In my latest BamRadio Network EdWords blog post, I explain how teachers can stop lecturing to meet the needs of today’s students. Instead, they can use Google Classroom to get the most out of blended learning.
Strategy 1: Never Project to the Whole Class
Student devices and simple strategies render whole-class video projection obsolete. When students view video individually, they can watch at their own pace by pausing and rewinding. They can be assessed and engaged at their own pace.
A video projected to the whole class lives in the recesses of students’ memories where it can be forgotten or misremembered. A video shared for individualized viewing will live on a teacher website, LMS or, preferably, Google Classroom. There students can access it anywhere, anytime. The time for whole-class projection is over. No 1:1 devices? Try a computer lab.
Strategy 2: Take Advantage of YouTube Beyond Pressing Play
Teachers can make their own videos for free using their device’s built-in webcam and Screencastify. Beyond simply uploading and sharing videos, there are four components of YouTube teachers should take advantage of:
Teachers can add text boxes to their videos using annotations. This is a great opportunity to point students to further resources or scaffold content conveyed in video. This is what it looks like:
Cards appear in the upper-right corner of a video. They link to other videos. This is a great way to point students to another resource. Notice the use of an annotation and a card in this video:
Here I demonstrate adding cards and annotations to a YouTube video:
A YouTube video thumbnail appears when a video comes up in search results or is embedded on a website. YouTube gives users three thumbnails to choose from when uploading a video. Each is a paused moment from the video. They rarely look good. Users can also upload a custom thumbnail.
It is helpful to students to have an image and title on a custom thumbnail. I design mine using Google Slides (keeping the default 16:9 ratio in page setup) and then screen capture them to create an image. Google Drawings works too. I have made custom thumbnails for the first video in each of my playlists:
Watch as I demonstrate how to add a custom thumbnail to a YouTube video:
My playlist, Student-Centered and Future Ready, contains videos created by others. YouTube users can make playlists using all videos on YouTube, not just their own. This is a great way to easily curate and share videos with students. Creating playlists and adding videos to them is as easy as clicking “Add to” in any YouTube video:
Strategy 3: Use DragonTape to Edit and Curate YouTube Videos
Is there a great video for your next lesson that has a moment of inappropriate content? Do you want students to watch that video with the offensive content magically removed? That’s what DragonTape does. DragonTape lets users make mix-tapes using YouTube videos. The magic is that users can crop videos and insert clips from the same video over and over again. This means a YouTube video can be cropped in infinite ways. Teachers can also use DragonTape to curate videos like they would playlists in YouTube.
Strategy 4: Use TED-Ed to Add Assessment and Engagement
TED-Ed is a great tool to add assessment questions, discussion prompts, and links to further resources after students watch a video.
Don’t have time to create a TED-Ed lesson? Search through their more than 150,000 lessons to see if they have what you need.
Strategy 5: Use EDPuzzle to Add Assessment and Engagement
EdPuzzle allows teachers to add assessment questions and their own voice to videos as students watch them. This is what a student sees when watching a video in EdPuzzle:
Don’t have time to create an EdPuzzle lesson? Search through the many lessons other teachers have created!
If you would like to discuss these strategies further, please comment below or tweet me at @edtechtom. Thank you for reading.
YouTube, the second largest search engine, is a transcendent resource for educators. TEDEd is a great tool for engaging and assessing students after they watch YouTube videos. There is another great resource for ensuring students are getting it as they watch. This tool gives teachers the ability to add explanations during videos while individual students watch at their own pace. This free tool, EDpuzzle, is a great way to enrich video instruction.
To get started, go to EDpuzzle. Create a free teacher account:
Use your school account to sign up. Edpuzzle has a “sign in with Google” feature that is great for GAFE schools. Students also have to set up accounts to log-in. This means teachers can easily keep track of assessment data.
Create classes and enroll students by sharing a unique class code, just like Google Classroom:
This brings the teacher to “My Content” where lessons are stored:
To make a lesson with a YouTube video:
An editor opens that looks like this:
Teachers can add short-answer and multiple choice questions. To add a multiple choice question:
Another good option for teachers is audio notes:
EdPuzzle gives teachers the option to delete and re-record audio notes to get them just right. Teachers can also add a separate audio track:
One Extra Benefit of EdPuzzle
EdPuzzle just added a “Share to Google Classroom” button:
YouTube is a great resource for teachers. However, it has nothing to ensure students are learning and engaged while watching. EdPuzzle changes that. Use it to make YouTube a powerful tool for your students. This is the EdPuzzle lesson I made in this post. If you have any questions about it, please comment below or tweet me at @edtechtom. The video is The Forgotten War Hero – Milunka Savic by The Great War. It is well worth watching: