As the flipped classroom approach continues to gain popularity, there are more and more sites to help teachers flip their classrooms. Delivering the content of a course to students outside the classroom usually entails the use of videos, and I have already suggested eduCanon and YouTube for that purpose in previous posts. If you have not tried either of those, or if they did not quite work out for you, I have another one today called EDpuzzle.
EDpuzzle is completely free, so just click “Sign up” to register for a teacher account. I registered using my Google+ account, so I have one less password to remember, and it took about 5 seconds. Right away, I received a short tutorial about creating a video lesson using EDpuzzle. Basically, you start with any video by either searching online or uploading one. You can then can crop it, record audio, and add audio notes as well as questions to the video to make your lesson. The questions you add can be open ended, multiple choice, or simple text comments or directions for students. All the videos you create are public, but that also means there is a large bank of video lessons available from other teachers to choose from.
Making video lessons is just one aspect of EDpuzzle. Under the “My Classes” tab, you can create your different classes or sections. A unique class code is generated for each, and students sign up using this code. Once they have done this, you can track whether or not students have watched the videos you have assigned them and see their answers to your embedded questions. The charts and tables with this data are automatically generated and can save you time figuring out who has done their work and where students had difficulty. Students can also use EDpuzzle to create their own video projects, and these are not public, which is likely a concern for many instructors teaching K-12.
EDpuzzle also has a great FAQ page and a blog. Both of these are excellent resources if you have any questions or concerns about your experience on EDpuzzle. The company also provides an easy way to contact them via the website. Just look for “Contact EDpuzzle!” in the lower right-hand corner to send them your question directly. It is that simple.
If you have not tried flipping before, now is your chance. Try out EDpuzzle and let me know what you think by leaving a comment below. Already flipping? Tell me how in a comment.