Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Create interactive videos with these two tools

Online videos are often considered an effective way to engage students. However, there is still a likelihood of them only passively viewing the content and not actually reflecting on the information being presented. Adding interactive elements to videos is one way to encourage active consumption and deeper thinking.

Interactive elements include quizzes, questions, thought prompts, tips and voice-overs that appear at pre-specified times during a video. Two great tools for making interactive videos are eduCanon and EDpuzzle. Both of these let you add interactivity to your own and other’s videos. Both tools also let you track student’s progress through videos and the interactive elements.

Let’s take a look at each of them…

Price: Free and paid versions

Email address required for student sign-up?: No

Video sources: YouTube, Vimeo, Google Drive, Khan Academy and more.

Embed videos in website or LMS: Yes


eduCanon lets educators create ‘bulbs’ (interactive video lessons) for their students. Once a bulb is created, it can be assigned to a class and student progress tracked.

Bulbs can include multiple choice questions (with answer feedback), check-all-that-apply questions, reflective pauses, short free-text responses, fill-in-the-blank question and links to other websites. Videos can also be cropped, allowing you to remove any irrelevant content.

Here’s what designing a bulb looks like from the teachers perspective:


Note: At the time of writing, the eduCanon website stated that the short free-text response and fill-in-the-blank questions were available in premium versions only. However, these were actually available in free accounts at the time of testing.

Students join your class on eduCanon using a private student search code that you provide them. Once they’ve joined, you can track their progress through bulbs assigned to that class. This includes viewing their responses to questions and their reaction to the video.



You can learn more about eduCanon here.




Price: Free

Email address required for student sign-up?: No

Video sources: YouTube, Vimeo, Khan Academy, upload your own and more.

Embed videos in website or LMS: Yes


An EDpuzzle video can include multiple choice questions, free response questions, comments and audio notes (for you to provide extra information or context). You can also record an entire new audio track for the video (great if it is in another language). Videos can be cropped to include just the content most valuable for your students.

The image below shows the video creation tool.



Once created, videos can be assigned to classes. Students join your class using a private class code you provide them.  Progress through the assigned videos and answers to questions can be viewed at a class or individual level. Short answer questions can be marked incorrect or correct and the student provided with feedback.



An excellent advantage of EDpuzzle is that it is likely to work in schools where YouTube has been blocked  - even if the lesson is based on a YouTube video. This is because EDpuzzle hosts your lesson independently of YouTube.

One thing to be aware of is that interactive videos created using EDpuzzle become publicly accessible for other educators to use. However, your class details and student progress remain private.

You can learn more about EDpuzzle here.

Tip: eduCanon and EDpuzzle can also be used by students to create their own interactive videos. You can learn more about this feature in the ‘learn more’ links for each tool (see above).




1 comment:

  1. I like the EdPuzzle options. Shared this here:
    http://computerscarsandtechnology.blogspot.com/2016/03/tech-smart-edu-create-interactive.html

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