EdTech Quick Take: Zaption vs. EDpuzzle

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

February 04, 2016
Kelly Mendoza Director of Learning and Engagement
Common Sense Education

CATEGORIES In the Classroom, Technology Integration, 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.


Karen Larson
Technology coordinator
Santa Clara County Office Of Ed (San Jose, CA)

Lisa, so true, but there are just some things that are worth the time.  Using tools like Zaption and Edpuzzle provide both the teacher and the students with valuable information.  The teacher has a formative assessment tool that can help guide instruction, including leading to higher levels of learning.  The student has a resource they can review anytime - anywhere to learn and relearn.  It can save time in the future as it can be re-used year after year, and shared with other teachers.  With the Edpuzzle linked to Google Classroom - teachers have two awesome resources that streamline productivity - saving more time.

Sabrina Brandon
Educational Technology Assistant
Jacksonville State University
Jacksonville, AL

I agree with Lisa E. Time is a huge factor. With a reduction of student time in recess, PE, art, and music, teachers have small planning periods. Teachers feeling the time crunch may prefer premade, curated resources such as TED Ed and Nearpod. 

Emily Stout
Technology coordinator
Holly Hills Elementary School
Denver, CO

I think you would be surprised how little time it takes to turn a video into a formative assessment! I agree that time is our most precious commodity as teachers, but the time I save using technology like this actually saves me time. It gave me a great option for flipping my classroom, and it allowed me to see where students were at with the information from the video. It could be a great pre-assessment or study guide for students too. Students get immediate feedback, and so do you! Since we all use videos to teach in our classrooms, having the option to stop and ask questions along the way makes it a more purposeful learning. 

Rachelle Dene Poth
Classroom teacher
Riverview High School
Oakmont, PA

I definitely enjoy the possibilities for expanding student learning opportunities with tools like these.  Zaption and EdPuzzle, and also Educanon.  I have used Zaption with my Spanish I students during an asynchronous lesson that I designed, and also as a way to give them more practice in a fun way and have the analytics to see their work.  Definitely beneficial but do require time to put these together as Lisa said.   I have had a lot of success with Zaption and Educanon, students really liked the videos and activities I included and actually asked for more.  But time is a factor for sure. 


Emily Stout
Technology coordinator
Holly Hills Elementary School
Denver, CO

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE these edtech quick takes! Thanks for creating these! I have some requests for more:

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