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Edpuzzle

About Edpuzzle:

Edpuzzle is an online tool that allows you to add interactive elements to pre-recorded videos (like YouTube videos). This is a great tool for supplementing class video content, or to use for an asynchronous lesson. 
Rather than just assigning a video for your students to watch, you can add questions to the video for your students to answer, or create notes for them to read while they're watching. Students cannot continue watching the video until they've completed different benchmarks, or checkpoints you've set. By adding classes, and students to your Edpuzzle teacher account, you can then see who has completed viewing, and interacting with the video.
Interactive video elements include:
  • Open-ended questions for students to answer
  • Multiple choice questions for students to answer
  • Extra notes for students to read, or listen to (which you might include to supplement a video you found online)
  • Voiceover (as the teacher, you can choose to record your own audio over a video you've found)
Videos shared with your students from Edpuzzle can be any pre-approved videos from Youtube (or other video "channels" such as TedEd, or Kahn Academy), or even videos you record & upload yourself, such as a lecture. You can choose to find any video from Youtube, or another channel, and add your own questions/interactions to them. However, Edpuzzle also has an extensive selection of pre-created interactive videos in a variety of subjects. These is also an extensive library of Edpuzzle videos that other educators have already made interactive.

Technology Requirements:

Teachers can create Edpuzzle videos on any device. However, it is probably easiest to set up, and/or record & assign Edpuzzle videos on a laptop.

Students can watch, and interact with Edpuzzle videos on any device (iPad, or Chromebook), once they have joined your Edpuzzle class, and the video link has been shared with them. There is currently an Edpuzzle app for iPads, however reviews show that the browser version (accessed through Safari) works much better.
Students HAVE to sign in with Google in order to access teacher-assigned EdPuzzles. If they try to sign in with EdPuzzle (not Google), they will not be able to find their assigned videos, and they will not be part of your "class."
Below is a short video introduction to Edpuzzle:

Account Information:

Berkeley Carroll has a Pro Educator Account for Edpuzzle, so any teachers can access the pro features. Just sign in at https://edpuzzle.com/ with your BC Google account, click on your profile picture, and you should see that you are part of a Pro School. You can now store as many videos as you want, instead of the 20 video limit of a basic account. 

Creating an Edpuzzle Account:

You must create an account before you can create, or assign your first video on Edpuzzle. Do this by:

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  • Select "I'm a Teacher."

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  • Click "Sign in with Google" and sign in with your Berkeley Carroll email address - this is important! You can filter content specifically created by Berkeley Carroll educators, if you sign up & log in with your BC email address.
  • Make sure you are NOT clicking "Sign up with EdPuzzle" because this will create an account separate from your BC teacher account

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Signing Into Your Edpuzzle Account:

Make sure you are continuing to sign in with Google, once your account has been created. You can log into your Edpuzzle account at any time by:

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Creating an Edpuzzle Video:

The video below shows you the basics of finding a video on Edpuzzle, and adding interactive elements to it.
Tip: When you are assigning a video originally from Youtube, search for the video in Youtube first, to make sure it is approved for Berkeley Carroll. Otherwise, your students may have trouble viewing it in Edpuzzle!
You can watch this Tutorial as a video, or view it at your own pace as a scrollable list of steps (Select "View it - List" and scroll down on the dropdown menu for this option.)

 

1 Make sure you are signed into Edpuzzle. Then you can click the Search content box to do a blanket search of videos, from all Edpuzzle video sources.

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2 Or, click on the video "Channel" you want to search for videos in. For example, click Youtube to search for a video that is on Youtube

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3 Click in the Search box to search for videos in your content area, or if you know which video you want specifically, use more precise terms

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4 You can also paste a Youtube URL from the Youtube page into the Search bar, to pull up a specific video

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5 When you have found the video you want to add interactive elements to, check the box below the video

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6 Click Edit

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7 Click Questions to start adding questions to your video

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8 Click Play to start playing your video

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9 When you've reached the point in the video in which you would like to ask your students a question, click Pause on the player menu

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10 Click Multiple-choice question to add a Multiple Choice question

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11 Add your question

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12 Add your answers (you can add more answer choices than just two by clicking Add another answer choice), and make sure to select the correct answer by clicking the green checkmark

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13 Click Save to save your question

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14 Click Continue (or the Play icon) to continue playing the video, and adding more questions! 

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15 You will see where your questions are that you've added by the little tear-drop shape on the player bar

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16 Click Open-ended question to add an open-ended question to your video

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17 Click Save to save your question. Students will write in their answers to these questions, so they will not be automatically graded (you will have to review these answers later)

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18 Click Note to add your own comment (written, or audio) to the video

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19 A note is not a question for your students to answer, it is just an interjection, or comment. The video will pause at a note for your students to read it, then they will click Continue to proceed

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20 When you are done adding questions to your video, Click Finish at the top of the screenYou can then assign it to your classes.

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Here's an interactive tutorial

https://www.iorad.com/player/1689492/Edpuzzle---Adding-Questions-to-a-Video

Creating a Class on Edpuzzle, and Assigning an Edpuzzle Video:

The video below shows you how to :
  • Import Classes from Google Classroom
  • Assign Edpuzzle videos to your Classes
You can watch this Tutorial as a video, or view it at your own pace as a scrollable list of steps (Select "View it - List" and scroll down on the dropdown menu for this option.)

