Bringing New Technology to the Old Classroom

Bringing New Technology to the Old Classroom

We have learned a lot in the past year. Not only did we learn how to live during a pandemic, we also learned how to teach. Teaching whether you were in-person, online, or some combination of the two was something none of us could really prepare for. However, we adapted! We found creative ways to use technology to enhance the learning experience and still meet the standards that are set before us. Even though many of us are going back to the classroom, we need to take what we learned and use it to make the classroom experience even better for students and more efficient for ourselves!

Long Live Online Platforms

Many of us found ways to use online platforms like Google Classroom to manage student resources, classwork, and assessments. With this, we hopefully learned how we can get a break from grading if we use things like Google Forms. For this reason and a few others, we need to bring the online platforms into the classroom. Not only do you have some teacher time-saving tools, you also have instant feedback for students, an accessible area to put work for students who miss class, and a parent communication tool that will keep everyone in the loop. Keeping these online platforms can make for simpler grading and better communication and organization.

Don’t Throw Away Recordings

Teachers used recording tools, like Google Meets and Zoom, to record lectures, tips and tricks, and to do read alouds. Instead of throwing Zoom in the trash (like many of us want to), you can use it to your advantage. There are going to be times students can’t be there. When that happens, all you need to do is hit the record button and then put it online when you have a moment. Then, your student who is missing as a simple recording to get them started. Plus, if they are gone for a length of time, they have a way to get caught up without having to spend hours upon hours with you before or after school.

Holding Onto New Methods

When we went virtual, teachers had new planning to do. Really, we had a whole new education system to create. Because of this, teachers found more effective ways for students to practice and access. From taking pictures to doing video recordings, students found different ways to show their knowledge. Not only does this use a different type of learning, it is also a different type of assessment which can make differentiation way easier for you!

Making Technology Part of Your Core

Instead of going back to the “same old thing,” take what you have learned and make it the center of your classroom. In the past, you may have used worksheets as the go to method of checking for understanding. With technology on your side, you can do so much more than a worksheet! With technology, you can use pictures, Prezis, games, and more to assess student understanding. If you use online platforms like Google Forms, Kahoots, or Boom Cards, you can get instant feedback to your students and ready-made reports which makes less work for you.

As teachers, we all did so much work to make it work last year. We became scholars again. Many of us spent our own money for various memberships and activities. It’s so important we don’t just throw all that work away. Take all the new you learned and make it part of the old classroom.

Returning to Classroom Processes and Procedures

Returning to Classroom Processes and Procedures

I think we can all agree that the 2020-2021 school year was more than a little stressful. Between the fear of going back to the classroom and the stress of hybrid or online teaching, we were really all over the place. We weren’t alone though. Our students were also being pulled this way and that way. So, how do we return to regular classroom processes and procedures?

Step 1: Don’t Pretend

One of the worst things we can do for ourselves and our students is pretend like this is “just another year.” It may seem like it, but in reality, we still have a lot fear. We are unsure what the pandemic has in store for us; therefore, we can’t know how long this “normal year” is going to last. Give yourself and your students the go ahead to be fearful and to ask questions and get them answered. Be open to your students’ questions and don’t lie to them. You are allowed to not know.

Step 2: Develop Simple Processes and Procedures

When students come back into your classroom, remember they haven’t been in this situation in a long time. In that time, a lot has happened to them and their families. For example, a family member may have gotten sick, laid off, or something more. We need to be sensitive to the changes our students have faced and keep everything very clear. When going over your expectations, processes, and procedures, keep is simple and do not overwhelm your students. For example, instead of throwing everything at them at one time, do what needs to be done and then move to step 3. You can come back to this step as many times as needed to get all of your processes and procedures handled.

Step 3: Bring Back the Icebreaker!

