“VideoAnt” (Classroom Discussion through Video)

In Ed Tech class this week, we explored different applications that could be used in the classroom to facilitate discussion and be more hands-on than other technology we might be inclined to use. In addition, we were able to manipulate and edit videos that have already been created in order to build a lesson, advance communication between teacher and student as well as peer-to-peer, and find new and exciting ways to use old content.

The application that I decided to explore specifically is called “VideoAnt.” VideoAnt allows for a creator to take a video that has been previously made and essentially engage in discussion with the video and other people who can view it as well. I decided to pick a video titled “Even and Odd Numbers:  1st grade and 2nd grade Math Lessons.” I thought that I could potentially use it in my field experience classroom right now. I was also curious to see how a video lesson was trying to teach even and odd numbers. All in all, I was pleased by the actual video but I have mixed emotions about VideoAnt.

VideoAnt allows for the video to play while the teacher or editor can comment. With each comment that is made, a bar appears on the bottom of the video screen and the comment becomes bold as the video plays through. People who view the video can add comments, but the video has to be refreshed every time to see new comments. Additionally, when the video is refreshed, the video starts over and the viewer must click on the time stamp of a comment to return to that spot. Therefore, I found the application to be fun and easy to use in terms of commenting on the video, but the physical video was not editable and the comments simply appeared alongside the video but did not affect the viewing of the video. VideoAnt could be a good application for homework (students could view and add comments) and then discussion could be had based on the comments or questions that were shared.

*I only did a couple minutes of the 13 minute video just so people can get the idea of the application!

Happy creating!

Seed Germination Lesson

I created a seed germination lesson based on the app “Ed Puzzle.” Ed puzzle is a site that posts interactive videos for students to watch. There are options where you can pause and the site will ask questions about what has been previously viewed. As a teacher, I would use an Ed Puzzle video on seed germination  in a second grade classroom during a science unit on plant growth. Before presenting students with the video, I would assign a class project where students planted their own seeds in small  plastic containers, and placed them under the classroom windowsill to get light. As the unit would progress and the seed began to grow,  students would make observations in their science journals about what they noticed.

Metamorphosis of a Butterfly TedEd Video

For my lesson, I found a TedEd Video of the metamorphosis of a butterfly because my current field placement has been discussing life cycles this entire year. I thought this could be the introduction to a new unit on butterflies for the end of the year. So far they have done owls, frogs, worms, chicks, and many more animals. I liked this video because it had a lot of basic facts that a kindergartener could understand and could help them get used to using the internet to learn new facts. The use of pictures is helpful for younger grades that are not able to read as much and a video is an alternative to this.

Gravity VideoAnt

For my video lesson I used video ant to add question to a video made by crash course about gravity. I think this is a great resource to have as a teacher because it allows you to add discussion questions directly onto a video and also allows your students to respond back to your question directly or add on to peer’s responses.
I think videoant can be a very useful tool because it can be used to allow your students to react to the video and get their thoughts down while watching the video. I think that this could be really beneficial for the students who have great thoughts to add to the discussion but are too afraid to speak up in class. This app allows them to write down all their responses which allows the teacher to go back and see all students thinking.
Another plus to this app is that it is simple and easy to use for both the student and the teacher and is easy to export and share with others. However, one major downfall I saw with this app is that I was not able to see new comments without refreshing the page which is a little frustrating and not the best for discussion based in response to peers but could easily be worked around I believe.

Planning a Lesson on TEDEd

This lesson is my first attempt in using TED Ed for planning a lesson. I am planning this based on a unit my current placement did on the solar system and the planets. They used this particular video just to get the kindergarteners excited and give them some basic fast facts that they could write about. This TED Ed lesson extends this fun song by adding questions (“Think”) for after the viewing. There is also a section where I added a spot for children to “Dig Deeper” and learn more, from sites like NASA. I then added a singular “Discussion” question to further the students thinking about our solar system.

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Click the image below for a TED Ed lesson on masculinity – there you will find multiple choice, short answer, and discussion questions centered on the video.

