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3 Great Alternatives to Zaption

How to switch from Zaption to EDpuzzle, PlayPosit, and Nearpod.

Emily Major | September 27, 2016

The Zaption platform shut down on September 30, 2016. We know how frustrating and inconvenient it can be to hear that a great edtech tool is shutting down. That's why we've done our research to help you find the best alternatives for using interactive video in your classroom. While you're at it, check out more of our video tools, tips, and strategies

EDpuzzleedpuzzle website

Price: Free
Platform: Web
Grades: 3–12
EDpuzzle has made it very easy to migrate all your content from Zaption. All you need to do is sign up for EDpuzzle, connect your Zaption account, and press the "import" button. Thinking about switching to EDpuzzle? Watch our how-to video to learn more about this great video-annotation tool.

playposit website


Price: Free, Paid
Platform: Web
Grades: 2–12
PlayPosit has also built a migration tool to import your Zaption content, but it's geared toward institutions and districts (check out their migration guide for all the details). PlayPosit will honor Zaption's premium pricing for any teacher who switches, or you can sign up for the free basic account. It's an easy tool to learn, and it integrates with lots of learning-management systems, including Google Classroom, Haiku, and Clever. Although Zaption has more features, PlayPosit's simple interface is especially user-friendly and accessible for a range of skill levels. 



nearpod app


Price: Free
Platform: Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod, iPod Touch, Nook HD, Chrome, Apps for Windows
Grades: K–12
There isn't a migration tool to export your content from Zaption to Nearpod, but it's still a top-notch interactive presentation resource to check out. Like Zaption, Nearpod provides valuable feedback on student learning and allows for differentiation in the classroom. Unlike Zaption, Nearpod is composed of multimedia slide shows with embedded content types -- including video -- while Zaption's backbone is video itself. Still, the tool is an obvious choice for creating robust multimedia "tours" that encourage active and reactive viewing.

Editor's note: Common Sense Education has a partnership with Nearpod. However, Common Sense Education's reviews maintain editorial integrity and independence.