I don’t know about all of you, but I have veered away from too many icebreakers in the past few years for no reason other than I don’t care for them. This year, they are needed. We have all been very disconnected the last month. Icebreakers are a great way to reconnect. Plus, you can add a little art or writing into the activity which can help you see how well students follow directions. For example, if you have students make a shield with pictures that represent them and then have them write about it, you can see how well they follow your criteria as well as their writing abilities.

Step 4: Make Patience a Priority

Because we have been gone for so long, there are some pieces of being back in regular school that are going to be difficult. No matter how difficult it is, you need to make sure you fill up your patience tank before you come to school. You will need to remind students more often what is and what isn’t school appropriate. You will also need to give yourself more patience than you have before. Many of us haven’t been back to school for a year. We are all bound to forget something and we need to be patient with ourselves as well.

Step 5: Review! Review! Review!

This is a whole new ballgame! The pandemic has taken its toll on all of us; therefore, it’s like the first day of kindergarten all over again for our students no matter what their age. Plus, it’s like the first day of teaching for many of us!  Make sure you review all of those processes and procedures as often as possible. You can do this by doing a walkthrough before lunch, making it into a bell ringer activity, or simple talking about the processes and procedures with your students.

The 2021-2022 school year is still uncertain, so make sure everything in your classroom is crystal clear for your sanity and theirs! We are all ready to see students again no matter how frightening that can be. So, let’s embrace this opportunity to be together and to learn together. Welcome back!

ELA Super Bundles

ELA Super Bundles

Are you constantly spending time searching for updated ELA materials? Or, are you always trying to find ways for students to have FUN while learning the content? Is there an anxious feeling while trying to differentiate for each student? Don’t worry, you are not alone! It can be so hard to find engaging content that will work for all students. Thankfully, there are ELA Super Bundles ready for purchase. However, these bundles are so amazing that they won’t be available forever. The ELA Super Bundles are only available from Aug. 15-22nd. The bundles are so amazing that you are going to want to set your calendar reminder now!

Benefits of Available Bundles

Sometimes, people are hesitant to purchase bundles due to the higher upfront cost. There is often concern over the quality of all of the resources and if this justifies the cost. Thankfully, the ELA Super Bundles are filled with 90+ high-quality printable and digital resources. All of the activities are fun, engaging, worthwhile lessons! Even better, the bundles are only $20 during this exclusive sale! 

After purchasing, huge stress will be lifted due to spending less time planning. HOURS of your time will be saved with these ready-to-go resources! Even better, all of the resources bring in updated and innovative teaching strategies. For example, students will be playing digital games, finding text evidence, completing back to school digital escape rooms, learning the essay writing process, and so much more. Therefore, you will be able to read the book on your list, catch up on TV, play with your kids, or take a much-needed nap. After purchasing these bundles, say goodbye to stressing over lesson planning! 

Back to School Bundle

The incredible resources here will cover a variety of topics for only $20!  The beginning of the school year is such a busy time! Hence, teachers will never have to worry about not having an engaging lesson ready to go. Students will have access to back to school digital escape rooms, get to know me activities, EDITABLE syllabus… you name it, we’ve got it covered! Over 26 products included in this package! 

Reading Bundle 

Being an English/Language Arts teacher means you have A LOT of standards you’re responsible for covering. This is where the reading bundle comes in. From reading response journals, literature circles and finding text evidence to complete lessons on short stories, we have made sure to include it all. The 29 activities all bring in creative teaching strategies to offer full engagement. 

Writing & Grammar Bundle

There are so many moving parts when you’re an ELA teacher. Since our subject area also includes writing & grammar, we have to find a way to ensure our students grasp these skills. There is just so much to learn! Hence, this $20 bundle has 34+ activities that will break down the essay writing process (argumentative, informational, narrative), how to write a strong constructed response, parts of speech, sentence structure, and so much more!

When buying these bundles for only $20 each, tremendous stress will be lifted from your plate! Since multiple sellers came together to create these incredible bundles, they won’t be around for long. You can save hundreds of dollars and hours of time, but this is only offered from August 15th through August 22nd at 11:59 PM. This is a one-time opportunity, so be sure not to miss out!

