3 Great Alternatives to Zaption

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

September 27, 2016
Emily Major Project Coordinator, Education Content
Common Sense Education

CATEGORIES In the Classroom, Tools

If you use Zaption in your classroom, then you may have already heard: They're joining Workday. The Zaption platform will shut down on September 30, 2016, so be sure to download or migrate your content before then. Zaption's FAQ page outlines how to download your lesson responses, PDF outlines for each lesson, and stand-alone versions of your lessons. You can also migrate your video content from Zaption to EDpuzzle or PlayPosit

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


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. A veteran classroom teacher, Bill Ferriter, made the transition and found EDpuzzle to be a great replacement tool for creating video tutorials and tracking his students' progress. Thinking about switching to EDpuzzle? Watch our how-to video to learn more about this great video-annotation tool.


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. 




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.

Have you already migrated your Zaption content? Did you find a great replacement tool? We'd love to hear about it in the comments below!