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App of the Week: Interactive video tours come to life

By Stephen Noonoo
November 30th, 2015

Ed. note: App of the Week picks are now being curated with help from Common Sense Graphite. To read the full app review, click here.
zaption-app

What’s It Like? Zaption is an online tool that allows teachers to create video “tours” for their students. These tours can be created using Zaption’s extensive gallery of videos from around the Web (from YouTube, Vimeo, National Geographic, and PBS, among others site) or by uploading your own. With the tool, teachers can use entire videos or trim selections from a video; they’ll then be able to embed text or questions in the video with a simple drag-and-drop process.

Rating: 4/5

Price: Free/paid

Grades: 2-12

Pros: The clean, simple design and the customizable assessment features help teachers see what students are learning.

Cons: Although passive viewing can be activated with questions, further discussion may be needed to foster deep thinking.

Bottom line: Used creatively, Zaption provides solid opportunities for formative assessment, but the tool could do more with teacher-feedback features.

About the Author:

Stephen Noonoo

Stephen Noonoo is a former editor of eSchool News. He has served as a consultant for CUE, California’s ISTE affiliate, and as managing editor of its quarterly publication, OnCUE. He has worked as a freelance writer, an education editor for SmartBrief newsletters, and as a staff editor for a well-known publication focusing on education technology.