Video can be a very powerful pedagogical tool! Why use video in the classroom?
- Provide background information about a topic
- Take students to far away places or back in time
- Allow students to connect visual clues with memory and acquire new information
- Communicate facts
- Demonstrate procedures
- Increase student interest and motivation
- Provide varying modalities of learning
- Provide reinforcement opportunities
- And so much more!
EdPuzzle is a web-based tool allowing educators to create interactive lessons posing questions to students, adding voice over to further explain a point, and assign to students through a link or through Google Classroom. Other amazing features can be unlocked by upgrading to a paid version.
Here is an example of one I used with my students to provide background information prior to reading a portion of a novel. The intent was to help students understand the importance of a point in time discussed in the upcoming chapter.
This video was found within EdPuzzle’s library of videos. I have found countless videos to help me explain, describe, or introduce a variety of topics to my students from this library. Below is a video I found in the categories section of EdPuzzle videos. There are many categories from basic to specific. This particular video was one I used to help students practice the skill of characterization.
There are plenty of videos in the library that cover specific skills. Check them out!
Now To The Exciting News!!!!!
In my best excited voice…
EdPuzzle now allows you to use YouTube videos!!!!
What does this mean? It means you can choose from millions of videos to enhance your instruction! You could even create your own videos and the emphasis the key points of a lesson with a voice over.
Think about this…
You are teaching your heart out. Students look fully engaged. You’ve put your heart and soul into this lesson and it wore you out. You look up and remember you’ve got 5 kids out with the flu. OH NO! How could you possibly recreate this amazing lesson? How will those absent students ever learn this new content? Hmm……….
How about you tape the lesson? You can even add questions throughout the video to see if they are understanding or actually paying attention. Did you know that with EdPuzzle you can add a feature to your videos that does not allow students to fast forward or skip ahead in the video? So now you are assured that the video was watched and you have questions added to check students’ understanding. You have all you need to assess their understanding and possibly see where understanding broke down.
How powerful is that?
I say it is the perfect flipped learning lesson, absent students solution, reinforcement activity, or accommodation addition that can be easily implemented in a snap.
After you click out of this blog post, take a moment and brainstorm all the possible ways this amazing tool and the addition of YouTube videos can enhance your curriculum!
I would LOVE to hear the ideas you came up with and tried! Share them here in the comments and let’s keep this power of video in the classroom conversation going.
Until the next post…