Musings of a 21st Century Middle School Social Studies Teacher
EdPuzzle is probably the neatest tool I discovered at the end of this past school year! Simply put, it is a formative assessment tool. Further, it is a fantastic tool that has students engage with video material whether it's YouTube or a teacher's screencasted lesson. Each time I tried it for the first time with one of my classes, it received rave reviews! Students kept using the word "engaged!"
I plan to use EdPuzzle as a cornerstone in a self-paced blended classroom. Apart from increased student engagement, I believe that the real magic of this software is in that it allows the teacher to spend more time in small groups with students who need increased personalized instruction. For example, by using the informal written and multiple choice assessments built into an EdPuzzle assignment, I will have an idea of which students to pull into a small group for direct instruction.
I plan to incorporate both professional videos (e.g. Crash Course, Mr. Betts, etc) and my own screencasted lessons while using EdPuzzle (Here is an example of my own screencasted lesson on EdPuzzle - pardon the rough edges. I hope to improve quality as I practice!) I love that this screencasted lesson can be viewed at the student's own pace. They are able to stop and process as needed.
This is obviously only part of a student-paced self-directed classroom, but an important cog in the wheel. I look forward to using more of this tool and seeing the magic it can work in the classroom! Please share your thoughts or ideas about EdPuzzle below!