Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Engage Your Students With Interactive Videos

When I work with teachers on blended learning I always like to encourage them to make their own videos.  One of the problems with using premade videos done by someone else is they never cover/do things exactly the way you would.  In the past few months there have been some nice programs released that allow teachers to take their videos and make them more interactive.  My two favorites right now are EDPuzzle and Zaption.

EDpuzzle allows you to:
  • easily crop videos
  • add your voice to a premade video
  • embed quizzes
  • choose videos from a variety of sources (YouTube, Kahn Academy, Learn Zillion, etc)
Zaption allows you to:
  • crop videos
  • add questions to the video
  • add images to the video
  • add text and drawings to your video 
  • choose videos from a variety of sources (YouTube, Vimeo, PBS, etc)
Right now EDpuzzle is free.  Zaption has adopted a freemium model. Much of their advanced features come with a price.  They have a single license ($79/year) which adds greater interactivity, advanced data tools, group management and more.

I think both of these tools are pretty awesome.  They both provide data to help you see where students are in a lesson.  And they both take watching videos to the next level of engagement.  If you are looking to add interactivity to your videos in a flipped/blended environment you need to try these tools. 


  1. Thanks Chuck!

    Awesome! We have many new features! Here you have brief video-tutorials:

    If you prefer, we can set a GHo to talk more about it :)

    Warm regards,


  2. Thanks for the review Chuck!
    Here at Zaption, we are hard at work, trying to make the platform even easier for teachers to use. For example, we recently released six engaging middle school science tours that teachers can instantly copy and use with students! We’re planning to add more high-quality, standards-based content to the Zaption Gallery over the next few months, so stay tuned and sign up for our newsletter to stay in the loop!

    - Frances, Zaption Marketing team

  3. I look forward to trying these out as I develop VS videos!! Thanks, Chuck!!