start recording your voice.
- If it is your first time recording audio on Edpuzzle, a pop-up window will appear in the top left of your screen, click “allow” so that your video can be recorded
- To preview what is coming up in the video, click the play button (this does not record your voice)
- You record your voice for the whole duration of the video, but if you want to pause recording, press the pause button
- To resume recording your voice, press the microphone button again.
Great, now you can record an audio track for a video on the editing page! Remember that you have to record audio for the whole video to be able to save it.
Note: if you’ve recorded a section and realize that you need to re-record it, there is an option below the video to “Remove the last recording”. Clicking this will only remove the part that you just recorded. If you want to remove everything recorded so far, instead click the “Reset the whole recording” button.
If you'd like to go check out how to record an audio note, check out this article: https://support.edpuzzle.com/hc/en-us/articles/360007543952
Can I upload audio files to Edpuzzle?
Yes, you can, but first they have to be converted to video files.
There are online platforms like Zamzar and Mp3toolbox that convert audio to video files.
Once you’ve done this, you can upload the video file. Here's an article explaining how to upload your own videos: https://support.edpuzzle.com/hc/en-us/articles/360010173211-Can-I-upload-my-own-videos
How do I move a question or audio note?
How to Move Your Question
To move your question/comment to a different place in the video, follow these steps:
- On the editing page of the video, click the button with a question mark icon
- Click on the question that you want to move
- Click and drag the corresponding green square (above the video timeline) to where you want it
Awesome, now you can move a question/comment in a video.
How to Move Your Audio Note
To move your audio note to a different place in the video, follow these steps:
- On the editing page of the video, click the button with a speaker icons
- Click on the audio note that you want to move, the speakerphone icons underneath the video
- Click and drag the speakerphone icon of the audio note to where you want it in the video
Now, by clicking and dragging the speaker icon, you can move an audio note.
Remember: You cannot make any changes to the questions, audio notes and audio track if the video is assigned to a class.
Can I include immediate feedback in the questions?
Do you want to give immediate feedback to your students? We have a feature that allows you to write a message that students will automatically see after submitting a question. This is useful if you want to clarify an incorrect answer or you want to engage students with a cheerful message.
To include feedback on your questions, please follow these steps:
- Select the Open-Ended or Multiple Choice question option and write your question
- Click the "Feedback" button and the text area will turn blue
- Write a comment you want to display in response to the student's answer
- To go back to your question, press the "Question" button
Notice that you will also be able to include immediate feedback for each multiple choice answer.
At this moment, immediate feedback isn't available for students using our Android and iOS apps. That's why we recommend using our web version for this purpose, although we will include these features in future releases!
Can I title my video?
You can title any video-lessons for easier reference. To do so, follow these steps:
- After you've chosen a video to create a lesson with, you will see the current title towards the top left of the page
- Click on that and go ahead renaming your video
If you want to change the title of a video once it has been assigned, follow these steps:
- Navigate to "My Classes" tab
- Click on the class in which the video is assigned
- Click on the video whose title you want to change
- On the next screen, click "edit name" and choose the new title
Note: changing the title of a video once it has been assigned will update the title in all the classes it is assigned to.
How do I delete a question, audio note, or audio track?
Note: You cannot make any changes to the video (audio notes, audio track or questions) if the video is assigned to a class.
How to Delete a Question
To delete a question, follow these steps:
- On the editing page of the video, click the button with the question mark icon
- Click on the question that you want to delete
- Click the trash bin icon near the content of the question/comment. If a message comes up asking "Remove Quiz?", click "Yes" to delete it.
Great, now you can delete a question/comment on the quizzes page!
How to Delete an Audio Note
To delete an audio note, go to the editing page of the video. You can then follow these steps:
- On the editing page of the video, click the button with a speaker icon
- Click on the audio note that you want to delete
- Click on the red bin icon that appears underneath it
- If you are certain you want to delete it, click the “Yes” option
Yay, now you can delete an audio note on the video editing page if it’s not needed!
Note: if you just recorded an audio-note, you will see options to “Remove all new audio-notes” and “Remove the last note” below the video. “Remove all new audio-notes” will delete any that have a “New” tag on them. “Remove the last note” will remove the last one that you just recorded.
How to Delete Your Audio Track
To delete an audio track, use the video editing page.
- On the editing page of the video, click the button with a microphone icon
- You will see the option to “Reset the whole recording” below the video
- Clicking this will delete the entire audio track.
Now you can delete an audio track through the video editing page.
Can I enable closed-captions to my video-lesson?
Closed-captions are available for any video that has been originally captioned by the service that the video has been pulled from.
Enabling closed captions
When a user watches a video-lesson from a video which has closed-captions added, a “CC” button will appear. Click the button to enable/disable the subtitles:
Enabling different languages
There also may be videos subtitled in different languages. To go through the options, click the “CC” button again:
No captions available
If the video does not have subtitles available, the "CC" button will not appear at the bottom of the video, as in this case:
Please note that while some videos may contain subtitles on YouTube, many actually use a speech recognition technology to automatically generate subtitles on the fly. This feature unfortunately doesn't work on other sites -- like ours.
Can my students create video lessons as well?
Yes, if you assign a student project, then your students can create their own video-lessons, letting you engage with them using Project-based Learning.
To assign a student project, follow these steps:
- Click on the blue "Add Content" Button
- Click “Student Project"
- Next, fill in the details to guide your students
- Click “Save project”
- Now, the project will automatically appear under the “My Content” tab, after all of your videos
Now, your students can create their own video-lessons!
How do I save my video lesson once I'm finished?
How do I save my video-lesson once I'm finished? Once you have finished editing your video, you can assign it to a class or save it for later.
To access these options, click the blue “Finish” button in the top right corner on the editing page. From here, you can:
- Save the video for later by clicking on the "Later" button
- Assign the video to a class
Don't worry, you won't lose your progress if you close the page by accident when in the middle of editing your video, video-lessons are automatically saved every 5 seconds so that you don't have to remember to click save.