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50 States and Capitols Edpuzzle Lesson

I chose to use Edpuzzle to create a video lesson. I found this website to be very easy to use with some really fun features. You can use videos from a lot of different websites such as youtube, Ted Talks, Khan academy, etc.. You are able to shorten the videos, add comments, overlay your voice to create your own content that goes along with the picture content in the video and add questions or comments for the students to answer.

The video I created was based on a 50 states and capitols video I found and I added some fun questions that you can test yourself with.

Edpuzzle Review

Edpuzzle is a fantastic idea for the classroom. There are so many ways this video lesson can be used in the classroom by teachers and students. Edpuzzle offers an interactive experience that will engage the students in what they are learning. There are multiple features that an be added to any video a teacher or students is sharing. There is an option to narrate or add audio notes at any point of the video which will help students with extra information on top of the video for clarification. Videos can also be cut to keep students interested for the right amount of time. My favorite feature is the opportunity to place questions at any moment in the video. The video will pause and then a question will appear. This keeps students accountable for doing their work.

Here is my video. I would definitely use Edpuzzle in my future classroom!


Edpuzzle is a fun way for teachers to make video lessons for their students. Teachers can find educational videos on Edpuzzle or make their own, and then edit them on this website. Edpuzzle first allows you to trim the video down in order to make it shorter and eliminate unnecessary clips. Then, you can either add an audio track over the whole video, or just audio notes during certain parts of the video. I did not do this because my video is a song. Finally, Edpuzzle allows you to insert quiz questions at the end of your video for students to answer. Once you have finished editing, you can select which class must watch the video, disable the option for them to skip the video, and add the due date. This is a great resource to use to create at-home practice work for your students. I definitely think I will use Edpuzzle in the future!!

Here is my video:

It’s All About Density – Oil and Water

This science lesson was created using EdPuzzle which is a  website that allows you to pick a video, add audio recording, and insert quizzes to check student understanding. For my particular lesson, i chose a video about density because it was humorous to watch yet informative. My fourth graders in my field experience class would love this video because it does not just have content, but it also has an animated character who gets into a lot of trouble. This engaging animation helps students connect with the video because they aren’t sure what the character will do next. In the process of being engaged, they will gain new vocabulary and will be checked through the added media.

This gives students a picture of what density is and how simple objects in their environment are more dense than others. For this video below, you will notice I used a combination of quizzes spread throughout and audio recording. In my personal opinion, I liked this combination, because it adds the teachers’ voice into the video rather than having the teacher pause. Since it is integrated into the lesson, the students may think it’s apart of the video and be more likely to listen.  For future lessons, I intend to use this program as it is easy to use, contains multiple ways to check student understanding, and can be shared easily.

Lesson Planning Just Got A Little More Fun

This place value lesson was created on TED-ED and was made for 1st-3rd graders. Place value can be an extremely difficult concept to master especially when students are provided with only blocks, pencils and paper to help them. This place value song is catchy and offers visuals and fun word problems to help students connect to the content. After students watch the video they are given multiple choice questions that work as a brief online formative assessment to check for understanding. Students may also visit the Khan Academy link for more assistance and practice problems to help drive home this concept. Finally students can participate in an online discussion and can work through the challenge problem as a class. This is a great way to encourage parents and their child to engage in the content material at home. I will certainly be using TED-Ed in the future!

Using TED Ed to Make Lessons

TED Ed is a rather nice way to create video-based lesson, as it provides and easy to pick up framework for doing so. The system provides users with a method to add questions, discussions, an comments of your own surrounding any youtube video you wish. When released to your students (who either enter their own names or can create an account of their own), you can track their responses to questions, their additions to discussions, and direct them to hints when they make incorrect answers. You can view my lesson here.

The TED Ed system is really quite great, aside from the bugs that plague it. I experienced issues updating the correct answers to questions and embedding links that could not be solved except perhaps by redoing the entire lesson from scratch. While these bugs aren’t bad enough to make the app unusable, they’re definitely something to keep in mind.