EdPuzzle is No Puzzle to Use

On Friday, I introduced my students to a new technology tool:  EdPuzzle.  It was first introduced to me several weeks ago at a Blended Learning workgroup.  Before EdPuzzle, I was keen on using Videonot.es which syncs to Drive, but since Videonot.es only allows the use of YouTube (which is blocked by my district)…the thought of annotating videos seemed out of my reach.

Not so any more.

EdPuzzle is very easy to use.  It’s easy for students to sign-up and it’s overall use is intuitive.  I loved that my students were able to rewatch video clips before answering either an open-ended or multiple choice question.  The notion of rewatching video clips came in especially handy since the narrator of the clip I chose was British.  It didn’t occur to me that my students would struggle with his accent until I started receiving answers spelled phonetically (e.g. Sway as opposed to Sui…Tong as opposed to Tang).

EdPuzzle automatically grades multiple choice questions and gives students their scores which is actually misleading because the open-ended questions were not graded yet.  But that’s my only gripe about this awesome tool.

Grading the open-ended questions was a breeze because EdPuzzle gives you the option to grade all of the open-ended questions in one fell swoop.  All I had to do was click the red X or the green Check for each student answer.  In fact, I had all of the open-ended questions graded before my students left class.  Easy.

Because I teach history, I use a variety of primary and secondary sources:  print, picture, video, and music.  EdPuzzle is an easy way to have students take a step back when watching a video to really try to understand not only the contents presented, but taking a look at bias as well as using the video to corroborate other resources.

I love the fact that technology tools are constantly evolving to make learning more fun and meaningful for students.  It’s even better when the technology tool is designed for easy use by teachers as well.  EdPuzzle does not disappoint.

Summer Reads

I am a voracious reader. I’ll devour pretty much anything with words. I’ve even been known to read street signs and billboards aloud, just because. Summer affords me the leisure time to catch up on books that I purchased throughout the school year. Lucky me, I know!  Sure, I read the requisite chic lit books too (hey, don’t judge).  But in truth I enjoy reading anything about history and education (not necessarily the history of education, mind you). 
On today’s docket, I finally finished reading 21st Century Skiils. Bookmarked the important passages to share with my colleagues and students.  I even wrote notes in the margin. I’m kinda Old School like that. 
Austin Kleon’s books arrived earlier than expected (thank you, Amazon Prime). I finished Steal Like an Artist and am currently working my way through Show Your Work! I wanted to jot down key points but my iPad was charging so I had to rely on my iPhone. Everyone knows it’s not the easiest thing to type on the iPhone and for a small person of stature, I feel like I have unusually large thumbs. I spend more time retyping words because I can’t seem to hit the correct key the first or second and sometimes even the third time. So I decided to take a snapshot of the passage and much to my pleasant surprise, I could upload it to Evernote. Hallelujah! I have found yet another quick way to document things for future reference. This is one happy girl. I not only soaked up a bunch of cool stuff to use with my students in September, but I also learned a new trick in Evernote.  Good stuff. =)