Quim Sabria. Photo credit: Luke Quesnell
Edpuzzle Co-Founder and CEO Quim Sabrià spoke with Markos Papadatos of Digital Journal about the biggest challenges in the education sector when it comes to student assessment tools and why integrating new technologies is the key. key to maintaining student attention and success.
The main takeaway from my conversation with Sabrià is that the ability to deliver a lesson quickly is a major obstacle to maintaining teacher and student attention. “It is well known that teachers spend too much time planning lessons,” he explained.
“When it comes to assessment tools, teachers don’t want to spend that kind of time figuring out how to use the platform or finding good content. If they spend too much time, there is no benefit in using the platform.
Edpuzzle, for example, aims for teachers to have an up and running lesson plan in less than five minutes. “We allow teachers to upload videos they find on YouTube, copy a lesson that another teacher has already created, or choose from our Edpuzzle Originals library. With one click, you can prepare a video lesson for your next class.
Sabrià says that while the ‘perfect video’ doesn’t exist, the platform offers teachers a free screen recording tool where they can record their slides and embed questions in one go, making it super easy. the use of video as a learning tool.
Recognizing that there are still academic institutions or even teachers who are not quite comfortable with introducing “technology” into the classroom, there is a certain balance between the degree of immersion what brings a tool like Edpuzzle in relation to the lesson itself which must be correctly absorbed by the students.
“Traditional education is no longer an option,” Sabrià explains, as students learn everything on YouTube. “It’s visual, adapted to your pace and fast. Instead of battling technology, teachers are adapting and realizing the benefits of using video in the classroom.
However, he cautions that teachers need to think about how students will use class time in their efforts to prevent and / or minimize technical fatigue.
“There may be a scenario where teachers can assign the videos to watch at home and use the classroom time for more meaningful non-tech activities,” he explained. “Another option would be to use the video in a rotating station model allowing students to learn the same concept in a variety of ways. Each class has its own balance and technology is at the service of the teacher in the room.
Beyond the four walls
Perhaps the most recent change in the industry is the fact that teaching is no longer confined to the four walls of the classroom, where students can control their learning preferences. Think of the traditional classroom where a teacher stands in front of the class, giving instructions for 30 minutes, hoping the students follow. Inevitably, some students will fall behind and the teacher will need more energy and time to make sure they are caught up.
“And what does that do?” Decreases results for the whole class, where some students start to lose interest. Edpuzzle and video technology is completely changing that landscape, according to the CEO.
“Teachers use video to convey basic concepts that all students need to understand, while students learn at their own pace at home or in the classroom. At the end of the day, the teacher is able to empower students through Edpuzzle by allowing students to review entire videos, answer embedded questions, and access the video whenever they want to review concepts. previous ones. The analyzes provided by the platform help to give visibility to
misunderstandings of each student, which makes the teacher more effective in the classroom.
From a student’s perspective, the most appealing part of using an assessment tool like this is of course the integration of social media. YouTube was a game-changer for the millennials, inspiring everyone to “think outside the box” and want to learn to do things themselves.
Edpuzzle’s ability to embed YouTube videos into lessons allows students to take ownership of their learning, rather than sitting passively in a classroom listening to the teacher. Learning by doing is a hugely effective method, so the ability of students to interact with teaching and learn on their own terms is a shift in the curriculum that we started to see even before the pandemic of. COVID-19.
“Another misconception that can arise is to inundate students with too many technological resources,” Sabrià said. “Platforms like Blackboard that try to integrate too many resources confuse both teachers and students. Such technology must be simple and at the service of the user.
The economy of creators
The attractiveness of the creator economy is another challenge when it comes to educational creators trying to monetize their content – especially for minors. Finding that balance between education and entertainment is made difficult by YouTube’s algorithm, which will inevitably and invariably prioritize entertainment over educational content as it has to keep users hooked.
“For instructional designers looking for a high cost alternative, Edpuzzle is a unique place to do it, where millions of teachers choose their courses and deliver them to students. “
He also shared that at the moment it is very difficult to navigate the school bureaucracy, but because Edpuzzle is already an approved provider in almost every school district in the United States, it opens the door to winning. money while focusing on high quality educational content and letting Edpuzzle do the rest.
“At the dawn of 2022, we want to position ourselves as THE video platform for education, delivering better content, connecting teachers to share resources and translating content into multiple languages. The past two years have been a roller coaster ride for the educational landscape. Now we have the opportunity to find that balance.