• I am a teacher and I want to join a classroom as a student

    Unfortunately, it is not possible to join a class from a teacher account.

    However, you can still join another teacher’s classroom by creating your own student account. You can even use the same email address that you use for your teacher account!

    To learn how to join as a student, check out this article:https://support.edpuzzle.com/hc/en-us/articles/360007544272-I-m-a-teacher-can-I-create-a-student-account

    If you do join a class as a student, keep in mind that you won’t be able to share the assignments from the class with your own students.

    If you’re using Edpuzzle to create a certification for other teachers, check out: https://support.edpuzzle.com/hc/en-us/articles/360012143912-Edpuzzle-Coach-Program-Edpuzzle-Certification-Program-

  • How can I use Edpuzzle with my High School Students

    Edpuzzle can help you teach your High School students even more effectively! Using interactive video lessons benefits you and your students because:

     

              1. Videos are a great way for students to review for exams.

              2. Open-ended questions after videos give you an understanding of what confuses students.

              3. Sharing student progress or great responses boosts self-esteem and engages teenagers.

     

    However, not all students may have access to technology. You can work around this problem by:

                  1. Encouraging your students to use smartphones to watch videos.

                  2. Creating rotation stations where students can watch videos, even if you have a limited number of devices.

                  3. Helping students watch videos in the library for 10 minutes before or after class.

     

    You can watch our video with tips for working with High School students here: (https://youtu.be/541usWghqAM)

     

     

  • Flip your classroom

    The "Flipped Classroom" basically consists on assigning your students video-lessons to watch at home, and using classroom time for more meaningful activities. The students learn the basic concepts of the topic at home, and at their own pace, through videos. This gives the teacher more time in the classroom to work on other activities that will reinforce the students' understanding of the topic. Edpuzzle makes the flipped classroom work. How?

     

    Math or Science 

    Math and science are usually taught in two parts: theory and practice. Many teachers complain that the curriculum is so broad that they spend most of their time covering the theory and never have enough time to incorporate problem solving or projects to consolidate the learning. Here are a few ways that videos can help:

     

    1. Assign videos about basic theory. We've created tons of videos covering basic theories in all subjects. You can find them in Curriculum. Assign one of these pre-prepared lessons to watch at home and use class time to solve misunderstandings or push the students to learn key concepts in more depth. Students can watch as many times as they need to, so there's no need to use class time on explaining the concept.
    2. Use videos to show how to solve problems. Assign a video explaining the basic process to solve a problem, giving your students the chance to practice before coming to class. You can then use class time on a more challenging version of the same problem.
    3. Engage your students with videos. Share documentaries, lab experiments, or other experiences recorded on video that will surprise the student. Collect the questions/reactions/opinions they may have while watching the video and use that data to drive your time in the classroom.
    4. Share class rules via video. Usually teachers spend a lot of time explaining and repeating class rules (behavior, lab security). Record a video and embed questions to check for understanding. You can use the same video every year, saving you time.

     

    Languages

    Teaching a language is a huge challenge: writing, reading, speaking, and listening. Mastering all of them in a limited amount of time is almost impossible. However, video-lessons and the flipped classroom will make your life much easier. Here's how:

     

    1. Check for listening comprehension. Forget about the cassettes, you can use any video available on YouTube and embed questions to check for understanding. Include open-ended questions to work on writing skills, or multiple choice for vocabulary checks.
    2. Start a debate. Share an interesting topic using a video from YouTube. You can embed an open-ended question asking for their point of view and use those responses to start a debate in class.
    3. Use videos to simulate travel. It is hard to put the students in a real environment where they can practice the language. For that reason, it can be interesting to use videos to show them different pronunciations or explore different cultures.
    4. Share new grammar and vocabulary. There are thousands of videos that cover grammar rules or vocabulary lists. Use Edpuzzle to let the students learn these concepts at home and use the time in the classroom for practice.

