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Missing your Zaption? Try EdPuzzle

You may have already made the switch. If you have, quietly move along. You’re probably happy with EdPuzzle and there’s nothing to see here.

That leaves two kinds of people. Those of you still be looking for that perfect Zaption replacement. And those of you who never went down the Zaption road at all and have no idea what we’re talking about.

Quick recap:

At its most basic level, Zaption was a way for you to take a video clip from a variety of sources including YouTube, Vimeo clip, Khan Academy, and other educational video outlets and add interactive elements such as multiple choice questions, open response boxes, text, images, and drawings. Students responded to the elements you embedded. You tracked their responses using Zaption’s analytics feature. Everybody was happy.

You should have noticed the past verb tense going on. Zaption was a great tool for annotating videos and embedding formative / summative assessments tools into video clips. It was a great example of a push / pull edtech tool – giving teachers a way to push content and assessment out to students and a way for teachers to pull in work back from students.

But Zaption no longer exists, having sold out to something called Workday. No idea what Workday does but what it means for Zaption users is that a very cool tool won’t be available after September 30.


If you’re a Zaption user who hasn’t found a Zaption replacement, I got you covered. And if you never used Zaption but the idea of integrating a very cool push / pull video annotation tool sounds like something you want to take out for a test drive, I’ve got you covered too.

Head over to a site called EdPuzzle. EdPuzzle offers a simplified version of Zaption, giving you the same basic features as Zaption – generating annotated videos using a variety of sources, embedding questions into the video timeline, and grading their responses. And EdPuzzle comes with an extra added feature. For you GAFE schools, there is seamless integration with Google Classroom – you can quickly grab classes from Classroom (complete with rosters) and your EdPuzzle videos can quickly get pushed over to Classroom.


I haven’t played with EdPuzzle much yet but it looks like creating videos and tracking student usage is basically the same as it was in Zaption. It does seem as if there are fewer question types with EdPuzzle which is a bit limiting but the end result really isn’t that much different that with Zaption. You still have the ability to share out completed videos in a variety of ways. You also still have the ability to search and adapt “public” videos created by other educators.

And the best news for Zaption users is that EdPuzzle recently rolled out a Zaption conversion tool. Go to, log into your Zaption account, and within seconds all of your Zaption videos pop up in in Edpuzzle. Slick.

Use EdPuzzle to help kids review content and self-assess. Share content. Create quick exit card and formative assessments. Use videos to activate prior knowledge and as hook activities. Have kids think historically by embedding sourcing and contextualization questions into historical videos. Have students create their own videos and annotate them with background info. Lots of uses for this type of tool.

So if you’re still looking for a Zaption replacement, get on it. You have until the end of the month to convert your stuff over. And if you’re new to the annotated / embedded question video process, seriously . . . why are you still here? Get over to EdPuzzle and give it a go.

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