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How to use Video in the Classroom Effectively


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Video in the classroom, and for online classes has become a main part, section or body of any lesson plan now for many teachers. For online classes and many courses it is accessible to everyone, and can be used in many various kinds of ways. Just as in any other work places video in the classroom is used, and added to other mediums for more engagement and understanding. This post will show you ways video can be used to to stimulate and engage students. How to use video to great effect, and which tools you can use for your online and in school classes.

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How can Video help students improve?


The flipped classroom is a methodology of using video in your classroom. There are many ways to engage and stimulate your students. One of the most common ways is using video. Videos’ stimulate visually, which means instant engagement and focus for the class.

There is no doubt that the YouTube generation are engaged as soon as a video appears on your class screen. It also gives the teacher a chance to monitor engagement and an early indication to see if your concept and planning is working as you wish. Let’s not kid ourselves, not every lesson plays out the way you wish.

Students learn better when they understand a new concept using their own thought processing. When students watch a video they are visually stimulated. It’s like a micro learning class, they are taking in the bite size piece of information. They learn independently and form their own ides. They can then explain in their own terms the topic to their teacher and peers. Explainer videos, interactive videos all help students ‘learn by seeing and doing’, and because of this, a student’s ability to remember a topic or concept improves.

Weather it’s to tune in, and introduce a new concept, show contrasts or to play a related education game, here are some great reasons why you should use video in the classroom.

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• Video stimulates children in a variety of learning ways, visually, aurally, verbally and sometimes physically.
• Video motivates and engages students by allowing them to learn using their own thought processing and at their own pace.
• Video helps to bring out the creativity, and maybe an opinion in a student.
• Teachers can use videos to give personal feedback on student’s work instantly whilst also monitoring their progress.
• Students can re-watch videos anytime and anywhere, if they are absent, during holiday time and for exam revision.


With new touch screen boards in many schools it’s easier than ever to create a whole class based around one video. Below is an example and a rough guide on how to plan a video lesson. By using an interactive video you will be able to add key concept questions, and related hot spots. To take the class further you could set a quiz for the next lesson. Here’s a quick guide:


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  • Plan your lesson around the key concept that you wish your students to learn.
  • Begin by introducing a word wall or a picture gallery (with some stills from your video) and let them come up with the concept, or something close.
  • They can form a sticky note list of what they believe the class is about.
  • You could introduce a challenge such as giving them a synonym of the class title then they have to come up with another meaning.
  • Make this introduction a challenge and it must give them motivation with a reward system you’ve set up in advance.
  • Now you can proceed with your interactive video or just a normal video challenging them to consider or form and opinion.
  • Continue using your video as the focal point. Use the same video but with added questions or a quiz use a tool like VideoPath to to this.
  • Set an online video review for your students and they can record a short clip of what they learnt.

Which video tools are the best for improving your student engagement, and abilities? What tools have you found that work for you?

Please leave your comments at the bottom of the page. Check out this Video Tools for Teachers playlist below, with some great tools and tips.



Video Tools for your Classroom


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Some of the best video tools are video apps with interactive hot spots, links to more info, quizzes, with questions inserted at certain points of your videos. There are many tools that will help you achieve this and one of my favourite interactive video tool is MindStamp.

With MindStamp you have so many options to make your video interactive. These include the usual questions and hot-spots. You can pause your video at a certain point and give your class a quiz or overlay images. You can also personalise your video so the video becomes a lesson in itself. Just over lay your comments and images with still frames and have your students complete a worksheet. MindStamp is a wonderful tool with a great selection of features. There is also a free plan and a plan for educators.



Another tool which is not free, but just so good you must check this out is Stornaway. This is one of those tools that you could purchase with your school although it’s not super costly and it does offer a free trial. This is real interactive storytelling at it’s best and engages the viewer with questions and decision making as the story progresses.

Create and develop your own class story with Stornaway and include decision making. Have your class create a storyboard. Then develop the story with different endings for each decision made. A great collaborative project that would certainly engage your students.


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Try this wonderful interactive storytelling tool. Watch this story and prepare to become enthralled.

Stornaway lets you craft interactive stories that engage the viewer with different choices and perspectives, unlock secrets, answer questions and build with their story path tool.