10 LGTBQ+ Books You Should Have In Your Classroom Library

Have you ever read a book and thought, "wow I'm just like the main character"? Have you ever read a book and wished that one of the characters was a real person because they would be your best friend? Shouldn't everyone feel that way at one point or another? Having a diverse collection of books in your classroom library is extremely important. Often teachers can't control the list of books they teach to the whole class, but teachers can make sure that diverse books are available to meet the needs of their students. Here are some suggestions of LGTBQ+ young adult books that would make a great addition to any secondary classroom library. 

Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo: Camino and Yahaira are half-sisters, but neither has any idea the other exists until a plane crashes, taking their shared father with it. Camino, who lives in the Dominican Republic, was used to rarely seeing her father, while Yahaira, a lesbian who lives in New York City, knew her father took a lot of business trips. Finally meeting means piecing together his life of lies, but it also means finding someone who understands exactly what they're going through, and maybe that's exactly what they each need to help them get through it.

Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green: Two teens, one gay and one straight, meet accidentally and discover that they share the same name. The boys are complete opposites, but their lives become intertwined as one begins dating the other's best friend. The book is told from both characters’ point of view in alternating chapters. 

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz: Fifteen-year-old Aristotle (Ari) has always felt lonely and distant from people until he meets Dante , a boy from another school who teaches him how to swim. Ari’s world opens up while they discuss life, art, literature, and their Mexican-American roots. Additionally, the influence of Dante ’s warm, open family is shaping Ari’s relationship with his parents, particularly in regard to a family secret; Ari has an older brother in prison, who no one ever mentions. The story swells to a dramatic climax as Ari’s loyalties are tested, and he confronts his most deeply buried fears and desires. 

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell: It’s Simon Snow’s last year at the Watford School of Magicks, and it’s not going as planned. His magic, always unstable, has been even more unpredictable, which is bad news with the magical world’s most infamous bad guy after him. His girlfriend is distant, and he’s afraid he’ll lose touch with his best friend after graduation. But most unsettling of all, Simon’s frustrating, evil, pretty-sure-he’s-a-vampire nemesis/roommate hasn’t come back to school. Baz is probably just off plotting somewhere, but what if he’s really in trouble? And why does Simon care so much, anyway? 

The Henna Wars by Adiba Jaigirdar Bengali: Irish teen Nishat can be anything she wants to be—anything except a lesbian, that is. Her parents think she can simply "choose" to be straight. Nishat's childhood friend Flávia, a Brazilian Irish girl comes back into her life, and she instantly has a crush on her. Nishat needs to figure out if her all-consuming feelings are worth defying her parents over. 

The Gravity of Us by Phil Stamper: Cal is a Brooklyn teen and a social media phenomenon. When his passenger-pilot father gets the call from NASA to join a Mars probe program, Cal and his mother, who suffers from severe anxiety, have to move with him to Houston. Cal develops a crush on new neighbor Leon, who is battling depression. The boys fall in love but their parents are both competing for the same spot in NASA’s mission.

Cinderella is Dead by Kalynn Bayron: It’s 200 years after Cinderella found her prince, but the fairy tale is over. Teen girls are now required to appear at the Annual Ball, where the men of the kingdom select wives based on a girl’s display of finery. If a suitable match is not found, the girls not chosen are never heard from again. Sixteen-year-old Sophia would much rather marry Erin, her childhood best friend, than parade in front of suitors. At the ball, Sophia makes the desperate decision to flee, and finds herself hiding in Cinderella’s mausoleum. There, she meets Constance, the last known descendant of Cinderella and her stepsisters. Together they vow to bring down the king once and for all–and in the process, they learn that there’s more to Cinderella’s story than they ever knew.  

