Sunday, November 23, 2014

ELL Tech Tip: Zaption

As an ESOL specialist, I constantly look for ways to include all four modalities of language. Recently, I've discovered a new tech tool- Zaption! I have fallen in love with this fun tool- it tracks data and offers analytics, and it is a meaningful way to ensure that you're incorporating technology into instruction while helping students exercise multiple modalities of language.

Zaption is a tool that allows you to choose a video from YouTube or Vimeo, then add in questions at key points. The video will stop to allow students to respond to the question. You can even use different kinds of questions- the free account allows for open response, multiple choice, and checkboxes. You can have students read an article, watch a related video, and then answer questions related to both during the video.

Videos with questions are called "tours", and as students access the tour, they're asked to type in their name. They do not have to create an account to use Zaption (though you must have one to create tours). Check out some of the great examples in the Zaption gallery!

Students can complete tours at a station in class or at home. All data is tracked for the teacher in Zaption analytics- you can even download and print student responses for future reference. If you think this tool is awesome, please consider using my referral link to sign up- we'll each get two months of Zaption Pro for free!

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