What is Zaption?

To help you understand, here’s a short video overview of the tool and what it can be used for.

Signing up

1 Go to www.zaption.com

2 Click either ‘Join Free’ or ‘Get Started’ (1). In future, you can click ‘Login’ (2).

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3 Either use the automatic sign-in options if you have facebook, gmail or edmodo open (1) OR enter your details and click ‘Sign Up’ (2). Users of facebook etc will have to grant certain permissions.

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Creating a lesson

1 From the dashboard, click ‘New Lesson’

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2 A pop-up box will appear. Either type a search term or paste a video url into the box and click ‘Search’ (1) OR click ‘browse your videos’ to upload a video file from your computer.

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3 If you pasted the url of the video, it will appear in the preview box. Click ‘Add this video to lesson’.

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If you used a search term, use the boxes at the top to browse different video service providers (most videos come from either YouTube or vimeo) and scroll through the options in the panel on the left. When you find the video you want, click on it on the left and then click ‘Add this video to lesson’.

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Trimming a video

To trim any unwanted footage (e.g. extended title sequences for a TED video)

from the beginning of the video, click ‘Trim’ (1), move the slider to where you want the video to begin (2) and click ‘Save’ (3).

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Adding questions to videos

Multiple choice

1 When the video is at the spot where you want to add a question (1), pause the video and drag the multiple choice icon onto the video (2). You have a choice between the question appearing over the video or in a pane at the side, depending where you drop it. This can be edited later.

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2 Type your question (1) and the choices (2). If you need to add more than two choices, click ‘+Add Choice’ (3).

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4 To assign correct/incorrect answers to the choices, click the + sign at the end of a choice (1). Use the radio buttons to assign the status (2) and write any feedback you want students to receive in the box (3). Click Done (4). Only one answer can be correct, so clicking Correct on one choice makes the others default to incorrect.

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5 Click ‘Element Settings’

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6 Use the boxes to fine tune how the question works. Position (1) determines if the question appears on the video or in a sidebar. Behavior (2) determines whether the video continues to play or not. Background (3) determines how visible the video is if the question appears over it. When you’re finished, click ‘Done’.

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7 You do not need to save the question. It saves automatically.

8 You will see a greenish marker on the timeline. This shows the position of the question. If you need to edit the question in future, just click on the marker to reopen it.

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Open response questions

1 When the video is at the spot where you want to add a question, pause the video and drag the A icon onto the video. You have a choice between the question appearing over the video or in a pane at the side, depending where you drop it. This can be edited later.

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2 Type your question in the box (1). Use the formatting panel to make text bold, italic, etc.

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3 You do not need to save the question. It saves automatically.

Check box questions

Check box questions are like multiple choice questions, but students can choose more than one option.To insert one:

1 When the video is at the spot where you want to add a question, pause the video and drag the tick icon onto the video. You have a choice between the question appearing over the video or in a pane at the side, depending where you drop it. This can be edited later.

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2 Write your question at the top (1). Add your choices below (2), up to a maximum of 5.

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3 You do not need to save the question. It saves automatically.

Pause and reflect questions

Sometimes it can be useful to insert a question that students simply think about. To do this:

1 When the video is at the spot where you want to add a question, pause the video and drag the text slide icon onto the video. You have a choice between the question appearing over the video or in a pane at the side, depending where you drop it. This can be edited later.

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2 Write the question (1), and use the formatting bar (2) to format it. It can be particularly useful to increase the font size by clicking the ‘T’ icon and choosing from the drop-down list.

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3 When your question is ready, click ‘Element Settings’.

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4 If you want the video to stop so that students have the time to reflect, copy the settings below, then click ‘Done’.

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5 You do not need to save the question. It saves automatically.

Adding an image slide

You may occasionally want to add images to the video, perhaps to expand on what the video is saying. To do this:

1 When the video is at the spot where you want to add a question, pause the video and drag the picture icon onto the video. You have a choice between the question appearing over the video or in a pane at the side, depending where you drop it. This can be edited later.

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2 It will ask you to browse your computer for the selected image (it must be saved on your computer. You can’t add directly from Google Image Search or anything similar). When you’ve added the image, use the plus and minus signs in the bottom right to zoom in or out. You can also drag the image around with your mouse to focus on a particular part.

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3 Click ‘Element Settings’ and choose how you want the picture to appear. Here, we’ve set it to be visible for 5 seconds. Click ‘Done’.

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4 You do not need to save the question. It saves automatically.

Sharing your lesson

1 When you’ve finished editing the lesson, give it a title (1) and click ‘Publish’

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2 Copy the url that appears in the pop-up box into an email or Virtual Learning Environment to share it with students immediately.

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3 If you wish to share it at a later time, you can do this by going to ‘My Lessons’, clicking on the arrow and choosing ‘Share’. This then reopens the link box to copy and paste.

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Alternatively, go to the lesson and click ‘Share’. This then reopens the link box to copy and paste.

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Accessing student responses

1 Either open the lesson from your dashboard and click ‘Analytics’ or, from the dashboard, hold your mouse over the thumbnail of the lesson and click the bar chart symbol.

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2 You will see various charts showing you number of viewers, average viewing time, etc. Click ‘RESPONSES’

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3 You will see the first question you asked in the top-left (1). Student’s full responses will be visible in the table at the bottom (2). There’s also a nifty little word cloud (3) that shows common words in student answers. To move between questions, use the previous and next commands in the top-right (4).

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4 To see individual student responses to the task as a whole, click ‘Viewers’ (1) and then choose a student to view by clicking on the arrow next to their name (2).

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5 A box will appear. Use the scroll bar on the right to look through the student’s responses.

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Customising/Reusing other people’s lessons

There are various ways you can access the gallery of pre-existing lessons. Either click on the ‘Lessons’ tab (1) and choose ‘Zaption Gallery’ (2), or click on the ‘Gallery’ tab (3) and hover your mouse over the three lines (4) to reveal the subject area menu.

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In the gallery, you can also use the search box and select lessons directly from the dropdown menu.

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When you’ve found a lesson you want to reuse, simply click ‘Copy’ and you will then have an editable version in your own lessons dashboard.

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