     

    Social Studies

    Social Studies standards are constantly changing and are so broad that it's hard to cover all the necessary curriculum with a limited amount of time. Besides, it is hard to be an expert in every area. Use Edpuzzle to:

     

    1. Bring in the experts. There are many experts doing TED talks on different Social Studies topics. It is a great idea to assign these videos to watch at home and ask the students for their point of views or to summarize the content. Use class time to develop key ideas or solve misunderstandings.
    2. Bring books to life. Use videos to enhance the content students read. Reinforce topics they've just learned or build on that topic using digital content. There are great resources already available, you can embed a few questions to check for understanding, and you can use class time to discuss and share.
    3. Turn your slides into videos. There are many online tools that enable you to quickly record slide presentations and upload them to Edpuzzle. Your lecture is now homework, and you can use the time saved in the classroom to work on misunderstandings, questions, or projects.
    4. Free tutor for your students. There are excellent video resources on Edpuzzle that are free to use. One click and you can utilize fantastic videos from Crash Course or Khan Academy to give your students an alternative way of learning the concepts covered in class or reinforce particular topics. With Edpuzzle, you can hold your students accountable and easily identify their misunderstandings.

     

    Special Education

    Students in Special Education usually require special attention. However, it is hard to cover the curriculum and provide extra 1:1 time with the students. Here are some ways Edpuzzle can help:

     

    1. Create learning stations. We recommend putting together 2 or 3 stations and rotating your students between them. For your video station, equip your students with headphones, and have one or more videos ready. By using headphones and visual resources like videos, the students enhance their focus and retention of information. The following stations can have worksheets, hands-on projects, or involve one-on-one time with the teacher. That will give you extra time to provide individual attention to your students.
    2. Discuss behaviors. Many Special Education teachers spend a lot of time explaining how to behave socially in different situations. It may be hard for your students to visualize that specific situation or the context. Using video-lessons can provide a visual example of a particular social situation.

     

    Other 

    Almost every subject can take advantage of Edpuzzle and the power of videos. You can also use Edpuzzle for:

     

    1. Substitute teachers. If you are sick or traveling and you want your students to keep learning even if you are not there, you can assign a few video lessons to complete while the substitute teacher is there. You can hold them accountable, read their responses, and continue with no interruption when you get back.
    2. Creating an in-class flipped classroom. If some students do not have access to internet at home, or you want them to take advantage of the laptops/tablets available in the classroom, we strongly recommend this alternative. The in-class flipped classroom is a rotation station model where one of the stations has the Edpuzzle video-lessons. Every 15-20min (2-3 videos) the students will move to the next station. You can have different stations where the students learn the same concept using different approaches: peer-to-peer learning, writing/practice problems, teacher lecture, project based learning, or hands-on experiment.
    3. ASL. American Sign Language teachers love video-lessons because it's a visual resource to learn how to sign. Besides, the fact that you can embed questions ensures that the student understands the context of the conversation or the meaning of a specific sign. You can even assign the video to watch at home and see student progress and viewing history.
    4. Physical Education. Coaches and PE teachers love video-lessons and have been using them for many years to review techniques and strategy, and motivate their students. With Edpuzzle, you can finally hold these athletes and students accountable. You can use a video that explains the basic rules of a sport that you want to practice with your students, or you can assign a specific offensive play that you want to cover during the practice. There are endless options!
    5. Professional Development. Teachers are also students, however, when they have professional development they are usually tired or thinking about the million other things they have to work on. You can flip PD by assigning videos to watch at home and use the time of the PD to respond to questions or let the teachers work on how to implement new concepts in their classroom. You can supervise the work and brainstorm with them.
    6. Music. Videos are an excellent audio resource. Many music teachers use Edpuzzle to cover instruments or musicals. Depending on the level of your students you can assign videos to practice at home and use the class time to practice as a team.

