Check out a side-by-side comparison of two great video-annotation tools.

Editor's Note: Zaption shut down in September, 2016. For alternatives to Zaption, check out our blog post.

Want to keep students engaged while you show videos during your lessons? Video-annotation tools let you customize videos with interactive elements, which encourages active viewing. Whether you're in a traditional or flipped classroom, if you're using video, interactive video tools are a must. In this EdTech Quick Take, we compare two standout options -- Zaption and EDpuzzle -- so you can decide which one is best for your classroom.

Both Zaption and EDpuzzle make it easy for teachers to annotate and customize online videos. This means teachers can add a customized layer on top of just about any video -- inserting quizzes, questions, and comments -- to get feedback from students. Annotated videos can be used as a stand-alone resource or embedded in lessons. Check out the video above to learn about each tool's unique features and find out which one will work best for your students.

Do you have a favorite video-annotation tool? Tell us in the comments below! Also, if you've used Zaption or EDpuzzle in your classroom, be sure to leave a review on the tool’s page.

Kelly Mendoza

Kelly Mendoza oversees education content and programs for Common Sense Education, including the Digital Citizenship Curriculum, Learning ratings and reviews, articles and newsletter. Her goal is to provide schools programs that support students to thrive as learners, leaders, and citizens in the digital age. She also has developed education resources and curricula for Lucas Learning, the Media Education Lab, and PBS' Frontline films Growing Up Online and Digital Nation. Kelly has a Ph.D. in media and communication from Temple University. Her daughter loves Harry Potter … and rock climbing.