EdPuzzle or PlayPosit

Which one_

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

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.7.7
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.Screen Shot 2019-02-26 at 4.03.34 PM

Grading

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.

Here’s why:

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.

Adri

 

27 thoughts on “EdPuzzle or PlayPosit

  1. Dear Anibal,

    Since most if not all the K-12/High Ed have been teaching on-line the past 3-weeks, I was wondering if you could tell me if there is a difference in EdPuzzle vs Playposit with regards to Answer Keys, (i.e. changing an incorrect answer as an instructor, “on the fly” after already assigning the video/questions)? In EdPuzzle, you have to reset the whole Class and allow them to take it over again. Does PlayPosit work the same way?

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    1. Hi Dr. Martinez,

      (My name is Actually Adri) From glancing back over at PlayPosit, it does allow you to change the answer key; however, it does not seem to update the incorrect answers for anyone who answered prior to changes. You do have the ability to go in and manually correct the answer, though. I will play with it some more and see if there’s a workaround.

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      1. I do my best to avoid errors on EdPuzzle, but if I do make an error (a student will find it!), I simply adjust the number of points possible and let students know. Unfortunately, EdPuzzle does not allow a video to be edited once it is assigned. Later I will fix the question so that next time I don’t repeat the error. Btw, I love the batch grading. Even with open-ended answers, it goes surprisingly quick. Do you know if there is a way to adjust the number of points?

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      2. Hi Elizabeth!

        Thanks so much for reading my post! Yes, those kids will find every error but fail to read the instructions for what I’m asking them to do. Lol! I, myself, love the batch grading. I mark the ones that are incorrect or give partial credit then I go and mark all the other ones as correct. If I want to give different points for someone, simply click on the “-” or the points given and type in a new number.

        Hope that helps!

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  2. I was pretty familiar with Edpuzzle, but i have never heard of playPosit. After looking at the comparisons I am interested in at least trying out PlayPosit.

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  3. There are so many options when it comes to teaching aids and your evaluation of these two definitely aid an instructor like myself in choosing one. We all have different styles of teaching so everything can’t be a one size fits all. You go through the pros and cons along with speaking toward your experience and style really help to navigate through selecting applications to help give instruction.

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    1. Miles,

      I love that you said we all have different styles of teaching. EdPuzzle really helps me not lose instructional time because I love to talk to my students, but that can cause me to get off track and lose track of time. With EdPuzzle, I at least know the bulk of the lesson was learned, so I can prioritize helping them better understand, while still conversing and forming relationships as I interact with each student.

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  4. Thank you for the Ed puzzle info. I’ve used playposit a lot myself before, but like you mentioned it is way finicky with the fill in the blank options. The login in options have a lot of issues as well, our school uses chrome books and many can’t login because one reason or another.

    Ed puzzle is much easier for the kids to get in to. I didn’t like how Ed puzzle didn’t have the question variety but your tips are great work arounds. I am definitely going to give Ed puzzle another look.

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  5. I hadn’t heard of EdPuzzle until reading this. I’d much rather hear reviews from educators using these tools with students on a daily basis. Thank you for the detailed pros and cons.
    I plan on looking into EdPuzzle!

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    1. Love this! Yes, I love to hear from other educators and those in my same subject. It can be so tricky exploring new instructional tools, and that’s not something we always have.

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  6. I like the functionality of EdPuzzle because it allows you to not just do multiple choice but enter discussion based responses. I also like to use Nearpod as a resource because it allows us to draw on images too.

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  7. I’ve loved EdPuzzle the few times I’ve used it, but it’s been a while. I need to find a way to incorporate it in my lessons soon! I’ve never heard of PlayPosit, so I can’t wait to go check it out!

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    1. It has been a life-saver this year! I’ve heard PlayPosit has made some improvements, so I’ll have to check it out, but EdPuzzle is even helping out schools by upgrading them until the end of July if your school applies.

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    1. Megan,

      Thank you so much for including my comparison of EdPuzzle and PlayPosit on your website! I’m glad and grateful it has helped you navigate the best way to instruct your students during this time.

      You have shared so many great resources and information and this post, and I, no doubt, believe your students are going to reap the benefits of all that you’re learning. I love seeing other teachers passionate about honing their craft of teaching (as we all should). Continue to press forward this year and know I’m only an email away if you ever have questions!

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  8. Hi Adri,

    I’m reaching out from PlayPosit and wanted to begin by thanking you for taking the time to explore our platform. It looks like this review came out while we were running the 2.0 version of PlayPosit. We have since launched a ton of updates via PlayPosit 3.0 (including batch grading!) and would love to chat with you about some of the new features and workflow updates if you’re interested. In the meantime, you can find some information on what’s new here: https://go.playposit.com/platform-overvie

    Always happy to answer questions and connect with our community so please don’t hesitate to reach out.

    Daniela Blagoeva
    Community Manager at PlayPosit
    daniela@playposit.org

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    1. Hi Daniela,

      Thank you for your work with PlayPosit. My comparison was a couple years ago, so I can imagine a bit has changed/improved. I am open to chat; please feel free to email me at adrimichelle323@gmail.com I attempted to view the link, but it takes me to an error page. If you have an updated link, please send it my way!

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