Think Different #6

Week of October 31, 2016

Tools for using VIDEO and ASSESSMENT in your classroom

EDPuzzle: Make any video your Lesson

Make any video your lesson. Crop a video, explain it with your own voice and embed quizzes at any time.

EDpuzzle empowers teachers to make any video your lesson. Crop a video, explain it with your own voice and embed quizzes at any time.

If you use videos in the classroom, EDpuzzle is a must have. Take any video from YouTube, Khan Academy, Learn Zillion, etc. make it perfect for your classroom and more engaging for your students. Make any video a true lesson by making it to the point, personal and effective, plus get all the data about your students so you know if they truly understand the lesson.

All this can be done with our FREE, easy to use tool in three simple steps:

Step 1:

  • Crop the video, use only what you need for your lesson.
  • Record your voice on top of it to explain it in your own personal way, add clarifications, a warm introduction, you name it.
  • Add quizzes along the video and check if your students truly understand the lesson.

Step 2:

  • Assign it to your class/classes and let your students watch the video and answer the quizzes.


  • Get meaningful data and insights about your students while they watch the video lesson or after they have completed it as homework. See at a glance how they are answering the quizzes and where in the video they are struggling to understand the concepts.

You can finally make video much more engaging, perfect for your needs and still keep control of it. We love you teachers and that is why you can start using EDpuzzle now, for FREE!

EXPLEE: The Power Of Animated Videos

Explee is the application that allows you to create powerful and efficient animated video. Captivate your audience going straight to the point.

Explain. The whiteboard style called “whiteboard animation” or “video scribing“ is an efficient way to simply explain an idea, a project or a complex notion.

Engage. Our 6,000 animations will illustrate your ideas, spice up your video scribing and draw your audience’s attention

Surprise. Explee brings to life any picture, drawing and even schemas. Whaoo effect guaranteed.

Convey. Stimulating the audience’s visual and auditive memory improves information transmission, its understanding and its retention.

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HSTRY: Create an interactive Timeline with assessments

Hstry is a digital learning tool that enables teachers, students and historians to create and explore interactive historical timelines. Using a platform designed to mimic social media, Hstry presents history in a format that is easily understood, engaging, and familiar to the 21st century student.

Studies have shown that students, especially those who have grown up in the digital age, learn better when presented material through a number of different mediums. Unlike history textbooks, which are largely reliant on paragraphs of text and a few pictures scattered through each chapter, Hstry’s timelines can include not only text and images, but also video, audio, and quiz questions. Furthermore, students can comment, discuss, and ask questions directly on the timeline itself, both deepening their understanding through interaction with other students and further engaging them in their study of history.

Teachers have the possibility of either using Hstry’s own timelines which follow the common core, or create their own and share them with their classroom or the community. Students can also create their timelines making history not some vague and passive event in the past, but something alive with which they can engage. The use of the first person perspective, where the student puts her/himself in the shoes of a famous historical character, is a good example of this. As the platform is accessible from any device connected to the web, this can be something the students work on at home. Hstry therefore becomes a useful assessment tool for the teacher.

Ultimately, Hstry can be seen as the definitive product for bringing social studies and history education to the 21st century. There needs to be a revolution in the way history is taught: an answer for teachers’ pleas for innovation in teaching history that captivates, tells stories, and speaks to students in the digital age we live in. With Hstry, we believe we have the answer.