With the popularity of flipped classrooms showing no sign of waning, a new crop of web tools for teachers are emerging to help support instruction. In this post, I take a look at four ways that teachers can add questions to a YouTube video for their students to answer when watching a video at home or on their own.
1. The YouTube Video Questions Editor (Beta)
With so many videos already on YouTube, and many more being uploaded every second of every day, it makes sense for Google to add a question module for teachers that want to help students check for understanding while watching one of their teacher’s screencasts. Right now, the program is in beta, but anyone can sign up for a trial at https://www.youtube.com/video_questions_beta. Once enabled, go to your Video Manager, and click Edit next to the video you want to add questions to.
Questions are added at a specific time in the video. Simply play or scan through the video until you reach the point you want to add a question. You can add as many questions as you like, but they need to be multiple choice questions. Once you are done, the video will play back as before, but it will pause when it reaches the timestamp of each question and display the question and possible answers as an overlay on the video. Students click on the answer of their choice. Only correct answers will resume playback of the video.
Right now, it is fairly basic, but so was the YouTube editor when it first came out, and that has grown into a genuinely useful online video editor because Google keeps adding new features to it. With any luck, the Video Questions Editor will receive the same kind of love!
For a more polished approach, check out Educanon.com. It works with YouTube, Vimeo or TeacherTube videos. You can add students to your online class, and even assign them video lessons of your choice. You can also watch student progress, question by question in real time, as they work through the video. Teachers can have up to eight classes, and can arrange videos in the order that they want students to watch them.
To get started, simply copy and paste the link to the video into the Educanon video builder. Then, add a question at the appropriate time in the video. Unlike the YouTube question editor, Educanon stores all student responses so you can go back and check for student understanding at a later date. Educanon is also in beta, but is currently free to use.
The last site I am going to share is called EDpuzzle. It is a little more versatile in the sources it allows for your video with YouTube, Khan Academy, TED, National Geographic and more as supported sites. Once you have chosen your video you can trim the beginning or ends to get the content you really need. You can also record an audio track for the video to describe it in your own words or to relate it to what you have been doing in the classroom. If you don’t need a full audio narration, you can leave voice comments at specific points in the video.
Like Educanon, you can create a class, add students and get a record of results as they come in from students who are watching your EDpuzzle videos. You can also assign a video as homework for students that are in your class. Edpuzzle.com is also a free service for educators, so feel free to check it out too.
4. Google Forms
As a couple of people have reminded me on Twitter and in the comments below, the recent introduction of video to a Google Form means that you can now integrate a YouTube video alongside questions that you may have on a Google Form. All the student answers will be recorded on a Google Spreadsheet, and could potentially be graded for you with the Flubaroo script. This would work a little differently to the options above, because you cannot insert questions at a specific point in the video without splitting the clip and having several smaller clips. However, it could still be a nice option for teachers who are flipping their classroom and looking to add questions to a YouTube video. To add a video, create your form and go to Insert > Video, or click Add Item and choose video. Then paste the link to the YouTube video you want to use.
So, the next time you want to add a little more interactivity to videos that you assign to your students to watch, check out one of the options above to help you add questions to YouTube videos.