Edpuzzle & Screencast-O-Matic Helping with Differentiation



Over the Summer, like any other teacher, I didn't stop working. I had a baby on the way and I signed up to teach summer school. I also signed up to help with the math curriculum district team and we met over the summer as well. All in all, I was having another busy summer. Then my principal asked me if I wanted to take part in the Google Summit in early August. I thought to myself, "I need to relax for a bit before the baby comes and the school year starts." However, I wanted to stay up to date with technology and I felt a couple days of training couldn't hurt. I said to my principal, "I would love to!" After the training, I am glad I went!


Edpuzzle is one of the best tools I learned out of many different topics at the Google Summit. In a nutshell, Edpuzzle allows you to use videos, either created or found on websites like YouTube or Khan Academy, and embed them with any questions you want! During the session, while I was learning this, I saw the endless possibilities on how it can be used in class. Edpuzzle allows you to differentiate videos for any students you need and input questions that are based on the video and Common Core! I also realized you can use the same video for everyone, but scaffold the questions based on the differentiation needed for your students! It makes the learning visual, auditory, and differentiated! I wouldn't say its kinesthetic because it's on the computer, but it is a different way than using worksheets to create differentiation. 


Another session at the Google summit was about Screencastify. If you want to know more about ways to use Screencastify, I suggest you read Louden Clear in Education's Blog post, "Four Ways Teachers can use Screencastify in the Classroom." As I was listening and learning about Screencastify, I remembered a similar program in one of my graduate classes. The program is called Screencast-O-Matic. You can use it like Screencastify! The programs are very similar, but they do have small differences. They both have a free option to use and I believe that is amazing! The major difference that made me choose Screencast-O-Matic was the unlimited videos I can make compared to only 50 a month on Screencastify. Not to say that should deter you, but I would rather have the option if needed. Both cap their video lengths at 15 minutes which I feel is perfect for our students!

The reason why I bring up Screencast-O-Matic is that it works perfectly with Edpuzzle! Yes, you can find videos that are potentially good enough and hit the standards you need, however, with Screencast-O-Matic, you can create the video lessons yourself and personalize to hit the standards with your class. You are allowed to upload it to your computer or even YouTube! I created a private YouTube channel that only connects to my Edpuzzle account. This takes away any possible buffering issue you might have if you chose to store the video elsewhere. 

For example, the video below is one of lessons I did about multiplication.



It shows a screenshot of a video lesson that I created for the class about multiplying with the standard method. You can also see that I have questions at specific spots of the video. Since I am the one who created the video, I can create quality questions that will help the students comprehend the topic at hand. I do have another video lesson that is about multiplying, but it uses the partial product instead of the standard method. By creating the videos based on my student's levels, I will be able to differentiate better in class. 

With all the MAJOR BENEFITS that come with this, there is always a drawback to the amazing material. And those are prepping and planning! :( As I said on my Facebook Page, "Sunday is The Teacher's Unpaid Workday!" This couldn't be truer when it comes to doing things like this. I did a lot of this in September and October, but it just took a toll on me to do this. Since then, I use it less, but with more purpose. Instead of multiple subjects and multiple standards, I focus on fewer and shorter videos with one standard in mind that allows for more differentiation. It does cut the planning and prepping time and still allows me to use the innovative ways of teaching. When I make my videos, I use what my students called, "The Ladybug." It is a Document Camera that attaches to the computer. The "Ladybug" is actually called, "Lumens DC125 Ladibug 30fps HD Lightweight Document Camera." Here is the Amazon Link. It is a pricey item, but it shows a live time display and it is very easy to use! Any other document camera will do just fine!

If you have questions about either Edpuzzle or Screencast-O-Matic, I would gladly answer to the best of my ability! Please follow my website with your email! Better yet, like and follow my Facebook! I also have a Pinterest, Instagram, and Twitter too!


2 comments:

  1. I like this idea to use screencapturing and edpuzzle together to create personalized videos with built in questions. Have you tried letting the students create a video and ask questions for their peers. This would be a poweful study guide before a test

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  2. Great idea! I should try that at the end of the year! Thanks!

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