If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo: After surviving a brutal attack, Amanda moves from Georgia to Tennessee for the new school year. She plans to stay focused and get through senior year, but kind, attractive Grant causes a distraction that wouldn't be so bad if it weren't for her deepest secret. Amanda is transgender and no one in her new school knows. Amanda struggles to live the life of a “normal” teen. The story goes back and forth between present day and the past before Amanda moved. 

The Great American Whatever by Tim Federle: Sixteen-year-old Quinn Roberts is hiding from the world because her sister died in a car crash six months ago. Quinn is ready to give up his dreams of writing screenplays. Quinn’s best friend Geoff insists it’s time for Quinn to go out and have some fun. Geoff drags Quinn to his first college party, where instead of nursing his pain, he meets a good looking guy that he’s interested in. Quinn starts imagining a life where he’s a screenplay writer and living a happy life once again. 

The Black Flamingo by Dean Alta: Michael always knew that he was different in more ways than one. He would compare himself to the black flamingo of Cyprus. He was anatomically the same, but a standout amongst his flock. When he comes out during high school with uncertainties about what exactly his sexual preferences are, he’s faced with a lot of big questions related to his family, friends, and ultimately who he wants to be in the world as he prepares to take off to university.

Previously I wrote another post about this topic: 6 LGTBQ Books You Should Add to Your Classroom Library. Both lists of books are good for secondary students. If you have any YA book recommendations let me know. 

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3 Ways Co-Teachers Can Work Together in Distance Learning

3 Ways Co-Teachers Can Work Together in Distance Learning

Co-teaching can be so rewarding. It benefits the students with two teachers and teachers benefit from having some to constantly collaborate with, but throw in distance learning and it is a whole new ballgame. How do co-teachers work together in distance learning?  Take a look at these 3 ways to ensure the co-teaching relationship continues to benefit everyone involved!

Plan, Plan, and Plan Some More

Co-teaching is a fine art of communication. Oftentimes in the classroom, co-teachers do not even need to use words to communicate what will come next, but enter distance learning and more than ever, co-teachers need to make time to TALK.

A really effective way to make some time for those valuable discussions are to schedule check-ins, and try to make each other a priority. Be flexible and make time to check in even on unscheduled days. As an educator, you know how quickly anything can change.

Here are some  tips for your scheduled planning time. First, make the expectations together. I’m not just talking about expectations for the scholars either! Talk about what you expect from one another! Yes, you need to start with the basics because distance learning is not even close to in-person learning.  Be flexible with one another, but make sure to agree on how you will  evaluate student work, what live lessons will look like, and make decisions about who is creating the lessons. There are just so many variables in this type of learning that planning what works for your students is most vital to your co-teaching success. 

Another tip is to use FaceTime or Google Meet for planning sessions. Being able to see our co-teachers and being able to work simultaneously really does make a difference. Using Google Slides or Google Docs works really well also because you can collaborate on the same document. There are so many possibilities, but most importantly, both teachers need to be visible to our scholars, as they would be in a normal in-person classroom.

Share the Work

Alright, so you have planned and you know what you want to teach and how. Now is the time to buckle down and get it done. This is where you must share the work, but it isn’t just lesson planning. Take a look at some more ideas:

  •  Communicating with Families- We all know, as teachers in distance learning,  this communication with families is uniquely vital. Share this responsibility; don’t become overwhelmed with the amount of phone calls and emails. A quick tip, make sure to CC your co-teacher on all correspondence!  Also, document the conversations with families to talk about it in your planning meetings!

  •  Video Lessons- These types of lessons are very helpful in distance learning, so why not do them together? You would teach a lesson ping ponging ideas, so do it on a video too! (Google Meet allows you to share your screen and Screencastify records what is on your screen so those tools could help you with this!) The goal is to make both teachers visible, so even if you don’t record together, split the responsibility!

  •  Feedback for assignments- We know as teachers, feedback has to be timely to be effective, so take some time to plan how this will work and make sure to avoid it being overwhelming by sharing the workload. 

