Moving to California, I became aware of “Common Core Standards.” I’ve always been accustomed to TEKS (Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills). As part of the “Common Core,” students in Literary classes are required to
Compare and contrast a written story, drama, or poem to its audio, filmed, staged, or multimedia version, analyzing the effects of techniques unique to each medium (e.g., lighting, sound, color, or camera focus and angles in a film).
Since our classes implement stations, I needed one to have the opportunity to analyze videos if I was not showing and discussing it as a whole group.
I initially became frustrated that EdPuzzle forced my students to rewind all the way to the last question each time they wanted to rewatch a segment before answering a question (which I realized later was untrue); however, that led me to compare and contrast these two classroom tools.
What’s the same?
Let’s first talk about what they have in common because, obviously, we wouldn’t struggle between deciding if they didn’t have so much in common.
Both EdPuzzle and PlayPosit allow students to interactively engage with videos through questioning and audio notes. They each auto grade, allow an equation option for math, allow you to crop videos and upload your own videos, as well as connect to Google Classroom.
So what’s different?
This biggest difference comes down to the question choices offered and the grading. Only PlayPosit allows Discussion, Poll, and Fill blank where EdPuzzle doesn’t, and EdPuzzle allows Voiceover where PlayPosit does not.
While they both auto grade and allow you to see progress, EdPuzzle allows you to batch grade open-ended responses, but PlayPosit requires you to click on each individual student response per class.
So which one?
The differences have led me to choose EdPuzzle as my tool of preference over PlayPosit.
At first glance, it may seem that PlayPosit offers more question types, such as Fill Blank, Check All, Poll and Discussion. While EdPuzzle does not have Poll or Discussion, there is an easy workaround for Check All and Fill Blank. On EdPuzzle’s question screen, when choosing multiple choice, you can select more than one correct answer for the question to be a check all response. Also, if you would like students to fill a blank, simply write “_________” at the end of your question. PlayPosit will automatically score the fill blank without offering students the answer, but I did find it very sensitive to student answers. If a student didn’t capitalize the word or added a period at the end of the word, it was counted as incorrect. Considering that hassle, I figured if you want the question to automatically score, use the multiple choice function and type in a blank. However, if you don’t want to provide students with the answer, but indeed want them to formulate it themselves, simply add the correct answer to the feedback so they will see it once they submit their answer.
When it comes to grading, this was the number one reason I chose EdPuzzle over PlayPosit. As I mentioned earlier, EdPuzzle allows you to grade all your students per question without having to click each student response, but PlayPosit requires you to navigate to each student and click to open their response. This was a no-brainer! As teachers, our goal is to save time. No matter what benefits a program offers, time is key. The few items EdPuzzle lacks are compensated with the time saved during grading.