The interactive video allows you to ask questions or show information in a video clip during your lesson, classroom or independent. All interactive parts from LessonUp can be embedded in a YouTube video or Vimeo video. It is also possible to project an information in a video. This makes students watch videos in a more focused way and the learning efficiency is higher.

Adding an interactive video

To create an interactive video, you first need to place a video in LessonUp. Of course, this can also be a video in an existing lesson. The first part of this tutorial assumes a new video.

To add a video, click in the editor on the grey area with the white plus sign, or on the button '+ Add'. Then you choose the (blue) item 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 via 'Search in LessonUp'.

Once the video is added, interactive components can be placed in the video. This can be done using the '+Add' button at the bottom of the video. If this button is not visible, then 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'.

Lesson components can be placed across the timeline of the entire video. Pause the video at the time you want the first interactive part to appear and click on the '+ add' button to add a part.

You will now see all the (interactive) components that can be inserted into an interactive video. For this example we will use a quiz question. The quiz question will now be inserted into the interactive video. Of course, this can also be an open-ended question, word web or drag and drop question.

In the thumbnails, on the left, you can see that the quiz question has been inserted into the video. Also indicated here is the position in the video.

In the edit screen, the settings for this interactive component in video 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 still video "through" the interactive component. As in other places in LessonUp, the degree of transparency can be adjusted to your own taste and insight.

Of course, this also applies to the layout of the quiz question. This is customisable in the same way as it is in LessonUp.

It is possible to add already existing interactive components to a video. To do this, select the interactive component from the current or other lesson, by clicking on the 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 below 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 project additional information onto 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 is done in the news.

Once the video is added, overlays can be placed in 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 placed over the timeline of the entire video. Determine the position where the overlay should be by pausing the video, and click the button when you have determined the right time.

In the edit screen, the settings for this interactive component in video 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 still video “through” the interactive component. As in other places in LessonUp, the degree of transparency can be adjusted to suit your own taste and insight.

Using the interactive video during the lesson

As with the other interactive elements within LessonUp, students with a device (smartphone, tablet or computer) can participate in 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 enter this code on their device, their names will appear on the central screen.

Tip: for the sake of the dynamics of the lesson, it is wise to do this prior to the interactive video.

The operation of the interactive element, in this case a quiz question, is identical to the regular operation. You can use the arrows in the lower right corner, or the cursor keys, to control the question and the interactive video.

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