Improve Your Students' Visual Literacy with EdPuzzle

What is visual literacy?

Visual literacy, the "ability to understand, interpret and evaluate visual messages” (Bristor & Drake, 1994), needs to be an integral part of our instruction in K-12 classrooms. Our society craves visual stimulation and we need to help our students learn how to interact with images, diagrams, videos, animations, etc..
Learn how to improve your students' visual literacy skills with the free educational technology tool, EdPuzzle. Great tool for a flipped classroom!

What is EdPuzzle?

A great technology tool that can help your students with their visual literacy skills is EdPuzzle.

"EDpuzzle is an incredibly easy-to-use video platform that helps teachers save time, boost classroom engagement and improve student learning through video lessons. EDpuzzle also collects data as students watch and interact with the video. Best of all, it’s completely free!"

You can use ANY video from YouTube, Khan Academy, Learn Zillion, etc. as well as upload your own videos. You can do several things with the video you select:

• Crop the video, use only what you need for your lesson. 
• Record your voice on top of it to explain it in your own personal way, add clarifications, a warm introduction, you name it. 
• Add quizzes along the video and check if your students truly understand the lesson.

Here is an example of a video I pulled and it already marked questions (that were editable) for me! Each time you see a green question mark that means the movie stops and asks a question to see if the students are comprehending what they are viewing:

Here is an example of one of the questions:

I LOVE how EdPuzzle will give a student report at the end. You can even download and print a CSV file of your data!

Perhaps my FAVORITE aspect of this site is that you can embed your video lesson into your classroom blog or website. You can also send out just a link:

Students can login with Edmodo, Google or an EdPuzzle account. If you opt to have them sign up for an Ed Puzzle account, they do not have to provide an email address...just first name, a username and a password!

Head on over to Sweet Integration's post to learn even more about EdPuzzle!

Do you use EdPuzzle in your classroom?