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Active Learning Using Video

From Passive Recipients to Active Learning

“Student engagement is the product of motivation and active learning. It is a product rather than a sum because it will not occur if either element is missing.” ― Elizabeth F. Barkley

EDpuzzle is AWESOME!

A concern for many teachers when it comes flipping their class or expecting students to watch a video for a class is that many times the student does not watch the whole video or they skip through the video. With EDpuzzle teachers can choose a video, cut it down to the part that is most important, then add comments, questions, or even their voice to the video to make the video interactive.

The real magic in EDpuzzle is the behind the scenes classroom environment. The teacher can build a class, and assign the videos created to the students. The site keeps track of how much the student watched, when, and much more. It will even score the quiz for you. Whether you flip your classroom in the traditional sense, use the video as a bell ringer, or at the end of the class to prepare for the next lesson, you will be able to keep track of how much they are engaged. With the features of EDPuzzle, teachers can feel more at ease assigning videos to their classroom, students will be more engaged, students will have a basis for content ahead of time, and there will be more time for discussion in class.

The picture at the side shows the available channels you can pull videos from to create your EDpuzzle lessons. You can search by keyword and find great EDPuzzles that are already created, and you can assign.


EDpuzzle Blog

EDpuzzle Support for Teachers

Edpuzzle Support for Students

EDpuzzle Student and Teacher Directions

Teen's Brain? Check out this EDPUZZLE

I used a TED Talk by Sarah-Jayne Blakemore, a Cognitive Neuroscientist , to show how you can use EDPuzzle to create a video to flip your classroom. Remember, flipping your classroom doesn't have to mean that it has to happen outside the classroom.

Click on the video to see the reports provided by EDpuzzle!

Analytics - EDpuzzle


TED Talks are inspiring short talks on a topic. TED-Ed is a website dedicated to creating video lessons worth sharing. They have a library of lessons on a diverse set of topics for you to access. The videos are brought to users by educators from all over the world, and many include spectacular animations created specifically for the lesson.

Lessons have four components: Watch, Think, Dig Deeper, and Discuss.You can create your own TED-Ed lessons using many sources, not just TED Talks and can add the components that will suit your needs or you may choose to customize an already created lesson. Here is an example of a TED-Ed lesson, The Science of Snowflakes.

The disadvantage for using this site is that to save answers students must have a TED account, which means they have to be 13 years old or older. However this can still be used and enjoyed for classroom experience!

Keep in mind using TED-Ed as a way of jumping off into the idea of them creating their own TED Talks or Ignite Talks. You can even create a TED-Ed Club for after school.

Other Resources:

Create your own lesson.

Learn about TED-Ed Clubs

How to Use TED-Ed to Create a Flipped Classroom

Khan Academy: It is More than Math

Khan Academy is known in the math world as a go to video resource for students that struggle with math, but there are so many great resources for other subjects as well.


Here is the link to the Khan Academy Library.

Check out the Khan Academy Blog for more ideas.

PBS Learning Media

This is an excellent resource for quality educational videos. PBS Learning Media had been working very hard to make things easier and more comprehensive for teachers. They have added a lesson builder, quiz maker, storyboard (site option), and puzzle maker. Once you have created your content, you can create an assignment to share with your students.

My favorite aspect of this site and what makes it stand out among the other video sites is the storyboard. You can assign students a storyboard. They receive a code that they will use to access the assignment. PBS Learning Media provides backgrounds, media, text, and more to for students to create a site to show what they have learned and to share with the class or others! The teacher can see the progress of the students as they work on the project!

If you are curious about how Zaption and EDpuzzle compare, check out the video below!

Zaption vs EdPuzzle