What are you leading?
I’m the co-founder and CEO of EDpuzzle. EDpuzzle is a video-lesson platform that enables teachers to create engaging videos for their lessons through a combination of simple video-editing tools and powerful analytics which help them to track and monitor their students' progress. Through EDpuzzle teachers can turn any video into an engaging and effective lesson with just a few clicks and then always know which students understand that lesson, who needs help, if there are any misconceptions about the material thanks to automatically gathered insights about their students.
As the CEO, my role is to empower the EDPuzzle team to deliver the best product and service to our users. Currently, around 50% of schools in the US are using EDPuzzle and we have active teachers using our service in over 100 countries all over the world.
How did your experiences as a fellow inspire or prepare you for what you’re doing now?
My experience during the leadership development program, teaching with Empieza por Educar, gave me the opportunity to experience how difficult it is to be a teacher. Not only to teach students and have them learn about your subject area, but also to manage students learning and behavior, learn from colleagues, engage with parents, the principal and the wider community. It was a huge challenge, and it also provided me with the perfect opportunity to experiment and explore new solutions for how to engage my students, and help them to learn effectively. This is how I started to develop my idea for EDpuzzle as a tool to engage my learners, and take advantage of some of the amazing video content that already exists by editing it to suit my learners needs and the lessons I was designing. Through the Empieza por Educar network of my fellow participants and alumni, I was also able to connect and interact with other teachers, schools and experts who helped me to test the idea and learn from their feedback to make it into the tool that it is today.
At EDpuzzle we have a big ambition to deliver the best video-curriculum for English speakers in any grade level, any subject area in any country around the world. We’re now based in Silicon Valley where we are working hard with teachers and other tech specialists to develop our tool so that it works for teachers, providing them with a highly effective way of adapting videos to become an engaging and effective tool for learning.