Friday, April 5, 2019

How to Create Video-based Lessons

Earlier today I answering a question about uploading videos to EDpuzzle when I realized that I haven't made a complete tutorial video on how to use EDpuzzle since its design was updated. My previous videos about the service are all a few years old and while the functions are largely the same, the layout has changed. So this afternoon I made a video that walks you through the steps of creating a roster on EDpuzzle and creating video-based lessons on the service. My video also shows the student perspective of EDpuzzle.

What is EDpuzzle?
It's a free service for creating video-based lessons. You can use videos that are available on YouTube, videos that you upload to EDpuzzle, and videos that others have uploaded to EDpuzzle to create your lesson. Once you have selected a video you can add comments and quiz questions into the timeline of the video. Those comments and questions then appear to students when they watch the video that you share with them. The best part is that you can prevent students from fast-forwarding through the videos.

EDpuzzle Rosters
You can create rosters/ classes in EDpuzzle by importing a Google Classroom roster or by having students join your class via a code that you provide to them. Students in your class will see every video lesson that you assign to them in their accounts. They watch the lessons and answer questions on their computers, tablets, or phones. You see their answers as soon as they hit the submit button at the end of the lesson.

You Don't Need to Reinvent the Wheel
You can certainly upload your own videos to EDpuzzle. You can also import existing YouTube videos to make lessons. But before you do either of those things, search through all of the public lessons in EDpuzzle to see if there is one that is relevant to what you're teaching and modify it for your students.

Here's my complete tutorial on how to create a classroom and a video-based lesson through