How often do you use video with your students? How often do you think your students access video? Perhaps you are using the Flipped Classroom model ( typical homework and in class work are flipped–students may read or watch a video outside of class and then time in class is used for discussion, exercises, and projects).
Whatever you have been doing with video, Zaption adds a new dimension to using videos in instruction by allowing you to embed questions inside the video–even if you are using videos made by somebody else. Here’s an example of a video that has been “zaptioned.”
To use Zaption you will need to create an account on the Zaption website. The basic account is free, with option of paying for a pro account. Now that you have a Zaption account the next step is to identify the video you want to use, develop the questions you would like to ask and have a sense where in the video you would like the questions to appear.
Zaption has produced a number of tutorial videos–here is the one that reviews how to create a “tour.”
Identify the video you want to use
You can search for videos from within Zaption including videos on YouTube, or you can copy the URL to the video you want to use and paste that into Zaption. Once you pull a video into Zaption, Zaption will call it a “Tour.” You can use multiple video clips in a single tour, you can trim a longer video down to a specific part of the video.
Develop your questions
Then it’s time to develop your questions. The free version of Zaption includes three types of question: open ended, multiple choice, and check boxes. When developing your questions consider your goal–is it to quiz for information and/or highlight the important concepts in the video? Also consider where the questions should appear within the tour, how long the question should appear for, and whether the video will not continue until the question is responded to.
Once you have completed your tour you can publish it and share a link to it on Zaption or embed it on your own website. The pro version of Zaption gives you some more sharing capabilities.
When people watch a Zaption tour they have to enter a name–this allows the tour creator to track viewers and how they did on the questions in the tour. Zaption includes a nice set of analytic tools to track responses and viewers.