Be A Team

It is so important to remember that distance learning is a new puzzle for most of us. Co-teaching relationships take time to grow and flourish in a normal in-person classroom, but by making teamwork a priority, you are halfway to a terrific co-teaching relationship. Check out the co-teaching models and see what works for you. It is ok if what worked in the classroom doesn’t work in distance learning, just continue to  work as a team and see what works best for you. 

Possible Co-teaching Models

  •  One teach- One support-  You could have one main teacher and a moderator checking for engagement, behavior, cameras on, etc.

  •  Team Teach-  You could be equals in the lesson bouncing ideas off of each other, both teachers being leaders.

  •  Station teaching-  In this style, you divide the students into smaller groups and differentiate their learning with each teacher taking on a group. If you are using breakout rooms, you may even have an independent group that you check in on occasionally. You can share that responsibility also!

Finally, regardless of the model you choose, be a team. Use “we” when you speak to the students. Share your successes about your students. Also, make data accessible to both teachers, ensure both teachers post assignments and make sure both voices are heard.  Although distanced, our scholars need to see and hear us so continue to be rockstar co-teaching teams and use these 3 ways co-teachers can work together in distance learning!

4 Knockout Ideas for Distance Learning

 4 Knockout Ideas for Distance Learning

Distance learning can at times feel like you were put in a blender without the top on. Just because we are distanced from our students doesn’t mean we have to feel so mixed up. Take a few pointers for the 4 knockout ideas for distance learning so you don’t feel the pressure, so much!

Keep it Simple

Remain organized and keep everything simple. It really is the key to successful distance learning. Use the same lesson plan template each week. This helps to make sure students know what to expect each week. Pick a day for grammar. Be clear what the goals are each week. Be clear with due dates. Do not lower your expectations, but make them clear. If students do not turn their cameras on in virtual meetings, then make it clear from the beginning that is an expectation. Make sure students know how they are being graded and what to expect in terms of grading. How often is your gradebook updated? Do you provide feedback on all assignments? Where should they find the feedback? (I am a big fan of Google Docs comments and Kaizena if you are looking to share your voice!) 

Stay Connected

Being connected to your students is more important than ever. Showing students that you care, you are invested in their learning, and you want them to succeed is of utmost importance during distance learning. Take time to get to know them. Do the icebreaker activities and make students feel a part of the community. You can also use a website to promote and  to display student work. You need to continue to show pride in what they are accomplishing, so they do too! (Google sites are really easy to use!) You may even have a student help you maintain the website giving opportunities to students who want to do more. 

Also, make connection with families a priority. Yes, it is time consuming, but when distanced, it is even more important for families to be in the communication loop. Social emotional health is a serious issue during distance learning and being in contact with families will avoid seeing students that are often overachievers becoming slackers. Families need to know how their children are doing to be a part of the support system. There are great resources out there like Remind that allow you to stay connected without giving out your phone number! Decide what works best for you and stay connected!

Keep it Light

Distance learning should have high expectations, but when we’re in in-person class there are so many times that you go off on tangents, or play games, or even watch movies. Don’t forget all of that just because we are distanced. Do play games.  One of my favorites is Scattergories. You can easily find lists online and choose a letter! Play with words and have some fun! You can easily share game sites like Kahoot or Quizizz in synchronous time by sharing your screen.

Also, keep up with the motivation! Continue to do rewards. Even distanced, extrinsic motivation matters.

 Here are a few ideas: 

  • Play games!

  • Watch a movie together

  • Second chance on an assignment

  •  Drop lowest grade

  • Choose a recipe the teacher makes in a synchronous meeting. (Even more interesting if you’re not a great cook or a student gets to give you directions!)

  • Choose a dance the  teacher has to do synchronously. (TikTok dances are huge right now).

The possibilities are endless. Be creative. Ask the students what they want. Let them earn the rewards and not just grades.  Grades are not motivators for many students and our ultimate goal is to help our students become lifelong learners, not just pass a specific grade.