1 Make sure you are signed into Edpuzzle, and Click My Classes

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2 Click Google Classroom - this allows you to automatically import students from your Google Classroom, into Edpuzzle

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3 Select the class (or classes) that you want to import

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4 Click Import classes

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5 To assign an Edpuzzle video to your Class, go back to your dashboard by clicking Edpuzzle

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6 Click My Content

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7 Select the Edpuzzle video you want to assign

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8 Click Assign

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9 Select which class you want to assign the video to

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10 Select your Due Date

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11 Turn on Prevent Skipping, if you want to prevent students from skipping ahead in the video (recommended)

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12 Turn on CCs to enable optional Closed Captioning on the Edpuzzle video (recommended)

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13 Important! Turn on Post on Google Classroom to generate an automatic notification when the Edpuzzle has been assigned.

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14 Now Click Assign

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15 You will automatically see which students have been assigned this Edpuzzle video

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16 You can always go back to your student progress by Clicking Gradebook

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17 Another way to share your Edpuzzle assignment is by clicking Public Links. This is on the screen in which you select a due date, and customize the assignment.

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18 This generates a public share link. Press Copy link to copy & paste the link into any platform for your students to access.

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Here's an interactive tutorial

https://www.iorad.com/player/1689501/Edpuzzle---How-to-untitled-task-name

Below are a few more "Frequently Asked Questions" that may help you use Edpuzzle in your teaching practice:


1. Can I upload my own, "originally created" video into Edpuzzle? Do I add interactive elements to videos I create in the same way? What about screen recordings I want my students to watch?
2. Can I edit, or "cut" videos to just assign parts of them? How do I do this?
3. How do I see my student progress, and other student analytics for each Edpuzzle assignment?
4. What if I want students to record a spoken audio response to my Edpuzzle, and not do a written response?

1. Can I upload my own, "originally created" video into Edpuzzle? Do I add interactive elements to videos I create in the same way?
Yes! You can upload an original video (like a lecture) onto Edpuzzle.
And yes! You add questions to it the same way. To do this:
  • Make sure you are on the 'My Content' screen.

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  • Click "Add Content."
  • Select "Upload a Video."

  • Then upload your video file from Google Drive, or your Macbook drive (it can take a while to upload!) Once it is uploaded, it will appear in your content library, and you can add questions & notes to it like any other Edpuzzle video.

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  • To upload screen recordings you've made on your own device, install this Chrome extension. Then you will see the option to screen record for Edpuzzle next to your Chrome URL window. Tech Tip: If you use the Loom browser extension, it works pretty similarly to that.
  • After your screen recording is created, embed questions & assign the content the same you would for other videos.

2. Can I edit, or "cut" videos to just assign parts of them? How do I do this?
Yes! You can cut, or edit videos you find to whatever length you want. 
To do this:
  • Select the video you want to edit from the My Content screen.
  • Click "Edit."
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  • Then make sure you are on the 'Cut' screen (it should open to this by default).

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  • Adjust the length, or clip of the video by adjusting the blue slider underneath the video.
  • Click "Add Cut."

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3. How do I see my student progress, and other student analytics for each Edpuzzle assignment?

You can see all of this information in the "Gradebook" part of Edpuzzle. 

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Watch this video (created by Edpuzzle) with many more details on the Gradebook.

4. What if I want students to record a spoken audio response to my Edpuzzle, and not do a written response? 
This is a new feature (as of September 2021). It only works on open-ended questions (not multiple choice). 
To activate this feature for a question:
  • Toggle the “Allow answer with audio” option to “On" when you are adding an open-ended question for your students

 

Here are a few ways you might use Edpuzzle - have students...

  • Watch a video lecture you have recorded, and answer multiple choice questions on the content throughout the video
  • Watch any video you have created, or found and turned into a lesson, and answer open-ended questions throughout the video
  • Create their own Edpuzzle video! Have students find a video relating to a unit, or project & add interactive elements to it as a study tool for other students

Below are examples of Edpuzzle in practice:

(These are all pre-found videos from Youtube, with custom questions added by BC teachers):

Here are more resources from the Edpuzzle support pages:


​Do you have a specific Edpuzzle question that you can't find the answer to?
Email Help Desk: helpdesk@berkeleycarroll.org with "App Request" in the Subject Line.

Do you want to see how other educators are using Edpuzzle? Interested in updates, or how they're approaching Remote Learning? Browse their Twitter feed!

This box is to collect new, helpful updates that Edpuzzle is releasing. If you know about more updates, or are using new features for this tool let me know!


  • (January 2022) Edpuzzle Originals Edpuzzle Originals are videos created by Edpuzzle in specific content areas (including math, science, ELA & social studies). For example the 5th Grade Math Edpuzzle Originals include Edpuzzles on 'Adding and Subtracting Fractions.' Watch this video for more information. 
  • (February 2022) The EdPuzzle Chrome Extension With the EdPuzzle Chrome extension, you can easily create screen recordings for EdPuzzle. It also adds an Edpuzzle button next to YouTube videos so you can quickly start editing them in Edpuzzle, and you will get a small button under all YouTube videos so that you can quickly start editing them in Edpuzzle. Install the extension, and find more information on the EdPuzzle Chrome extension here.