I have used the app only a few times and have really enjoyed some of its features. For example, students can sign in very easily if they have a Google account or they can sign in by using a code to join a teacher’s specific class. Once students have joined your class, any of the content that you assign, you will receive feedback on your teacher dashboard. I have not yet used this feature with my students. I have, however, provide them with a link and had them watch the video and answer the questions. I found this to still hold the students accountable, yet I was not collecting data from their scores. I like that students can control the video themselves. If they need to rewatch portions to help them answer the questions, they are able to do so.
I did encounter some trouble with the app, but I am not sure if it’s directly related to the app vs. our district’s network. Since I am working with elementary students, they have limited access to the internet for obvious safety reasons. With that being said, Youtube is blocked for them in all instances, but with EdPuzzle, it makes it possible for students to view these videos independently. Another issue that came up was finding videos that fit the content. In most cases, the link that be put into the search bar and it will pull up the video that were you trying to use or you can even search by topic and browse for something that fits your needs.
Overall, the app is very user-friendly. Below you can see an example of me creating a video using EdPuzzle.
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Here is an example of a completed assignment for students using "Casey at the Bat."
Jenny spoke to you about about EdPuzzle, I’m going to introduce you to Play Posit, (formerly Educannon). This is a very similar Google App. You really just need to play with them both to see which version you like best. I have found Play Posit to be a really useful tool in the classroom. My students love to watch movies and they are always excited when I pull up a movie to help enforce a concept. I have noticed though that students don’t seem to retain anything from the movie. I think they get lost in the visual appeal. I think they spend so much time vegging out in front of the television that a class movie can have a similar effect. It seems to almost tell their brain to stop paying attention. Play Postit allows me to have students closely read the movie. I can force them to pay attention and require them to walk away retaining information. Play Postit has made videos a useful learning tool.
What I love about this tool is that I can take any YouTube video, or a video I created myself, and I can add questions. I choose places I want the video to stop, and put in a multiple choice, free response, or a reflective pause question. I have never tried the reflective pause questions, but I have used the other two and find both of them extremely useful. My students are actually learning via the videos instead of just watching a video. There are a few features you could access if you upgrade to a premium account, but since I’m not using the app to gather specific data, I don’t find the upgrade needed. I really just love how it helps teach my students that they need to pay attention to the videos.
Take a look at this video I ran through Play Posit.