Use All the Tools

Lastly, use all of your resources.<strong>Use the technology and use your colleagues! Reach out to your technology department. Share successes and failures with others in your department or on your team. Stay in communication with guidance counselors and administrators. Find your support team within your school and utilize it. No one should have to jump into distance learning alone.  

When distanced, your world is upside down.
 Don’t let it bog you down. Get creative and use the 4 knockout ideas for distance learning here.  Be flexible and reflective and distance learning could be one of your best years yet!

3 Ways to Use Classroom Libraries with COVID Concerns

3 Ways to Use Classroom Libraries with COVID Concerns


Independent reading is a huge part of English classrooms. With COVID 19 lurking, English teachers need to make some changes to using their classroom libraries. Don’t worry though, with these simple steps, independent reading and book choice can absolutely continue in your classroom!  

Here are 3 ways to continue to use your classroom library with COVID concerns.

Digital Checkout System

Scholars love to peruse our books, touch them, read the back, flip through to see how many chapters, or to read a few pages to evaluate their interest. This feels like a big downfall with COVID, as we don’t want our students touching the books and returning them for someone else to touch. However, there is always a solution!  You can use a digital checkout system. There are some great ones for organizing classroom libraries and many of them are free! 

  •  Booksource or Libib are great choices. Even better, take the time to inventory your library in one of these systems and use it forever! It may take time in the beginning if your library is large, but totally worth it in the end. 

  • If you know you don’t have the time to set up something like a digital inventory, use Google Slides to introduce a few books at a time. You can have an image, a few pages, and the back cover! This sounds like a great project for students to do too! Can we say book reviews? Our students would be so proud if you were to reuse their work as a classroom library preview! 

  • Another option is using Google forms for check out. If a student wants to check out a book, have them fill out the form and then you can document check out, check in, and everything in between. Simple and effective. 

  • If you're going for simple, have students search titles and descriptions of books in your library on the Internet and that could still be touchless without any of the work on your end!

72 Hour Rule

Now that you have options for check out, let’s talk safety. When a child takes a book home during this pandemic, you may shudder by the thought of it being returned. However, COVID-19 is being studied in multiple settings and reports are claiming that the virus does not continue to live on paper or books after 72 hours. This is great news for classroom libraries. Here are some more ways to keep the library safe for everyone:

  •  Use clear contact paper for your covers so when it is returned the student simply wipes down the cover with a disinfectant wipe. Then it must go into quarantine before the next student can use it. Lysol and other sprays are not recommended, but you can also wipe down the book with a disinfecting wipe.

  • When a book is returned, have the student place it in a specific box for quarantine. You will need a few plastic boxes or you can even use ziplock bags! Mark the date on the plastic with a post-it or an expo marker! 

  • Make your procedures for checking in books clear and make check in days only on Mondays. This helps especially if you do First Chapter Friday, because the books could potentially stay in quarantine for a week making them even safer. If you always choose Monday, the time in quarantine is documented in a very organized way.

Go Digital

If you still feel uneasy about continuing to use your classroom library, there is always the option to go digital.

  • Check out digital library sites like, which has tons to choose from.

  • Find the tons of free PDFs online that are easily accessible. This is especially true for the classics.

  • Lastly, most libraries allow you to borrow ebooks. It may take a lesson or two, but students could easily keep reading your favorites from the safety of their personal devices. 

Safety is obviously number one priority, but students need to be reading. Some libraries remain closed and our students continue to see us as the experts on what they should be reading. (Of course, because we are!) Keep the recommendations coming and keep the books flowing.  Keep using your classroom library with COVID concerns, but do it with precaution and preparation!. COVID has changed our lives, but literacy lives on!

Flipgrid, Edpuzzle, Screencastify, Oh My!

                                            Flipgrid, Edpuzzle, Screencastify, Oh My!

Technology is fascinating and teachers are always trying to find the latest and greatest. Well, you’ve come to the right place!  Flipgrid, Edpuzzle, and Screencastify are three of the best tools for all ages of learners and easily accessible by teachers and students alike! Check out all of the details on these great tech platforms!


