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Technology is a vital tool in education today. It has the power to redefine instruction and revamp student engagement. But, just like all good things, we often run into challenges along the way.  Technology is always changing. Just when we think we’ve mastered a tool,  new updates roll out and EVERYTHING looks different. Or, we receive the dreaded email announcing our favorite app, the one we’ve used countless times with students (or as for me, in professional development trainings) is shutting down for good! Now what?  First, take a deep breath and remember the most important lesson for today’s educators is to learn to become digitally resilient. Don’t give up when you face these changes, glitches, and hiccups because they WILL happen. Instead… become persistent!

I recently faced a technology challenge myself when I learned Zaption, a go-to resource for creating differentiated learning resources and interactive video lessons, would be shutting down in late September.  My first reaction was “Oh No! What am I going to do? What about the lessons I’ve already created? What will I use instead?” Then I stopped and realized there had to be similar tools LIKE Zaption that I could transition to and start rebuilding my collection of lessons.  Enter EDpuzzle.

EDpuzzle, a multi-platform tool, offers parallel features to Zaption such as the ability to create interactive videos, assess students with different question types, and receive real time student results, feedback, and analytics. EDpuzzle even offers seamless integration with Google Classroom and embedding capabilities for your favorite LMS (like Converge!) . I signed up for an account and was creating new video lessons that were every bit as good as my Zaption lessons in no time.

But, what about all the great Zaption lessons you’ve already created? Have no fear!    EDpuzzle quickly realized they were gaining an influx of Zaption users, and have now made it possible to import your old Zaption lessons directly into their platform. All those stellar lessons have a new digital home!.

To import lessons, simply go to edpuzzle.com/zaption, log-in with your Zaption credentials, and choose the lessons you wanted to import to EDpuzzle. You will have until September 30th to access your Zaption lessons. Take a minute and watch the tutorial video below demonstrating this process:

Remember, technology is always going to change.Try to stay the course and don’t give up. I encourage you to try EDpuzzle this school year. Share your video creations with us on Twitter  @EdvergentLearning and don’t forget to use #iTeachDigital.  We  can’t wait to see how you conquered this minor road block!

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