This tool (located at http://edpuzzle.com/) allows you to take educational videos, such as those found within Khan Academy, YouTube, National Geographic, TED (and many more) and alter them to make them your own. In what ways?
- Cropping - ever find that perfect video for you class... but it contains some small segments that are irrelevant, too complicated, or needed? EDPuzzle allows you to crop the videos down to what is really important and you want your students to see!
- Add voice commentary - EDPuzzle allows your to add your own voice commentary throughout the video; this allows you to offer further explanation, refer to a worksheet, website or book page, or relate the material to another concept you've covered with your students.
- Embed Questions - you can write your own questions and embed them to your new creation, not only at the end of the video, but throughout it if you wish. This allows for intermittent assessment.
What else is great?
This tool is free and allows you to sign-in (required to save) with your Google ID.
With all the recent snow storms and closings here in New Jersey, my mind has been thinking of ways to keep connected to students to avoid fragmented lessons. These EDPuzzle videos are perfect for self-paced learners, replicating a teacher (in case of an absence by the teacher OR the student) and even to "catch up" a single class that was missed due to an assembly or early closing.
What a great tool!