Teacher Review For Zaption

Zaption: blended learning in a fun and creative way

Nicky S.
Classroom teacher
John Adams Middle School
Edison, NJ
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My Grades 7
My Subjects English Language Arts
My Rating 5
Learning Scores
Engagement 5
Pedagogy 5
Support 4
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time 5-15 minutes
Great for Creation
Further application
Knowledge gain
Small group
Student-driven work
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
I love Zaption! As a middle school English teacher, I strive to have a student-centered classroom. Zaption is a great tool to use for flipped lessons as it allows the teacher to monitor student fastforwarding time, time spent on task, and requires students to answer text-based questions that are created by the teacher. Zaption allows teachers to upload an original video or a video straight from YouTube. There is a trimming feature that will cut from the beginning and/or end of the video; however, a more advanced trimming tool would be preferred. There are ways around this by using another web tool to edit the video first. Teachers can also smash together multiple videos, but only with the paid, premium subscription. Teachers can create Zaption videos (called tours) that are interactive for their students. The video creation process is simple, straightforward, and streamlined. Teachers can drag and click a question that fits their needs: open ended, multiple choice , or checklist. I love the multiple choice option as a quick formative data collection tool to plan reteaching and small group instruction needs. Your analytics, or data, showcases unique viewers, average viewing time, percentage of completed questions. average scores, average time skipped forward, and student rating of tours (stars). There is also a wonderful chart for each question that shows the visual data collected per video. You can search through users.responses. Responses can be downloaded and saved as a .cvs file. Zaption has multiple pre-published tours that teachers are able to use for free in their classrooms. You can browse on the site or review one of the highlighted ones sent out in their newsletter.
My Take
We love Zaption. It is a great way to hold students accountable for flipped lessons, small group instruction, and reteaching. It takes video viewing to the extreme - interactive content that is a wonderful form of formative assessment. Students love that it is visual, auditory, and kinesthetic. Teachers can use relevant information and texts to engage students. They are simple and quick to make. I love to have students research a skill or topic to present to the class. Often, I have students make a video that I use as a flipped lesson. Zaption allows students to upload their videos and create close reading style questions/answers. This is a fabulous Web 2.0 tool that benefits instruction and is not just bells and whistles for the sake of technology.