Illustration by Edpuzzle Staff
If you have ten minutes, you have the time to learn something that’s going to rock your teaching world.
Sorting through the flotsam and jetsam of edtech tools can be overwhelming. With so many available options, it can start to feel like playing Whac-A-Mole – as soon as you’ve mastered one, another pops up.
Edpuzzle, in our humble opinion, is something we hope you’ll be able to keep in your blended learning toolbox for a long time.
Why, you ask? It allows you to easily flip your classroom with its library of thousands of gorgeous, editable video lessons, and you can even upload your own.
It’s already shaking things up across schools in all 50 states, which beyond being cool to say goes to show that teachers and students are excited about Edpuzzle. The proof is in the pudding!
So, ready to make your teaching life easier and your students and parents happier? Let’s saddle up and learn how to set up Edpuzzle in just ten minutes.
What is Edpuzzle?
Edpuzzle is an easy-to-use flipped learning platform. One video at a time, you’ll be able to see your students’ engagement go through the roof.
In a nutshell, with Edpuzzle you can select a video, add your own questions, comments and narration, and then assign it to your students.
Choose from videos on YouTube, Crash Course, Khan Academy, TED Talks and National Geographic, among others. If the mood strikes you, you can always record your own video!
Sound good so far? Wait till you see what happens next.
As your students start watching your videos and answering the questions, you’ll be able to see their results roll in in real time.
Get data on how many questions each student answered correctly, how many times they viewed each portion of the video and how much time they took to complete it. All of this information along with your grades will be stored in Edpuzzle’s online Gradebook, which you can export in just one click.
Still with us? One last thing – Edpuzzle is free for teachers and students, so you’ve got nothing to lose if you just want to play around with it a little before committing to using it in the classroom. Try it out … what have you got to lose other than ten minutes?
How to sign up for Edpuzzle
First things first – head over to the Edpuzzle home page. Then, click on the big blue “Sign up” button.
Choose “Sign up as a teacher” (although you can always create another student account later if you’re interested in joining another Edpuzzle class as a student).
Now, you’ve got two choices. If your school uses Google Classroom, you should click on “Sign up with Google.” If you’re not interested in integrating Edpuzzle with Google Classroom, you can create an Edpuzzle account. You’ll need to provide your first and last names and email address, and create a password.
Next, Edpuzzle will ask you if you have a referral code from another teacher (which is just optional but will increase your storage space on Edpuzzle by three more videos!), and on the next screen, you’ll select your email contact preferences.
Finally, you’ll need to enter your school name by either choosing it from the list or adding it if it doesn’t appear. Select your subject area and click “Join School.” It’s as easy as that.
Now that you’re in, you’ll see a blue banner at the top of the page reminding you to verify your email address by going to your inbox and clicking on the link in the email Edpuzzle sent you. Make sure not to skip this step!
When all is said and done, it actually takes longer to explain the sign-up process than to sign up for yourself, which should only take you about a minute.
You’re all ready to find your first video now!
How to assign your first video on Edpuzzle
Now, for the fun part – finding, editing and assigning your very first video lesson.
In the home screen, you can use the search bar in the upper left-hand corner to search across all channels, or click on a specific one (National Geographic, YouTube, Khan Academy, etc.) to only see that content.
The Edpuzzle channel, for example, will show you the videos that all the other teachers on Edpuzzle have been working on.
Once you’ve found a video you think your students will love, click on “Edit” (either the pencil icon or the blue “Edit” button if you’re in watch mode).
Now, you can crop the video, add multiple-choice questions, open-ended questions and notes with the “Quizzes” button, and even add your own voice through audio notes or voiceover!
Inserting a quick audio note is a great way to make sure your students are still paying attention, and to freak them out with a message like, “You better still be paying attention, because I’m watching you (virtually).”
Again, it takes longer to explain the process than to actually do it, but you can find and edit a video for your students in less than five minutes!
When you’re done editing your video, click “Finish” which will open up a pop-up window so you can assign it to your class. Choose the start date and due date, as well as the time for each, then click on “Add new class” and give your first class a name. Click on “Assign” and your video will be all ready for your students!
The last thing you have to do is invite your students to your class. To do this, just click on “My Classes” in the upper right-hand corner and then on “Invite students.” You’ll get a class code to share with your students that they’ll need to enter when they sign up, or just send them the link.
They’ll find their video lesson waiting for them as soon as they log in, and you’ll get to watch their results arrive in real time. What’s not to love about that?
The bottom line
If you’re looking for a quick, painless, fun and engaging way to flip your classroom, Edpuzzle is a fantastic place to start. You can get set up with Edpuzzle in less than ten minutes, thanks to its easy-to-use, intuitive design, and start seeing results with your students right away.
While it may be easy for us to sing Edpuzzle’s praises, you should know that the team behind the scenes is made up of former teachers who know exactly how intimidating it can be to start using a new edtech platform or flipping a class for the first time.
So, the reason why it’s so easy for us to talk about how much we love Edpuzzle is because it’s what we would have loved to have when we were teaching, and we made it with you in mind. We truly believe it has the power to make your life easier and help your students learn like never before.
After all, nothing is more precious to teachers than time, and this is a way to get more of it for yourself and your students.