     

    TIPS

    In a flipped classroom it is important to understand two things that we will explain more in depth:

    1. Students love YouTube, but learning from a video is a skill they need to develop.
    2. Change requires patience.

     

    Teach "how to learn" from a video-lesson 

    We strongly recommend explaining your objective in flipping the classroom to your students, their parents, other teachers, and your principal. If they understand the final goal, it will be easier to get them on board.

     

    During the first classes, you can assign videos to watch in the classroom. You can do it as a group or let the students learn individually. Identify and celebrate good learning behaviors before the video: pausing the video, rewatching certain parts of the video if you didn't understand them, how to sit in front of the laptop, and how to take notes.

    Then once the students have practiced a few times with the video and understand their expected behavior, we strongly recommend assigning one or two videos per week to watch at home. Measure the completion of the assignments and get feedback from the students on the length of the video, the difficulty of the questions, and the content of the lesson.

    After one or two units you will not want to go back to the traditional way of teaching!

     

    Change takes time

    Many teachers think that they have to flip all their lessons. That is not true. We recommend flipping one or two units the first year and working in a few more in the second.

     Having someone else in your department or school that wants to flip their class is also a great idea. Sharing content and best practices make the whole process much easier.

     Students might be reluctant at the beginning - they have to pay attention to the video and respond to questions, it's no longer an easy passive experience for them. However, in the long run, students will start to see the change in their understanding and grades. Don't give up, you will see the results!

     

  • How can I use Edpuzzle at the College level or Adult learners

     

    Edpuzzle can be used by professors to create and assign homework and make learning more engaging for their students. Here are some cases in which using Edpuzzle can be especially effective.

     

    Making concepts come alive

    Edpuzzle helps professors teach concepts where illustration and animation help students gain a much clearer understanding, especially in subjects such as engineering and medicine.

     

    Ensuring student accountability

    Many students miss lectures by choice or because of other commitments, and oftentimes professors post lectures online for their students to watch. With Edpuzzle, professors can ensure that their students are actually watching the lectures and not just skimming through their friends' notes.

     

    Freeing up class time for application

    By flipping their classroom with Edpuzzle, professors have more time during a lecture to conduct deeper exploration into the application of the content, instead of just covering the content.

    Edpuzzle can also be used for Adult Learners in continuing education. Any trainer can use Edpuzzle to create a video course that is more engaging and flexible compared to typical continuing education/career training, with the added ability to check whether the class has watched and understood the content.

    To create your own certification on Edpuzzle:

               1. Click on My Classes in the dashboard.

               2. Create a class for each module in your certification.

               3. Click on the first module, then invite your students.

               5. Go to the next module, click Invite students and get the class code.

               6. In the last video of the first module, put the class code as a comment.

     

    Now students in your class can only unlock the next class when they finish the previous class! 🙂

    Check out this video for a walkthrough: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VgDffvT6oiw

     

  • Edpuzzle Coach Program. Edpuzzle Certification Program.

    Edpuzzle is so easy to use that you can learn how to use Edpuzzle, through Edpuzzle. It's Edpuzzle Inception!

     

    We've created several classes, or Certifications, for teachers explaining how to use Edpuzzle. Certifications are broken down into several modules, each a playlist of video-lessons designed to help you learn about how to use the platform. There are three Certifications that cover Edpuzzle depending on your level of understanding on the platform.

    1. Level 1 - If you have never used Edpuzzle or you don't remember exactly how to use it, this certification is for you. We cover the basics of the platform: how to create a video-lesson, how to create a class and invite your students, and how to find and use the data collected in Edpuzzle. This Certification course is a great way to train new teachers on Edpuzzle.
    2. Level 2 - If you have used Edpuzzle a few times or you want to see what secret features you can use in Edpuzzle this certification is for you. We cover features for teachers wanting a little more, such as: how to organize content, how to collaborate, advanced features when you embed questions and letting the students create their own video lessons.
    3. Coach - The Coach Certification is ideal for teachers that want to help other teachers go from zero to hero. We cover everything from Level 1 and Level 2 so that you know every single detail about the platform, then delve into more detail on using and sharing Edpuzzle.

