The flipped classroom model is a blended learning strategy I use to present my vocabulary, writing, and grammar instruction online. Students watch videos at home where they can control the pace of their learning, then they come to class prepared to apply that information in collaborative student-centered activities.

One thing I emphasize when I lead professional development for teachers is the importance of flipping and engaging. Instead of simply consuming information, I want students to think critically about that information. This requires that I design flipped lessons that encourage students to ask questions, analyze the information, and discuss concepts with peers asynchronously online to begin making sense of the information they are receiving at home. There are a variety of ways to do this. I authored a resource for MindShift titled “Teachers’ Guide to Using Videos,” which includes a section describing a range of strategies a teacher can employ to flip and engage.

A newer tool I’m excited to use with students come fall is EDpuzzle. Here’s how it works!

Step 1: Find the Perfect Video

Once you’ve created an account, you can search for videos using keywords or a URL.

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Step 2: Preview Your Video 

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Step 3: Customize Your Video with EDpuzzle Tools 

EDpuzzle lets you trim your video to use only the parts you want students to watch. It’s easy to eliminate advertisements and keep the video length appropriate for your age group. Teacher tip: Limit the length of a video to the age of the students you are working with.

You can add audio clips throughout a video or narrate the entire video using EDpuzzle.

EdPuzzle Features

Step 4: Add Questions to Get Students Thinking Critically

Open-ended Questions

Teachers can design open-ended questions to get students thinking more deeply about the information presented in the video. These open-ended questions are a great way to begin discussions in class the day after students have completed this assignment. Alternatively, teachers can also pair an EDpuzzle lesson with a

Alternatively, teachers can pair an EDpuzzle lesson with a TodaysMeet backchannel and ask students to share their thoughts on the open-ended questions on the backchannel in an informal asynchronous conversation.

EDpuzzle open ended question

Multiple Choice Questions

Teachers can also create multiple-choice questions to see how well students are understanding and retaining the information they are watching. This is a quick way to assess students as they watch the video. It is also a good incentive to keep students attentive as they watch.

EDpuzzle Multiple Choice

 

Step 5: See How Your Students Did On This Assignment!

The teacher dashboard makes it easy to see the assignments for each class and monitor which students have successfully completed each flipped lesson.

EDpuzzle Teacher Dashboard

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I’m always looking for fun new ways to engage my students online! If you have other tools you enjoy using to flip your classroom, please post a comment and share them!

36 Responses

  1. […] The flipped classroom model is a blended learning strategy I use to present my vocabulary, writing, and grammar instruction online. Students watch videos at home where they can control the pace of their learning, then they come to class prepared to apply that information in collaborative student-centered activities.  […]

  2. Catlin,
    What a fantastic resource! I had it up and running in less than 30 minutes.
    Thanks for posting it.

  3. […] "The flipped classroom model is a blended learning strategy I use to present my vocabulary, writing, and grammar instruction online. Students watch videos at home where they can control the pace of their learning, then they come to class prepared to apply that information in collaborative student-centered activities. "One thing I emphasize when I lead professional development for teachers is the importance of flipping and engaging. Instead of simply consuming information, I want students to think critically about that information. This requires that I design flipped lessons that encourage students to ask questions, analyze the information, and discuss concepts with peers asynchronously online to begin making sense of the information they are receiving at home."  […]

  4. Thanks for this insight, been looking into this, I teach Math and started to explore with different websites and videos.

  5. This does not seem to be a good way to introduce students to basic content, much less a complex topic. Students need to do sustained reading on their own time. In the classroom, teachers explain the content and conduct discussions.
    The ‘flipped classroom’ is one of the most counterproductive concepts I have seen in 30 years of teaching– and that is saying a lot! None of it, alas, good.

    • Learning new ways to teach is never a bad thing. These teachers had a head start when we were all shut down.

  6. Thanks. Using this tool is a blast. Consider app smashing and have kids use green screen and we video to create a narrated video.ex use 2 min of Hate clip from 1984 and they comment or analyze

  7. […] Flipped Classroom: Engaging Students with EdPuzzle. The flipped classroom model is a blended learning strategy I use to present my vocabulary, writing, and grammar instruction online. Students watch videos at home where they can control the pace of their learning, then they come to class prepared to apply that information in collaborative student-centered activities. One thing I emphasize when I lead professional development for teachers is the importance of flipping and engaging. Instead of simply consuming information, I want students to think critically about that information. This requires that I design flipped lessons that encourage students to ask questions, analyze the information, and discuss concepts with peers asynchronously online to begin making sense of the information they are receiving at home. […]

  8. […] By moving direct instruction from the class group space to the individual students’ learning spaces, time and space are freed up for the class as a learning community to explore the most difficult concepts of the course. Likewise, because students are individually responsible for learning the basics of new material, they gain regular experience with employing self-regulated learning strategies they would not have in an unflipped environment. But because initial engagement with new material is done independently as a preparation for class time rather than as its focus, many things could go wrong. If students do the assigned pre-class work but don’t acquire enough fluency with the basics—or if they simply don’t do it at all—then the in-class experience could be somewhere between lethargic and disastrous. A key to achieving this kind of environment is assessment. Flipped Learning – Griffith University. Flipped Classroom: Engaging Students with EdPuzzle. […]

  9. […] and easy to download, learn, and start using in your classroom. 4. 5. 6. 7. Also worth a look: Flipped Classroom: Engaging Students with EdPuzzle. The flipped classroom model is a blended learning strategy I use to present my vocabulary, […]

  10. […] The greatest benefit of flipped learning is the restructuring of class time, which is more of a pedagogical solution than a technological solution. However, the in-class benefit is dependent upon the utilization of technology tools. EduCanon. Zaption – Interactive Video for Learning. EDpuzzle. Flipped Classroom: Engaging Students with EdPuzzle. […]

  11. […] When Microsoft Publisher came out over twenty-five years ago, it was the first major desktop publishing effort to blend layout, colors, and multimedia that was accessible to everyone. Unfortunately, it was (and continues to be) an expensive piece of software not traditionally included in Microsoft’s Office Suite (though that changed with Office 365). That meant MS Publisher skills learned at school were rarely transferrable to a home environment. Canva changes that. Educators: Visit Canva for Education to get how-tos, lesson plans, and teacher-oriented advice. Once a template is selected, many projects can be completed in five minutes: Here’s how it works: Badges. Flipped Classroom: Engaging Students with EdPuzzle. […]

  12. Flipping your class is a fun new way to ensure your students engagement via video watching and it is a Plus if it is interactive to the users too like liveworksheets.

  13. Edpuzzle is great for me to find material and video youtube. Thanks. Flipped classroom help me to introduce all the lessons to my students. It ‘s easy and save my time to find video.

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