The interactive video allows you to ask questions or show information in a video clip during your lesson, in-person or online. All LessonUp's interactive features can be embedded in a YouTube or Vimeo video. It is also possible to add an informative (non-interactive) slide to your video. This helps students watch videos in a more focused way, which results in higher learning efficiency.

Adding an interactive video

To create an interactive video, you first need to insert a video in LessonUp. Of course, this can also be a video from an existing lesson. In the first part of this tutorial we assume that you want to upload a video for the first time.

To add a video, go to the editor screen and click on the grey area with the white plus sign, or on the button '+ Add'. Then choose the (blue) icon Interactive video.

Add a video. This can be a link from YouTube or Vimeo, or an already existing video in LessonUp. The latter can be done by clicking on 'Search in LessonUp'.

Once the video is added, interactive components can be placed within the video. This can be done using the '+Add' button at the bottom of the video. If this button is not visible, the video is not (yet) interactive. Make the video interactive by checking the right box ("interactive") above the video screen.

Lesson components can be placed across the timeline of the entire video. Pause the video when you want the first interactive feature to appear, and click on the '+ add' button to add the chosen component.

You will now see all the (interactive) components that can be inserted within an interactive video. In this example we will use a quiz question. The quiz question will now be inserted within the interactive video. Of course, you can also do so with an open-ended question, a mind map or a drag & drop question.

In the thumbnails, on the left, you can see that the quiz question has been inserted in the video. You can visualise its position in the video.

In the editor screen, the settings for this interactive component will now appear. With these settings you can specify whether you want to project the interactive component over the video. This means that you will see the paused video "through" the interactive component. As in other places in LessonUp, the degree of transparency can be adjusted to satisfy your own wishes and objectives.

Of course, this also applies to the layout of a quiz question. It is customisable in the same way.

It is also possible to add already existing interactive components to a video. To do so, select the interactive component from the current or another lesson, by clicking on its thumbnail.

At the top of the screen, a yellow bar will appear with the options 'Move' or 'Copy'. Place the item in the video by clicking on the 'Place in video' button under the video. The time, as well as the layout, of the item can then be adjusted as described above.

Adding information to a video

In addition to inserting an interactive element, it is also possible to add information to a video while it continues to play, creating a so-called 'overlay'. This can be particularly useful for alerting students to a particular scene in the video, or for introducing a person, for example, as you may notice in the news.

Once the video is added, overlays can be placed within the video. This can be done using the '+Add' button at the bottom of the video. If this button is not visible, the video is not (yet) interactive. You can turn this on by placing a check mark at the top of the video for the text 'Interactive'.

The button '+ Add' can be used at any time during the entire video. Determine the position where you want the overlay to take place, pausing the video, click on the + Add' and select the desired interactive feature.

In the edit screen, the settings for this interactive component will also appear now. With these settings you can specify whether you want to project the interactive component over the video. This means that you will see the paused video “through” the interactive component. As in other parts of LessonUp, the degree of transparency can be adjusted to suit your own preferences and objectives.

Using the interactive video during the lesson

Students with a device (smartphone, tablet or computer) can participate within the interactive video during the lesson.

Start the lesson by clicking on “Give Lesson”. The interactive video will now play. When approaching an interactive element, a timer appears in the upper right corner. This indicates that there will be an interactive element within 5 seconds.

A pin code will appear, as with the other interactive elements. After students have entered this code in their devices, their names will appear on the central screen.

Tip: to speed up the lesson dynamics, it is wise to do this before starting the interactive video.

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