     

    Why should you do it?

    1. It's 100% self-paced, so you can watch the videos at home, while you are cooking dinner, on the bus, or even at lunch. You can complete one module each week, or all of them at once. You decide when to complete the certification.
    2. You will get a Linkedin certificate with the amount of time invested watching the lessons. Teachers usually use this official PDF to confirm PD hours.
    3. You will get an awesome Badge! You can collect them or use them to enhance your CV or email signature.
    4. You will be part of a community of teachers that love Edpuzzle as much as you! We share best practices, ideas, and opportunities.

     

  • PDF for Students: Register & Add Class

    Students must register for Edpuzzle accounts before they can add themselves to your class. When you send them your class code or link, they will be prompted to log in to their account, or sign up if they don't have one.

     

    Attached to this article is a PDF download that you can send to your students. It shows them exactly how to register for Edpuzzle accounts and add themselves to your class. Feel free to download and share with your students! 

     

  • Tips for first time users and departments

    You’ve just signed up to Edpuzzle, but what’s the best way to start using it? Here are some suggestions from our top users:

     

    • Try it for a week and share! You will see an amazing improvement in your students’ engagement. Start by creating and assigning one or two videos to your students. Then, share the results with your colleagues. Here are a couple of tips for engaging your peers:
    • Explain the easy steps to create a video-lesson, classroom, and assignment
    • Help them to get started and brainstorm the next lesson they can create. We recommend re-using one of your lessons - teamwork
    • Focus on creating one block of content each month. By the end of the year, you will have 50% of your content in video-lessons and a structure ready for next year
    • Introduce Edpuzzle to your students slowly. Make sure you explain how to watch a video lesson: they must pay attention, re-watch if they don’t understand something and answer the questions. Watch the first video altogether as a class, then transition gradually to your students watching Edpuzzle video lessons independently
    • Show your students the information you are collecting. It’s a great way to make sure they understand the grading process and encourage them to complete their lessons
    • Engage the parents. Explain why it’s important and how they can help their kids: watch the lessons together or make sure their children complete the task on time. It’s always nice to spend some learning time with your family!
    • Use short videos! It depends on your students, but we have seen that 7 to 9 minute videos are effective, even more so when shorter. Trim the videos to make sure your students see just what is necessary
    • Record your voice. Studies show that students pay 3x more attention if they hear a familiar voice! Try embedding an audio note as part of your video lesson
    • Share your excitement! If your students learn through the video, celebrate it! This way, students will understand that learning is fun and have increased motivation for future lessons

    Looking for more tips? Reach out to teachers on twitter @edpuzzle or check out our professional development courses at https://go.edpuzzle.com/OnlinePD/

     

  • How can I use Edpuzzle with my Middle or Junior High Students

     

    Edpuzzle can help you teach your Middle or Junior High students even more effectively! Using interactive video lessons benefits you and your students because:

              1. You get more time to work with your students.

              2. You hold your students accountable.

              3. You are able to make even basic concepts more powerful.

     However, not all students may have access to technology. You can work around this problem by:

                  1. Encouraging your students to use smartphones to watch videos.

                  2. Creating rotation stations where students can watch videos, even if you have a limited number of devices.

                  3. Helping students watch videos in the library for 10 minutes before or after class.

    You can watch our video with tips for working with Middle and Junior High school students here:  (https://youtu.be/xCyGrX4HJrI)

     

  • How can I use Edpuzzle for my PD, Workshops, Training, and Presentations?

    Edpuzzle is a great tool for creating and presenting PD to colleagues! If you are looking to use Edpuzzle for your PD, workshop, training, or presentation, we have several resources available to make it awesome. 

