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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
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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.