How to Add Questions for Students to YouTube Videos

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.


For a more polished approach, check out 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. is also a free service for educators, so feel free to check it out too.


3. 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.

Google Form Videos

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.

58 thoughts on “How to Add Questions for Students to YouTube Videos”

  1. Thanks Jon for the kind words! We are working hard to introduce new features. I would love to start a conversation if you want to (my email is I’m sure you have ideas on how to improve EDpuzzle. I would very much appreciate your help and advice.

  2. I thought eduCanon was the only one. I am excited to see youtube has their own version. I like keeping with software I know best so Youtube will be the one I stick with probably. Thanks for shareing.

    1. Yes. I thought about adding Forms, but it works a little different in that you cannot add a question at a specific point without chopping up the video into smaller parts and listing several videos, but it is certainly an option, and a good one for GAFE schools.

  3. I found the YouTube option a little flaky. The video question worked fine on Firefox, but not on Chrome (it just flashed the question briefly and then moved on) or on the iPad app (the question newer showed up). Has anyone had similar problems?

    1. YouTube annotations do not traditionally work very well on the iPad…if at all, so it will not be the best option for mobile devices. Otherwise, it is still a beta program so there may still be a few bugs to work out. It worked fine for me in Chrome, but you are not the first to tell me that it does not always stop on the question so hopefully they can work on making it run more consistently.

  4. Jon, I’ve been using video’s a lot in my classroom. I’m a teacher back in the classroom after 15 years and I’m trying to use the technology that is available now to enhance my classroom lessons. I use YouTube video’s the most, I think I’ll start with that one. Thanks for the post!

    1. Sounds good Shelly. They are all good options. I guess it just comes down to how you want to use them. If you really need to check that student understanding and have a record of how students answered specific questions, then Educanon or EDpuzzle is better, but otherwise, the YouTube question editor will serve you well. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Great question. Educanon is about the best of the three for the iPad. They freely admit that your mobile experience may not be the best way to build or view a quiz, but you can add questions to videos, and students can view them on the iPad with a link to the video. EDpuzzle has no support for iPads at this time, and neither does YouTube.

  5. Hi Jon… thanks for these great ideas. Have you checked out
    Students can use this to synchronise their own notes with the video – teachers could use this as question prompts as all the comments are synchronised to the time they are made in the video. It seems that all of the services you reviewed need M/C questions, whereas I would like to see a free form response to capture students thinking.

    PS Only problem is that it doesn’t work on the iPad, wish it did!

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  9. Educanon allows you to add free-response questions, embed pdf documents/pictures, and explain errors for partial credit if you subscribe to their premium version. It is also now an Edmodo app! Love it!

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