    Online PD

    If you are looking for online resources for your PD requirement, Edpuzzle is here for you! We offer several online certification programs through which you can learn a variety of skills. Click here to check them out. Just be sure to ask your supervisor if they qualify for recertification hours - qualifications vary by state and district. 

    If you’re creating online PD for your colleagues, Edpuzzle is an easy and convenient platform for you to use.  Check out our article on creating your own certification for step-by-step instructions on how to create your own!

     

    Presentations

    Introducing Edpuzzle at your school or at a conference? Click here for resources that will help you get started -- you can also fill out this form by clicking here to get some awesome Edpuzzle swag to pass out.

    Thanks a lot for the support! :) If we can help in any way, please feel free to reach out to support@edpuzzle.com.

     

  • I am a teacher and I can't join a class

    Unfortunately, it is not possible to join a class from a teacher account.

     

    However, you can still join another teacher’s classroom by creating a student account. You can even use the same email address that you use for your teacher account!

     

    If you do join a class as a student, keep in mind that you won’t be able to share the assignments from the class with your own students. Click this link to learn how to join as a student: https://support.edpuzzle.com/hc/en-us/articles/360007544272-I-m-a-teacher-can-I-create-a-student-account-

     

  • How can I turn a slideshow into a video lesson?

    Not finding the right video for your students? Make your own! 

    Use a screen recording tool like Screencastify (https://www.screencastify.com/) and Screencast-o-matic (https://screencast-o-matic.com/home) to record yourself going through your slideshow. Then you can easily upload the recording to Edpuzzle and use our editing tools to add audio or embed questions.

     

  • Can I add a co-teacher to my class?

    Unfortunately, we do not have a co-teacher option available. Sharing a login account is the only alternative as of now; we hope that can work for you. You will need to use the same email and password to login, so be sure that the information you're using is info you're comfortable sharing.  

    A co-teacher option is on our to-do list so keep an eye out in the future! We appreciate your patience on this -- we are a small but hard-working team, building all things teachers tell us one at a time :)

  • How can I hold my students accountable?

    Edpuzzle has several features that empower teachers to keep their students accountable and make sure that they watch their assignments and understand the content.

     

    Allow / Prevent Skipping 

    Edpuzzle’s prevent skipping feature is a great tool to make sure your students watch the entirety of the video you've assigned them.

    To use this feature, check the “prevent skipping” slider as you assign the video. Now, when your student needs to finish watching a video later, they can go back to where they last left off but no farther.

     

    Student Dashboard

    Accessing the Student Dashboard

    You are also able to check the progress of each student on the videos you assigned them. To do this, open the student progress dashboard by:

              1. Clicking on My Classes.

              2. Selecting the class you want to track.

              3. Clicking on the video assignment you want to track.  

     

    The student dashboard has 2 sections: students and questions. In the Students section, you have an overview of how much every student has watched of the video, when he or she was last seen and when he turned in the assignment. Clicking on a student will provide individual data. If you have multiple-choice questions in your video, you will also have a questions overview. In the question overview, you can see how many students answered correctly. Click on a question to see the percentage of students who got the right or wrong answer.

             

    Automatic Video Pause

    When your students start playing the video on Edpuzzle and switch tabs in their browser, the video will automatically pause until they go back to the Edpuzzle tab. This way, students must watch the video in order to complete the assignment and are not able to do other activities on their browser while the video is running.

  • I'm a teacher, can I create a student account?

    Absolutely, you can have a teacher account and a student account! You can even use the same email or Google login you currently use to make your student account. Just follow these steps: 

    1. Log out of your teacher account on Edpuzzle.
    2. Click the blue “Sign up” button in the top right-hand corner of the webpage.
    3. Click “Sign up as a student”.
    4. Use your preferred sign up method (Google or Edpuzzle) to create your student account.

     

    That’s it! Don’t forget to add a class code so you can see assigned videos - it’s a great way to see what your students see!

    Questions? Email support@edpuzzle.com.