Looking for something original for your students? Flipgrid is totally the way to go. This platform allows students to respond in various prompts by using short videos of themselves. They can trim them, add stickers, and even take a selfie to use as the cover shot. The process is super simple and easy to follow. 

A few more tips to get started:

  • Your classes are called “grids” and students are given a code to join!

  •  When you post a topic, you control all aspects. 

  • There are various filters, you control student responses to one another and you can even preview videos before they post to your class. 

  • You can even link outside sources to your topics and students can do the same if they need support for what they are discussing!

  • You can check out the “Disco Library” for premade prompts to share with your class. 

Here are a few ideas on ways to use Flipgrid in your class!

  1. Build student portfolios. Allow students to reflect on their work by explaining what they have learned through the process. What a valuable tool!

  2. Reteaching! Mastery happens when you can teach someone else. Allow students an option of creating a video teaching a concept to prove they understand it fully!

  3. Guest Speakers! You can invite authors or really any valuable speaker to join and have conversations with your students through Flipgrid!

  4. Vocabulary work! Students record videos for their classmates defining new vocabulary words. This packs a punch in the learning department.

  5. Exit tickets get a brand new look! What a great way to reflect on what students have learned by using videos

  6. Speaking standards are definitely covered by using this tool!

  7. Icebreakers! What better way to meet your students! One of the classics is would you rather questions and you can find them in the library of resources already created!

  8.  Book Reviews! Check out the blog post: WAYS TO USE FLIPGRID TO SHOWCASE BOOKS to read even more about how to do this on Flipgrid!

Edpuzzle is this exceptional tool that uses YouTube videos, Ted Talks,  Khan Academy, and your very own videos to teach all of your standards! The best part of Edpuzzle is the customized questions. There are editing tools that allow you to add the questions wherever you want students to stop and think and they are absolutely required for the student to move on. You can make multiple choice or short answer. There is also the option to copy videos from other Edpuzzle users (your own school included). You can copy videos with questions or without, but don’t worry if the questions don’t fit what you need, you can just edit them in your copy of the video!

Here are few of my favorite ways to use Edpuzzle:

  1. Teaching plot elements, or characterization with short animated videos. Think Pixar shorts or short CGI films! Check out, “Don’t Croak” by Daun Kim or “First Comes Love” by Daniel Ceballos for all of your plot needs! 

  2. Use music mashups to teach poetic elements. There are a bunch of already created YouTube videos to choose from!

  3. Edpuzzle videos are also great for substitute plans and engaging for the students too!

  4. Instructional videos created by me as a resource they can rewatch over and over again!

Edpuzzle takes the art of using videos to teach to the next level with the ability to use questions, edit and cut videos and there is even an option for voiceover. Check it out at: Edpuzzle


Oh my, this one is a staple in my teaching as well. Screencastify is a simple to use video recording tool. It simply records your screen as you are talking. Google Slides works well for this, but you can show anything on your screen! You can opt to use the camera option and you will appear on the screen as you talk through your lesson. The free version does limit how many minutes you have, but the paid version is completely unlimited. 

If you have ever thought about any of the following, you need screencastify:

  • Have you ever thought about flipping your classroom? You will need screencastify. These can be the instructional videos students watch at home to work the next day.

  • If you ever wanted to use instructional videos for students to work in stations with, screencastify is your new best friend. 

  • Ever wanted your own YouTube channel of resources? Use screencastify to create them!

  • Have a  substitute in the room, but want your students to hear your lesson? Screencastify it is!

  • If you want to use  Edpuzzle,  but with your own videos, you can screencastify and upload then upload them into Edpuzzle and add your custom questions!

The possibilities are endless with
Flipgrid, Edpuzzle and Screencastify. Using them all together in your teaching will put you at the top of your game and make our students excited about learning. Oh my!


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