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What’s It Like? 

PlayPosit (formerly known as EduCanon) is a web and Chrome-based interactive video and assessment tool that lets teachers add interactive elements — such as questions and pauses — to streaming video content from popular sites such as YouTube and Vimeo, among a number of others. If your school blocks these more popular sites, PlayPosit can also work with sites such as TeacherTube, Shmoop, and even Google Drive videos — an especially helpful feature if YouTube is blocked at your school. The interface is inviting, limited to three buttons that crop length, build questions (multiple-choice or free-response questions), or finish the “bulb.”

Price: Free/paid

Grades: 2-12

Rating: 4/5

Pros: Integrates with a wide variety of learning management systems.

Cons: Comparable free tools may have more features available.

Bottom line: With features that are both basic and useful, it’s an easy tool to learn; adding interactivity to video is a snap.

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.