WEEK 6 – eduCanon
NOTE: As of mid 2016, EduCanon has been absorbed by PlayPosit. In the meanwhile, I have been using EdPuzzle, having found it to have better functionality than EduCanone (the most important element being better feedback about how much of the video students watched and how they did with the questions). PlayPosit also absorbed the other big player in this small field … Zaption. I will be creating a 3 Minute TOOL-torial for EdPuzzle shortly. – KW 8/26/16Â
EduCanon is a powerful free tool that lets you easily add questions to a video – use it to help ensure engagement with a couple of questions while consuming learning content, or build a full quiz! EduCanon also provides functionality that lets you crop videos, and group sets of edited videos into Lessons. After you invite students to watch and answer the questions, you can monitor their progress!
Here's a 3 Minute Teaching With Tech Tutorial for eduCanon:
And here is some perspective on using using eduCanon that other teachers and technologists have published:
- Jennifer Gonzalez writes about how to Turn YouTube into a Classroom with eduCanon on her Cult of Pedagogy blog.
- Carthage College discussed Flipping Your Classroom with eduCanon on this Google Sites page.
- Here's EdShelf's eduCanon review.
REMEMBER, AFTER YOU TRY eduCanon, be sure to comment below and tell us about your experience (so you have a chance at winning one of our give aways at the end of the challenge)! What did you use it for? Was it easy? How did students like what you created?
About the Challenge:
The Try-a-Tool-a-Week Challenge started March 1st. Every Sunday through the end of May we're publishing a new web page with a new, awesome free tool to try. Everyone who provides their name and email address (click here to open the Challenge introduction page and SIGN UP) will get an email providing the link to the page. The goal is just to have fun and learn about these powerful free web applications for teaching and learning, and along the way you get the opportunity to win some giveaways we'll award at the end of the challenge to randomly selected participants! To have a chance a winning, just participate and share some observations about the tools you each week!
Week 1 was a blast with nearly 500 teachers signing up and dozens of great comments shared about Socrative, our Week 1 tool! Socrative is a popular Student Response System that students can use from just about any device.
For Week 2, more participants kept signing on and we checked out the free functionality of ed.ted.com! Creating a robust, interactive lesson based on any YouTube video or TED Talk, including a simple quiz, is easy-peasy with this outstanding tool from TED.
In Week 3, we got a 2-for-1 bonus, learning about LessonPaths and Blendspace, awesome free web apps that make it a snap to combine web content and your own content into a set of organized lesson content.
Our Week 4 Tool was Remind, a free one-way texting tool that teachers just love. And that “one way” thing is a bonus as far as many teachers are concerned, since they don't have to deal with replies. Think of it as the 2015 version of the take-home flyer or note (they can't reply to that either, right?). Quick, convenient, and far more likely to be paid attention to than pieces of paper or emails.
For Week 5 we checked out the online collaborative whiteboard from Twiddla. What makes Twiddle extra cool is the ease of use â€“ you donâ€™t need to create accounts and itâ€™s super quick to start a new whiteboard and invite someone to edit with you! You can even pull in a web site or document and notate or mark it up together.