Create different paths that your viewer might take to a different ending. You can also add interactive overlays and transparent buttons and choose what happens when the audience makes a choice. A super tool and highly recommended.


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Not strictly a video interactive tool but with Visme you can just about create any kind of interactive content. Another great tool that will help you create interactive lessons. Visme offers hundreds of templates, 100+ fonts, thousands of vector icons, and millions of free stock images. It also gives you the ability to embed your own content such as audio and video.

Start on their free plan and use all the features that make it great tool for interactive content. The best thing about Visme is that it has a FREE forever plan with upgrades available. You can also download Visme desktop for a Mac and Windows.


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Check Out Our Video Tools for the Classroom List below. You can also add your video tools to the list, find it here at Wakelet



ThinkLink is another tool that is up there in a class of it’s own when we talk about interactive content. Interactive video is not the only medium that can be made, and ThinkLink goes as far as using their wonderful 360 Media for interactive content. ThinkLink much like other apps we have talked about here is rich with features.

With their tools you can create truly immersive videos and presentations. Add hot spots to a video that will pop up info about the place or item you clicked, also add questions and quizzes. Mix and match images with audio and 360 videos. ThinkLink take things even further with live streaming video and 360 views which are just stunning. Take a look at their What is Think Link for a full overview.


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The next tool which is a big favorite with many is Edpuzzle a video self paced learning tool. With Edpuzzle you can set video tasks then track your students progress. You can check how many times they have watched your video. And more importantly reinforce accountability by seeing which sections they have watched for comprehension and understanding.

Edpuzzle has a great curriculum for each grade and videos lessons already made. You can edit the videos and add your own questions to match your content. You can upload content from all the major video platforms or upload your own video content.


Another tool that offers a great experience for video is PlayPost with many interactive features. Like many of the interactive video platforms PlayPost offers hots pots but it can also has extra features that set it slightly apart. It can also turn articles into audio and this is a great feature for you to utilize in your classroom.

With PlayPost you can also add interactive questions and rich media into the video’s timeline to actively engage students on mobile or web devices. Another good feature for teachers is being able to monitor every students move and engagement through the central dashboard. Visit PlayPost on the link above and sign up for FREE.


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We had a go at an interactive style video using PowerPoint. We tried several methods but the good old Microsoft tool wouldn’t let us overlay touch on video. We couldn’t find a way around it but we did end up with a great interactive Drag and Drop game. CYBER CITY is a spelling and Phonics PPT you can purchase from our TeachersPayTeachers Store. Here is the video of the game. If you happen to visit our YouTube Channel we would really appreciate a sub from you guys as support. It isn’t our main focus at the moment but we will be uploading content we’ve already created very soon and you’ll also find some good playlists.



More Video Tools.

There are so many more tools available for using video in the classroom as I’m sure you know. For more tools see our Gamification post.

H5P can create many different types of interactive content. These include: Multiple choice questions, with one or more correct answers. Fill in the blank questions with picture cards. Drag and drop questions and answers, Interactive summaries, single choice questions in separate sets. Mark the word activities plus drag and drop, text, images, tables, charts, links and much more.

Try this example here of interactive video from this wonderful free platform.

VideoPath is a super tool to add quick and easy questions or a quiz to the video timeline.

VideoAnt will let you annotate a video and add comments.

WooTag is another tool you can create interactions with directly in your browser.

Pivot Interactive makes it simple for teachers to use active learning for science. They have a collection of more than 500 activities that engages students to explore, observe, and make connections. Pivot is a great to founded by teachers and made for students to break out of the constraints of the classroom.

MoocNote is another great tool and highly recommended for taking notes and adding notes to a video. Very easy to set up and use for your classes.

Screencast Matic will record, edit and share videos to connect with students, parents and faculty.

BigBlueButton is a global virtual teaching platform built by teachers in a classroom. It is evolving into a great platform for virtual video classes.


You could also create your own Virtual Video Library for your students in Google Slides. Then it would be an easy task for your students to go to the library and find a homework video you have set for them, or watch a video to take notes for example. See our Video Library below and you are welcome to add your videos to the collection if you wish.


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Leave your thoughts and comments below, we would love to hear from you. Lot’s more to come from Webucation including new features and a puzzles page for all ages.

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