Thursday, November 13, 2014

Zaption Launches a Free iPad for Distributing Video-based Quizzes

Zaption is a service that you can use to create video-based lessons and quizzes. The videos that you create on Zaption can be comprised of video clips, pictures, and text that you organize into one package for distribution. Today, Zaption released an updated iPad app that your students can use to watch and interact with your lesson. Through the free iPad app your students can answer the questions that you build into your Zaption quizzes. You can use the app to monitor your students' responses to your quizzes.

To create a quiz on Zaption you start by creating a "tour" in your account. A tour is a combination of videos, images, and text arranged into a sequence. To add a video to a tour you can search and select one within Zaption. Zaption pulls videos from YouTube, Vimeo, PBS, or National Geographic. After choosing your video, start watching it then pause it when you want to add a question. You can add questions in the form of multiple choice, open response, or check box response. When students watch the video they will see your questions appear in the context in which you set them.

Applications for Education
Zaption could be a great tool for creating flipped lessons to share with your students. Students do not have to have Zaption accounts in order to use the tours that you create. The free version of the service allows you to include one video per tour (you can have unlimited tours).

Create, Integrate, Demonstrate - #ETTiPad

This afternoon at the EdTechTeacher iPad Summit in Boston I gave a presentation title Create, Integrate, Demonstrate. The point of the presentation was to share some ideas for using iPads to create memorable learning experiences for students. The slides from the presentation are embedded below.