When I first began using station-rotation blended learning in my classroom, I worked in a district that had purchased licenses for Compass Learning Odyssey. Compass was mainly used as a credit recovery curriculum, but I was able to pull out specific lessons relevant to the content standards I was teaching in my traditional English 9 & 10 classes. Initially, I used these lessons during the Headphones station in my classroom. (You can learn more about the Headphones Station’s role in blended learning on this blog post.)
As I began integrating more project-based learning into my classes, I discovered that sometimes I needed shorter videos or videos on topics that were not covered in Compass, such as growth mindset and 20Time project ideas. I had heard about EdPuzzle at an EdTechTeam Google Apps for Education (GAFE) Summit. I knew EdPuzzle would allow me to edit videos, add questions, and assign the video lessons to my students. I decided to try it. Since then, I have successfully used EdPuzzle many times in my high school and now middle school classes. I even use Khan Academy videos about blended learning in EdPuzzle when leading professional development about blended learning.
Malala Yousafzai Interview in EdPuzzle
Many EdPuzzle guides are available on blogs and YouTube, but I created my own set of directions combined with tips to help you get started. Good luck!
- Create a teacher account in EdPuzzle using your GSuite (GAFE) Google account.
- Create a class in EdPuzzle. Link it to your Google Classroom.
- Search for video relevant to your current unit. You can search within EdPuzzle or import an outside video.
- When vetting videos, consider how much time your students will be at the station, subtract time for students to answer questions, and then look for a video with a length close to the remaining time.
- If you find a video in EdPuzzle that already has useful questions, click Use It.
- Edit the video for your students. Here are my recommendations:
- Crop: Trim any long introductions and conclusions, such as promotions.
- Audio Track: I do not use this, but I have heard of teachers using it to narrate videos, such as sections of science documentaries
- Audio Notes: I add one to the beginning of each video to personalize it for my students. I say something like:
- Hi, seventh graders! Today you are going to watch a video about _____. You are watching this because we are learning about _____. As you watch the video, I want you to pay special attention to _____. Try your best to answer the questions and remember that you can rewind the video to review at any time.
- Quizzes: To simplify grading, I normally just use the multiple choice questions for quick comprehension checks.
- Question Mark: Open ended questions
- Checklist: Multiple choice questions
- Quote Bubble: Comments
- When you are done, click Save.
- Click Finish.
- Assign your video to a class. I recommend clicking the Prevent Skipping button and adding a due date.
- Click Send. The assignment will appear in your Google Classroom.
- When your students have completed the Headphones station, go back to EdPuzzle to grade their work. From the home page, click Assignments and then Progress.
To learn more about implementing station-rotation blending learning, please continue to explore my blog. If you have success with this strategy or have more to share, please comment below, or share on Twitter or Instagram (#tvszed and @npriester), or in the Teachers vs Zombies Facebook Group (bit.ly/tvszFB).